Facelift Thread Lifting

Are you looking to rejuvenate and lift saggy skin?

Facial thread lifting is an ideal solution for patients seeking subtle, natural-looking results with minimal downtime

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What is Face thread lift?

A face thread lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure aimed at lifting and tightening sagging skin on the face using specialized threads. Modern day threads are able to latch onto tissues to provide a lifting effect. Moreover, over time, these threads stimulates collagen to form, enhancing facial volume. This procedure is an excellent alternative for individuals seeking to rejuvenate their appearance without undergoing traditional facelift surgery.

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Facelift Thread Lifting

Face thread lifting is a minimally invasive procedure designed to rejuvenate and contour the face. This innovative technique utilizes biocompatible threads to lift sagging skin, stimulate collagen production, and restore youthful contours without the need for extensive surgery.


What are the benefits?

One of the key benefits of face thread lifting is its ability to deliver immediate results that continue to improve over several months. The procedure is tailored to each patient’s unique facial structure and aesthetic goals, ensuring a personalized approach to facial rejuvenation. Additionally, face thread lifting is a versatile treatment that can address various concerns, including sagging cheeks, jowls, and neck, as well as enhancing the jawline and brow.

  • Minimally Invasive: The face thread lift does not require large incisions, reducing the risk of scarring and complications.
  • Immediate Results: Patients can see a noticeable improvement immediately after the procedure, with results continuing to improve over several months as collagen production increases.
  • Minimal Downtime: Most patients can resume their normal activities shortly after the procedure, with minimal swelling and bruising.
  • Natural-Looking Results: The procedure provides subtle, natural-looking enhancements that rejuvenate the face without looking overdone.
  • Customizable: The procedure can be tailored to address specific areas of concern, providing a personalized approach to facial rejuvenation.


Natural lifting results. Thread lifting elevates and restores sagging skin over cheeks, laugh lines, and neck.

Skin Rejuvenation

Turn back the clock with anti-aging and skin boosting benefits. Facial thread lift enhances skin texture and elasticity.

Wrinkle Reduction

Tones skin & reduces fine lines. Stimulates collagen to strengthen skin. Safe, effective and low downtime procedure.


How does Facial Thread Lifting work?

The threads used in the procedure are biocompatible and designed to lift and support the skin. They have tiny barbs or cones that anchor them in the tissue, providing an immediate lift. Over time, they stimulate collagen production, enhancing skin firmness and elasticity.

Lifting Effect

  • Anchoring: Threads with barbs, cogs, or cones anchor themselves into the skin tissue.
  • Lifting: The doctor gently pulls the threads to lift the skin. The barbs or cones secure the skin in its new, lifted position

Stimulation of Collagen Production

  • Healing Response: The insertion of threads and the micro-traumas caused by the needles stimulate the body’s natural healing response.
  • Collagen Production: As the skin heals around the threads, it produces more collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. This helps to improve skin texture, elasticity, and overall firmness over time.

Why do Facial Thread Lift?

Ageing causes many effects on the skin. Collagen and elastin which are the building blocks of skin architecture gets more disorganized and is broken down at an accelerated pace due to the ageing process. The end result? Skin gets thinner, saggier, wrinkled and more folds appear.

Thread lifting reverses the effects of the ageing skin. By placing biocompatible and dissolvable threads under the skin, it stimulates collagen growth and contributes to skin tightening and anti-wrinkle face-lifting effect.

How is it different from Traditional Thread Lifting?

Traditional thread lifting procedures for facial lift is an invasive procedure that involves an incision into the skin and dissection of tissues. The procedure typically takes about 4 hours, and is associated with significant pain, bruising and swelling following the procedure. Scarring is evident along the incision line.

On the other hand, the newer facial threads, using biocompatible material and technique is minimally invasive. Using advanced principles of parallel vector technique, collagen is stimulated and skin is lifted and tightened. This lunchtime procedure lasts 30-60 minutes, pain and down time is mild and temporary, and no scarring is seen.

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What is PDO Thread Lift?

