Thread Lifting


Thread lifting is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure designed to lift and tighten sagging skin using temporary sutures. It is an alternative to traditional facelift surgery, providing a subtle lift to the skin without the need for extensive surgery or downtime.

How Thread Lifting Works

Thread lifting involves inserting dissolvable threads made of biocompatible materials (such as polydioxanone, polylactic acid, or polycaprolactone) under the skin. These threads have tiny barbs or cones that grasp the skin, allowing the practitioner to lift and reposition sagging tissues. Over time, the threads dissolve, and the body's natural healing response is stimulated, promoting collagen production for continued skin tightening and rejuvenation.

Types of Threads

  • Barbed Threads: Have small barbs or hooks that grasp the skin to provide a lifting effect.
  • Coned Threads: Feature small cones that anchor the skin for lifting.
  • Smooth Threads: Used primarily for collagen stimulation and skin rejuvenation, rather than lifting.

Treatment Areas

  • Face: Jawline, cheeks, brow, and neck.
  • Body: Arms, thighs, abdomen, and buttocks.


  1. Consultation: A thorough consultation with a qualified practitioner to discuss goals, assess facial anatomy, and determine the appropriate type and placement of threads.
  2. Preparation: The treatment area is cleaned, and a local anesthetic is applied to minimize discomfort.
  3. Insertion: The practitioner uses a fine needle or cannula to insert the threads under the skin. The threads are then positioned to lift and tighten the skin.
  4. Adjustment: The practitioner adjusts the threads to achieve the desired lift and smooth out the skin.
  5. Post-Treatment Care: Instructions are provided to reduce swelling and bruising, such as avoiding certain activities and applying cold packs.


  • Minimally Invasive: No need for large incisions or general anesthesia.
  • Quick Procedure: Typically takes about 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Immediate Results: Provides an instant lifting effect, with continued improvement over time as collagen production increases.
  • Minimal Downtime: Most patients can return to normal activities within a few days.
  • Natural-Looking: Results are subtle and natural, enhancing the patient's features without a "pulled" appearance.


  • Immediate: Initial lift and tightening can be seen right after the procedure.
  • Long-Term: Continued improvement over 3 to 6 months as collagen production is stimulated. Results can last from 12 to 18 months, depending on the type of threads used and individual factors.

Risks and Side Effects

  • Common Side Effects: Mild bruising, swelling, redness, and tenderness at the insertion sites.
  • Rare Side Effects: Infection, thread migration, asymmetry, dimpling or puckering of the skin, and allergic reactions to the thread material.
  • Temporary: Most side effects are temporary and resolve within a few days to weeks.

Ideal Candidates

  • Individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity who seek a non-surgical lifting solution.
  • Those looking for a quick procedure with minimal downtime.
  • People with realistic expectations about the results.


  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • Individuals with certain autoimmune diseases or allergies to the thread material.
  • Those with active skin infections or severe skin laxity that may require a surgical facelift.

Choosing a Practitioner

  • Ensure the practitioner is licensed, qualified, and experienced in performing thread lifting procedures.
  • Schedule a consultation to discuss your medical history, treatment goals, and any potential risks.
  • Look for reviews, before-and-after photos, and recommendations from other patients.

Preparation and Aftercare

  • Preparation: Avoid alcohol, blood-thinning medications, and certain supplements (e.g., fish oil, vitamin E) a few days before the procedure to reduce the risk of bruising.
  • Aftercare: Follow the practitioner's aftercare instructions, which may include avoiding strenuous activities, excessive facial movements, and sleeping on your side for a specified period.

Thread lifting offers a versatile and effective solution for lifting and tightening sagging skin with minimal downtime. For the best results, consult with a qualified practitioner to determine the most appropriate treatment plan based on your individual needs and goals.