Rejuvenate Your Face with a Thread Lift

A thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure that lifts and tightens skin tissue, giving a more youthful appearance. Typically performed on the face and known as a non-surgical facelift, it is an alternative to a traditional facelift or neck lift, which are more invasive procedures.

Recently, the technique been used on other areas of the body, including the upper arms, thighs, buttocks, breasts and waistline. However, the thread facelift is still the most common thread lift procedure.

How Does a Thread Lift Work?

The threads used in this procedure are made from surgical-grade material and are the key to the treatment’s success. PDO (polydioxanone) is the most common. It is widely used and is the same material used in sutures.

The length, shape and thickness of PDO threads are crucial to the result of the treatment as they all serve a unique purpose. More than one type may be used in a PDO thread lift treatment, depending on the desired cosmetic goals, and the preference of the administering practitioner.

Threads are inserted under the skin and perform several functions.

1:         Primarily, they lift sagging skin. This is carried out mechanically by the practitioner. The threads have invisible barbs that grab the underlying tissues under the skin. When they are pulled this lifts the skin to minimize the signs of ageing.

2:         The barbed threads trigger the body’s healing response. This is because the body detects them under the skin, and even though they are not causing injury, it stimulates the body to produce collagen in the affected area. Collagen forms a supporting matrix under the skin that stops skin sagging and restores elasticity for a more youthful appearance.

3:         Collagen production has a thickening and tightening effect on the connective layers in the skin. Consequently, this leads to fat tissues contracting and becoming less visible beneath the strengthened dermis layer of the skin. Thus, thread lift treatment can also result in a slimming effect.

What Areas Can Benefit from a Thread Facelift?

As you get older, your face starts to droop. As a result, wrinkles become more pronounced and the skin on your cheeks may start to sag or fold. Thus, drooping skin on the face and neck, fine lines and wrinkles can all be improved with the treatment, as well as:

  • Jowls
  • Jawline
  • Browline
  • Under-eye area
  • Eyebrows
  • Nasojugal groove
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead
  • Cheeks
  • Marionette lines

Who is a Suitable Candidate for Thread Lifts?

Thread lifts offer subtle changes to the signs of ageing and will benefit individuals with mild to moderate rather than severe changes. The procedure has been used since the 1990s. Due to its non-invasive nature, it is becoming increasingly popular in the field of anti-ageing treatments.

For those who feel a surgical facelift is too risky because of medical or anaesthesia concerns, thread lifting is considered a safe and effective alternative. Typically, suitable candidates for the treatment are in good health in the mid-30s to mid-50s age group.

To decide if you are a candidate for the procedure, many factors need to be considered. This includes your age, medical conditions that might increase risk during and after (such as blood clotting disorders), weight changes in the past six months and your family history. It’s important that any decisions are made with the advice of a skilled practitioner who has experience in the field of cosmetic dermatology.

Things To Avoid Before Treatment

Give your body a helping hand so that it is fully fit, which will speed your recovery and give you the best outcome. You should avoid:

  • Smoking and alcohol for a week before treatment. They dehydrate the skin, which can affect the anaesthetic. Plus, they can impede the healing and recovery process
  • Aspirin-based products as these can cause bleeding

What Happens During a Thread Lift Procedure?

To prevent discomfort, local anaesthetic and a topical numbing agent are applied to the treatment site. Treatment begins once the anaesthesia takes effect. Using either a sharp-tipped needle or cannula, polydioxanone threads are inserted under the skin. Lifting the skin is achieved by gently pulling them and cutting off the excess threads.

Treatment takes up to 30 minutes, dependent on what area is treated. Once complete, the cannula or needle are removed, and you are free to leave.

What to expect after a Thread Lift?

Downtime after the treatment is minimal and side-effects are mild and temporary. You may experience some swelling and bruising. Thus, you may want to take a few days off work. Furthermore, it may be best if you do not schedule any important social engagements immediately after the treatment for a couple of weeks.

Generally, you can resume your normal day-to-day routine. However, you should avoid rubbing your face vigorously or sleeping on your side for a week or two. Although gentle exercise, such as walking, is acceptable, avoid strenuous exercise, saunas and facial beauty treatments.

How long until I can see the Benefits?

