What is a thread lift?

Our cosmetic surgeons at ICCM are highly experienced in absorbable thread lifts, having successfully performed hundreds of procedures. If you’re looking for a less invasive alternative to a facelift without the cost, potential risks, and downtime then you should opt for a thread lift. Sydney residents can book an appointment online or visit one of our clinics in the CBD or Campbelltown for an initial consultation.

A thread lift is a cosmetic, non-surgical procedure that gently lifts your sagging skin to reveal more youthful contours. It involves using temporary sutures to produce a subtle lift in the skin, as opposed to removing loose skin via a surgical or invasive procedure. This has the effect of subtly tightening the face, whilst also prompting a healing response to stimulate large amounts 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.

What areas can be treated with a thread lift?

Any part of the face can be treated: forehead, eyes, eyebrows, cheeks, jowls, jawline and neckline. Some of the most common procedures are:

  • Lift and add volume to sagging cheeks
  • Elevate sagging brows
  • Elevate and refresh marionette lines and nasolabial folds
  • Support and revitalize the neck area
  • Correct asymmetry of the brow and face
  • Revitalize and lift the jowl area.

What are the benefits of thread lifting?

There are a vast number of reasons for choosing a thread facelift:

  • Non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure
  • Gives you a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance
  • Smooths and reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Increased elasticity in aging skin
  • Better defined contours for your face
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Minimal discomfort
  • No scarring
  • Results visible immediately
  • No downtime
  • Suitable for most men and women
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Lift and add more volume to sagging cheeks with a thread lift procedure.

How is the thread lift performed?

Absorbable thread lifting is performed under local anaesthetic as a walk-in walk-out procedure in under 60 minutes. Most patients tolerate the thread lifting procedure really well and are often surprised at how quick and easy the process is.

Threads are inserted into the deeper layers of the skin using a fine needle, and there is no cutting or stitching involved. Invisible to the skin’s outer surface, there are two main types of absorbable threads:

  • Lifting Threads - used to lift the sagging facial tissue.
  • Collagen Threads - primarily used to rejuvenate and thicken sun-damaged and fragile skin.
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Temporary sutures are used to produce a subtle lift in the skin, which has the effect of subtly tightening the face while also provoking a healing response.

Am I a good candidate for a thread lift procedure?

If you’re experiencing mild to moderate drooping mid-face tissues and are in your forties to early fifties, then you’re an ideal candidate for a thread facelift procedure. Even more so if you’re looking for a cosmetic surgery procedure that isn’t invasive but offers more than cosmetic injectables can.

Is a thread lift right for me?

If you’ve experienced any of the following conditions, you may be a suitable 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

When is a thread lift not right for me?

However, some people are not suitable for certain thread lift procedures. These include anyone who has any of the following:

  • Very thin, fragile skin associated with advanced facial aging
  • Heavy jowls and excess skin, require surgical intervention.
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Any medical contraindications
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A thread lift uses temporary sutures to produce a subtle lift in the skin as opposed to removing loose facial skin surgically.

What should I expect at the consultation?

A personal consultation with your cosmetic physician 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. During the initial consultation we will discuss:

  • 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 procedure?

Thread lifts produce visible changes but they are somewhat subtle, generally only lifting the face by a few millimetres. Many patients prefer this as it creates a more natural-looking result than the more invasive facelift surgery.

As they stimulate new collagen production, the threads will smooth out any fine lines and wrinkles, whilst naturally tightening your skin helping to reduce any facial sagging. Results should be apparent right after the threads are put in place, but you will see the full results a few weeks later after the swelling and bruising has subsided.

Are the results permanent?

There is no lifting process that will produce permanent results, as skin aging is inevitable. Usually, a thread lift lasts around 1 to 3 years, depending on the patient. The low-risk nature of the procedure does mean that patients usually opt to have a fresh set applied once the old sutures have dissolved.

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Combat the early signs of aging with one of our cosmetic procedures.

How much does a thread lift cost in Sydney, Australia?

The total cost of your thread lift will vary depending on the treatment you have. However, pricing starts from $1800. If you would like to know more about what the procedure 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you still have some unanswered questions about thread lifts? Our FAQ section below may be able to help:

Absorbable threads are made of the same material as some of the sutures used in surgery. They don’t need to be removed after the procedure has been carried out as the threads dissolve and are reabsorbed by the body.

You will find peace of mind knowing that the procedure is low risk, due to how non-invasive it is. There is no risk of scarring or permanent damage. The only rare risks associated are possible irritation, infection, bruising, rippling or sutures becoming visible under the skin; however, these all usually resolve within a few days.

As thread lifts offer so little risk with short recovery time, they are often combined with other procedures. In many cases, this can deliver more comprehensive and noticeable results.

As thread lifts are a non-invasive procedure they are considered extremely safe.

A facelift is an invasive surgical procedure where small incisions are made in the skin in order to tighten muscles and remove fat and unwanted skin. A thread lift does not involve any incisions instead, absorbable threads are inserted in your skin using a needle and then pulled to tighten your skin. All of this leads to the thread lift procedure being safer, more straightforward and more affordable than facelift surgery.

Each patient is different but usually, a thread lift starts to be less effective after 12 to 18 months.

If you're looking for facial rejuvenation procedures that give you fast, effective, affordable results then you should consider thread lifts. The treatment has a very high success rate and the results are considered very worthwhile.

Anywhere between 4 and 10 threads are used in each area.

Real Patients Result

Below you can see the results of some of our previous patients:

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thread lift before after
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thread lift before after

Why choose ICCM for your thread lift?

It's vitally important that any cosmetic procedure is carried out by an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Our cosmetic surgeons at ICCM have years of experience performing thread lifts and have successfully carried out hundreds of procedures. We strive to produce the most natural-looking results to meet your aesthetic goals. So if you’re looking for a ‘thread lift near me’ you should get in contact with us today at the ICCM clinic to find out more.

Our Cosmetic Surgeons

Our cosmetic surgeons at ICCM are some of Australia’s finest and we’re proud to host them at our clinic. Below is some more information about each of them:

Dr Tony Prochazka

Dr Tony Prochazka

Dr Tony Prochazka (MBBS, FFMACCS), was the Inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery and a former VP of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia. He is a renowned cosmetic surgeon with over 20 years of experience and spent a number of these years working in Shanghai where he became fluent in Mandarin.

dr ramin amighian

Dr Ramin Amighian

Dr Ramin Amighian is one of our cosmetic surgeons and has over 10 years of experience carrying our cosmetic treatments. He holds memberships in the Australian College of Aesthetic Medicine and College of Skin Cancer Surgery. Dr Amighian has a passion for anti-ageing treatments and so decided to dedicate his time to those particular cosmetic surgical procedures.

dr raphael basilio

Dr Raphael D Basilio

Dr Raphael D Basilio (MBBS, BSc (Hons), ACEM) trained at some of the most prestigious hospitals and clinics in London. After obtaining his degree in London he then volunteered his medical expertise all over the world in places such as South Africa, India, and Peru. Dr Basilio believes that every treatment should be personally tailored to the individual patient, as this leads to the most natural-looking results.