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Thread Lift

Reposition and revolumise skin and the face.

Threads are named as they are seen, a surgical thread with a job. There are two types on the market, long threads which are used to reposition the skin and stimulate collagen to tightening, and Mono threads that only stimulate collagen to thicken and tighten the skin.

At Ministry of Skin our doctors are highly trained and skilled at performing Thread Face Lifts.

What is a thread lift?

Thread Lift is a minimally invasive procedure that uses absorbable threads to redefine, reposition and restore lost elasticity and volume in the face. The Thread Lift causes tension in the skin that gives an immediate lifting effect. The material stimulates the production of collagen in the skin which maintains the lift and creates firmer skin.

What are long threads?

Long threads are made of a medical grade material that has been used in medicine for decades. They actually look and feel like fishing wire. Along that wire are bidirectional cones or barbs. The threads are placed in the fat layer of the skin and the cones or barbs hook onto the fat. The threads are then manipulated to reposition the fat layer and elevate the skin to restore and redefine the face, especially any sagging around the nasolabial folds, jowls and jawline, bringing back a more youthful facial shape.

What areas does thread lifting treat?

The Thread Lift can be used to treat many different areas of the face. They are mainly used to redefine, contour and sharpen the cheeks, nasolabial folds, jawline and neck.
They can also be used to lift the eyebrows and nose.

Facial skin threading

If you are standing in front of the mirror lifting the skin up towards your ears, a thread lift may be your answer. Ageing however is multifactorial, so a thread lift is often used in combination with filler, biostimulators or other non-surgical modalities to give your desired results.

Thread face lift benefits

Long threads are best used to help reduce the feeling and look of facial sagging or to create facial definition by safely and effectively repositioning facial fat pads.

Nose, eyebrow and neck thread lifts

These long threads can also be used in the nose, eyebrows and neck. However, results and longevity of results are very patient-dependent. For all long thread procedures, a Cosmetic consultation is required first to discuss the procedure, results and suitability.

What treatments work well with this to ensure I look natural?

The trick to a natural look is treating the causes of your concern and not over-treating. Threads can reposition the facial fat and skin, but you may still require some facial support, volume or reshaping or your skin may require tightening and optimising. To create a natural look, MOS treatment plans may also include the use of dermal fillers to add volume and support, mono threads, lasers or other treatments to stimulate collagen to tighten and plump the skin and an at-home skincare program.

Who is a good candidate/what age should treatment start?

Threads can be used in anyone over the age of 18 to redefine or reshape areas of the face. They are also used to prevent and rescue you from the signs of ageing.

Thread lift Treatment does require the concerns to be of minimal or moderate severity and skin quality has to be optimal. Threads will not be able to reposition and hold severe concerns and if the skin is too thin or doesn’t have much fat the threads again will not hold and can be visible.

If the concern and skin is not optimal other treatments may first be recommended such as lipodissolve, laser or dermal fillers. For this reason, all clients will first require a cosmetic consultation to discuss the treatment.

How many thread lift treatments are required?

The number of treatments depends on the initial severity of the concern and expected results. Most have one treatment to reach their desired end point.

Thread Lift FAQ

How the treatment is performed?

Before the treatment, our Doctor will discuss the procedure with you and photographs may be taken. The skin being treated will then be cleaned and marked. Injections of a local anaesthetic will then be used at the threads entry and exit points or to the area being treated. The thread is then placed under the skin either through a small incision or with a fine needle. Once the thread is in place repositioning of the tissue is performed along the thread to obtain the desired lifting effect and skin tightening.

Do thread lifts hurt?

Although local anaesthetic is used to minimise any discomfort, this in itself is uncomfortable to have. During the treatment there may still be some discomfort and the treatment can be long.

How long does thread lift last?

The threads will last 12-18 months after which they will dissolve and normal ageing will then commence from this new starting point. At MoS our clients repeat the procedure anywhere from 9 months to 5 years later, however the repeated treatment often has a different focus of concern.

What aftercare is needed after thread lift?

Apply cold packs immediately after the procedure if required and for the first 48 hours (Cold packs should be wrapped to avoid direct contact with skin)

Do not apply any pressure to the face.

