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Dr Gavin Scriven / Senior Cosmetic Physician and Medical Director

It’s inevitable that as we get older we start to notice sagging skin on our face, neck and body, coupled with changes in the texture and quality of our skin. Thread lifting offers a non-surgical solution to correct these age-related changes and can achieve outstanding results with low downtime. 

Why choose us?

Our Cosmetic Physicians, led by Medical Director, Dr Gavin Scriven [MBBS, FRACGP, FACAM] (@dr.gavscriv), specialise in Thread Lifting for face, neck, and body. All have been performing these treatments for many years after training in thread lifting techniques both locally and internationally, and having trained other doctors on how to perform Thread Lifts as trainers.

Our Cosmetic Doctors are experienced with a variety of different types of threads to address our clients’ individual concerns and depending on the face, neck or body area; including APTOS, Silhouette Soft, MINT and Korean PDO Long and Mono Threads.

With our depth of experience in aesthetics we will develop a tailored treatment plan for your personal goals and our holistic medical assessment.

What is a thread lift? 

Thread lifting is a minimally invasive technique that lifts the soft tissues of the face, neck or body. The procedure involves the use of multiple biocompatible threads inserted under the skin to lift and support the underlying skin tissues, pulling the skin at specific vectors to achieve a natural-looking contoured result. 

Acting as a kind of scaffolding, threads typically have unique cogs or barbs which attach to the tissue as they lift the skin, complementing the natural line of the face or neck (including the nose), or other parts of the body such as the knees, arms, thighs and abdomen. 

A thread lift has a two-stage lifting effect: the initial lift is seen immediately as the threads anchor to the tissues under your skin. The secondary lift is through the production of new collagen – as your body gradually dissolves the threads, it generates new collagen in their place, helping to maintain the lifting effect for years to come while also improving skin quality and appearance. 

Types of threads and thread lifts 

We use a variety of best-in-class premium threads at Pavilion Cosmetic Medicine and in a Doctor consultation we will make a recommendation on the most suitable option for you depending on your treatment needs, area of the body to be treated, as well as your individual requirements and preferences. All of the threads we use are biodegradable and medical-grade and have been extensively used in surgical procedures for many years.

Our Senior Cosmetic Physicians are experienced in the latest and most advanced types of threads. These include Silhouette Soft PLA (polylactic acid) Threads, MINT PDO (polydioxanone) Threads, APTOS (polylactic acid and polycaprolactone), and Korean PDO Long and Short PDO Mono Threads.

Thread lifts can be used to lift sagging tissue and rejuvenate and tighten skin on many areas of the face and body, including:

Read more here about cosmetic absorbable thread lifting options that we offer at Pavilion Cosmetic Medicine – as described by Dr Gavin Scriven [our Medical Director].

You may also read Dr Gav’s blog about the Pros and Cons of Nose Threads versus Nose Filler (using HA Dermal Filler).

Key benefits

  • Minimally invasive alternative to surgical procedures
  • No incisions or scarring
  • Comfortable procedure
  • Provides natural-looking lift and tone to the face, jowls, neck and brow
  • Stimulates collagen to improve the appearance of lax skin on the neck, arms, abdomen and other areas
  • Provides immediate, high-impact results that continue to improve over time as collagen forms around the threads
  • Limited downtime
  • Quick procedure
  • Walk-in, walk-out procedure
  • Long-lasting outcomes


The lift and tone from Thread Lifting can often be seen immediately, and will continue to improve over time as the threads integrate with facial tissue and collagen forms around the threads.

Best results can take between 6 weeks and 6 months to appear and will last up to 3 years.

Typical treatment areas

  • Mid-Face – to redefine the cheekbone contour, firming up the skin and giving a fuller appearance to the cheeks and reducing the nasolabial folds.
  • Nose – to lift nasal tip, heighten the bridge, slimming of the dorsal ridge, and create the desired side and front profile.
  • Lower Jaw – to regain definition of the jawline and reduce jowls.
  • Brows – to open up the eyes and raise the outer edge of the eyebrow.
  • Eyes – to lift the corner of the eyes creating the popular Cat Eye or Fox Eye look.
  • Forehead – to stimulate collagen and reduce the appearance of lines on the forehead.
  • Neck – to give an overall tightening effect including reducing sagging skin under the chin.
  • Arms – to tighten sagging skin of the upper arms. Particularly useful following weight loss.
  • Abdomen – to tighten and improve the appearance of lax skin on the abdomen that can appear with ageing, or after pregnancy or weight loss.
  • Inner thighs – to tighten and improve the appearance of lax skin that can appear with ageing or after weight loss.
Treatment Details

What to expect


A Cosmetic Doctor consultation is required prior to treatment. Our Senior Cosmetic Physician will listen to your concerns, assess your degree of ageing and skin laxity, and develop a personalised treatment plan aligned with your needs and aesthetic objectives. You will also be explained the procedure in detail, we will answer any questions you may have, and give you an understanding of the potential results a thread lift could achieve for you.

During consultation, you will be advised of the thread type suitable and how many threads are required to achieve your desired results.

Downtime and recovery are significantly less than traditional surgery, ranging from 2-7 days depending on the extent of your procedure and the area treated.


The procedure is performed in our clinic and does not require any incisions or sedation. Local anaesthesia will be injected at entry/exit points and the procedure itself is typically comfortable; you should feel no pain and little discomfort. 

