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Thread Lift – Everything You Need To Know About This Non-Surgical Facelift

Considering a facelift but don’t want to go under the knife? A Thread Lift could be the answer you’ve been looking for. 

Droopy, sagging or wrinkled skin on your face or neck can be embarrassing, frustrating and even confidence-crushing. There’s no escaping the ageing process – it happens to us all. But that doesn’t mean you have to just put up with it!

Go back a couple of decades and you’d only have two choices: have surgery or accept your wrinkled, sagging skin. But thanks to developments in the cosmetic industry, there’s now a third option – non-surgical facelifts.

Due to celebrity uptake and coverage in the media HIFU, Exilis Elite & Vampire Facelifts have all become popular ways to get smoother, firmer and more youthful-looking skin without going under the knife.

But there is a lesser-known treatment that can give some seriously-impressive results – the Thread Lift.

What Is A Thread Lift? 

A Thread Lift is a minimally invasive alternative to surgical facelifts. In a traditional facelift, a surgeon will cut your skin, pulling it tight and stitching it back together. It’s a pretty serious procedure and requires a general anaesthetic and a substantial recovery time.

With a Thread Lift, there’s no cutting or slicing. Instead, your aesthetic doctor uses a small needle to weave a fine, medical-grade thread through the skin, before using it to pull the skin taut. Reducing sagging skin or wrinkles and giving you a smoother, more youthful appearance.

What Results Can You Expect From A Thread Lift? 

If you’re looking to get firmer, tighter and wrinkle-free skin without going under the knife then a Thread Lift could be the ideal solution for you.

Despite its non-surgical nature, the Thread Lift is a highly-effective way to tighten loose, sagging skin and give your face, neck or jawline a more youthful, firm appearance. 

While the results from a Thread Lift are less dramatic than a surgical facelift, they can still resolve many of the issues of mild to moderate ageing.

Thread Lift for Face
Thread Lift for Face

A Thread Lift can: 

  • Improve the contours of your face.
  • Lift the cheeks.
  • Lift the jowls.
  • Smooth your jawline.
  • Smooth the neck.
  • Improve the appearance of wrinkles and deeper lines – including frown lines, smile lines and smokers lines.
  • Smooth and tighten loose skin.

How Does A Thread Lift Work? 

The thread used in a Thread Lift is specialist, medical-grade suture material called polydioxanone or PDO. It’s made from a hypoallergenic substance that dissolves over time and has either a “barbed” structure, or a smooth structure depending on the area being treated.

As the thread is pulled through the skin these tiny barbs help grasp the skin, allowing it to be pulled tight and also stimulating a healing response. As the skin heals it produces more healthy and strong collagen, which gives your skin a tighter, firmer appearance.

Where the smooth threads are used, a number of threads may be placed into the skin in a criss-cross or grid-like pattern, which will allow for the formation of new collagen and elastin, thereby smoothing out the area and creating the lifting effect.

Does A Thread Lift Hurt?

While a surgical facelift is an invasive and painful procedure, a Thread Lift is a much more comfortable experience.

At the beginning of the procedure, your aesthetic doctor will apply a local anaesthetic cream, or may inject a local anaesthetic to the area that is going to be treated. This cream or injection numbs your skin, blocking the pain signals and making your treatment pain-free.

Most people say that it’s a similar experience to dental treatment with an anaesthetic – you can feel the procedure but experience no pain.

Click here to read one patient’s experience of a Thread Lift… 

Are Thread Lifts Safe? 

Thread Lifts have been practised since the early 90s and are considered to be a low-risk procedure. 

Surgical facelifts require a general anaesthetic, which can carry high risks and is not suitable for all people. But a Thread Lift is completed using only a local anaesthetic, making it a much safer alternative.

As with all cosmetic procedures, there is a risk of some minor side effects such as bruising, swelling and slight pain at the site of the treatment – but these usually resolve quickly within a few days.

Serious complications are very rare – especially when your Thread Lift is performed by a skilled, qualified and experienced aesthetic doctor

How Long Does A Thread Lift Take? 

A Thread Lift is a very quick procedure! Your appointment should take around 30-45 minutes depending on the area of the body that you’re having treated. 

There’s no need for a recovery period, so you can go straight back to work or continue with your normal daily routine right away. 

How Long Do The Results Last? 

The results from your Thread Lift will be visible immediately, however, they will also develop over the coming months, with your skin continuing to firm as your body produces more collagen. 

For most people, the results last for around 18 months – making it an excellent, long-lasting alternative to surgery.

thread lift before and after

How Much Does a Thread Lift Cost? 

A surgical facelift is a costly procedure. In the UK you can expect to pay between £6000-£10,000! 

But a Thread Lift is a much more affordable option. 

A Thread Lift with a reputable clinic should cost somewhere between £500-£2500 depending on the area you’re having treated. 

Making it not only safer, less painful and quicker than a surgical facelift – but much easier on the pocket too!

Is A Thread Lift For You? 

As you can see, a Thread Lift is a highly effective and safer way to get that facelift effect, without going under the knife. 

But how do you know if it’s the right treatment for you? 

A good aesthetic doctor will be happy to provide you with a full consultation in which they’ll find out all about your condition, your health and what you’d like to achieve. They’ll help you to understand the procedure and give you all the information you need to make an informed and educated decision.

