As we age, the skin slowly starts to lose its youthful appearance. In particular, a loss of collagen and elastin production leaves behind more obvious signs of age. If you are hoping to maintain a youthful complexion for as long as possible, it is essential to address those early signs, such as fine lines and sagging skin, before they get worse. Previously, the only way to reverse severe facial skin sagging was via facelift surgery. At Cosmos Aesthetics Canberra, we now offer thread lifts. This innovative, minimally invasive treatment bridges the gap between cosmetic injectables and invasive surgery.
A thread lift is a non-surgical procedure that aims to create a more youthful appearance by repositioning facial skin tissues. This is done by inserting temporary, medical-grade threads into the subcutaneous fat layer of the face. These sutures are then gently pulled and affixed to lift and tighten the skin.
Thread lifts offer two key benefits. First, this treatment pulls the skin taut to instantly reduce sagging skin, although this effect gradually decreases as the barbed threads dissolve. Luckily, there is a secondary effect that helps results to last for up to three years.
The inserted threads also combat ageing by triggering the body’s natural healing response. As the body detects the sutures, collagen production will increase. As we know, collagen plays a critical role in the ageing process. By infusing the skin with fresh collagen while signs of age are still mild, you can reduce existing sagging skin and prevent laxity from worsening. A thread lift can provide ongoing rejuvenation of facial tissues by stimulating collagen production, with patients noticing a gradual improvement in their skin’s tone and firmness, even once the threads have dissolved.
Why choose Cosmos Aesthetics Canberra for your thread lift
As thread lifts become more popular and more cosmetic clinics begin offering this treatment, it can be difficult to decide where to go. After all, a thread facelift requires specific training, thorough knowledge of the muscles and tissue composition under the skin and experience with the techniques required to deliver ideal results. Plus, although a thread lift is considered less risky than a traditional facelift, there are still potential complications, including skin irritation from incorrect placement and the possibility of the threads being seen beneath the skin. Given this, it is critical that you select an experienced practitioner to perform your thread lift.
At Cosmos Aesthetics, our team of experienced medical professionals have specific training in performing thread facelifts. With over 50 years of collective experience, we provide a modern approach to cosmetic medicine, allowing us to achieve exceptional results.
When looking for a thread lift practitioner, ensure to watch out for:
A reputable clinic with a good track record of results
A practitioner with many years of experience
Numerous before and after photos of actual patients
Thread lift benefits
A thread facelift can reverse signs of age and completely transform your facial appearance. In addition, this treatment offers several other benefits, including:
Instant results: Unlike many other treatments designed to tighten skin, a thread facelift provides instant lifting and tightening results.
No downtime required: Facial threads can be inserted in as little as an hour and require absolutely no downtime. Patients are free to return to their daily activities immediately after treatment.
Minimally invasive: A thread lift can achieve comparable results to a surgical facelift without the risks associated with surgery.
Long-lasting results: Since this treatment stimulates collagen production, you can expect your results to last for up to three years.
Thread lift treatment areas
Here at Cosmos Aesthetics Canberra, we use facial threads to address various skin concerns, such as:
Overall skin laxity
Fine lines and wrinkles
Loss of tissue volume
What to expect during the procedure
Prior to your thread facelift, we recommend coming in for a consultation at Cosmos Aesthetics Canberra to determine whether you are a suitable candidate. During this appointment, we will examine your facial contour and how many threads you may require to create your desired outcomes.
On your procedure day, your cosmetic practitioner will begin by cleansing your face and administering a local anaesthetic into the treatment area. They will then use a fine needle or cannula to insert the threads into the subdermal layer of the facial tissues. In more simple terms, the sutures will be threaded underneath the visible layer of skin. Once situated, the threads will be gently pulled to create the desired lift. Your practitioner will then trim the ends of the threads to ensure there is no evidence of their placement. While you may feel some slight pressure as the threads are tightened, the local anaesthesia makes the process relatively pain-free.
Recovering from a thread lift
Thread lift recovery is relatively easy, especially when compared to facelift surgery. Since this is a non-surgical treatment, you are free to resume your usual activities immediately after the procedure. While you may experience some swelling, soreness and redness in the treated areas, these side effects are usually mild and should subside within a few hours.
