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Aptos Threads: All You Ever Wanted To Know

Aptos Threads

Aptos threads are considered revolutionary because not only do they create a more youthful appearance, but they also help to rejuvenate your body’s natural skin plumping. But what are Aptos threads and why are they such a popular treatment?

What Are Aptos Threads?

Before we get to the specifics of Aptos threads, let’s first cover threads in general. Threads are tiny medical-grade sutures that are used to reposition your skin to give you a younger look. These dissolvable minuscule threads are about the width of a hair but are incredibly strong, which makes them ideal for restoring the lost structure in your skin.

There are different types of thread, each offering a unique approach to the thread lift procedure. Here at Elite Aesthetics, we have spent a great deal of time researching and understanding the varying types, selecting only those we feel deliver the exceptional results we want for our clients. Aptos threads, MINT threads and Silhouette Soft are just three of the brands we use. 

We chose to use Aptos threads due to their incredible longevity and innovative composition. Aptos threads are the brainchild of world-renowned Plastic Surgeon, Dr Marlen Sulamanidze, who began using Aptos wire sutures to counter the visible signs of wrinkles back in 1987. Since then, Aptos threads have seen huge leaps in their development – they were the first to produce the barbed sutures that revolutionised the thread lift. 

Aptos threads have always been at the fore of invention, winning awards such as ‘Best Tightening Thread’ at the 2018-2019 AMEC Live & Visage. Used all over the world to combat ageing skin, Aptos threads have an outstanding reputation in the aesthetics community. 


What Makes Aptos Threads So Good?

Aptos threads are now in their third incarnation, using science to enhance and improve over the years. This latest generation of threads includes the addition of hyaluronic acid to their composition. This allows for simultaneous instant lifting and tissue regeneration, which delivers a much longer-lasting result. 

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in your connective tissue, eyes and skin. Its role is to maintain hydration – it attracts and withholds water molecules  – so the addition to Aptos threads is very welcome. 

The threads work in two ways; firstly to lift and hold your skin in place. This is the effect you will see immediately, as your face will look smoother, toned and more youthful. The second effect comes later, as the sutures begin to dissolve. Your body responds by ‘healing’ the area, which stimulates the production of collagen in the location of the threads. This collagen helps to maintain the lift that the threads delivered long after they are gone. 

Comparing Threads: Aptos Threads vs Others

As mentioned, there are many reputable threads on the market – how do you know which is best for you? In truth, you don’t need to worry about choosing, as that’s what your doctor is there to help with. But in the interest of knowing more about the treatment, here is a little about the different threads:

There are three types of absorbable thread lift threads. Polydioxanone (PDO), Poly-L-lactic (PLA) and the most recent addition, Polycaprolactone (PCL) and each has its own strengths and benefits. 

PDO threads, like MINT threads, offer incredible rejuvenation properties so you’ll benefit from healthier, plumper skin with a PDO thread lift. 

PLA threads, like Aptos threads, are known for their long-lasting results. The threads themselves last between 18 – 24 months, unlike the PDO threads which can dissolve from around 9 – 12 months. PLA threads provide a stronger lift, so if your wrinkles or sagging tissue is more significant, a PLA thread lift is likely to be more suitable. 

PCL threads are the latest to the market, and these threads are said to stimulate collagen very effectively. 

There are also non-absorbable threads, which remain in place for up to five years. The company behind Aptos threads has received FDA approval for their polypropylene sutures. 

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What Can Aptos Threads Do?

As the stronger, long-lasting PLA threads, Aptos threads are well suited to a wide variety of treatments. The most common use is on the face, to alleviate wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin, but there are some surprising treatments that Aptos threads can deliver. 

Forehead wrinkles – the dynamic motion of the muscles in your forehead mean that you’re likely to develop lines here. They’re either along the length of your forehead or between your eyebrows – or even both. 

Sagging cheeks – high cheeks are associated with youth because up until around your late 20s, your cheek fat pads sit just beneath your eye socket. But as gravity and skin laxity take over, the fat pads slip lower, not only creating hollows under your eyes but also giving you a wider jawline. 

Nose shape – if you have a hump on your nose, have a low nose bridge or a downward pointing nose tip, Aptos threads can help straighten or lift your nose.

Jaw and jowls – a defined jawline makes an attractive profile, and threads can help you achieve a more refined look. Whether you want to slim your jawline or get rid of your jowls, a thread lift might be the answer. 

Breast lift – Aptos threads can be used to lift the breast tissue.

Labia – specialist Aptos threads have been developed to revitalise your most intimate area. Tiny spiral threads are inserted to increase labial volume.

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Are Aptos Threads The Right Choice?

If you think Aptos threads are the best option for you, then you need to book a consultation with one of our highly-qualified clinicians. We will be able to discuss in detail the procedure and outcomes, as well as advise you on other possible solutions. 

Our consultations are completely private and give you an opportunity to speak with a specialist regarding your concerns. You can either opt for an online consultation in the comfort of your own home, or you can visit us at our Kent clinic. 

We’re easy to get to. You can find us just 10 minutes from Dartford and Gravesend stations, 15 minutes from Maidstone and a 20-minute drive from St. Pancras, London.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Results are evident immediately after the procedure and can last from 1,5 to 5 years, depending on the thread composition. It’s vital to have a consultation before the procedure. The best candidates for a thread lifting are aged 35 to 55 and have relatively good skin tone with a little sagging.

