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Threads Procedure

Why Thread Lifting?

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. Thread Lifting is often combined with other procedures such as dermal filler and radiofrequency assisted lipolysis to achieve an even better holistic cosmetic outcome.

Why choose us?

Led by our Principle Cosmetic Physician and Medical Director, Dr Gavin Scriven (@dr.gavscriv), our Senior Cosmetic Doctors have extensive experience in Thread Lifting on the face, neck threading, and body thread lifting after having trained in advanced techniques both locally and internationally. Our Senior Cosmetic Doctors have been performing these treatments for many years after having trained in thread lifting techniques both locally and internationally as a trainers.

Dr Gavin Scriven, Dr Toshi Zia, Dr Jeremy Cumpston and our experienced cosmetic physicians utilise in 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 PDO Mono Threads. With our depth of experience 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, 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 areas treated

We use a variety of best-in-class premium threads at Pavilion Cosmetic Medicine, and will advise you on the most appropriate 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 Doctors 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 Mono Threads.

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

  • 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.

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].

Key benefits

  • Minimally invasive alternative to surgical procedures
  • No incisions or scarring
  • 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
  • Completed in less than one hour
  • Limited downtime post treatment
  • Long-lasting


The initial lift from a thread lift is seen immediately. A secondary lift effect is achieved around 3-6 months later as the threads integrate with skin 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.

Our Doctors use a variety of different threads based on unique individual factors to achieve anti-ageing and optimal aesthetic results for our patients.

Treatment Details

What to expect


A Doctor consultation is required prior to treatment. Your Doctor 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. He will also explain the procedure in detail, 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.


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

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 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.


APTOS Face Thread 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)

How long does a thread lift last?

A thread lift typically lasts around 18-24 months, and can last up to 3 years in some cases, depending on the type of thread used in your procedure. Your Doctor will explain the differences between the different types of threads and which one is best suited for your particular needs. Many of our patients opt for “top-up” threads every 12-18 months to prolong their results. 

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. At 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 extensive sagging or loose skin, surgery may be more appropriate to achieve a more dramatic result.

Is thread lifting safe?

Performed by a skilled and experienced doctor, thread lifts are low risk, due to 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 provided by us at Pavilion Cosmetic Medicine.  

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 amount of threads used. At your consultation with one of our Cosmetic Doctors we will advise you the best type and amount of threads for your unique concerns and we will provide you with a written quote. As a price guide, treatment starts at $300 for short collagen stimulating threads; and from $1,500 for long threads. Price varies based on the body area, and number of threads and type of threads used.


Interested in Thread Lifting treatments?

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

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