If swelling or bruising is causing discomfort, we suggest applying ice or a cool compress for around 30 minutes, four or five times a day. You should also avoid any vigorous exercise or excess heat for around a week, which will also keep bruising and swelling under control.
Although you can return to life as usual right after a thread facelift, you will need to take a few precautions. For one, it is important to avoid vigorously rubbing your face whilst cleansing or moisturising for at least a week after your barbed threads are placed. Furthermore, you should try to keep your head elevated as much as possible and sleep with your head propped on pillows to prevent rolling directly onto your face. During your treatment, your cosmetic practitioner will provide you with more thorough aftercare instructions.
Thread lift results
Typically, patients notice a subtle tightening of the skin immediately after their facial threads are inserted. However, these results will become more obvious as the face begins to heal and as bruising and swelling subsides. Best results are usually seen around three months following treatment.
Although the effects of a thread lift last longer than other non-surgical treatments, such as cosmetic injectables, they are not permanent. With time, the threads will be absorbed by the tissue beneath the skin. This usually happens within a year. However, overall results should last for up to three years, as collagen production continues once the threads have dissolved.
How much does a thread lift cost in Canberra
How much your thread facelift costs will depend on numerous factors, including the area treated and the number of threads required. At Cosmos Aesthetics Canberra, we understand that every patient is different and will require a personalised treatment plan to address their cosmetic concerns and goals. The best way to learn how much your facial threads treatment will cost is to book a consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic practitioners.
Our thread lift procedures start from $1,000 per treatment area. A consultation at our clinic costs between $120 and $330; however, this is redeemable upon treatment.
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Am I a suitable thread lift candidate?
Facial threads are a great option for patients who have started to notice the signs of age and want to prevent them from getting worse. If you wish to tighten and lift loose skin on the face and neck, the chances are good that you are a candidate for a thread lift. The typical thread facelift patient is usually between their mid-thirties to early fifties, although many are younger or older than this.
How should I prepare for my thread lift?
There are a number of things you can do to prepare for your thread facelift. Most importantly, you will need to avoid any blood thinners for about a week beforehand, including alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, omega-3 supplements, and vitamin E. You must also stop smoking for a week before treatment, as this can dehydrate the skin and increase anaesthesia-related risks. Your cosmetic practitioner will give you more before treatment care instructions during your consultation.
Do thread lifts have any side effects?
Considering that facial threading is a minimally invasive procedure, it is relatively low risk. However, just like any other medical procedure, patients may experience some temporary side effects, including swelling, redness, and bruising. This usually all subsides within a few days.
In some cases, you may develop an infection in the treatment area, which may require a course of antibiotics to treat. Some patients also lose sensation in the treated area, although any numbness should resolve in a matter of weeks.
It is also possible for the threads to become visible beneath the skin; however, this usually only occurs in patients with thin skin. This is a rarer complication that can be easily prevented by choosing an experienced cosmetic practitioner. In some very rare cases, the threads may shift from their original placement. This can cause an unbalanced facial appearance and dimpling, which can be addressed by inserting new threads.
Am I better suited to a facelift or thread lift?
Thread lifts are often described as a minimally invasive alternative to the surgical facelift. While both of these treatments aim to lift and tighten sagging skin, the methods vary greatly. Some patients are better suited to one treatment over the other.
Is an invasive surgical procedure performed under general anaesthesia
Provides dramatic results that last for up to ten years
Is associated with a long list of risks and a lengthy recovery of up to six weeks
Can be an expensive procedure, sometimes costing up to $20,000
Is a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anaesthesia
Provides subtle results that last for up to three years
Requires absolutely no downtime and is considered far less risky
Is a much more inexpensive option, starting from $1,750 at Cosmos Aesthetics Canberra
The right procedure for you will depend on the degree of skin ageing and your desired cosmetic outcome. During a consultation at Cosmos Aesthetics, one of our experienced doctors will examine your facial features and recommend which procedure may best suit your needs.