Thread Lift

Thread lifts are commonly used to lift and reposition sagging skin on the cheeks, jowls, lower jaw and neck as well as having the potential to improve the condition of the skin by stimulating collagen production. It can be used as a single treatment or in combination with anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and energy based devices such as Ultraformer III and laser to achieve enhanced results.

The absorbable materials in threads will dissolve in 9 to 12 months, however the benefits can last several years depending on the areas treated, the type of threads used and the quality of tissues and skin. It is suited for people with mild to moderate skin laxity. Patients with severe skin laxity may be more suited for surgical options.

What are the advantages of a thread lift?

  • Double action lifting and rejuvenation

  • Minimally invasive procedure performed under local anaesthesia

  • Immediately evident results

  • Minimum downtime

  • New collagen growth and increase microcirculation

  • Long-term affects depending on the thread composition used

  • The treatment can be adapted to your preference and can be combined with other aesthetic procedures

Who are suitable candidates for a thread lift?

Ideal candidates for thread lift are patients with mild to moderate signs of ageing who need a small to moderate lift, usually these are men and women between 35 and 60 years old.

Who are poor candidates for a thread lift?

Poor candidates are those patients who have excessively saggy skin, advanced age and those who are obese or have very heavy rugged skin. In these patients surgery may be a better option.

What do I need to know before and during the procedure?

Please avoid blood thinning medication and supplements a week before and after treatment. Most patients are able to resume work and normal activities the day after the procedure.

Thread lift is an office based procedure. Following local anaesthetic administration to the skin, the threads are then placed in the skin using a disposable cannula. Treatment time varies depending on the condition being treated but generally is between 30 to 60 minutes after which you will be able to resume your every day activities.

What are threads?

Threads are fine synthetic fibres made of suture type material which has had a long history of safe and reliable use in surgery. This material will dissolve over time and be completely eliminated from the body.

What type of threads are there?

  • Mono Threads - for skin rejuvenation, tightening and reconditioning e.g. reduction of fine lines, wrinkles and improvement in texture by stimulating collagen.

  • Cog Threads - for reduction of mild to moderate skin laxity by providing mechanical support and physically lifting sagging tissues.

What areas can be treated?

  • Cheek and mid-face lifting

  • Eyebrow lifting

  • Lower face, jawline, jowl and neck lifting

  • Nose lifting, projection and elevation

  • Naso-labial fold reduction

  • Marionette line reduction

  • Lip line reduction

  • Lip enhancement

  • Generalised skin tightening and reconditioning across the entire face

What are the side effects?

Like all procedures there is a possibility of side-effects, however not everyone will experience them. Expect temporary side-effects from the injections which may last several days, eg. swelling, bruising, redness, itching, burning, tightness or pulling. There may be some temporary asymmetry, rippling or dimpling and slight depression or skin irregularity which should disappear with time. Serious side-effects are incredibly rare and can include damage to deeper structures (nerves, muscles, blood vessels), infection, skin granuloma, scarring, and allergy.

What is the after care following a thread lift procedure?

  • Use mild analgesics like paracetamol if needed but do not use anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen

  • Apply intermittent ice for any swelling for the first day if required

  • Do not open the mouth widely e.g. laughing, eating, yawning for two weeks and limit yourself to a soft diet

  • Gentle face washing and make up application is fine to commence the day after the procedure but do not use harsh skincare products or undergo skin treatments for at least two weeks

  • Do not undergo dental treatment for two weeks

  • Try to sleep on your back in an elevated position for 3 - 4 days

We are pleased to offer the following services for both women and men at our clinic:

  • Anti-wrinkle injections (also used to treat medical conditions, such as hyperhidrosis and bruxism)

  • Dermal fillers

  • Skin rejuvenation

  • Laser treatment for fine lines, wrinkles and sun damaged skin

  • Active Acne and acne scarring

  • Stretch marks and skin laxity

  • Laser body sculpting and skin tightening (coming soon!)

  • Laser hair removal

  • Warts, veins and vascular lesions

  • Skin lesions

  • Onychomycosis - toe nail fungal infection

Disclaimer

Please note you must always undergo a thorough initial assessment by the Doctor to discuss your condition and the available management options, including their potential benefit and harm, prior to commencing any treatment.

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