With age, the skin gradually begins to lose its youthful appearance. As collagen and elastin production slows, signs of ageing become more obvious. In order to maintain a youthful complexion for as long as possible, it is important to address early signs of age, such as sagging skin and fine lines, before they get worse. Until recently, the only way to address severe facial laxity was via facelift surgery. At Cosmos Clinic Sydney, we offer thread lifts, a minimally invasive treatment that bridges the gap between cosmetic injectables and invasive surgery.
Walk-in, walk-out treatment performed in clinic
Lasts between 1 – 3 years
How a Non-Surgical Facelift Works // BTS TREATMENT
A thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure designed to reposition facial skin tissues in order to achieve a more youthful appearance. This is done by inserting dissolvable, medical-grade sutures into the subcutaneous fat layer of the face. These threads are then gently pulled and affixed to tighten and lift the skin.
The benefits of a thread lift are twofold. Firstly, this treatment pulls the skin taut and reduces skin laxity in an instant, although this effect does eventually decrease as the barbed threads dissolve. However, this treatment has a secondary effect that ensures results last for up to three years.
In addition, threads also combat ageing by provoking the body’s healing response. While the threads do not injure the skin, the body detects the sutures and, in response, stimulates collagen production in the treated area. Collagen plays a vital role in the ageing process and is key to your thread lift results.
Collagen is one of the main building blocks of our skin; however, we produce less and less with age. In fact, by the time we reach the age of 70, we have lost 80% of skin thickness. As the skin weakens, it cannot adequately support the tissues beneath, which allows gravity to stretch and pull the skin downwards.
However, by infusing the skin with fresh collagen while signs of age are still mild, we can both reduce skin laxity and prevent it from getting worse. By stimulating collagen production, a thread lift can provide ongoing rejuvenation of facial tissues, with patients noticing a gradual improvement in their skin’s tone and firmness, even once the threads have dissolved.
Why choose Cosmos Clinic for a thread lift
Thread lifts are rapidly increasing in popularity, and for a good reason. In as little as one hour, you can achieve results comparable to a surgical facelift without the costs, downtime, and risks. This walk-in, walk-out procedure can turn back the clock and help you gain back your confidence.
However, with more and more cosmetic clinics offering thread facelifts, it can be tricky to determine where to go. After all, a thread lift requires specialist training, thorough knowledge of the muscles and tissue composition under the skin and experience with the techniques required to deliver optimal results. While a thread facelift is considered less risky than a surgical facelift, there are still potential complications, such as skin irritation from incorrect placement and the possibility of the threads being visible beneath the skin. As such, it is paramount that you choose an experienced practitioner to perform your thread lift.
At Cosmos Clinic, we have a team of experienced medical professionals with specific training in thread facelifts. With over 50 years of collective experience, we provide a modern approach to aesthetic medicine to provide exceptional results.
When searching for a thread lift practitioner, be sure to look 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
Benefits of a thread lift
Thread lifts can reverse signs and age and completely transform your complexion. Furthermore, this non-surgical treatment offers a number of additional benefits, such as:
Results are instant: Unlike other skin tightening treatments, a thread lift instantly tightens and lifts the skin.
Treatments require no downtime: Thread lift treatments take just an hour to complete and require absolutely no downtime. Patients are free to immediately resume their daily tasks afterwards.
Minimally invasive treatment: With facial threads, you can achieve comparable results to a surgical facelift without the risks associated with surgery.
Long-lasting results: Thanks to the collagen stimulated by this treatment, you can expect your thread lift results to last for up to three years.
Thread lift treatment areas
Here at Cosmos Clinic Sydney, we use facial threads to lift and tighten various areas of the face, including:
Facial contour: A thread lift can redefine the overall contour of the face, firming up the skin and providing a more youthful appearance all around.
Cheeks: Facial threads inserted into the cheeks can reduce nasolabial folds and give the cheeks a fuller look.
Eyebrows: Barbed threads in the eyebrows can open up the eyes and raise the outer edge of the eyebrow.
Lower jaw: A thread lift can redefine the jawline and give the face a slimmer, more youthful look.
What happens during a thread lift treatment
Before your thread lift procedure, you will need to visit us for a consultation at Cosmos Clinic Sydney to ensure that you are a suitable candidate. During this appointment, we will examine your facial contour and determine how many threads you may require to achieve your desired result.
On the day of your procedure, your cosmetic practitioner will thoroughly cleanse your face before administering a local anaesthetic to the treatment area. Using a fine needle or cannula, the threads will then be inserted into the subdermal level of the facial tissues. Put simply, the sutures will be threaded underneath the visible layer of skin. Once situated, the threads will be gently pulled to lift and tighten the skin. Your practitioner will then trim the ends of the threads, leaving no evidence of their placement. While you may feel some slight pressure as the threads are tightened, the local anaesthetic makes the process relatively painless.
