Thread Lift (Suture Lift)

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(Also known as the Thread Lift, APTOS, Stitch Lift, Safe Lift, Skin Stitch, S Lift, Feather Lift and Hollywood Lift.)
This information has been medically reviewed by Melbourne-based cosmetic doctor Dr. Gordon Ku. LinkedIn Profile here

A thread lift, offered by Me Clinic, is a non-surgical procedure aimed at addressing signs of ageing by tightening the skin on parts of the face and neck. While it is less invasive and less costly than a surgical facelift, it’s important to understand that results can vary and there are potential risks involved. Recovery time can also vary depending on individual circumstances.

Thread lift procedure explained

The thread lift procedure involves the use of medical-grade suture thread to tighten and lift key areas of the face and neck. While the procedure is less invasive than a surgical facelift, it’s not without complexity and requires a period of recovery. The downtime can vary depending on individual circumstances. Thread lifts use medical-grade suture thread material to tighten and lift the treatment area. Once inserted, these threads attach to various soft tissues using small ‘cones’ or ‘barbs’, allowing for a skin tightening effect. The procedure can stimulate collagen production as part of your body’s healing response, which may help to restore some elasticity in your skin. However, results can vary from person to person.

While the thread lift procedure may require less downtime compared to a surgical facelift, it is still a significant medical procedure that should be considered carefully. Using local anaesthetic, sutures and cannula, the thread lift procedure is straightforward with minimal recovery time.

Thread lift effects and benefits

The main purpose of a thread lift is to reposition, tighten, and lift the skin, especially effective for mid-face and areas of the face and neck. Thread lift treatment areas on face and neck include cheeks, nasolabial folds, jowls, and neck. Due to the collagen stimulating effect, the main benefits include the improvement of sagging skin quality and heaviness in the lower part of the face and jawline.

Downtime of thread lift and recovery process post-procedure

While infection is rare, it is a potential risk, along with other side effects such as temporary skin dimpling. It’s important to discuss these potential risks with your doctor. There also may be initial swelling from the local anaesthetic. The recovery process from a thread lift procedure can vary greatly from patient to patient. While some may experience minimal downtime, others may require a longer recovery period. Pin prick marks may appear and while bruising and swelling is possible, it’s uncommon. Most patients can apply makeup after 2-3 days with post-procedure side effects not noticeable to others.

Find Out More: Consultation pre-procedure and preparation process

We offer a number of styles of thread lift procedures at Me Clinic. To find out more about the thread lift process as well as pre-procedure preparation, make contact with our clinic.

Dr. Gordon Ku has extensive experience with the thread lift procedure and has performed it hundreds of times. He also provides training to other doctors in this specific procedure.

We perform the following Thread Lift (Suture Lift) treatments

Silhouette Soft Thread Lift

Silhouette Soft® threads offer a non-surgical option for facial and neck tightening, developed with patient comfort and minimal downtime in mind.

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Thread Lift Trends

Thread lifts have emerged as a leading trend in cosmetic rejuvenation, offering a less invasive alternative to traditional facelifts. With the beauty industry’s rebound post-COVID-19, Me Clinic reports a surge in interest for this procedure, known for its quick process and minimal downtime.

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Neck Thread Lift

The neck thread lift solves the issue of sagging skin to create a more youthful look for your neck. Read on to learn more about this procedure now.

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Silhouette Soft® Thread Lift

Silhouette Soft is the most state of the art threads in the world. No Cutting. No Surgery. Minimal downtime. The procedure is done usually within 30 minutes.

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Thread Lift Before And After

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Nose Thread Lift

Nose Thread lift is an innovative treatment that reshapes your nose with immediate and natural results. This walk-in walk-out non-invasive treatment provides all the benefits of a nose reshape and lift with a quick recovery time and minimal downtime.

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Face Thread Lift

With a face thread lift, Melbourne patients can rectify sagging skin to create a more youthful aesthetic. Interested in a refreshed look? Read on for more.

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Why Me Clinic?

Me Clinics across Australia offer effective surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures to combat the signs of ageing. Our expert team of cosmetic doctors have decades of experience in surgical and non-surgical procedures. Besides thread lifts, some of our other non-surgical procedures for the face which work to smooth fine lines and restore volume include dermal filler treatments, anti-wrinkle injections, laser skin rejuvenation and skin needling. We also offer surgical cosmetic procedures which includes forehead and brow lift, face lift neck lift, and chin and neck liposuction.

To find out more about our Melbourne clinics’ various facial cosmetic procedures and potential side effects, as well as realistic expectations and the most suitable treatment option for you, book a consultation with a Me Clinic surgeon. We also offer online consultations as a first step in learning more about our clinics’ treatments and suitability for your needs.

Booking your first initial consultation

There are risks involved in all surgical procedures whether cosmetic or non-cosmetic. In assessing the suitability of a cosmetic procedure for you, it’s imperative to check the qualifications, credentials and experience of your surgeon. During your initial consultation with your surgeon about potential cosmetic surgery and/or treatments, ask about possible complications, side effects, and expected recovery process. Also enquire about your surgeon’s previous patients’ post-surgery results. Another consideration is whether your surgeon has been highly recommended by someone you trust. Experience counts.

For all cosmetic procedures at Me Clinic, an initial consultation with our surgeon is required to assess if you’re a good candidate for the treatment and to help you make an informed decision before proceeding with any treatment.

Dr Gordon Ku

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Surgical Warning: Before proceeding with any surgical procedure, patients should seek a second opinion from qualified healthcare practitioners.

The information on the website is for general guidance only and cannot be used as a basis to make a surgical decision, an initial consultation with our surgeon is required to help patients make an informed decision before proceeding with any surgical procedure.


The actual thread lift procedure at our clinic takes approximately 60 minutes. In terms of thread lift effects, the lasting benefits depends on the type of thread lift and number of threads used. These factors determine a thread lifts’ effects, which generally last between 18-24 months.

The cost of a thread lift depends on the type of thread lift procedure and the number of threads required. For example, the cost for a suture facelift procedure at Me Clinic starts at $6,500. And the cost of a Silhouette Soft® thread lift procedure at Me Clinic starts at $4,600. To determine the costs of your thread lift procedure, you’ll need a consultation with a surgeon at Me Clinic. This will include an assessment to then be able to provide you with a full, obligation-free quote.

A thread lift procedure for the face at our clinic is a cosmetic procedure that is minimally invasive with little downtime—which is different to a traditional facelift. A face thread lift is performed in our clinic without having to go under the knife, which is the case for facelift surgery. Our clinics’ face thread lift is a facial rejuvenation cosmetic procedure which is non-invasive and can take as little as 60 minutes with exceptional and immediate results.

There are many types of threads that can be used in a thread lift procedure—threads that ‘lift’ and threads that ‘don’t lift’; threads with lifting effect results that last only a few months, and threads with results that last more than 2 years. Me Clinic’s expert doctors prefer to use threads that ‘lift’ and with results lasting more than 2 years. The duration of your cosmetic result may depend on your age, metabolism and skin quality.

There are three main types of thread used during a thread lift procedure; polydioxanone (PDO threads), polylactic acid (PLLA), and polycaprolactone (PCA). The choice of type of thread used will depend on your individual characteristics. However, manufacturers of PDO threads have stated that PDO threads will only last 6 months to a year, whereas the results of PCA and PLLA threads can last more than 2 years. Latest innovation in thread lift treatment such as Silhouette Soft® Thread Lift use 100% bio-absorbable threads that stimulate the formation of a supporting collagen matrix that will anchor the lift as the threads dissolve over 1-2 years.

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