thread lift recovery
So you’ve considered getting a thread lift, but you’re unsure of its recovery time and how long the results last, right? Well, you’re not alone. After extensive research and communication with accredited cosmetic doctors, we’re excited to share with you the ins and outs of thread lift after-care and what you can expect. We’re here to provide you with a comprehensive insight into what you can expect when recovering from a thread lift and just how long your thread lift will last.

How long is the recovery time after getting a thread lift?

Due to thread lifts being a non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure, you’re likely to expect rapid recovery times in comparison to those who undergo a full surgical facelift. Better yet, thread lifts are carried out under local anesthetic, allowing you to drive home straight after your procedure.
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Image showing a woman with pre-procedure markings on the targeted thread lift areas.
However, it is still useful to know what to expect throughout your recovery, and when you can return to having full mobility and usability of your face.

1st Week – What to expect after the surgery?

The results of the thread lift should be apparent immediately after your procedure. During the first week, you’ll be allowed to get back to work and carry out normal functions. However, you may notice some visible bruising and swelling at the puncture sites. Your face may feel tight, however, you will quickly get used to this sensation. These feelings are common as you are having a foreign body inside your skin, which can cause the body to react this way.

2-3 weeks after the surgery

As the weeks go on you will likely notice your face to be smoother and tighter. The sensations of swelling, pain, and bruising should hopefully disappear and you will be able to carry out your normal daily activities.

1st month and onwards

Thread lift procedures promise long-lasting results as they promote the production of new collagen which helps your face naturally lift over the coming months. It takes collagen around 2-3 months to fully grow and begin taking effect. This new collagen will help to restore the youthful features of your face naturally and continue to do so for months on end, reducing signs of aging.

How Long Does a Thread Lift Last

The lasting time of a PDO thread lift depends on various factors but usually lasts between nine months and on rarer occasions, up to three years. The factors that may affect how long your thread lift lasts are as follows:
  • Body’s ability to get rid of the PDO sutures
  • Age
  • If you have had any previous plastic surgery
  • Allergies to common materials used
  • Number of threads used
Like other non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as the use of Botox and dissolvable dermal fillers, the PDO threads we use in this procedure will essentially be absorbed by your skin tissue and so the process will need to be repeated. However, compared to other non-surgical treatments, a thread lift is expected to last much longer.
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A thread lift is best suited to those who are experiencing mild to moderate signs of skin laxity.

Thread Lift Recovery – The Basics

As we have discussed, a thread lift requires the doctor to use non-surgical minimally invasive techniques to carry out the procedure. This is a reassurance that the recovery time and side effects are minimal compared to surgical facial rejuvenation. However, regardless of the minimal recovery time reassurance, it is best to get a realistic idea as to when you can carry out your regular living activities. We must add that it is best to ask these questions during your initial consultation with your cosmetic doctor to get detailed answers tailored to you.

When Can I Start Working Again?

If you work in an office-based setting or work from home on your computer, then you can start working as soon as possible. However, if you have a more physically demanding job, you can go back to work any time from 1 day and 1 week after your surgery. This all depends on the job, and on your ability to recover and find comfort.

When Can I Have A Shower?

You are advised to refrain from showering, and wetting your face, for up to 12 hours after your procedure. Once you are able to wash your face and shower, we recommend that you do not apply any pressure or massage your face for at least 3 weeks. Avoid using a washcloth or loofa throughout this duration.

When Can I Resume My Regular Skin Care Routine?

Once 48 hours have passed following your thread lift procedure, you may carry out a basic wash and dry using little to no pressure. You must avoid using products such as exfoliators and scrubs that require you to massage your face or use any prescribed creams until you have discussed these with your doctor.

When Can I Wear Makeup?

Makeup can be used 48 hours following the procedure. Again, try not to massage any foundation with extra pressure. Makeup will help cover signs of bruising that may have arisen as a result of the procedure.

When Can I Exercise Again?

You must abstain from exercise for at least one week after the procedure. After this period, you may return to light forms of exercise such as walking, and yoga. Anything that involves straining your face, such as weight-lifting or contact sports, should be avoided until cleared by your doctor.

When Can I Have Sex?

Sex, in some ways, is an exercise that may or may not involve strenuous or vigorous movements. Light sexual activities can resume after 1 week following your procedure. However, this does depend on the area of the thread lift (as you can thread lift other areas of your body such as your thighs and buttocks which require extensive care before sexual activity).

When Can I Go Swimming?

Similarly to face washing, you should avoid wetting your face for at least 12 hours following your procedure. However, due to unknown chemicals that may be present in pools or the sea, we recommend you wait until the suture sites have completely healed before you swim.
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A before and after example of a thread lift performed by ICCM.

Why Choose ICCM

Our doctors will help you identify the correct treatment of choice whenever you are deciding on which facial rejuvenation procedure to choose, and tailor all aspects of the procedure to you. Our board-certified doctors are trustworthy and will any questions or queries you may have regarding thread lifts to the best of their knowledge. All of the staff at our clinic abide by our motto which states: “We empower people to be the best versions of themselves”, and with our cosmetic excellence, you can guarantee that you will walk out of our clinic with a newfound love for your body, and allow you to hold your head up high (don’t stretch too much after the thread lift procedure) with your new heightened confidence.


For all the unanswered questions that you still might have – visit this section.

Is a thread lift worth it?

A thread lift procedure is most certainly worth it. It will guarantee to pull your jawline, jowls, and loose skin back to their original positions close to the bone. This will ensure you look sleek and elegant, as well as give you a boost of self-esteem for a low price.

What should you not do after a thread lift?

  • Avoid wetting or washing your face before 12 hours have passed since your procedure.
  • Only apply makeup after 48 hours of your procedure.
  • Avoid any facial massages and exfoliants until at least 10 days have passed since your procedure.
  • Only begin to have sex and perform light exercises once a week has passed since your procedure.
  • Make sure to clear any face-straining activities such as weightlifting with your cosmetic doctor before you engage.
  • Consult with your doctor if you are unsure about any other activities which have not been covered.

How often can you have a thread lift?

A thread lift uses a special PDO thread which is expected to last anywhere between 9 months and 3 years. You may get the procedure done again given that all the benefits of the thread lift have been exhausted, and all the threads have been absorbed by your skin tissue. Make sure to make an appointment with your doctor to test your suitability for a further procedure.

Can I eat after the thread lift?

Yes, you can eat soon after your procedure is complete. Ensure not to eat any foods that require you to strain or apply too much pressure when chewing to reduce pain and inflammation. Once you feel comfortable with your post-procedure bruising, you may eat whatever you want depending on your limits.

How long does a thread lift last on the face?

Facial thread lifts do not permanently stop the aging process but can reduce the occurrence. It can last anywhere between 9 months and 3 years depending on the person undergoing the procedure.

About The Author - Dr Tony Prochazka

MBBS, FFMACCS/Cosmetic Doctor 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.Read More