If you are looking to remedy the early signs of facial ageing without surgery, you should opt for thread lifting. It is a safe, effective and non-surgical option that provides long-lasting rejuvenation. It enables you to enjoy relief from many symptoms commonly treated by a surgical face lift, which is a procedure you can have in your doctor’s office in approximately an hour.
The minimally invasive procedure means there’s very little downtime and you’ll be able to return to your normal activities in no time. So if you’re looking for a thread lift in Sydney or one of our many other clinic locations, contact the My Cosmetic Clinic team today to get all the benefits of a facelift without surgery.
Thread lifting uses fine, barbed TGA-cleared sutures to lift the sagging contours of the brow, mid-face and neck areas. Unlike conventional sutures, the tiny barbs (or “cogs”) on the clear polypropylene threads, adhere to and lift the skin providing the desired rejuvenation.
The threads are not visible even under fair or thin skin. Further, the polypropylene material of which the threads are made has been used safely in the body for many years in medical devices and is considered one of the safest materials that can be used within the body.
Your specialist plastic surgeon can perform your thread lift in many ways, depending on your specific needs. This makes a thread lift procedure a versatile treatment for facial ageing, which can give patients results that are both targeted and appropriate.
A thread lift can treat facial ageing symptoms that appear anywhere on the face. Dr Ansari will discuss your specific needs, the options you have and your expectations from the procedure, thoroughly with you during your in-person consultation. Areas that a thread lift can treat include:
- Sagging eyebrows
- Asymmetric brows
- Sagging cheeks
- Drooping soft tissues of the mid and lower face
- Sagging skin around the neck area
During the procedure, Dr Ansari will make a tiny incision or puncture in the temporal area and lower face and will begin to insert the absorbable threads under the skin. The tiny barbs on each thread open in an umbrella-like fashion to form a support structure that gently lifts sagging tissues of the brow, face and/or neck.
Once in position, they stimulate collagen production. The new collagen bundles encapsulate each thread to help maintain the elevation or lifting effect. The exact placement of the threads will vary from patient to patient depending on your individual needs. You can have the treatment in Dr Ansari’s offices under local anaesthetic for approximately an hour.
There are a number of benefits of having a thread face lift procedure:
- Treat the different concerns and needs of individual patients
- Safe threads dissolve into the body after some time
- Tighten loose skin
- Firmer looking skin
- Reduced wrinkles and fine lines
- Immediate results
- Can be combined with other anti-aging treatments
- No downtime
- Long term results
The best candidates for thread lifts are men and women who are beginning to experience sagging in the cheeks, brow, jowls or neck areas. The procedure is not recommended for patients who are far from their ideal weight, who are very thin or who have skin that is too loose.
In these cases, if you wish to have facial rejuvenation, you can still improve your symptoms, and Dr Ansari will discuss your best alternatives with you. We provide a number of other treatments, such as anti-wrinkle injections, that may be suitable for you.
As thread lifting is not a surgical or invasive procedure, it’s considered very safe and complications are rare, especially if carried out by an appropriately qualified health practitioner. However, any cosmetic surgery procedure carries minor risks and side effects. These may include:
- Thread rupture
- Skin irregularities
In some cases, patients may feel some tightness or pulling or may be able to feel the threads. Since this technique is entirely reversible, unwanted effects, when experienced, are usually easily corrected under local anaesthesia.
The total cost of your treatment will depend on how many areas are targeted and how many threads are used, but pricing starts from $450 per thread. In order to determine exactly how much a thread lift would be for you, book a consultation with us and we’ll be able to confirm the total cost.
At My Cosmetic Clinic, we ensure we treat each of our clients as individuals. We pride ourselves on providing a holistic approach to treatment, ensuring that we look after you as a whole, to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible and achieve the very best results.
We want to empower you and make you look and feel your best. Together we will help you find the best treatment of choice to make you look and feel great. So contact our cosmetic clinic today to book your initial consultation. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our clinics.
Dr Ansari began his 9 years of extensive surgical training in the United Kingdom. He then specialized in cosmetic surgery in Australia where he was granted a fellowship from the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery.
Dr Ansari has been the recipient of multiple scholarships and prizes throughout his career and has featured in a number of reputable newspapers and magazines including the Sydney Morning Herald and Cosmetic Surgery and Beauty.
If you have any more questions about our thread lift treatments please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Below are some of our most frequently asked questions that may also provide you with the information you’re looking for.
The procedure is quick and usually performed under local anaesthesia. If desired, light oral sedation can be administered. The actual length of time will depend upon the total number of threads used. On average, the procedure typically takes approximately one hour. In most cases, four threads are the minimum needed to address moderate sagging of one facial area.
Typically, patients can return to their usual activities or return to their work within a few days to a week. In most cases, there is only minimal discomfort, bruising or swelling. Concealing makeup may be worn the next day. Sometimes there is an indentation of the skin where the thread causes a bit of tension. This indentation usually resolves within a few weeks.
Immediately after the operation, cold compresses are recommended to help avoid bruising. Patients are not required to stay at home following their thread lift – it’s a matter of personal choice. However, it is important during the first days not to stress or exert pressure on treated facial areas. It is advisable to sleep on two or three pillows to raise the shoulders for the first three or four days.
While results vary, physicians’ experiences have shown that you can enjoy substantial facial rejuvenation from 18 months to three years or more. Factors that will affect how long your results will last include your age at the time of the procedure, the degree of skin sagging you have and the number of threads used.
Thread lift procedures rejuvenate the face without changing your natural features. Facial soft tissues are just repositioned to their original location. After a thread lift, you can typically expect to look like you did a few years ago.
The thread lift procedure is an ideal complement to other facial rejuvenation techniques. It is not uncommon to have a thread lift combined with dermal fillers.
As the treatment is carried out using a local anaesthetic and a specially designed thin needle, patients typically feel minimal to no pain during the procedure.
We advise that you wait at least 12 to 18 months to have any follow up treatment.