A thread lift is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that lifts and tightens your skin for a younger look. A thread lift also stimulates your body’s collagen production. Collagen creates firmer, more supple skin and naturally diminishes with age. A thread lift procedure has a quick recovery with minimal complications.
A thread lift is a nonsurgical procedure that lifts sagging, aging skin and stimulates collagen production to give your face or neck a more youthful appearance. Plastic surgeons place medical-grade thread under the skin to pull the skin into position. These threads activate the body’s natural healing response, triggering the increase of collagen. Threads come in several different materials and lengths.
Unlike a facelift, a thread lift is a nonsurgical procedure that creates subtle changes. It’s often called a “lunchtime facelift” because it’s such a quick procedure with minimal downtime.
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There are several types of thread lifts, including:
Results from a thread lift are temporary, lasting from one to three years. Over time, the threads dissolve, and your body absorbs them. If you like your results, you can have another thread lift procedure.
A thread lift is generally best for people who:
And because a thread lift is a low-risk procedure, it’s a good option for people with certain conditions who can’t have a traditional facelift. For example, you can have a thread lift even if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease.
A thread lift is a relatively quick procedure with little downtime and risk. However, results are subtle and temporary. So, whether a thread lift is worth it depends on your goals and situation.
Consider these questions and talk to your plastic surgeon:
During a thread lift procedure, you receive local anesthesia, so you don’t feel any pain. After the procedure, you may experience some pain, discomfort and soreness. You can take an over-the-counter or prescription pain reliever for several days until the discomfort goes away.
Your surgeon will discuss with you what to expect during a thread lift procedure. A thread lift doesn’t require general anesthesia. Plastic surgeons use local anesthesia, so you’re awake during the procedure but don’t feel any pain.
Your plastic surgeon uses a thin needle (called a cannula) to insert various threads under your skin. The thread lift procedure takes about an hour.
You can go home right after a thread lift procedure. You may experience some bruising and swelling around the area. Your plastic surgeon will give you instructions on how to care for the treated area, such as:
Benefits of a thread lift:
Thread lift complications tend to be uncommon and can include:
After a thread lift, you may experience some swelling and bruising for up to five days.
Most people can return to work immediately. However, your plastic surgeon may recommend waiting two weeks before resuming vigorous exercise or any other activities that may loosen the threads.
Call your healthcare provider right away if you experience signs of infection:
A note from Cleveland Clinic
A thread lift is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that uses threads under your skin to create a more refreshed, smoother appearance. Recovery is short and complications are minimal. Results are temporary and subtle, so you may need to have the procedure again. Talk to your plastic surgeon about whether a thread lift is the best procedure for your goals.
Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/07/2023.
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