Thread Lift

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A thread lift focuses on midface, jowl and neck-lifting and involves subcutaneous placement of threads along a planned trajectory. The threads are then pulled to achieve the desired skin lift.

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The Skinny

Average Recovery

3 days




Minor Surgical Procedure




$1500 - $10000


Before & After Images by Provider

Thread Lift Before, Female 61 - 2839Thread Lift After, Female 61 - 2839
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Thread Lift Before, Female 37 - 1785Thread Lift After, Female 37 - 1785
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The Specifics

What is a thread lift?

A thread lift is a minor plastic surgery procedure to address skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles, the jowl area, and the nasolabial folds. During a thread lift procedure, needles are passed in opposite directions that contain barbed thread that grasps, lifts, and suspends the facial area being treated. Tissue is “gathered” over the thread as the needle is withdrawn to achieve the desired aesthetic. Over six months the body heals the area laying down new collagen and fibrous tissue, and the suture threads dissolve.

What cosmetic concerns does a thread lift procedure treat?

  1. Facial Skin Laxity: By promoting the body’s natural healing cascade, a thread lift encourages new collagen production and fibrous tissue development to tone/tighten skin.
  2. Neck & Jawline Definition: A thread lift can be used to suspend and reposition facial tissues into a more desirable position for facial contouring.

Who is the ideal candidate for a thread lift procedure?

The ideal candidate for a thread lift procedure is a younger individual with sagging skin that is not yet excessively loose. A thread lift is not recommended for those of advanced age with excessive sagging skin, obese individuals, or those with certain rougher skin types.

What is the average recovery associated with a thread lift procedure?

The recovery time following a thread lift procedure is generally a day of rest and then resumption of light activities. Full activities can be resumed in two to three weeks. A soft diet, and taking care to not excessively move the treated area is advised for a few days.

What are the potential side effects of a thread lift procedure?

Possible side effects of a thread lift procedure include infection, bruising, tenderness, swelling, numbness, asymmetry, and a visible suture line.

What can someone expect from the results of a thread lift procedure?

The results of a thread lift procedure will develop over about six months as the body heals. The sutures will dissolve in this time leaving the newly formed collagen fibrous protein matrix intact. The results of the thread lift will evolve with aging, use, and the effects of gravity.

What is the average cost of a thread lift procedure?

A thread lift procedure can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $10,000. The actual cost of a thread lift is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.


  • Short Procedure
  • Quick Recovery Time
  • Minimally Invasive


  • Not As Effective
  • Does Not Address Excess Skin
  • Lower Success Rate

Invasiveness Score


Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect

A thread lift focuses on midface, jowl, and neck-lifting and involves subcutaneous placement of threads. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a thread lift.

The Takeaway

A thread lift is a minor surgical procedure providing enhancements to the midface area by utilizing a barbed thread to promote the body’s natural healing process toning, tightening, and defining the facial aesthetic.

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  1. Samad Rezaee Khiabanlo Innovative techniques for thread lifting of face and neck; 2019-12-02
  2. Park, S The Mini Zygoma Reduction Surgery: a Simple and Reliable Approach for Mid Face Narrowing; 2016-07-27


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