The threads are inserted just below the dermis using a long, soft needle or cannula. The skin is gently remodelled and the threads tightened into position. The unique little cones or barbs on the threads connect with tissue and retain skin in the new compressed position. The sensation of threading is much like a standard dermal filler procedure using a micro-cannula.

A thread lifting procedure takes about 60 minutes.

Downtime and Recovery

The most common side effects are mild swelling, bruising and tenderness, which should subside 3-5 days after treatment. Less common risks include infection and nerve damage – always make sure you see a qualified doctor experienced in the thread lifting procedure to help mitigate these risks.


Featured packages

APTOS Full Face Thread Lift Package
Combines the advanced APTOS Light Lift Thread Method with APTOS Excellence Visage Method for a natural-looking holistic skin lifting, skin tightening and collagen stimulation to cheeks and lower face.

I. Aptos Excellence Visage Method

- Uses long multi-directional barbed PLLA/PCL threads x 10 threads to whole face for collagen stimulation, skin tightening and subtle lift lasting up to 3 years.

II. Aptos Light Lift Thread 2G Method

- 2 x V shaped long bi-directional barbed threads (1 x pair), used to create strong lift to either upper or lower face addressing deep nasolabial folds or jowls.

- Results last up to 3 years.

Package Price: From $5,500 as a combination package (more than $6,900 if purchased individually)

APTOS Thread Lift to Upper Face Lift and Skin Rejuvenation Package
Combines Aptos Light Lift Thread Method with Aptos Nano Excellence Method threads for optimal lift, skin tightening and contouring to the upper face.

I. Aptos Light Lift Thread 2G Method

- 2 x V shaped long bi-directional barbed threads (1 x pair), which are used to create strong lift to upper face helping to flatten nasolabial folds and lift sagging cheek tissue.

- Last up to 2 years.

II. Nano Excellence Method

- Using 5 x 7cm multi-directional barbed threads to either side of the face (10 threads in total). These threads fixate and armour the tissue with collagen in the cheeks providing a nice natural looking contour.

- This network of collagen also acts to tighten the skin, reduce fine lines, and gives better support for lifting provided by the APTOS Light Lift Thread Method.

Package Price: From $4,800 as a combination package (more than $5,200 if purchased individually)

APTOS Lower Face Thread Lift to Marionette Lines and Smile Lines, combining two uniquely selected Aptos threads with advanced techniques
Combination of I + II.

I. APTOS Light Lift Spring threads are uniquely designed to stretch in areas of movement such as around the mouth.

- Flattens marionette folds and stimulates collagen to reduce fine lines.
- Provides subtle lift to cheeks.

II. APTOS Nano Vitis method x 10 threads to treat smile lines.

- Double stranded high quality 7cm PLLA/PCL threads that fortify lower face with collagen to address fine lines and wrinkles.

Package Price: From $3,500 as a combination package price (more than $4,400 if purchased individually)

APTOS Ultimate Full Face Thread Lift and Skin Tightening Package
Combines 3 different styles of Aptos threads with unique techniques to achieve the following:

I. Aptos Excellence Visage Method
- Uses long multidirectional barbed PLLA/PCL threads x 10 to whole face for collagen stimulation, skin tightening and subtle lift lasting up to 3 years.

II. Aptos Light Lift Thread 2G Method
- 2 x V shaped long bidirectional barbed threads (2 x pairs)
- Utilised to create strong lift to either upper or lower face addressing deep nasolabial folds or jowls.

III. Light Lift Spring thread Method
- Flattens marionette folds and stimulates collagen to reduce fine lines.
- Provides subtle lift to cheeks (natural looking results).
- Overall results lasting up to 3 years.

Package Price: From $7,900 as a combination package price (more than $9,000 if purchased individually)

Your Questions Answered

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Can I have multiple thread lifts?

Yes, one of the many benefits of a thread lift is that you can combine different areas of the face and body for a truly harmonious result.

Thread lifts can also be an excellent adjunct to other anti-ageing procedures, such as dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxers, laser skin resurfacing and radiofrequency non-surgical skin tightening.

Am I good candidate for a Thread Lift?

If you are looking to improve mild to moderate sagging on your face, neck or areas of your body such as the knees, elbows, upper arms or thighs, thread lifting offers an excellent option. During your consultation with one of our Cosmetic Doctors, we will assess your degree of skin laxity and skin characteristics before advising on whether a Thread Lift is the best option for you.

If you have more extensive sagging or loose skin, other non-invasive methods or even surgery may be more appropriate to achieve a more dramatic result. We will discuss all considerations with you in detail in your Doctor consultation which is required as the first step.

Is Thread Lifting safe?

Performed by Doctors only, with significant experience in thread lifting techiques. The thread lift procedure is low risk, particularly when considering their minimally invasive nature. As with any cosmetic medical procedure, however, there are certain risks and complications to be aware of, including swelling, infection, asymmetry or nerve damage. A skilled Doctor will help to mitigate these risks, as will following the pre and post-procedure care program provided by our Cosmetic Physicians.

How much does a Thread Lift cost?

The cost of a Thread Lift will depend on the type of threads used, the area being treated, and the number of threads used in your treatment. During your consultation, our Cosmetic Doctor will advise you of the optimal type and number of threads suited for your unique concerns and we will provide you with a detailed quote.

Doctor consultations are $150, with this consultation fee being used as a credit toward the price of treatment.


Interested in Thread Lifting treatments?

We welcome you to Pavilion Cosmetic Medicine Sydney for a consultation with our Cosmetic Physicians, who'll tailor a treatment plan specific to your concerns and desires.

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