dermal fillers or thread lift

Both help turn back the clock, but will a thread lift or fillers be better for you?

Did you know that Australians are spending billions of dollars each year on cosmetic surgery?

The quest to look your best is more prevalent now than ever before which has a lot of people considering thread lifts and dermal fillers, but which is right for you?

Read on to learn which procedure comes on top when comparing thread lift vs dermal fillers. They both have similar goals, being tighter, firmer skin and a more youthful contour, but let the highly qualified cosmetic surgeons at ICCM shed a little light on the benefits of each and which procedure may work best for you.

thread lift process
The thread lift process uses sutures under the skin and is a minimally invasive technique that allows you to return quickly to your normal routine.

Understanding the Thread Lift method

The thread lift is a technique used to tighten the skin without the need for surgery. The process involves threading fine sutures under the skin to create a lifting effect. This minimally invasive technique allows you to return quickly to your normal routine.

The use of threads can also be combined with other facial treatments for a complete skin rejuvenation that offers a range of benefits.

minimal thread lift procedure
Combat the signs of ageing with the minimal thread lift procedure at ICCM and turn back the clock quickly.

Understanding the Dermal Filler method

Dermal fillers work by adding volume using a gel made up of hyaluronic acid, to plump and restore a more youthful aesthetic. With a long-standing, proven safety record, there is a range of different dermal fillers available which can correct minor irregularities and asymmetry while adding volume to the face without the need for surgery.

The quick and straightforward treatment involves minimal downtime while offering hydration and plumping to the skin, and improving the facial contour.

dermal fillers
A dermal filler before and after example by the experts at ICCM used to enhance the lips.

Which procedure is safer?

Both of these procedures are popular due to their proven safety records. When dealing with the experienced team at ICCM, who have performed these procedures many times, the level of safety is increased even further.

While minor risks apply to every procedure, it is highly rare to experience adverse reactions outside of the expected swelling and bruising. At ICCM we use state of the art equipment in our clean and hygienic clinic to apply both procedures.

How long is the recovery time for thread lift and dermal fillers?

The anaesthesia required for the thread lift procedure wears off within a few hours, allowing you to return to your normal routine straight away. There may also be some expected swelling which will disappear within 2 – 3 days.

A similar recovery time applies to dermal fillers minus the need for any anaesthesia. The fillers are administered quickly and you can return to your day immediately afterwards. There may be some redness at the injection site and slight swelling, but all of this will naturally subside within a few days.

How to decide which procedure is best for you?

The Thread Lift is often targeted at people aged between 30 to 45 who experience moderate signs of aging. Dermal fillers are appropriate for most adults regardless of age and offer results that are visible straight away.

For a definitive answer of which procedure is the right option to match your goals, a consultation with the ICCM team is required. We will assess your current concerns and goals and recommend which option will provide the best results.

Understanding the costs associated with each procedure

To determine the costs relevant to you and your chosen procedure, a consultation with our team is required. This will help us to clarify your needs and their associated price. The consultation lets you know which of the two procedures is best suited to you and offers a no-obligation quote with everything detailed.

Why choose ICCM for my procedure?

With over 20 years of experience, our surgeons have collectively performed thousands of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Our convenient central Sydney clinic on Macquarie Street offers a full support team and the latest surgical technologies to ensure treatment results that will make you feel more confident and comfortable.

thread lift
A step-by-step description of how thread lifting works to create a younger look.

Frequently asked questions

Are threads better than dermal fillers?

Neither procedure can be classed as better than the other as the suitability depends on your current situation, goals and needs. Both procedures have proven safety and success ratings, which is why they are popular amongst a range of clients.

How long does a thread lift and dermal fillers last?

The Thread Lift procedure often lasts from 12 to 24 months while dermal fillers can last anywhere between 6 to 12 months. The longevity of threads depends on the type used and your skin laxity prior to the procedure. While dermal fillers are the type of treatment that makes it easier to have the procedure repeated when necessary.

How painful will fillers be?

Pain is experienced differently but fillers are associated with low pain levels. At most, the injection is the highest point of pain, and this can be lessened with a local anaesthetic. Therefore, a slight stinging is the most pain you will experience.

Is a thread lift painful?

The thread lift is relatively painless and your comfort can be increased with local anesthesia. The treatment requires only a small puncture resulting in low pain levels. Most patients report relative comfort during the procedure’s minimal intervention.

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About The Author - Dr Tony Prochazka

MBBS, FFMACCS/Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr Tony was the Inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, and a former vice-president of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia. He is a regular presenter and teacher at international conferences, with invitations to meetings in Australia, China, New Zealand and South America.

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