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Everything You Wanted To Know About The Thread Lift Procedure

Quick Fact Summary:

A thread lift procedure is a minimally invasive alternative to facelift surgery. Thread lifts aim to tighten your skin by inserting medical-grade thread material into your face & then “pulling” your skin up by tightening the thread. Modern thread materials encourage collagen to form along the thread replacing it as it dissolves while maintaining the lifting & tightening effects.


Thread lifts are considered a low-risk procedure with minimal recovery time, but side effects of redness, bruising, & swelling can occur.


This procedure can be performed in about 60 minutes, & most people can carry on as usual afterward. Finding a trained, licensed provider is the key to a safe, effective thread lift.


A thread lift is less expensive than a traditional facelift but is more pricey than standard Botox/filler treatments. Costs vary according to how many pairs of threads are needed. At Freyja, we use the best threads currently on the market, Silhouette Soft priced at £375/pair.


Thread lift procedures won’t give the same results as a facelift, but they can be remarkable, nevertheless! Even 1 cm of lift to the cheeks or jowls can take years off a face. Results from a thread lift last from 1 to 3 years. For the best results, we recommend combining a thread lift with other kinds of anti-aging procedures, such as improving skin quality with microneedling & PRP.

What is a thread lift?

A thread lift is a cosmetic procedure that aims to lift and sculpt the shape of your face or neck. Thread lifts use temporary, medical-grade suture material to “tighten” your skin so that it looks more youthful and less saggy!

Thread lifts have been around since the 90’s, but new innovations in the material used for them have led to their increased popularity recently.

The ideal candidate for a thread lift is in their late 30s to early 50s and is generally in good health with decent skin quality. If your skin isn’t ideal, we may need to help you to improve that before attempting the thread lift so that you get the best results.

How does a thread lift work?

The thread lift procedure works in two ways.

The first is fairly straightforward. By threading thin, dissolvable sutures underneath your skin, your doctor is able to pull your skin tighter and produce lift to areas that are sagging.

The thread grabs onto your skin with tiny cones (or hooked barbs in the older types of thread).

Once a thread is inserted, your body’s healing response is triggered. Even though you’re not injured by the threads under your skin, your body detects a suture material and stimulates collagen production in the affected area. Collagen can fill gaps in sagging skin and restore a more youthful elasticity to your face.

Thread lift procedure

The procedure for thread lift may be slightly different depending on the area you’re targeting as well as your provider’s preferences, but the basic technique is usually the same.

You’ll be asked to recline in the room where your procedure is being performed. Skin sterilising solution will be used as well as either topical or injected anesthetic. A thin needle or cannula will be used to insert the threads underneath your skin. Inserting the threads can take 30 to 45 minutes.

After the threads are inserted, the method of insertion will be removed. You may feel slight pressure or tightening under your skin.

Within a few minutes of the needles being taken out, your procedure will be complete and you’ll be free to go home.

Are there any risks or side effects?

A thread lift is considered a low-risk procedure, but there are side effects and a risk of complications.

After a thread lift, it’s not uncommon to experience the following:

  • bruising
  • swelling
  • bleeding
  • slight discomfort at the site of the thread injection
  • small chance of dimpling at the injection site (can be corrected easily)
  • infection at the site of the procedure

What to expect after a thread lift

Recovery after a successful thread lift is quite minimal. While there may be some visible swelling and bruising, you can go back to your normal activities straight afterward, although we do recommend avoiding exercise for a week or so.

Results should be apparent right after the threads are put into place, but you may notice more in the days and weeks right after they are inserted, as swelling and bruising start to subside.

Results from a thread lift aren’t meant to be permanent. Successful effects typically last from 1 to 3 years.

Thread lift vs. facelift

A thread lift won’t give you the same dramatic results as a surgical facelift, and if you’re considering investing in this procedure, it’s important to have realistic expectations.

Saying that, the risks of complications with surgical facelifts are much higher, and if you don’t like the results of a facelift, there’s not much you can do about it! If you don’t like the result of a thread lift, you can simply wait for them to dissolve.

If you’re noticing signs of aging in your face or neck with sagging or drooping skin, then a thread lift is a low-risk way to rejuvenate your face and restore your confidence.

Written by Keli Thorsteinsson
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