Avoid excessive laughter, large facial expressions, excessive mouth opening (2 weeks)

Eat softer foods and avoid excessive chewing for 48 hours

Avoid smoking

Avoid activities where the treated area may become contaminated e.g. gardening, cleaning (48 hours)

Take analgesia e.g. paracetamol in case of pain (2-3 days)

Sleep face up, on your back, elevated on pillows (14 nights)

Wash, shave and dry face gently without rubbing or massaging (5 days)

Refrain from applying make-up for as long as possible (minimum 24 hours)

Avoid over-exposure to direct sunlight and do not use tanning beds (2 weeks)

Avoid face and neck massages and face and neck aesthetic treatments (4 weeks)

Avoid sports, in particular high impact sports e.g. running (2 weeks)

Do not use saunas or hammams (3 weeks)

Avoid dental surgery (4 weeks)

Avoid excessive face and neck movements (2 weeks)

Drink plenty of fluids and avoid very hot drinks and alcohol

Who is a good candidate/what age should treatment start?

Threads can be used in anyone over the age of 18 to redefine or reshape areas of the face. They are also used to prevent and rescue you from the signs of ageing.

Treatment does require the concerns to be of minimal or moderate severity and skin quality has to be optimal. Threads will not be able to reposition and hold severe concerns and if the skin is too thin or doesn’t have much fat the threads again will not hold and can be visible.

If the concern and skin is not optimal other treatments may first be recommended such as lipodissolve, laser or dermal fillers. For this reason, all clients will first require a cosmetic consultation to discuss the treatment.

Who cannot have a thread lift?

You should not have Threads if you:

Are Pregnant or lactating.

Have any muscular or autoimmune diseases or taking immunosuppressant medication.

Have an active cold sore or infection at the injection site.

Have any allergies to the ingredients

Have any permanent filler or facial implants.

Are prone to excessive scarring or pigmentation disorders.

Untreated epilepsy

History of porphyria

Take any blood thinners or have any bleeding disorders.

Have had or are planning facial surgery.

Currently unwell for any reason

Have had any laser, chemical peels or microdermabrasion in the past 2 weeks

Had dental work or planned dental work within 4 weeks of the treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Threads is a medical procedure and should therefore always be done by a medical professional in a medical clinic. Side effects are mainly short lived and temporary and include:

Swelling, bleeding, bruising, itching, redness, pain, discolouration or tenderness where the threads are placed.

Puckering/irregularity of the skin

Infection, poor healing, scars or lumps.

Rare side effects include:

Nodules (lumps) or granulomas (a lump formed of inflamed cells)

Damage to deeper structures e.g. muscles, nerves or vessels.

Allergic reactions.

Pigment changes.

Risks linked to local anaesthetic (allergy).

Partial correction, no result, results do not last, fails to meet expectations.

Asymmetry.

What if I am unhappy with the results?

Should you be unhappy with your results, we would welcome you back to discuss your concerns. A thread lift is not a face lift or surgery. Therefore, results are subtle.

If you do not like the results, the threads can always be removed or other treatments or more threads can be added to optimise your expectations.

Is there any downtime?

Immediately after the procedure you may be swollen, overly-tight in some areas and have some skin ripples and dimples.

In the following 3-5 days, you can expect to experience some discomfort in the areas treated with swelling, tenderness, bruising and a tight / pulling sensation. The extent of the bruising and swelling will vary between individuals and pain may last longer if you have significant bruising.

Bruising may last from 3 days to 14 days

Depressions or skin irregularity may appear along the thread lines of insertion:

These inconveniences generally disappear within 7-10 days after treatment, but can reappear at any time with the first month.

How long does the procedure take?

The Thread Lift procedure takes about 45-60 minutes to do, however there will be an additional 30 minutes for the preparation required.

What preparation do I need before having a thread lift?

Please arrive at the clinic with clean skin, no lotions, creams  and no makeup on.

If you have a risk of cold sores, start taking antivirals 2 days before the procedure

Do not consume alcohol on the day of the procedure

Drink plenty of water for the 48 hours leading up to the procedure.

If you are unwell or have any skin infections on the areas to be treated, please call us to reschedule your appointment.

You can continue your normal skin care regime up to the day of your appointment.

If you medically can, please stop any blood thinners 48 hours before your treatment – including fish oils and anti-inflammatory medications.

Please do not have any dental work in the 4 weeks before your treatment

Please do not have any laser, chemical peels or microdermabrasion in the 2 weeks before.

Book an appointment online or call the clinic on 5261 6171 to arrange an appointment.

Book an appointment online or call the clinic on 5261 6171 to arrange an appointment.

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