Thread Lift

What is Thread Lift?

In Singapore, Thread Lift is an aesthetics procedure that lifts and sculpts the face, chin and neck.

A thread lift is a non-surgical procedure that helps restore our facial features by lifting drooping tissues and reshaping facial volumes to give us a more youthful appearance.

Threads can be made of a variety of materials and come in different types.

Individual considerations will determine on the type and number of threads required for each patient.

Thread Lift at Lloyds Medical Group
Types of Threads Used

What are the different types of Threads?

Mono threads are thin monofilament (single stranded) threads with a smooth surface that are great for skin tightening, volumizing, and toning.

Twisted/Tornado threads are made up of one or more mono threads that have been twisted together or over the needle/cannula to add tension and volume.

Cog threads have barbs cut or punched into the threads to allow for a greater lifting effect.

These threads (Mono, Twisted / Cogs) are usually made of PDO (polydioxanone), PLLA (Poly L. Lactic Acid), or PCL (polycaprolactone) material, which is used to stitch wounds in surgeries. PDO and PLLA materials dissolves and are naturally reabsorbed in the body over time – roughly 12 months for PDO and up to 2 years for PLLA – leaving behind no residue

The threads are bio-stimulatory, featuring barbed hooks that effectively lift while simultaneously encouraging collagen synthesis.

How Does Thread Lift work?

Different types of threads are frequently needed for different areas which our Doctor will do a assessment to decide on the type and number of threads to be used.

Mono threads typically stimulate collagen to tighten loose skin. 

Cog/barbed threads create a lift, while others are utilized to redistribute facial fat.

The threads that are implanted act as a “reinforcement” material for your skin, like pillars in a building that add structural strength and volume. 

The presence of the threads’ substance within the skin also stimulates collagen creation and initiates the skin’s healing response, renewing the area.


Why Thread Lift?

The threads used in the treatment are biodegradable, meaning they break down naturally in the body. After the procedure, the results can be seen right away. 

These threads also promote collagen regeneration in the body. The complexion of the face will progressively improve as the collagen begins to restructure itself in the months after the therapy.

Thread Lift helps:


Each Thread Lift treatment session typically take around 40 – 60 mins, depending on treatment area. That is why it is sometimes known as the “lunch time face lift”.

Visible lifting can be seen immediately after the treatment. However, full effects of the thread lift would usually take 3 months to show as the new collagen forms around the thread.

The threads would have dissolved entirely in 9-12 months. Your face, on the other hand, will have seen overall skin tightening, volume restoration, and enhanced definition of facial features, giving it a more firmed appearance. Repeated treatments may be recommended for patients who want to maintain their results.

The effects normally last one to two years. The threads would have dissolved entirely in around 9 to 12 months after the treatment. The skin, on the other hand, will stay lifted for another 12 to 18 months.

You may choose to repeat the procedure in about 18 months because the effects of subsequent treatments last longer than the first.

Before the threads are inserted, an anaesthetic cream will be applied to the treatment regions to ensure the procedure is painless.

Downtime for Thread Lift is very minimal. You can resume your daily activities immediately after the procedure.

Immediately after the procedure, there might be some slight bruising, pain and swelling around the treated areas, but these are merely temporary and will heal quickly.

However, after the treatment, we would recommend our patients to: –

  • Avoid strenuous physical activity
  • Avoid going for dental treatments
  • Avoid making vigorous face movements.
  • Avoid wearing makeup and heavy creams for at least 2 days
  • Avoid alcohol, swimming and saunas for least 1 week
  • Avoid facial massages for at least 3 weeks

It is also advised for patients to sleep on their backs as this helps the swelling to subside more quickly and avoid putting pressure on the face which may cause misalignment of the threads.

Thread lifts are generally considered to be a safe procedure with minor and mild temporary effects.

Immediately after the procedure, there might be some slight bruising, pain and swelling around the treated areas, but these are merely temporary and will heal quickly.

During the healing period, which normally lasts 1–2 weeks, patient may also feel a slight soreness.

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