‘Thread Lift’ Facelift

restore a more youthful look without major surgery!

  • Lift loose, saggy skin without Traditional Facelift Surgery
  • Avoid the costs, downtime, scars & potential complications of Traditional Facelift Surgery
  • A fraction of the cost of Traditional Facelift Surgery
  • Performed by our Certified Cosmetic Surgeon
  • No General Anaesthesia – Local Anaesthesia with Mild Sedation only
  • No hospital – performed in the privacy of our own Clinic’s Operating Theatre 
  • No visible scars
  • Quick recovery, minimal downtime

A ‘Thread Lift’ Facelift is an excellent alternative to a Traditional Facelift when there is only early or medium degrees of facial ageing and the skin has started to lose its firmness and appears a little looser and saggy.  It is not an alternative option for advanced facial ageing where a Traditional Surgical Facelift would be a more appropriate choice.

History of ‘Thread Lift’ Facelifts & our experience with them!

Countering the early stages of facial ageing by inserting facial threads to ‘lift’ loose and sagging skin without traditional surgery has been an increasingly frequent request since Threads were  first introduced in the 1990’s.

One of the early pioneers in ‘Thread Lift’ Facelifts was Dr Des Fernandes, Plastic Surgeon in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2005, Dr Mayson travelled to Cape Town where he learned first-hand Dr Fernandes’ surgical techniques.

Soon thereafter, Contour Threads – a new barbed thread system developed in the USA – were released in Australia.  Results from Contour Threads were very impressive but sadly, several years later, the company was sold and the production of these Threads was discontinued.

Since then, various brands and designs of Threads have been introduced and promoted in Australia but Dr Mayson did not consider them effective enough to resume offering ‘Thread Lifts’ to his patients.

However, after years of waiting for a design of ‘Threads’ that Dr Mayson felt was worth offering to his patients, the ‘Mint’ brand of PDO Threads from Korea were finally released in Australia in April 2019.  The different design of these Mint Threads provided such a degree of lift and holding power that they are the only ‘Threads’ Dr Mayson will consider using on his patients!

The advantages of a ‘Thread Lift’ over a Traditional Surgical Facelift

  • More affordable – a fraction of the cost of traditional Facelift Surgery.
  • Quicker: most take only 1½ – 2 hours.  Full Facelifts take around 4-5 hours.
  • Minimal downtime: average 4-7 days.
  • No visible scars: nobody will know what you’ve had done!
  • No hospital: performed in the privacy of our  Clinic’s own Operating Theatre.
  • No General Anaesthesia: Local Anaesthesia only + Mild Conscious Sedation administered by our Specialist Anaesthetist.
  • Safer: avoids the potential complications of Traditional Facelift Surgery.
  • Performed only by our experienced Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr George Mayson.
  • Our ‘Thread Lift’ Facelift can also be an option for those who’ve previously had Traditional Facelift Surgery, have aged again but don’t wish to have another Full Facelift.
  • Repeat treatments are easier if and when you feel the need to again look more youthful.


Key Issues With ‘Thread Lift’ Facelifts:


Those with advanced facial ageing and pronounced skin laxity of the lower face and neck would be more suited to Traditional Facelift Surgery. Then again, early skin laxity may be more suited to non-surgical treatments as Dermal Fillers, Botox, Laser Skin Resurfacing or Ultherapy. These are the reasons why your most important first step is to have a facial assessment by someone such as Dr George Mayson who has done both Thread Lifts and Surgical Facelifts and can accurately predict which procedure is the most appropriate for you. Without such an experienced assessment, you could be recommended a Thread Lift that leaves you very disappointed because you really should have had a Surgical Facelift OR alternatively you may have been sold a Thread Lift when a much less costly treatment would have sufficed.

The risk for patients is that unless the doctor they’re seeing performs BOTH Surgical and Thread Facelifts, they could be recommended whichever procedure the doctor does and not the procedure that will achieve the best result for them. At our Clinic, we offer the full spectrum of facial rejuvenation procedures so you rest assured that you will be recommended whichever one the doctor feels is in your best interests.


Over the years, two basic types of Facial Threads have been developed:

  • The former Contour Threads in 2005 were a non-absorbable thread that delivered beautiful, long-lasting results but unfortunately, they are no longer made.
  • All currently-available brands of threads approved for use in Australia are absorbable threads. The disadvantage of absorbable threads is the uncertainty as to the duration of their correction.

THE CRITICAL REQUIREMENT for a good correction is that the Threads must be securely anchored to a fixed point. Unfortunately, many doctors now offering ‘Threads’ have no Surgical Facelift experience and are not anchoring them. Instead, they insert the threads either ‘free-floating’ or ‘weakly fixed’ – either technique of which will likely deliver minimal or negligible degrees of lift and tightening. We regularly receive calls from people complaining that they spent thousands of dollars on ‘Threads’ but never saw a result!


In order to avoid discomfort for the patient each time a ‘Thread’ is passed under the skin, many doctors inject substantial amounts of Local Anaesthetic Solution under the skin. The problem with this technique is that the swelling of the skin from the local anaesthetic solution makes it difficult to be certain that the “Thread’ hasn’t been placed too deep or too superficial.  Placing a ‘Thread’ too superficially can cause permanent surface irregularities.  Placing a ‘Thread’ too deeply will not lift the skin as much and even worse, could injure deeper anatomical structures.

