‘THREAD LIFT’ FACE LIFT
.… turn back the clock
without major surgery!
A ‘Thread Lift’ can be a very worthwhile rejuvenating procedure provided that:
- The threads are made of non-absorbable material; and
- The threads are securely anchored to fixed points; and
- Your facial ageing is not advanced and you have only mild degrees of skin laxity.
Given the above provisos, a well-performed ‘Thread Lift’:
- Effectively lifts loose, saggy skin without invasive Face Lift surgery
- Avoids the costs, downtime, scars & potential complications of traditional Face Lift Surgery
- Costs a fraction of the price of traditional Face Lift Surgery
- Is performed by our Cosmetic Surgeons
- Requires only Local Anaesthesia with/without Sedation
- Leaves no visible scars
- Has a quick recovery and therefore minimal ‘downtime’
- Repeat treatments are easy when you feel the need to again counter the natural ageing process.
Very important: Before going any further, you must read the following as to why we’ve put all ‘Thread Lifts’ on hold until we get our new Threads!
The History of ‘Thread Lifts’ & Our Years of Experience With Them
One of the early pioneers in ‘Thread Lifts’ 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’ Thread Lift techniques.
Soon thereafter, Contour Threads – barbed non-absorbable threads manufactured in the USA – were released in Australia and ‘Thread Lifts’ became an increasingly requested procedure.
Results from Contour Threads were very impressive but sadly, several years later, the production of these Threads ceased.
Since then, various brands and designs of absorbable Threads have been introduced and widely promoted in Australia. After assessing most and even trialling some of these, Dr Mayson came to the conclusion that, despite using the identical techniques he was using back in 2005, the initially impressive results were too short-lived and so Dr Mayson did not consider them sufficiently worthwhile to continue offering to his patients.
In 2019, a new brand of absorbable PDO (Polidioxanone) Threads from Korea was approved for use in Australia. Their impressive design promised an even greater degree of lift and holding power than all previous Threads – even including the Contour Threads Dr Mayson had been using back in 2005. The very promising design of these new Threads was enough to re-kindle Dr Mayson’s interest in resuming Thread Lifts. However, despite their very impressive design, Dr Mayson soon found that the outstanding corrections he was achieving were not lasting long at all – and this was despite using the identical techniques to those back in 2005!
The only conclusion Dr Mayson could come to was that with PDO being an absorbable material, the body’s reactive mechanisms were weakening the Threads well before they were destined to be completely absorbed. In other words, the Threads were losing their tensile strength and therefore their holding power far too soon, hence the short-lived results.
Interestingly, irrespective of the brand of PDO Thread that Dr Mayson has tried, not one has consistently delivered the durations of correction he was achieving for his patients with the non-absorbable Contour Threads back in 2005-2007.
Accordingly, with only the best interests of our patients in mind, the Sydney Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic is currently not recommending ANY brand of absorbable Threads for Thread Lifting.
However, we are currently in the process of sourcing from overseas a non-absorbable Thread similar to those we were using back in 2005. As soon as we have those, we will resume performing Thread Lifts with the confidence of once again delivering the impressive results shown below in our Before/After Gallery.
If you wish to register your interest in a ‘Thread Lift’ for when our Clinic has the new Threads, please call us on 9267 3322.
Important Consumer Information Regarding ‘Thread Lifts’
Not everyone is suitable for a ‘Thread Lift’
Those with advanced facial ageing and pronounced skin laxity on the face and neck would not be suitable for a Thread Lift and will need traditional Face Lift Surgery.
This is why your first step should be a facial assessment by one of our experienced Surgeons who will recommend very honestly which would be the most appropriate procedure for your face. If a Clinic does not offer ALL facial rejuvenating procedures, you could be sold a ‘Thread Lift’ that leaves you very disappointed because you really should have been recommended a surgical Face Lift. Or, alternatively, you could be sold a ‘Thread Lift’ when a much less costly non-surgical treatment would have sufficed.
Unfortunately, the risk for patients is that unless the Clinic they’re attending offers the FULL range of face tightening procedures, they could be convinced to have whichever procedure the said Clinic has to offer instead of the one that will deliver the best result. At Sydney Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic, we offer the FULL spectrum of facial rejuvenation procedures so you can rest assured you will be recommended whichever procedure our Surgeon believes is the most appropriate one for you.
Not all brands of ‘threads’ are equal
There are only two basic types of facial ‘Threads’ available worldwide:
- Non-Absorbable Threads such as the former Contour Threads in 2005. These deliver beautiful, longer-lasting results and our Clinic is currently close to once again having such Threads.
