As the natural aging process takes place, our skin slowly appears less youthful. Collagen and elastin production lowers, and signs of age such as sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles begin to show. Addressing these signs of aging as early as we can help us to maintain a youthful-looking complexion for much longer. Until recent times, facelift surgery was the only way to improve severe facial skin laxity. Now, at Cosmos Clinic Melbourne, we offer an innovative, minimally invasive treatment with anchored facial thread lifts, bridging the gap between cosmetic injectables and invasive surgery.
A thread lift involves repositioning facial skin tissues to create tighter and firmer skin. It is minimally invasive and non-surgical, as the procedure involves inserting medical-grade and dissolvable sutures into the subcutaneous fat layer. The barbed threads will gently be pulled and affixed to tighten and lift the skin.
Results of a thread lift are instant as the treatment pulls the skin taut and reduces the appearance of skin laxity. Even though this effect slowly decreases over time as the barbed threads dissolve, the treatment has a secondary effect that can make results last for up to three years.
The barbed threads fight signs of ageing by encouraging the body’s natural healing response, to produce more collagen, one of the key proteins that keep our skin at its youthful best. The threads won’t injure the skin, but the body will detect the sutures and respond by stimulating collagen production in the treated area.
By the time we are in our seventies, we will have lost about 80% of our skin thickness. This is because we produce less and less collagen in our bodies as we age. With less collagen, our skin weakens and struggles to support the underlying tissues, allowing gravity to stretch and pull the skin downwards, creating the appearance of sagging skin.
If we prompt our bodies to supply our skin with more collagen while our signs of aging are still quite early, we can prevent skin laxity from worsening with time. A thread lift procedure will provide ongoing rejuvenation of facial tissues, even once the threads have dissolved, as collagen production will be stimulated. This means that patients can see a gradual and effective improvement in the tone and firmness of their skin.
Why choose Cosmos Clinic for your thread lift procedure?
Thanks to their innovative, minimally invasive, and effective nature, thread lifts are rapidly becoming more popular. With the ability to create results that are comparable to surgical facelifts in as little as one hour, the walk-in, walk-out procedure can revitalise your skin and keep you looking young and glowing, with little downtime and at much more affordable costs.
Despite the simplicity of the non-surgical procedure, a thread lift needs to be performed by a trained specialist, equipped with both extensive experience and deep knowledge of muscle and tissue composition. For optimal results, it is important to choose a suitable clinic that is fit with knowledgeable and experienced specialists, who know how to perform the procedure without posing a high risk of skin irritation or incorrect thread placement.
When you’re looking for a clinic that offers thread lift procedures, you should try to find:
A clinic with a track record of effective results and a positive reputation
An experienced practitioner to perform the treatment
Plenty of the clinic’s patient before and after photos
At Cosmos Clinic Melbourne, our professional team is specially trained in thread facelifts. We have over 50 years of collective experience, and care about providing advanced and modern treatments to provide our patients with the best results possible.
Benefits of a thread lift procedure
Thread lifts can improve your complexion by reversing signs of aging such as skin laxity and wrinkles. Additionally, thread lift procedures are linked with more benefits, including:
Instant results: Some skin tightening treatments need time to start showing results after the procedure, however, a thread lift instantly tightens and lifts the skin with the dissolvable barbed threading technique.
No downtime: Thread lifts can take as little as one hour to perform and requires no downtime afterwards. You can resume your usual daily routine straight after treatment.
Treatment is minimally invasive and non-surgical: A dissolvable facial thread procedure will present excellent results that are similar to those of a surgical facelift, without the costs, time, and recovery involved with surgery.
Results can last for years: The collagen-prompting procedure can continue to deliver results for up to three years, thanks to the technique of encouraging the body’s natural collagen producing process.
What areas can a thread lift treat?
