What is Thread Lift?

Thread Lift is basically a non-surgical face lift.  It uses threads to help raise sagging skin.  These threads are absorbed by the skin over a period of 2 to 3 months, while simultaneously inducing collagen formation over the course of around 9 months.  It is best done among patients from their 30’s to early 60’s. 


Unlike face lift which leaves you with a visible scar and a long recovery period, thread lift has no incisions and downtime is very minimal.  The thread is inserted under the skin where tightening and volume is needed.  The procedure is done under local or topical anesthesia depending on the pain tolerance of the patient.  Immediate results are expected especially for tightening. 


There are different types of threads which are used for different purposes. Mono Threads are smooth threads, commonly used to address sagging skin on the neck, under eye, forehead and cheek. It primarily induces collagen formation which leads to skin tightening and increase in volume.  Mono threads may also be used as a non-surgical nose lift procedure to create a nasal bridge.  Cog Threads are threads with hooks or barbs to anchor the sagging tissue and lift it up. It is most effective along the jawline to treat jowls and marionette line, as well as improving deep nasolabial folds. It is also effective in lifting sagging eyebrows.   


Right after the procedure, very minimal swelling is expected. Sometimes bruising may occur especially around the eye area which is highly vascular. Mono threads are more prone to extrude out of the skin compared to cog threads.  Other complications, such as infection, hematoma or bleeding are marginal compared if you undergo a surgical procedure.  


Written by Dr. Aicee Bernal a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon and Permanent Makeup Artist since 2013.