The Thread Lift, Sydney 's revolutionary non-surgical facelift solution are offered by ICCM provides a solution for a less invasive face lift
A thread lift is a delicate cosmetic procedure that gently lifts your sagging skin, to reveal more youthful contours. For our patients, the thread lift before and after comparison results can be staggering as it can be a less invasive alternative to a surgical face lift without the cost, potential risks, and downtime.
Our cosmetic surgeons at ICCM, Dr. Ramin Amighian, and Dr. Prochazka are highly experienced in absorbable thread lifts having successfully performed hundreds of thread lift procedures.
A thread lift involves temporary sutures to produce a subtle lift in the skin as opposed to removing loose facial skin surgically. This has the effect of subtly tightening the face while also provoking a healing response to direct large surges of collagen to the treated areas.
Collagen plays a vital role in the aging process and helps to support growth factors that affect the condition of our skin, keeping it strong and supple. Loss of volume and strength in the skin is a significant reason why excess skin and wrinkles form.
How is the thread lift procedure done?
Absorbable thread lifting is performed under local anaesthesia as a walk-in walk-out procedure in under 60 minutes. Most patients tolerate the thread lifting procedure really well and are often surprised how quick and easy it is to have done.
Threads are inserted deep under the skin using fine needles, and there is no cutting or stitching involved. Threads are not visible on the skin’s outer surface.
There are two main types of Absorbable threads:
- Lifting Threads
- Revitalising Threads
A thread lift involves temporary sutures to produce a subtle lift in the skin which has the effect of subtly tightening the face while also provoking a healing response.
As the name suggests, Lifting Threads are used to lift the sagging facial tissue. The Revitalizing Threads are primarily used to rejuvenate and thicken sun-damaged and fragile skin.
Unsuitable candidates for thread lifting include:
- Patients with very thin, fragile skin associated with advanced facial ageing
- Patients with heavy jowls and excess skin, which require surgical intervention.
- Patients who do not have realistic expectations
- Those with any medical contraindications
What should I expect at the consultation?
A personal consultation with your surgeon is the first step for any patient considering thread lifting. We will assess your physical and emotional health, discuss your aesthetic goals, and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Issues you should be prepared to discuss during the consultation are:
- All medical conditions, both past, and present
- Current medications, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
- Past surgeries
- Other treatments you have received
What type of result can I expect from a thread lift?
Most patients report longevity of up to 3 years. Due to the absorbable nature of threads, more threads can be inserted at any time to maintain and optimise the results over the years to come. With any procedure, it is essential for patients to maintain a realistic expectation.
Thread lifts can produce visible changes, but they are somewhat subtle, generally only lifting the face by a few millimeters. Many patients prefer this as it creates a more natural-looking result than something more invasive like facelift surgery.
For this reason, the thread lift is best suited to those who are experiencing mild to moderate signs of skin laxity. If you are in your late thirties to early fifties, you will likely benefit more from facelift surgery. This being said, older patients may prefer a thread lift if you are unable to have surgery for any medical reasons. Younger patients may also benefit from threads as an alternative to dermal filler, to enhance contours and stimulate collagen.
The consultation step of the process is vital to determine if this, or a different procedure may be best suited to your situation and goals. There is no lifting technique that will produce permanent results, as skin aging is inevitable. A thread lift will generally last around one to three years, depending on the patient. The low-risk nature of the procedure does mean that patients can usually opt to have a fresh set applied once the old sutures have dissolved.
Are the results of a thread lift permanent?
Because ageing is a continuous process, no anti-ageing procedure can be classed as permanent. Threading also wears off over time and may need to be re-done, however due to the low-risk and low-impact nature of the thread lift, touch-ups can be quite simple.
What is the recovery time?
Most patients can go back to work the same day after thread lifting. However, some patients may require a supportive micropore tape applied on top of the skin to take the pressure off the threads and help them settle in place over the first three days.
Thread lift recovery can be assisted by taking a few minor precautions while healing. Try to refrain from rubbing your face vigorously while cleaning or applying moisturiser for at least a week. It can also help to sleep slightly elevated and avoid rolling directly onto your face while sleeping.
A thread lift involves temporary sutures to produce a subtle lift in the skin as opposed to removing loose facial skin surgically.
How much does a Thread Lift Sydney cost?
Pricing for a thread lift starts from $1800. If you would like to know more about what a thread lift can do for you or to request a consultation, please contact us today.
Our team will be able to offer exact pricing for your situation once your needs have been properly evaluated, as different requirements for various patients will mean varying costs apply. We are also happy to answer any questions you have about the procedure during this time.
What are the main differences between a thread lift and a facelift?
The most significant advantage of the thread lift, as opposed to a facelift, is the decreased recovery time. Facelift surgery requires heavy sedation, meaning you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital.
It is also necessary for facelift patients to require around the clock assistance for at least three days post-surgery with two to four weeks off of work for healing time.
The thread lift on the other hand, is performed under local anesthesia, allowing you to drive yourself home after having the procedure. You may experience a little bit of soreness, redness, or swelling and wish to take the rest of the day off, but you will have the option to return to work immediately.
All of this leads to the thread lift procedure being more straightforward to perform, meaning they are also much more affordable than facelift surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absorbable thread lifting is a new technology compared to the older style permanent threads. Ever since its introduction to the Australian market, it has proved highly successful towards patient satisfaction.
There are also fewer complications associated with the procedure. Absorbable threads can be combined with other cosmetic procedures. We regularly combine threads with dermal fillers, fat transfer, and skin resurfacing procedures as part of our skin rejuvenation makeovers.
Suitable candidates for thread lifting are those who are experiencing mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues, usually those in their forties to late fifties. These types of patients generally do not want or are not ready for surgery but desire something more than what cosmetic injectables or skin resurfacing/skin tightening procedures can offer.
If you have experienced any of the following conditions, you may be a viable thread lifting candidate:
- Mild to moderate sagging and laxity of the skin in the cheeks, eyebrows, jowls, and neck
- Effects of a previous face-lift or neck-lift are wearing off
- A younger patient with cheek and brow sagging caused by weakened tissue/ recent weight loss
Thread lifting can be used to:
- Lift and add volume to sagging cheeks
- Elevate sagging brows
- Elevate and refresh marionette lines and nasolabial folds
- Support and revitalise the neck area
- Correct asymmetry of the brow and face
- Revitalise and lift the jowl area.
You will find peace of mind knowing that the thread lift procedure is low risk, due to how non-invasive they are. There is no risk of scarring or permanent damage.
Rare risks can include irritation, infection, bruising, rippling or sutures becoming visible under the skin; however, these all usually resolve within a few days.
Yes, they can. As thread lifts offer so little risk with short recovery time, combining them with other non-surgical procedures for the face is very safe. This can deliver more comprehensive and noticeable results.
Combining a selection of non surgical anti-aging treatments can create an extremely positive change in your appearance while avoiding the substantial recovery time associated with surgery. Speak to our staff during your consultation to understand which treatments will be available to you.