PDO Thread Lift for facial rejuvenation uses the biocompatible material known as polydiaxonone (PDO). PDO materials are used extensively in surgery due to its safety, biocompatibility and resilience. PDO is also a biodegradable material. This means that it is naturally broken down by your body before being excreted within 6 to 8 months.

PDO thread lift has shown to cause tissue contracture and increase thickening of the dermal layer of the skin. This is explained by the increase in collagen synthesis. The improvement in the tensile strength in the skin reinforces skin integrity. 

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What are the types of Facial Threads?

There are various types of threads that are designed for specific treatment outcomes. Threads differ in their composition, thickness and design. This gives greater flexibility and option when conceptualising the best approach for you.   

Threads are made from biocompatible and biodegradable materials. They are safely dissolved in the body after a few months. They act as a scaffolding for effectively stimulating fibroblast and new collagen growth. Most threads are made from poly-diaxonone (PDO), commonly used in everyday surgery for wound closure. It completely reabsorbed by the body in 6 months. Threads made from poly L-lactic acid (PLLA) and polycaprolactone (PCL) slowly reabsorb within 1-2 years.

Types of Threads and Their Specific Functions

  • Smooth Threads (Mono): Primarily used to stimulate collagen without providing significant lift. Ideal for areas requiring subtle improvement in skin texture.
  • Barbed or Cog Threads: Designed to provide a mechanical lifting effect by anchoring and lifting sagging tissues. Suitable for areas needing more significant lifting.
  • Screw Threads: Provide volume and are used in areas that need additional support and plumpness.
  • Coned Threads (Silhouette Soft): Feature cones that grip the tissue, offering both lifting and collagen stimulation. Often used for a more pronounced lifting effect.

Cog PDO Thread Lift

The Cog threads are designed to anchor more firmly within the skin. Cog threads have barbs, which upon insertion are attached to the skin tissues. The design of this thread helps to pull skin more evenly by distributing the stresses more uniformly. This provides a better lift compared to Mono Threads.

Main area: Cheeks, Jowls, Nasolabial folds, Nose.

Spiral Cog Threads

Spiral cog threads are engineered to have stronger skin lifting capacity. The barbs are designed in a 360 degree fashion around the threads. They are able to hold tissues stronger and distribute forces more evenly. These types of PDO threads are used in areas where more anchoring and lifting is required.

Main areas: Cheeks, Jowls, Nasolabial folds.

How is the facelift thread lifting procedure done?

Threadlift procedure before and after
Thread lifting procedure
  • Consultation:

    • Initial Assessment: During the consultation, the doctor assesses the patient’s facial structure, skin condition, and discusses aesthetic goals.
    • Planning: A personalized treatment plan is created, detailing the areas to be treated and the type of threads to be used.
  • Preparation:

    • Cleansing: On the day of the procedure, the treatment area is thoroughly cleansed to prevent infection.
    • Anesthesia: A local anesthetic is administered to the areas where the threads will be inserted. This numbs the skin and ensures patient comfort during the procedure.
  • Marking:

    • Guideline Markings: The doctor marks the skin with a sterile pen to outline the precise entry and exit points for the threads. These markings guide the placement and ensure symmetry and desired lift.
  • Thread Insertion:

    • Insertion Points: Using a fine needle or a cannula, the doctor makes small entry points in the skin.
    • Thread Placement: The threads, made of biocompatible materials such as polydioxanone (PDO), are inserted under the skin through these entry points.
    • Lifting and Securing: The threads are carefully positioned to lift the skin and underlying tissues. Once in place, they are gently pulled to achieve the desired lift. The threads have tiny barbs or cones that anchor them in the tissue, providing support and lift.
  • Adjustments:

    • Fine-Tuning: The doctor makes any necessary adjustments to ensure the threads are evenly placed and the lift is symmetrical and natural-looking.
    • Trimming: Any excess thread is trimmed, and the ends are secured beneath the skin.
  • Completion:

    • Cleaning: The treatment area is cleaned once more, and a soothing ointment may be applied.
    • Post-Procedure Care: The doctor provides detailed aftercare instructions to ensure optimal healing and results.