Are APTOS Threads Worth It?

79% of Realself reviews says it’s worth it! Finding the right doctor to perform the threads is essential.

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Dr. Shirin is a fully-trained and highly-experienced aesthetic physician, who works diligently to ensure a 5 star quality service, and brings an honest and ethical approach to every one of our clients. With over 20 years of experience in the medical field, including several years as a GP and a sub-speciality in anaesthetics, Dr. Shirin is fascinated by the harmony between medicine and aesthetics, and with her expertise, Elite Aesthetics is able to offer effective, doctor-led treatments to vastly improve the lives of our clients.

To find out more about how we’ve put a smile on customers faces in the past, read our testimonials below for first-hand accounts of a variety of our treatments. You can also find out more about what we think at Elite on our blog, as well as reading more about what the press says about us. Our delighted clients hail from areas including Dartford, Gravesend, Bromley, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, and West Malling – as well as from further afield.

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Elite is an outstanding professional clinic with high standard treatments. All the staff members are friendly and offer you honest opinions when it comes to products and treatments. This is a welcoming clinic that I can 100% recommend. Treatments are spoken through and explained in detail, also aftercare. I have been going nearly a year now and am happy with all the treatments I’ve had, wouldn't go anywhere else. The Bocox treatment started to work within a few days, which I was surprised about. So glad I went to Elite for treatment.



Thank you Dr Shirin, the O Shot has really helped me with my Lichen Sclerosus. I'd heard about the treatment on the LS Facebook Groups and message a few people that had treatment with Dr Shirin. I was like many in the group who had run out of treatment options and using creams on a daily basis. I have to say a few months after treatment, I can see a real positive change and I'm hoping my LS will continue to improve. Dr Shirin did say that I might have to have a second treatment given how severe my case is.




A great discovery in the neighbourhood ! There is no need to go up to London for a beauty treatment of any kind. You'll find a whole range of different treatments suiting all age groups and concerns. Welcoming, reassuring, friendly, professional, high tech. I shall be back for more. I love the results of the Thread Lift I had.


Great service as always, skin is glowing very happy


Very happy with the result of my recent visit. For sure will continue with Elite in future

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We have extensive knowledge and experience in the medical and aesthetics industries, but we know that above all, the results matter! All of our treatments are vigorously tested in-house before we offer them to our clients to ensure they are safe, effective and will give you, our wonderful clients, the results you want. Your happiness, well-being and satisfaction are at the very core of everything we do here at Elite Aesthetics, and as a result we will never over-treat or carry out a procedure that Dr. Shirin, deems inappropriate or unsafe. Ethical treatment guides our practice, and we aim to become an industry leader in this respect. This means you can always feel confident that you are in safe hands when you choose Elite Aesthetics.

Our practice is led by our founder, Dr. Shirin Lakhani, who is an advocate for greater regulation in the aesthetics industry. Dr. Shirin and Elite Aesthetics believe greater regulation is vital to the development of aesthetics industry as a whole, and as such, our clinic’s philosophy is based on providing doctor-led care to the highest, medically approved standards. We adhere to stringent ethical and medical principles ensuring all the procedures we offer are safe and effective. Dr. Shirin is also fully registered with the GMC (reference number 4634863), and Elite Aesthetics is Save Face accredited, an endorsement recognised by the UK Government, The Department of Health, NHS England and the CQC (Care Quality Commission).

Elite Aesthetics has been awarded Thread Lift Certification by MINT Threads.

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17:16 05 Jun 23
Hi, Alex here,Just had my Lichen treatment today with Dr Shirin,The whole team at elite are very friendly, comforting and understanding, and did everything they could to give me a wonderful and welcoming experience. They are all so kind, friendly and knowledgeable, world experts at what they do. I am lucky to have them near London. They are also super responsive on the phone and email, so I know they care about thier patients, and I'm very well taken care of, (as with other clinics I have been to, its often difficult to get them to respond to questions), but this clinic is the most responsive I have ever seen!This is a beautiful and wonderful place and I highly recommend it, and I will be recommending it to all my friends as well. They definitely deserve the super high reviews they are getting, so I'm happy to add another one! A Big thank you from me and my family for all you have done for us during this journey!

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19:44 11 Apr 23
Great team, friendly and professional. Made me feel very comfortable. They explain everything in detail.very welcoming upon arrival too.I've been going now for a number f weeks and the attitude and cleanliness is consistent. The reception area is always spotless no matter the weather.The staff attitude is always friendly and they put me at great ease

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09:34 30 Mar 23
Good service, honesty and excellent customer service as always 👍

Valerie LambValerie Lamb

08:40 15 Mar 23
Yesterday I had a 'body sculpt' session, to help lymphatic drainage. I was zipped into a suit up to my waist. This massaged and lightly squeezed my feet, ankles, calves, thighs and abdomen. I was breathing oxygen rich air via nasal tubes. It was very relaxing and I slept really well last night. Thank you Elite Aesthetics.

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20:11 09 Mar 23
Today was the first time I visited Elite. The staff were all so friendly and accommodating. Dr. Shirin is so knowledgeable and really helped me understand all the concerns I had. I will definitely be returning. I highly recommend Elite to everyone, especially those concerned with the menopause !


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