Lifting threads are a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment designed to lift and tighten sagging skin on the face and neck. The threads, made of absorbable material, are inserted sub dermally where tiny barbs anchor into the tissue and pull it back to create a lifting effect. Whilst the inserted thread is naturally re-absorbed by the body over the following 6-12 months, new collagen is stimulated in the area, giving an ongoing boost to the hydration and structure of the surrounding skin.
Lifting threads are great for those that are beginning to notice the effects of aging but are not yet ready to commit to a surgical face-lift and do not wish to add any extra volume to their face with fille
It is my first time with you, do I need to book a consultation beforehand?
Welcome! It is not necessary to book a separate consultation in addition to treatment time. Each appointment is flexible and includes ample consultation time. Of course, if you are unsure and would like some time to think your options over before proceeding, you are more than welcome to book in for a no obligation consultation.
How long does the appointment take?
Each lifting thread appointment takes approximately 45 minutes including consultation time. The majority of this time is spent designing a treatment plan and numbing. Inserting the threads generally only takes a few minutes depending on the area being treated. Please allow approximately 90 minutes due to the unpredictable nature of medical appointments.
What can I expect after treatment?
Thread lift results can be seen instantly, however these may be somewhat exaggerated and masked by bruising and swelling. There may also be a pulling or puckering of the skin near the thread insertion site. This is completely normal and typically subsides by the 1-week mark. The majority of severe swelling generally settles within 3-4 days, however healing of trauma and minute swelling beneath the tissue surface can persist for 3-4 weeks. Therefore, the final result will often not be seen for at least 1 month, and by that time should appear natural and subtle.
How long do results last?
Depending on the individual and number of threads used, the lifting effect of threads can last anywhere from 3-12 months.
Will I bruise or swell?
Lifting threads will commonly result in minor bruising or swelling. Rarely, this can be severe and may take over a week to completely heal. Therefore, it is recommended treatment is conducted at least a few weeks before any important events. If you bruise easily, you may be at higher risk of bruising. The risk of bruising may be lessened by avoiding blood-thinning vitamins, medications and foods for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment. Intense exercise, caffeine and alcohol should be avoided for 24 hours prior to treatment.
Are there any risks?
Lifting threads have been safely used for many years. As with all medical procedures, the treatment does carry rare, but possible side-effects. These are discussed in detail during consultation and include the possibility of ongoing swelling, bruising, pain, nerve injury, and unsatisfactory aesthetic outcomes such as temporary puckering or thread visibility. All potential risks and side-effects are discussed in detail during each appointment.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for my appointment?
It is preferable you attend your appointment make-up free. If this is not possible, makeup in the targeted areas will be removed by our practitioners prior to treatment. If you wish to minimise your chances of bruising, it is also recommended that, where medically suitable, you avoid blood thinning medications and vitamins for 1-2 weeks prior. You should also avoid alcohol and caffeine in the preceding 24 hours and not partake in any heat inducing activities, such as heavy workouts, the day of treatment.
What are the after-care instructions?
Remain upright for 4-6 hours post treatment.
Avoid any heat-inducing activities for 48 hours post treatment. These include intense exercise, steam rooms, saunas, spas.
Avoid makeup for 48 hours post treatment.
Avoid blood thinning medications, vitamins and food for 48 hours post treatment.
Avoid placing any pressure on treated areas for 1-week post treatment. This includes vigorously rubbing or massaging the area, unless instructed otherwise. If desired, ice may be gently applied to the treated area to help with any bruising or swelling.
Avoid tattooing, lasers or invasive facials for 2-weeks post treatment.
Is the treatment painful?
Almost all patients find lifting thread treatments very comfortable. A very strong numbing cream is applied topically, and anaesthetic agent is also injected beneath the skin prior to thread insertion. Depending on your own pain tolerance, some gentle pinches or small pricks may be felt but the treatment is very quick, and for the most part, very tolerable.
I’m needle-phobic, can I still have treatment?
Of course! Cosmetic Nurse Jana specialises in treating nervous patients and has many techniques to ensure your complete comfort. Please make sure you have a big meal prior to treatment.
I’m flying in to see you, can I have treatment on the same day?
Cosmetic Nurse Jana has many clients fly interstate to see her. Generally, she prefers patients to avoid flying for 24-48hours post treatment and to be available for a 2-week review if needed.
Who can’t have treatment?
Anyone under 18, pregnant or breast-feeding women, anyone unwell and anyone undergoing dental work or facial surgery 2 weeks either side of their appointment. It is the patient’s obligation to inform the practitioner of all medical issues and medications. All patients are consulted with a doctor prior to treatment where any individual medical issues or potential contraindications can be discussed.