What to expect after a thread lift treatment
Compared to traditional surgery, recovering from a thread lift is relatively easy. As a non-surgical procedure, you are free to return to your daily routine immediately after treatment. You may experience some swelling, redness, and soreness in the treatment areas; however, these side effects are usually mild and should subside within a few days.
If swelling or bruising causes any discomfort, we recommend applying ice or a cool compress for around 30 minutes, four or five times a day. You should also avoid any strenuous exercise and excessive heat for at least a week, which will also help keep bruising and swelling under control.
While you can return to life as usual immediately after a thread lift, there are some precautions you should take. For instance, you should try to avoid vigorously rubbing your face whilst cleansing or moisturising for at least a week after your threads are placed. Additionally, you should keep your head elevated as much as possible and sleep with your head propped on pillows to avoid rolling over directly onto your face. However, your cosmetic practitioner will give you more thorough aftercare instructions during your treatment.
Thread lift results
Most patients will notice a subtle lift in their skin immediately after a thread facelift. However, results will become more obvious as the face begins to heal and swelling and bruising subside. Best results are usually seen around three months after treatment.
While thread lift results typically last longer than other non-surgical treatments, such as cosmetic injectables, they aren’t meant to be permanent. Over time, the threads will be absorbed by the tissue underneath the skin. This usually occurs within a year. However, thanks to increased collagen production, you can expect the overall tightening effect to last for up to three years.
How much does a thread lift cost in Sydney?
The cost of your thread facelift will depend on various factors, such as the area treated and the number of threads used. At Cosmos Clinic Sydney, we recognise that every patient is different and will require a customised treatment plan to address their aesthetic concerns and goals. The best way to determine how much your barbed thread lift treatment will cost is to book a consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic practitioners.
With this being said, our thread lift procedures start from $1,750 per treatment area. A consultation at our clinic costs between $120 and $330, although this price is redeemable upon treatment. For more details, please check our Cosmetic Surgery Pricing page here.
Am I a candidate for a thread lift?
Thread lifts are an ideal treatment for patients who are beginning to notice the signs of age and wish to prevent them from worsening. If you want to lift and tighten loose skin on the face and neck, you are likely a good candidate for a thread facelift. The typical thread lift patient is usually somewhere between their mid-thirties to early fifties.
Keep in mind that a thread lift creates subtle, natural-looking results and, as such, are more suitable for patients with mild to moderate skin laxity. If your skin sagging is severe, you may be better suited to a surgical facelift. Despite this, a thread lift may be a suitable alternative for older patients who are unable or unwilling to undergo facelift surgery. Regardless of age, the best way to determine whether a thread lift is right for you is to book a consultation at Cosmos Clinic.
How do I prepare for a thread lift?
Before your thread lift appointment, there are numerous things you should do to prepare. The main thing is to avoid any potential blood thinners for at least a week before treatment. This includes alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, omega-3 supplements, and vitamin E. You should also avoid smoking for a week beforehand, as this can dehydrate the skin and increase anaesthesia-related risks. Your cosmetic practitioner will provide you with more before treatment care during your consultation.
Do thread lifts have any side effects?
As a minimally invasive procedure, thread lifts are relatively low risk. However, as with any medical procedure, you may experience some temporary side effects, such as swelling, bruising and redness. These usually resolve within a matter of days.
In some instances, you may develop an infection in the treated area, which may require a course of antibiotics to treat. Some patients also experience numbness in the treated area; however, you should regain sensation within a few weeks.
It is also possible for the threads to be become visible beneath the skin, especially in patients with thin skin. However, this is a rarer complication that can be avoided by selecting an experienced practitioner. On some very rare occasions, your sutures may shift from their original placement. This can lead to an unbalanced facial appearance and dimpling. These complications can be addressed by inserting new threads.
Should I have a facelift or a thread lift?
Facial threads are often described as a minimally invasive alternative to the surgical facelift. While both of these treatments aim to tighten lax skin, the methods vary greatly, and some patients are better suited to one over the other.
A facelift is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess sagging skin on the face and neck. During the procedure, excess fat may also be removed, or repositioned and facial muscles are surgically tightened. This procedure can create dramatic results and take years off your appearance. Results are also long-lasting and can last for up to ten years.
However, as an invasive procedure performed under general anaesthesia, a facelift is associated with a long list of risks and a lengthy recovery time of up to six weeks. It can also be an expensive procedure, sometimes costing up to $20,000.
On the other hand, a thread lift is a walk-in, walk-out procedure that provides instant results. Thread lift results usually last for up to three years. While the effects are more subtle than a surgical facelift, facial threading provides a great way to see how a more permanent procedure may look like in the future.
Unlike a traditional facelift, a thread lift requires no downtime and has far fewer risks. It is also a much more inexpensive option, with procedures starting from $1,750 here at Cosmos Clinic Sydney.
The right procedure for you will depend on the degree of skin ageing and your desired cosmetic outcome. During a consultation at Cosmos Clinic, one of our experienced doctors will examine your facial features and recommend which procedure may best suit your needs.
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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.