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Thread Facelifts

Géniale’s thread lift (face, neck and nose) 

Géniale’s doctors are trained in the art and science of thread neck and face lifts focusing on optimal aesthetic and medical outcomes.

Many of our clients choose Géniale’s thread lifts for a more natural, less noticeable and less invasive procedure than traditional face and neck lifts.

The process is also more affordable than traditional solutions and takes less than 1 hour to complete.

Géniale’s doctors will work closely with you to identify the areas you wish to target and consult with you about your expected outcomes.

You can target the face, neck or focus on the nose or eyes, depending on what feels best for you. Géniale’s Cosmetic Physician Dr Mike Shenouda answers your most asked questions.

What is a thread lift?

The thread lift is a procedure that has rapidly gained popularity in recent years with A-listers and everyday folks alike, as a non-surgical alternative to a traditional surgical facelift.

What happens during the procedure and how long does it take?

  • The procedure takes place with the patient lying down, skin being prepped for surgery and a doctor-administering local anaesthetic in the treating area.
  • Our cosmetic physician will then insert a thin needle to insert threads under the skin, during which time the patient will feel light pressure, but generally minimal pain or no pain.
  • The procedure can be done in between 45 minutes and an hour and Géniale doctors only use premium TGA approved threads.
  • To improve the longevity of the treatment, anti-wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers may be suggested to help stabilise the lift, and this can be done at the same time as the lift.

What are the side effects of the thread lift?

The thread lift is well tolerated and considered low risk with side effects commonly including:

  • Bruising and swelling
  • Light bleeding
  • Slight discomfort at the site of the thread injection for a few hours

Very rarely other complications include:

  • Small burst blood vessels to lift, sculpt and tighten skin with medical-grade thread material threaded into the face, neck and nose.

Celebrity Gwyneth Paltrow in her newsletter Goop described the procedure as threads used to carefully pull up the skin to “create a natural-looking lift.

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How does a thread lift work?

  • The thread lift works in two ways – firstly by threading the dissolvable sutures underneath the skin. The doctor can then pull droopy skin taut (whether it be forehead, cheeks, neck or torso).
  • The invisible soft cones in the suture, grab the skin, grip underlying tissues, further providing anchorage as the skin is pulled tight.
  • Secondly, once the threads are inserted, the body creates an inflammatory response around the affected area, which stimulates collagen.
  • One small 2017 study* found that as sutures dissolve the effect of the procedure decreases after a year. However, there did appear to be a secondary “rejuvenation” process that stayed in place three years after the procedure.*

When placed under the skin, threads can be used to tighten and volumize areas of the skin that are loose or sagging.

Facelift v thread lift – what’s the difference?


  • A facelift is regarded as more permanent – with results lasting for many years and the results are generally more dramatic and more people will notice a difference in appearance.
  • A facelift is significantly more expensive than a non-surgical thread lift.
  • The downsides? The risks and complications of a facelift surgical procedure are higher, there is more pain and weeks of recovery.
  • If you are unhappy with the results there’s not much you can do except “wear it” or have another invasive procedure, which is not always covered as part of the first surgical cost.

Thread lifts

  • A thread lift is not permanent, with the results lasting for 6-12 months, and results may last for longer if topped up by dermal fillers and injectables.
  • The results are generally not as dramatic as a surgical facelift, and viewed as a more subtle approach for people seeking a less “noticeable look”.
  • A thread lift is considerably less expensive compared to a surgical procedure, there are no incisions involved, no general anaesthesia, minimal pain, minimal downtime and recovery.
  • A thread lift is a low-risk way to see what a more permanent procedure may look like.

Who is a suitable candidate for a thread lift?

A well-tolerated procedure, most women in their 30s to 60s or even beyond may be suited to a thread lift. It is viewed as particularly suitable for women who cannot or do not want to have a permanent procedure and are looking for a non-invasive, fast and convenient procedure.

Who is not a suitable candidate for a thread lift?

People who are prone to keloid scarring are not suitable for a thread lift. Nor do thread lifts work as well on excessive sagging or droopy skin where a surgical procedure is a better option.

