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Thread Face Lift

A thread lift isn’t exchangeable for a facelift, but it can offer an effective option for those wanting a less invasive method to restore early jowling, drooping brows and facial sagging.

Thread Lift Procedure Time

Dr. John Flynn will complete the procedure in 1-2 hours however, this is dependent on the individual requirements.


The procedure can be performed under local anaesthetic but in some cases a light sedation may be helpful in relaxing the patient.

Thread Lift Side Effects

One possible side effect of a thread lift procedure is some temporary skin bunching or pleating at the thread insertion site. This usually resolves in 1—2 weeks.

Thread Lift Risks

Apart from a small amount of bruising and associated swelling, there are very few potential risks.


Varied results will be seen by each individual patient however, most patients see results lasting around  3—4 years.

Thread Lift Before and Afters

Facial ageing and treatment

As we get older, our overall facial balance and symmetry changes, along with the texture and quality of our skin. We may slowly begin to notice loose and sagging skin, along with increased volume around the jowls and less suppleness around the cheeks and eyes.

While there are a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures available to counter the signs of facial ageing and restore a youthful appearance, thread lifting is a unique solution that can achieve great results for the right patient.

What is thread lift?

A thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure that lifts and repositions facial tissue to restore a more youthful facial contour. Thread lifts can be used in the upper face to lift the brow, in the mid face to elevate the cheeks and in the lower face to improve the jowls and the neck area. Thread lifting offers immediate results with less downtime and surgical risks compared with facelift surgery. The threads are re-absorbable, and are designed with directional cogs or barbs, which allows for the lifting effect.

A thread lift is an excellent non-surgical treatment for both men and women between the ages of 30 - 60 without too much loose skin.

Also known as: Non-surgical face lift, thread lift, thread lifting, face threading, face thread lift, mini lift, mini facelift, minimally invasive facelift, thread face lift, contour thread lift, eyebrow thread lift, suture lifts, facial threading face lift
Desired results: The ideal candidate for a thread lift is some one wanting a subtle lift. Not yet requiring a face lift but just a little freshen up.
Patients visit us from: Most of our patients are from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and surrounding suburbs. We also see many patients travelling from all over Australia

Thread lift procedure

The thread procedure usually takes between 1 - 1.5 hours to perform, depending on the number of threads and the various locations being treated. During the procedure thin treads are inserted into the skin which enables the skin to be slightly lifted and repositioned. Following the procedure there may be some bruising and slight swelling, however most patients can return to work within a few days.

Types of thread lift

There are many different techniques for applying thread lifts. The technique used will depend on the patient’s individual characteristics and requirements.

Safe Lift

A particular type of thread lift involves a special anchoring technique which means a more secure lift. Using a new filament design and innovative technique, SafFe Lift lasts longer. "Secure Anchorage Facial Threads". The results of the SafFe Lift improve over time (3-6 months) as your collagen encapsulates and contracts around each thread causing even further lifting.

Silhouette lift

A silhouette lift is easier to place as they "float" in the facial tissue. This technique is easier to position, cost effective and offers less downtime. However, the silhouette lift is not expected to last as long as the anchored threads.

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Dr Flynn has pioneered the use of thread lifts in Australia and internationally. He is regularly invited to present at academic events around the world, and conducts thread lift training courses for other surgeons. His personal approach, commitment to natural-looking results and utmost respect for patient wishes has placed him as a leader in this field.

Thread lifting has been around for many years, it is not a new procedure however it has gained popularity in more recent time due to the development of new techniques and technologies.

Thread face lift cost

The cost of a thread lift varies depending on the individual requirements and treatments. Depending on the number of threads required, thread lifting can start from $4,235. However, it is important to remember that individual requirements will vary from patient to patient, therefore the cost of the thread lift will also vary. Dr Flynn will advise you on the exact treatment cost during your consultation.

Face Threading Gold Coast

Find out more information about the modern approach to a facelift in Dr John Flynn's Australian Cosmetic Surgery magazine feature.

For more information about this non-surgical face procedure at our Gold Coast cosmetic practice or to book in a consultation, please contact us.

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Thread Lift FAQs


Patients opt to have a thread lift to reduce signs of premature ageing, specifically sagging skin on the face and neck. A thread lift is an excellent non-surgical treatment for both men and women between the ages of 30 –60 years.

You’re a good candidate for a face thread lift if:

  • You suffer from gentle drooping.
  • Your facial collagen deposits are still able to regenerate.
  • The facial changes are not serious enough to warrant a full facelift.

All medical procedures carry some risks as well as potential benefits. There are general surgical risks such as bruising, bleeding, blood clots, infection.

Bruising is common and resolves well, usually in a matter of days. Bleeding at the time of operation is well controlled but sometimes bleeding occurs after the operation and may collect as a haematoma. If a haematoma is large enough it may need to be drained. This is extremely uncommon.

Poor wound healing is troublesome but uncommon. It is usually due to involvement of hair follicles at the insertion sites. There are treatments available to help to manage these problems.

Major complications such as injury to nerves may cause abnormal movement patterns which may not be able to be corrected. This is extremely uncommon but has been reported.

Infection is uncommon but if it occurs it can be serious and so it needs to be treated seriously. All patients are treated with antibiotics to try to prevent infection. Severe infections may cause skin necrosis and loss of tissue which will need to be repaired.

The most common issues are the temporary occurrence of skin bunching, which might take a 1—2 weeks to resolve. Some pain at the anchorage sites of the threads is to be expected but can be easily treated.

Despite the risks, thread lifts, when performed by an experienced practitioner is a very safe procedure and has a high level of patient satisfaction.