- Absorbable PDO Threads. The major disadvantage of absorbable threads is their short-lived corrections.
Whatever the brand or type of threads, if they are not securely anchored, little or no correction will result!
The critical requirement for a good correction with any ‘Thread Lift’ is that the Threads must be securely anchored to a fixed point. Unfortunately, many doctors offering ‘Thread Lifts’ do not have surgical Face Lift experience and are not aware of how and where to anchor the Threads. Inserting the Threads as ‘free-floating’ or ‘weakly fixed’ will most likely deliver only very limited degrees of correction. We regularly receive calls from people complaining that they spent thousands of dollars on non-anchored ‘Threads’ and never saw any worthwhile result!
The depth of Thread Placements needs to be very accurate
In order to avoid causing the patient pain each time a Thread is passed under the skin, some doctors inject large amounts of Local Anaesthetic Solution into the skin. One problem with excessive amounts of local anaesthetic is that the resultant swelling makes it impossible to feel and confirm that the Thread is being placed at the correct depth and isn’t too deep or too superficial. Placing a Thread too superficially can cause surface deformities such as dimples or troughs. Placing a Thread too deeply will not lift the skin enough, but even worse, could injure important deeper structures.
We prefer to be more accurate with our Thread placements by avoiding extensive infiltration of Local Anaesthetic and instead have our Specialist Anaesthetist administer Intravenous Sedation that allows 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 Face Lift experience. Such surgeons have an intimate and practical knowledge of facial anatomy, and having seen first-hand the tissue layers during open surgery, they have a better ‘feel’ and knowledge that the Threads are being inserted in the correct tissue plane.
- Choose a Clinic that offers both ‘Thread Lifts’ AND Surgical Face Lifts because you are then more likely to be recommended whichever of the two procedures is your best option. As we’ve heard so many times before, if the clinic you’re seeing doesn’t perform Surgical Face Lifts, there’s a real risk that you could be offered a ‘Thread Lift’ when you really should have been recommended a Surgical Face Lift.
- Finally, don’t choose the cheapest quote. A cheap price could reflect inferior quality Threads, a quick or less effective technique, or a doctor without Surgical Facelift experience.
Summary of the principal differences between our ‘Thread Lift’ technique and a surgical face lift
|‘Thread Lift’||Surgical Face Lift|
|Patient Suitability||Best when skin laxity is early and mild.||Best option for advanced facial ageing.|
|Anaesthesia||Local Anaesthesia with Sedation||General Anaesthesia|
|Where is it Done?||In the privacy of our Clinic’s own Operating Theatre or at Hospital depending on the extent of the procedure.||In Hospital with a 1-2 day stay.|
|Length of Procedure||About 2 hours.||4-5 hours.|
|Surgical Scars||Very small, hidden and unnoticeable.||More extensive but easily camouflaged until they fade to white and inconspicuous.|
|‘Downtime’||About 7 days.||Around 2-3 weeks.|
|Temporary ‘Bunching’ of the skin where it is pulled back in front of the ears and/or towards the back of the upper neck.|
Surface Irregularities along the course of the threads are sometimes seen but are usually short-lived.
|No ‘Bunching’ is involved because the pulled-back excess skin is excised. Surface irregularities can occur but are usually temporary.|
|Return to Normal Activities||Usually after 1-2 weeks.||Usually after 2-3 weeks.|
|Possible Complications||Uncommon, minor and usually temporary in experienced hands.||More potential complications exist.|
|Duration of Correction||2-3 years with non-absorbable Threads. Durations of correction with absorbable threads are very unpredictable and could be very short-lived.||Longer lasting, average 7-8 years.|
|When Skin Laxity Returns||Simply add more Threads or go to a Surgical Facelift.||Repeat the Surgical Facelift or have a ‘Thread Lift’.|
|Approximate Total Cost||Depends on the number of Threads required which can only be determined at a consultation when we have our new Threads.||Mini-Face Lift: Around $15,000|
Face & Neck Lift: Around $20,000
Before and After
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Frequently Asked Questions
The best way to find out is to book a detailed Facial Assessment Consultation with one of our experienced Surgeons. If they feel that you would be better off having a Surgical Facelift, they will honestly tell you so because we don’t want you spending $$$ on a ‘Thread Lift’ and not achieve a worthwhile result. Equally, if they feel you are not yet aged enough to warrant a ‘Thread Lift’, they will explain all the various non-surgical options you can consider.
In the privacy of our Clinic’s own Operating Theatre or at Hospital depending on the extent of your procedure and whether any additional procedures are planned.
Around 7 days
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.