Your doctor will discuss the best procedure for your circumstances during your consultation.

How do I prepare for a thread lift?

  • Make sure you tell your doctor of any medications you’re on – prescribed, over the counter or herbal, before your procedure.
  • Do not drink alcohol the night before a thread lift
  • Patients are generally advised not to take aspirin or blood-thinning medications at least 1 week before a thread lift.
  • Stop smoking for at least 10 days before your procedure and during the healing phase as smoking can impact recovery and results.
  • Photos will be taken during the procedure and you will be given a follow-up appointment and aftercare instructions.
  • Significant bleeding
  • Allergic reaction to threading material
  • Visible dimpling, puckering or pulling where threads have been inserted
  • Lumpiness of the skin
  • Asymmetry but this tends to resolve or speak to your doctor about additional filler
  • The most serious red flag for a thread lift is infection which although rare, may include discharge at the site of the procedure, fever, persistent headaches and excessive swelling for more than two days.
  • Nerve injury such as numbness which may persist is also very rare.



What is the recovery time for a thread lift?

  • Many people return to work on the same day or the next, although there may be visible swelling and bruising.
  • However, the more threads used, the type of threads used and the droopier the skin, the more downtime is required.
  • Multiple threads used across multiple face areas can have a 3-5 day recovery, while many people go to work the same day after a minor thread procedure.
  • Paracetamol can be taken for pain
  • For the first 14 days, it’s best to avoid sun, massage, swimming and contact sports.
  • Do not apply make-up for 24-48 hours.
  • Be gentle washing your face
  • It is a good idea not to rub your face vigorously and avoid sleeping on your side if possible in the first few days after the procedure
  • Also, sleep on an extra pillow to avoid rolling onto the sutures.

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Which celebrities have had a thread lift procedure?

Eva Mendes and Kylie Jenner are all reportedly fans of the non-surgical procedure, while Gwyneth Paltrow also discusses it in-depth on her homespun weekly newsletter Goop*.

When will I see the results of my thread lift?

  • Due to swelling from the procedure, the initial results may seem quite “dramatic” but this will settle in a few days when the swelling goes down.
  • Results can last up to 24 months.

How much does the thread lift cost?

A thread lift costs $1500 for one pair of threads through to $4500 for four pairs of threads (full facial), or $2500 for a neck lift, face and neck is $6000 (savings of $1000).

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How is it done?

Firstly a small amount of local anaesthetic is applied to the area that is being treated. Next,  absorbable collagen threads are inserted under the skin with a very fine needle. No incisions are required resulting in minimal downtime. The tiny threads lift saggy skin and redefine features on the face and neck. The threads restore youthful volume to the skin while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. 

How do I know if it's suitable for me?

The thread lift is suitable for both males and females over the age of 30 who are looking to minimise the signs of ageing on the face and neck without surgery. Anyone that is interested in receiving a thread lift will have a consultation with one of our experienced doctors before the procedure, where you will discuss your desired outcomes for the treatment and the doctor will let you know if the thread lift is suitable for you. We have a wide range of non-surgical services on offer at Geniale, so we can guarantee that if the thread lift is not the right fit we will be able to find a treatment that can help you achieve your goal. 

How long does it take?

The thread lift procedure is known as the ‘lunch time facelift’ as it only takes approximately 30 minutes. 

How long do the results last?

The results will vary from client to client, however most clients see results for up to 24 months, with some seeing the effects of the thread lift for up to 36 months. Increased longevity can be achieved by combining the thread lift with fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. 

What is the recovery time?

There is minimal recovery time required after this treatment. Most clients return to work after a day or two once the minor swelling has gone down. 

What kind of results can I expect?

Results vary from client to client, depending on a number of factors such as age, elasticity of the skin and quality of the skin, but are immediate and continue to improve over the next 4 weeks, with final results seen after approximately 6 weeks and 6 months. Most people see the effects lasting 2 years, with some clients seeing results for 3 years.

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Disclaimer: All procedures have risks. All results are individual. Speak to your doctor about any concerns you have about the Threadlift; to ensure you understand all side effects and to make sure it is suitable for you.

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