With a thread lift procedure at Cosmos Clinic Melbourne, you can tighten and lift various areas of the face, such as:
Cheeks: Barbed threads can reduce nasolabial folds, making the cheeks appear fuller
Eyebrows: Facial threads on the eyebrows can lift the outer edge of the eyebrow and make the eye area appear more open
Facial contour: Redefine the overall contour of the face by tightening the skin with facial threading
Lower jaw area: Redefine the jawline and make the face appear slimmer with facial threads focused on the lower jaw
The thread lift procedure
The first step is to book a thorough consultation with our friendly team at Cosmos Clinic Melbourne, to make sure that a thread lift procedure is right for you. During your consultation, a practitioner from our team will assess your facial contour and decide on the amount of facial threads that you may need to achieve your desired results.
On your treatment day, your face will be gently cleansed, and a local anaesthetic will be supplied to the area that is being treated. With a very fine needle or cannula, the dissolvable facial threads will be threaded into the subdermal level of the facial tissues, underneath the visible layer of the skin. Once these threads are placed, they will be pulled to tighten and lift the skin. The ends of the threads will be trimmed so that the anchored threading will not be noticeable. You might feel some pressure as the threads are pulled, but the local anaesthetic should ensure a painless procedure.
Thread lift treatment recovery
As a non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure, recovery is simple and relatively short-term, especially when compared to traditional methods such as surgical facelifts. You may experience swelling, redness, or tenderness on your face, however, this can be expected and should subside within just a few days. You will be able to return to your usual daily activities straight after treatment. Your practitioner at Cosmos Clinic Melbourne will provide you with details on how to care for your skin after your treatment to ensure an optimal recovery. Some recovery tips may include:
Manage swelling or any discomfort by applying an icepack or another type of cool compress for about 30 minutes, four to five times a day
Avoid vigorous exercise and excessive heat for one week, as this will help to reduce swelling, bruising, and skin irritation
Try to cleanse or moisture your face as gently as possible for about a week after the procedure, making sure that you avoid roughly rubbing your face
Keep your head elevated as much as possible
Sleep with your head propped on extra pillows to prevent rolling over directly onto your face
Following your recovery instructions provided to you by one of our knowledgeable practitioners is important, as it can reduce the chance of any side effects occurring, such as skin irritation, and can help to ensure that you receive the best results possible.
Your thread lift results
As the anchoring threads tighten the skin during the procedure, results are instant, however, results will continue to become more and more noticeable with time. This is because the face begins to heal, swelling and bruising will reduce, and collagen production begins to increase. Optimal results are typically noticeable at around three months post-treatment.
Even though results are long-lasting, particularly when compared to other non-surgical skin tightening procedures, they are not necessarily considered to be permanent. Within about one year, the threads will be absorbed by the skin’s underlying tissue. However, the increase in collagen production means that the overall tightened and youthful effect of the treatment should last for as long as three years.
Thread lift prices at our Melbourne clinic
Cosmos Clinic understands that every patient is different, and therefore, every thread lift treatment will involve different specific details such as procedure time, number of threads used, and area being treated. During your consultation, one of our cosmetic practitioners will determine the costs of your individual non-surgical thread lift treatment.
As a guide, our thread lift treatments typically start from $1,750 per treatment area.
Your initial consultation costs are redeemable upon treatment and are usually between $120 and $330.
For more information, please see our Cosmetic Surgery Pricing page here.
Do thread lifts have any risks or side effects?
Since thread lifts are minimally invasive and non-surgical, they are associated with relatively low risks and complications. However, like with any medical treatment, you might experience some temporary discomfort during recovery, such as swelling, bruising and numbness, but these symptoms will usually subside in just a few days. Numbness may last for a few weeks while the skin is healing, but you should begin to regain sensation within this time frame. Some patients might develop a skin infection in the treated area which will need to be treated with antibiotics. This will be avoided with thorough preparation and recovery guidelines as provided to you by one of our practitioners during your initial consultation.
Rarely, the barbed threads can become visible underneath the skin, particularly in patients with quite thin skin, but this can usually be avoided by choosing a clinic that is fit with an experienced team of practitioners. Very rarely, threads can move out of place from their original placement, causing skin dimpling and an unbalanced facial appearance, however this complication can be addressed by a revision treatment in which new threads can be inserted.