Are gold threads still in use?

Gold threads are no longer in use for the following reasons:

  • Permanent: The non-absorbable nature of gold threads mean that they remain in the skin indefinitely. This can be undesirable when complications arise, patients are dissatisfied with the results, and unnatural appearance of the adjacent skin with the aging process.
  • Limited lifting ability: Unlike modern day threads, gold threads do not have barbs or cones to catch onto the skin. The reduced surface area offers limited structural support.
  • Complications: Due to the non-absorbable nature, gold threads may appear visible and palpable within your skin. They also carry a risk of infection, foreign body reactions and allergy.
  • Advances in Technology:  Modern absorbable threads like the PDO have better safety profile. They are engineered to catch onto tissues for lifting and stimulate collagen over time.

what should i consider before a face thread lift?


The face thread lift procedure offers modest and natural-looking improvements, not the dramatic results from a surgical facelift. It is important to discuss your aesthetic goals with your doctor who will guide you on the treatment options, benefits and suitability for the procedure.


Thread lift is usually recommended for individuals with mild to modern skin laxity and skin sagging.  The procedure is generally done for individuals in their 40s to 50s. You should be in good health for the thread lifting procedure. 


During a consultation, your doctor will carry out a facial examination and analysis. A discussion is made on the type the threads used, the number of threads, alternatives and potential risks involved. It is important to choose an experienced doctor that you are comfortable with. 


You would need to understand the cost of the procedure, including consultation fees, medications and fees for other aesthetic procedures (if performed together).

Long-Term Maintenance

You need to be aware that non-absorbable threads only last 1-2 years. Future treatments to maintain or enhance the results over time may be needed. While thread lifting has its merits, a multimodal treatment approach to aging is required in most cases. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The procedure typically takes between 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the number of areas being treated and the complexity of the treatment plan.

Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. Local anesthesia is used to numb the treatment area, ensuring a virtually painless experience.

Recovery time is minimal. Patients can usually return to normal activities within a few days. Mild swelling, bruising, and discomfort are common but typically subside within a week.

The results of a face thread lift can last from 1 to 2 years, depending on factors such as skin type, lifestyle, and the specific threads used. Maintenance treatments can help prolong the results.

Common side effects include mild swelling, bruising, and tenderness in the treated area. These usually resolve within a few days. Rarely, there may be minor complications such as infection or thread displacement, which can be managed by the doctor.

Yes, a face thread lift can be combined with other non-surgical procedures such as Botox, dermal fillers, or skin resurfacing treatments for enhanced results.

Ideal candidates are those with mild to moderate sagging skin who are looking for a non-surgical alternative to a traditional facelift. Candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the results.

  • Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
  • Active skin infection and inflammation
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • On blood thinners, or existing blood clotting disorders

A consultation is arranged before any procedure is undertaken to determine your suitability and safety.

After the procedure, it is advisable to avoid strenuous activities, excessive facial movements, and facial massages for about a week. Patients should also sleep with their head elevated and on their back to reduce swelling and avoid pressure on the treated areas.

While some lifting and tightening effects are visible immediately, the final results will continue to improve over the next few months as collagen production increases.

When performed by a qualified and experienced doctor, a face thread lift is generally safe. The procedure carries fewer risks and complications compared to traditional surgical facelifts.

The number of threads needed depends on your individual characteristics, anatomy, area and surrounding tissue support. For example, whentreating the cheekbone to the jawline we may use three or four threads per side.

Dr Moses Ng dermatologist

Face Thread Lift

A face thread lift offers a safe, effective, and convenient option for those seeking to refresh their appearance without undergoing traditional surgery. It combines the benefits of immediate results, minimal downtime, and natural-looking enhancements, making it a popular choice among patients.

Schedule a consultation for Facelift Thread lifting treatment in Singapore

Face thread lifting represents a significant advancement in non-surgical facial aesthetics, offering a safe, effective, and long-lasting solution for those seeking to enhance their natural beauty. We invite you to schedule a consultation to learn more about how face thread lifting can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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