Visible lifting is immediately noticeable following the procedure. Although the threads are non-permanent and dissolve in around 6 months, the lifting effect induced by the production of new collagen can last for between 1-3 years—particularly if the procedure is combined with other anti-ageing treatments.

Benefits of Thread lifts vs Facelifts

It’s important to note that a thread lift will deliver subtle changes that do not compare to the dramatic results achieved from a surgical facelift. However, if you have realistic expectations, a summary of the benefits include:

  • Lower risk of complications than facelifts
  • General anaesthesia is not required
  • No scarring
  • Results can be enhanced with additional treatments, such as dermal fillers
  • Virtually no downtime
  • The temporary nature means you don’t have to live with the results forever if you don’t like it
  • Costs significantly less than a facelift
  • Low-risk way of seeing how a permanent procedure may look
Thread lift - Before Anf After

Macro Beauty Interview- February 2021

Risks and Side-Effects

Thanks to their non-invasive nature, thread lifts do not carry the risks, such as scarring, bleeding, severe bruising and other complications that facelift surgery does. But, all medical procedures carry some risk. The known side-effects of discomfort, pain, bruising, swelling and soreness are to be expected. You will be given information on how to manage these in the days following your treatment.

In rare cases, complications may develop which include:

  • Haematoma—caused by blood leaking into the surrounding area when the practitioner accidentally damages the wall of a blood vessel
  • Infection
  • Facial Asymmetry may be caused by several factors, including inadequate lifting in one side, inherent facial asymmetry or the use of anaesthetic.
  • Migration of threads may be due to weak barbs or if the thread overlays an area of excessive movement
  • Dimpling may occur if the skin is too thin, by excessive facial expressions or in a sunken cheek
  • Visible threads may be seen if they have been inserted superficially, or the skin is too thin

Despite the complications that may occur with this procedure, thread lift is one of the safest and most advanced anti-ageing procedures, provided it is performed by a practitioner who is skilled in performing it.

At Antiaging Group Barcelona, we have a full team of specialists, including plastic surgeons and cosmetic dermatologists, who have extensive experience in facial and body aesthetics. They will provide a thorough examination of your problem areas, evaluating your goals, medical history and the condition of your skin to ensure the treatment is suitable for you. We want you to feel confident about any procedure you have with us and ask you to get in touch with us if you have any questions or would like to find out more.

If you’re bothered by the effects of the ageing process on your skin, a thread lift can rejuvenate your face and give you a more youthful, confident outlook. You deserve the best, so book an appointment with us and let us help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

How Much Does a Thread Lift Cost?

A thread lift is customized to your unique skin type, texture and aesthetic goals. Every procedure is personal to you and to your needs, and so is the cost.

Since we know that cost is important, we welcome you to visit our facilities for a free, no-obligation visit. You’ll have time to consult with the plastic surgeon, ask questions, and talk about any concerns. We’ll identify the best solution and the best price for you.

Why Choose Antiaging Group Barcelona for your thread lift in Spain?

We’re so glad you asked! With over 20 years of experience, Antiaging Group Barcelona is a leading clinic in thread lift treatments.

Doctor Jesús Benito is a member of many international plastic surgery organizations, has won numerous awards, and is dedicated to his patients. His world-class medical center in Spain is sought out for its excellence and state-of-the-art procedures. A highly trained team supports Doctor Benito and provides superb care for every patient.

Doctor Jesús Benito: Publications:

  • Absorbable screws in endoscope-assisted forehead lifting. Benito J, Camargo VJ, Torres A.Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2003
  • Lifting medio facial. VI Reunión de la Sociedad de Cirugía Plástica, reparadora y Estética de la Comunidad Valenciana. 28-29 de octubre de 2005. Valencia
  • Are lifting techniques for midface rejuvenation outdated? Congreso de EASAPS, Madrid 28 y 29 de noviembre de 2014.


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    Antiaging Group Barcelona

    Ronda del General Mitre, 84, 08021 (Barcelona, Spain)

    Nearest Metro Stations: Les Tres Torres / La Bonanova

    Cosmetic and plastic surgery in Spain | AGB | Dr Jesús Benito
    Cosmetic and plastic surgery in Spain | AGB | Dr Jesús Benito