We  prefer to be more accurate with our ‘Thread’ placements by avoiding extensive infiltration of Local Anaesthetic and instead prefer to have our Specialist Anaesthetist administer medications that allow you to remain awake but relaxed and pain-free.

We’ve told you HOW it should be done, now let’s tell you WHERE it should be done!

  • Choose a Cosmetic or Plastic Surgeon with Surgical Facelift experience.  Such surgeons have an intimate knowledge of facial anatomy and having seen first-hand the tissue layers during open surgery, they have a better ‘feel’ that the threads are being inserted in the correct tissue plane.
  • Choose a Clinic that offers both ‘Thread Lifts’ AND Full Surgical Facelifts because you are more likely to be recommended whichever of the two procedures is your best option. As we’ve heard so many times before, if the doctor you’re seeing doesn’t perform Surgical Facelifts, there’s a real risk that he/she may offer you a ‘Thread Lift’ Facelift when you really should be having a Surgical Facelift.
  • Finally, don’t choose the cheapest quote. A cheap price could reflect inferior quality Threads, a quick or less effective technique, or a doctor with no Surgical Facelift experience.



Patient Suitability Best when skin laxity is mild-medium Best option for advanced facial ageing
Anaesthesia Local Anaesthesia with Conscious Sedation General Anaesthesia
Where is it Done? In the Privacy of our Clinic’s own Operating Theatre In Hospital with a 1-2 day stay
Length of Procedure About 2 hours 4-5 hours
Surgical Scars Very small, hidden and essentially undetectable More extensive & noticeable, usually need to be camouflaged with make-up
‘Down Time’ Usually 4-7 days Around 3-4 weeks
Post-Operative Restrictions Some Some
Post-Operative Appearances Temporary, short-lived ‘Bunching’ of skin where it is pulled back (e.g. in front of the ears)

Surface Irregularities along the course of the threads are sometimes seen but these are usually temporary only

No ‘Bunching’ because the pulled-back, excess skin is removed.  Surface irregularities can occur but are usually temporary
Return to Normal Activities Usually after 1 week Usually after 3-4 weeks
Possible Complications Uncommon, minor and usually temporary in experienced hands More serious complications are possible
Duration of Correction 2-3 years with the former non-absorbable Threads. Duration of correction with all current absorbable threads is unpredictable. Longer lasting,
average 7 years
When Skin Laxity Returns Simply add more ‘Threads’ or go to a Surgical Facelift Repeat the Surgical Facelift or have a ‘Thread Lift’ Facelift
Cost From $2,640 depending on number of Threads required +

Anaesthetist Fee ($990 – $1,320 depending on time)

Mini-lift: Around $15,000 – $18,000

Full Lift: Around $22,000



Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Clinic’s experience with Thread Lifts?

Dr Mayson has a long experience with Thread Lifts dating back to 2005 and his impressive before/after photos indicate the beautiful results that can be achieved when high quality threads and correct surgical techniques are used.

What type of Threads are used?

The earliest threads were permanent but nowadays all threads available in Australia are absorbable. Absorbable threads are a definitely an advantage because they allow a ‘clean slate’ to work with if more threads need to be inserted years later.

Important: After a long wait, we finally have received our new PDO Threads. Dr Mayson considers these latest Threads to be far superior in lifting and holding power compared to anything others he has previously used. Nevertheless, as good as these new Threads are, unless they are properly anchored, maximum correction will not be achieved. Don’t waste your money having Threads simply ‘free floating’ under your skin because you will get only minimal or no correction.

How is it done?

A Thread Lift Facelift is performed in the privacy of our own Clinic’s Operating Theatre under Local Anaesthesia & Light Sedation administered by our Specialist Anaesthetist. You can go home shortly thereafter but because of the sedation, you must have someone collect you. You cannot go home alone.

What is the downtime?

On average, 7 days.

What is the cost?

The cost will depend on the areas that need to be lifted and the number of Threads required in each area. Dr Mayson will give you a detailed quotation once he has assessed which areas need to be lifted and the number of threads to be used.

Which criteria should you look for when considering where to have a ‘Thread Lift’?

More and more doctors, many of whom do not have any surgical facelift experience, are starting to offer ‘Threads’. Choose your brand of Threads and your doctor very carefully otherwise you could end up wasting your money. Do your research and always remember that:


  • Not all brands of ‘Threads’ are equal. Some have poor ‘lifting’ and ‘holding’ power. The Internet is not the most reliable source of information as to the best brands of Threads. Remember that Dr Mayson has only just resumed inserting Threads after waiting for some years for the right ones to come along.


  • Technique is critical. If the Doctor is going to insert ‘free-floating’ Threads instead of securely anchoring them, don’t waste your money!


  • A Doctor’s experience in Surgical Facelifts is a major advantage. A doctor with experience performing surgical facelifts has a practical and intimate knowledge of the anatomy of the tissues under the skin. This knowledge not only permits a more accurate placement of the Threads, it also helps to avoid important anatomical structures.


  • You deserve an experienced and honest opinion. Only choose a surgeon who also offers Surgical Facelifts otherwise you may be convinced to have a Thread Lift when you really should have been advised to consider a Surgical Facelift.

Before and After photos

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