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We know that most people hate the sagging skin and lines that develop as we get older. Thread lifts have become an increasingly popular and cost-effective method of lifting and tightening skin. Often referred to as a non-surgical facelift the use of threads to lift sagging skin can be done in the clinic with only a brief downtime.

Our Approach

There are a range of treatment options for patients wanting to improve sagging skin. All have pros and cons, some work better than others and some will suit certain patients more than others. It is important to discuss realistic expectations, potential side effects and cost effectiveness of any treatment including skin lifting procedures. For the right patient a Thread lift treatment can provide a great result for 1-2 years.

How does thread lift work

Internal sutures have been used in surgery for over 50 years. These sutures help with wound healing and do not need to be removed as they are naturally broken down by the body. Thread lifts consist of placing small threads into the skin made from the same material used for internal sutures (called polydioxanone or PDO). When inserted into the skin the threads cause physical tightening in the surrounding tissues and a stimulation of natural collagen. Thread lifting has been used since 2011 and there have been constant improvements in the procedure. The fine Mono threads now used in thread lifts have many advantages and fewer side effects than the early thread procedures that used long barbed threads.


There can be some immediate improvement, but the real benefits occur over the next 12 weeks through tissue contraction and the stimulation of collagen. Results last approximately 1-2 years from a procedure that can be done in the rooms with only topical anaesthetic and takes about 30-45 minutes. The downtime is usually only for 4-5 days.



It is wise to schedule a Mono thread procedure at least one week before any special occasion or event as there will be some bruising and there can be swelling and tenderness for around 5 days. To minimize swelling and bruising avoid alcohol and anti-inflammatory medications for 24 hours before the procedure. Treatment should be deferred if there is any skin infection in the treatment area or if you feel unwell in any way.

Thread lift recovery

Surface bruising is expected and this can last several days. Some swelling can occur, and cold packs can be applied to the treated area after treatment. No makeup in the first 24 hours. Sleep on your back with your head elevated for 3 nights. Avoid excessive muscle movement of the area (such as not biting into large apples or hamburgers). You can return to exercise after 1 week but avoid contact sports for 3 weeks. It is advised to defer any dental surgery for 4 weeks and facial laser or radiofrequency on the treatment area for 3 months. A review is typically scheduled at 2 weeks then 12 weeks.

Before and after

Before and after images are presented purely as a reference point of the results that can be achieved. Everyone is unique and outcomes will vary and realistic expectations need to be discussed on a case by case basis.

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