Blog post by Dr Gavin Scriven - a.k.a 'Dr Gav' [MBBS, FRACGP, FACAM]

Topic: What are Cosmetic Threads and how can they be used for face, neck and body rejuvenation? [March, 2023]

Dr Gavin Scriven – also known as ‘Dr Gav’ – is Medical Director at Pavilion Cosmetic Medicine, in Crows Nest (Sydney, Australia).

Dr Gav prides himself on keeping across the latest techniques, products and devices in Cosmetic Medicine, seeking to only offer the best and most effective treatments to his patients.

As a Doctor in the cosmetic industry since 2014, I have seen many advancements over the years.

One of the most exciting developments has been the use of modern cosmetic absorbable threads for face and neck rejuvenation. These threads, which come in many different styles and types, offer unique benefits and advantages for patients who are looking to restore a youthful appearance to their face and neck – namely through skin lifting, skin tightening and overall rejuvenation with advanced collagen stimulation.

There are several different types of cosmetic absorbable threads used in the industry today.

I have been lucky enough to have used almost every single type of absorbable threads or thread lifting systems approved for use in the industry, after starting as a trainer for Silhouette Soft threads, then becoming a Certified APTOS Thread Lifting Doctor, as well as having undertaken several courses by IFAAS (International Fellowship In Advanced Aesthetic Science), including Thread-Lifting and minimally invasive Facelifting workshops with Dr Kwon himself, who focuses specifically on Korean Thread Lifting techniques.

In order to truly understand what the use of ‘Threads’ or ‘Thread lifting’ means, you need to understand what they are, what they look like and what they are made of.

Some types of Cosmetic Thread Types

Let us start with short cosmetic threads.

Short cosmetic threads, also known as ‘Mono Threads’, are smooth threads made of a dissolvable material such as polylactic acid or polydioxanone (more commonly referred to as ‘PDO’). Short PDO Mono Threads are commonly used to tighten and lift saggy skin, particularly around the neck and jawline.

In contrast, Long Cosmetic Threads can be in either a smooth or barbed form. Smooth threads are similar to short threads; whereas the longer barbed threads have small, spring-like projections that anchor the thread in place and provide more lifting power. They are made of a durable material that does not dissolve in the short-term and therefore remains in the body for several months or even years, depending on the thread type/brand.

To learn more about short threads vs long thread lifts, read more about the difference between short and long threads here.

Both smooth and barbed threads can be used to lift and tighten sagging skin, but from my many years of experience, we find that the barbed threads are typically used for more significant lifting and contouring. Additionally, because barbed threads are more visible than smooth threads, they can be used to sculpt a specific area of the face, such as the cheekbones or eyebrows and jawline.

To the naked eye, both types of threads appear as thin, flexible wires or strings. Barbed threads are characterised by small projections along their length, somewhat similar to a fishhook or a porcupine quill. This being said, the barbed threads are typically very small and difficult to see without magnification. Both smooth and barbed threads are inserted into the skin using a thin needle or cannula, and are then carefully positioned by an appropriately qualified practitioner to achieve the desired lifting and tightening effect.

Some of the most common types of threads include PDO threads, PLLA threads, and PCL threads. Each of these thread types carry their own uniquely designed properties, meaning they are suited for different types of people with varying skin types.

Below, I will expand briefly on these different cosmetic thread types

PDO threads are one of the most popular types of threads used in cosmetic procedures today. These PDO threads are made from polydioxanone, which is a biocompatible material that is commonly used in medical sutures. PDO threads come in many different shapes and sizes, and can be used to lift, tighten, and contour different areas of the face and neck.

PLLA threads, also commonly known as poly-L-lactic acid threads, are another popular type of absorbable thread. PLLA threads are made from the same material that is used in the popular collagen stimulating injectable named Sculptra®. Interestingly, PLLA threads work by slowly stimulating collagen production in the skin, resulting in a gradual improvement in the appearance in fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck – or where ever the thread sutures are used.

PCL threads, or polycaprolactone threads, are a newer type of absorbable thread that is quickly gaining popularity. These threads are made from a biodegradable copolymer that is very durable and can provide long-lasting results. PCL threads work by stimulating collagen production in the skin, while also providing immediate lift and support to the tissues.

Regardless of the type of thread used, the benefits of cosmetic absorbable threads are clear. These threads offer several advantages over traditional facelifts and other cosmetic procedures. First and foremost, they are minimally invasive and require little downtime. Patients can return to their normal activities very soon after the procedure and can expect to see results in just a few weeks.

Learn more

Thread lifting options

Read more about nose thread lifting, neck thread lifting, brow lifting with threads, nose thread lifts, body thread lifting, thread lifts and rejuvenation. I have also explored Pros and Cons of Nose Threads versus Nose Filler.

To learn more and have a treatment plan tailored just for you and your individual goals, please feel free to schedule a Cosmetic Doctor consultation with one of our highly experienced thread lifting Doctors.

Doctor consultation fee is $150 – which may be used as a credit toward treatment should you wish to proceed with your treatment plan (which is valid for 6 months).


With our Doctor’s depth of experience, we will develop a tailored treatment plan and recommend the appropriate type of threads and optimal number of threads (and potentially other modalities) based on your individual circumstances, your concerns and our holistic medical assessment.

After your Cosmetic Doctor consultation, you shall receive a written treatment plan with a quote for the bespoke treatment recommended for you and your goals. With our Doctor consultations, you have no obligation to proceed with treatment.

You can also book your Thread Lifting Doctor consultation by calling us at Pavilion Cosmetic Medicine, on 02 9439 9293

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