Am I a good candidate for a thread lift treatment?
Thread lift treatments are suitable for those who are starting to see some signs of aging, such as skin laxity and wrinkles, and wish to prevent them from becoming more noticeable over time. Good candidates are typically those who want to lift and tighten loose skin on the face and are usually between their mid-thirties to early fifties.
The purpose of a thread lift is to create natural-looking and subtle results and is therefore best suited to patients who would like to treat mild to moderate sagging skin. If your skin laxity is more severe, you might prefer to undergo a surgical facelift to achieve the best results for you, but if you would prefer not to opt for a surgical procedure you may still choose to receive a threaded facelift to produce more subtle results. Despite your age or the current condition of your skin, booking a consultation at Cosmos Clinic Melbourne is the best way to ensure that a thread lift treatment is a suitable choice for you.
How should I prepare for my procedure?
You will receive thorough preparation instructions and tips during your initial consultation. These instructions might include to stop taking any blood thinning medications for at least one week before treatment, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and certain supplements such as fish oil, omega-3 or vitamin E. You should also stop smoking and avoid alcohol for about one week, as this can dehydrate the skin and increase the risk of reacting to anaesthesia.
Which is better, a facelift or a thread lift?
Choosing the right treatment for you will depend on what your desired results are and the condition that your skin is currently in. Both procedures are designed to tighten sagging skin and reverse signs of aging, but each procedure varies greatly in methods, and some patients are better candidates for one option over the other. During your consultation, one of our team’s experienced practitioners will examine your facial characteristics and determine which procedure would be best for you.
A thread lift is less invasive than a surgical facelift, as it is a walk-in, walk-out procedure that provides subtle and natural-looking results with minimal downtime by tightening the skin with facial threads. Results can last for up to three years and can provide a less permanent example of how a surgical facelift might look in the future, should you choose to undergo a surgical facelift later down the track. Thread face lifts are associated with fewer risks and complications, require no downtime, and are much more affordable than surgical facelifts, with treatments at Cosmos Clinic Melbourne starting from $1,750.
Alternatively, a surgical facelift involves removing excess sagging skin caused by skin laxity and may also involve the removal or reposition of excess fat. The facial muscles can additionally be surgically tightened during a surgical facelift. This procedure can create a much younger appearance as it will provide far more dramatic results that can last for about ten years. However, since it is much more invasive than facial threading, it needs to be performed under general anaesthesia and is associated with far more risks. Surgical facelifts require a longer recovery time of about six weeks, and can be much more costly, potentially adding up to $20,000 when including additional hospital fees.
Both options come with advantages and disadvantages, and either one or the other can be much more suitable for you.
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COVID-19 UPDATE – WE ARE OPEN FOR LIMITED TREATMENTS.
To comply with NSW Public Health Orders, Cosmos Clinic is currently only providing surgical procedures, and medical procedures performed by Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) Registered health practitioners that involve the prescribing of Schedule 4 medications or procedures requiring venous access or post-operative care for our surgical patients. Our surgical procedures are only performed at our licensed and accredited Day Surgery facility. We are not providing any treatments that may be provided by persons who are not AHPRA Registered health practitioners, such as beauticians, including laser skin treatments.
COVID-19 Safety Measures
To minimise the risk of transmission and maintain a safe environment for treatments at Cosmos Clinic:
patient and visitor screening questions* are located at entries, along with QR Codes and a hand hygiene station. Patients and visitors are required to answer the screening questions in that checklist, and check in using the QR Code. Patients and visitors who do not pass the screening test will be turned away;
face masks must be worn (unless evidence of an exemption is provided). Face masks are provided for those who do not have their own;
physical distancing requirements are in place;
hand hygiene stations are provided throughout the Clinic.
*The screening checklist questions are those set out in the NSW Ministry of Health COVID-19 Screening and NSW Healthcare Facilities document, dated 17 July 2021, and updated as restrictions change.