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What is a thread facelift?

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A thread facelift is a cosmetic procedure that can reverse the signs of aging and give your face a youthful glow. It is a non-surgical technique that is considerably less invasive than facelifts, more natural than Botox and fillers, and typically has minimal complications.


How does a thread facelift work?

In a thread facelift, temporary threads are used to lift the skin up. The threads are inserted and pulled up across the cheek, neck, and other areas that need lifting. 

No anaesthesia is required, only a local anaesthetic is used to numb the areas that need treatment. The entire procedure won’t take more than an hour, and there is typically only minimal recovery time.

The special part of a thread facelift is that the procedure triggers a natural healing response from the body–collagen production is stimulated in the treated area. 

Thread facelifts can boost your natural radiance and create a long-lasting youthful glow. 

An additional perk to using absorbable threads in a facelift is that the threads do not have to interfere with any other procedures you may wish to undergo. 

The thread lift itself is also a process you can do again with relative ease and few potential complications.


Targeted areas 

A thread facelift can target facial areas including (but not limited to): 

  • Jowls 
  • Jawline
  • Brow line and under-eye area
  • Forehead 
  • Cheeks 

The different types of thread facelift 

Different threads can be used, each having slightly different results. They are all medical-grade threads that are absorbed into the skin and promote collagen production, stimulating elastin and hyaluronic acid. After a certain time period, they will break down and be dissolved. 

The three thread materials and their typical time taken to be absorbed are: 

  • Polydioxanone (PDO) thread - 6 months after treatment
  • Poly L Lactic Acid (PLLA) thread - 12 months after treatment 
  • Polycaprolactone (PCL) threads - 24 months after treatment

A groundbreaking advancement in the thread lift industry is the discovery of these absorbable threads. They allow the body to break down the threads safely and naturally. 

Thread facelifts are also divided into four categories, which are: 

Suspension sutures

These sutures are used for lifting, tightening, and re-draping skin. 

Barbed threads and anchored threads

These are used for lifting and tightening skin. 


These are used for strengthening and improving your general skin condition. 

Specialty threads

These are area and function-specific threads. 


Who is the ideal thread facelift candidate? 

There are many innovative cosmetic procedures that exist today. You can book a free consultation with our team at Ozderm Clinic and get individualised recommendations in terms of skin treatment. 

Ideal thread facelift candidates include:

  • Those who are within the age range of 35 to 65 
  • People with loose and sagging skin and formation of fine lines 
  • Someone who wishes to repeat the procedure because their previous thread facelift effects have worn off 
  • Those who are not comfortable or interested in the idea of more invasive procedures that may be surgical in nature 

It is important to understand that while a thread facelift can have great anti-aging effects and give you a youthful look, it isn’t a miracle cure for aging. There are also potential risks, such as temporary bruising and tenderness, which we will discuss in the post-treatment care section. 


Post-treatment care of thread facelifts

After getting a thread facelift, it is generally easy to take care of the affected skin. You can usually go right back to work if you would like since the recovery is usually so minimal. 

There may be bruising or swelling, which normally settles within the first few days after the procedure. 

Skin irregularities, such as divots or gathering, may also occur. These should disappear soon after the thread facelift. 

For an optimised recovery time, it is advisable to avoid excessive and forceful mouth movements. This would include motions such as biting into an apple or a hamburger. 

It’s also a good idea to keep your face clean as your skin recovers from the thread facelift. 

Possible complications are normally easily correctable or managed. Some to look out for are:  

  • Allergic reaction to ingredients in the thread material 
  • Slight bleeding
  • Visible dimpling at the thread insertion locations 
  • Pain at the site of the procedure 

There is a very low but existing chance of an infection, in which case it is very important to call the clinic that did your procedure straight away. 


How do I know what is the best thread lift treatment for me? 

A thread facelift treatment can accentuate your radiance in a safe and natural manner. There are several types of threads and approaches to performing a thread facelift. 

Our team at Ozderm Clinic is always happy to help determine what kind of thread lift treatment is the best one for you in a free consultation. Everyone has their own unique skin type, and we are here to customise everything according to your individualised needs.