As with all cosmetic procedures, it’s essential that you choose a reputable clinic for your treatment – these non-surgical procedures are very safe when performed correctly, but an inexperienced or unqualified practitioner can lead to some unwanted complications. 

Here at Elite Aesthetics, Dr Shirin is a fully-trained and highly-experienced aesthetic physician, with over 20 years of experience in the medical field, including several years as a GP and a sub-speciality in anaesthetics. If you’re looking for a highly-experienced, fully-qualified and ethical aesthetic doctor then you’re in the right place. 

Click here to find out more about Dr Shirin or to book a consultation…

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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.

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RE

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CS

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RM

thank you again for my follow up appointment to make sure i was ok and there was no life changing affects from the mess I had done else where how a midwife and beautician can inject and leave customers the way they did is unreal the mess my lips where in and the amount of lumps left was so bad and although there still not perfect Dr shirin managed to massage a lot of the lumps out so not only has she done my previous practitioners job with that but she also cares about the wellbeing of her customers I just wish I had got to Dr shirin to start with con not thank her enough

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DL

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GP

I was so impressed with my first visit to your clinic. Not only is it very tastefully done out but also spotlessly clean. It has a great feel to it. Dr.Shirin herself is just wonderful. I have a feeling she is about to change my life forever. I’m looking forward to my next appointment.

LJ

The clinic was above & beyond what I expected. Dr Shirin is amazing, I felt totally at ease with her, she gave a thorough explanation of everything we spoke about, very professional & knowledgeable. I highly recommend this clinic..

ND

Inspite the discomfort of the fillers I am so pleased of the results

PJ

This was my third appointment with Shirin and as always it was first rate , professional and friendly. I can thoroughly recommend Elite Aesthetics and will continue to visit.

NB

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RS

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PA

This facial felt lovely, and my skin felt amazing afterwards. Thank you Charlotte!

LM

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GT

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MR

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Tracie-S

Friendly professional & informative

EV

Great service and friendly staff

NU

The thought of the procedure was worst then the actual thing.Some discomfort but was over very Qwickly, was made to feel very relaxed. Everything done in a very professional manner, thank you

MW

I have been seeing Dr Shirin for about two years now. She is amazing and has transformed the way I look. People ask how it is possible that i look younger now than I did three years ago. I used to be very depressed and self conscience but now Dr Shirin has helped me rebuild my confidence in the way I look and feel and I would never go to another clinic. Thank you Elite Aesthetics ????

DR

Dr. Shirin, is very professional and clearly explains the treatment to you. I felt very relaxed and informed about my treatments. So glad I found Elite and don’t have to travel into London any more.

Z. M

They offered a lovely gift for me due to an error on the machine.

EP

Charlotte was really professional and friendly. The salon is clean and welcoming. As a competition winner I was treated the same as a paying client, with no pushy hard sell. I was informed about each process and my questions answered. After the HydraFacial my skin feels and looks wonderful. I would happily return and highly recommend the treatment, the salon and Charlotte. Thank you .

JB

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CarrieW

Very friendly..... and comfortable environment... very clean and fresh room Charlotte is very friendly and caring and makes you feel very comfortable.

GH

Excellent service, prompt, professional, discreet and efficient service

SS

Very Informative, Safe Experience. I felt completely in the know about what was going to happen and Dr Shirin ensured I was comfortable throughout the whole process. Will definitely be putting all of my treatments through Dr Shirin.

DD

i had my 2nd micro-medical skin needling treatment yesterday and have to say i'm blown away by the results already! i'll be honest when Charlotte said it would be a good treatment for my enlarged pores i was a bit dubious ( having tried derma rollers before with no results and a lot of pain!) i'm so glad i listened! its slightly uncomfortable but manageable and well worth it!! thank you Charlotte - cant wait for my third treatment!

AH

I have had the plex done on my eyes and I am so pleased with the amazing results! I had all 3 treatments now and feel 10 years younger!! I would like to say a massive thank-you to Dr Shirin . She made my visit to the clinic comfortable..She is a true professional and a lovely lady!! I am now on the ZO skin treatment can't wait for the results!!

CD

I had my consultation with Dr Shirin this week she has recommended having Hydrafacial treatments to improve the texture and thinning of my skin, I have booked these on her recommendation. She has also suggested further procedures to give some fullness to my face and improve deep lines. I was very happy with the consultation and was comfortable with Dr Shirin.

MT

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ChristinaH

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MargaretR

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KeithL

Dr Shirin is a genuinely kind, direct and very informative person. She knows how to make you feel totally relax and at ease. Her approach and her treatment has definitely increased my confidence in her work and in myself and has improved my lifestyle. It’s great to know that someone of her expertise is easily accessible to everyone.

AnielleR

I think I actually skipped out of the clinic ! So happy with my results no bruising- minimal swelling and so natural and subtle ! So relived to have my face in the hands of someone I can trust- who is in it for genuine amazing results rather than the hard sell! Dr Shirin your amazing !!

Beatrice

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GailM

I had Anti Wrinkle and cheek fillers, I need a little more in the cheeks but would only use maybe 1/4 of the product, I was kindly advised to wait until my next treatment rather than waste money or look over done. Excellent advice, she truly cares about you, rather than making money. My look is very natural, I don’t looked over done and I have many comments about how well I look

LizaS

Very happy with my treatment. Dr Shirin, her staff and the Elite Clinic are extremely professional in all aspects including the aftercare service. I wouldn’t go anywhere else now and highly recommend them.

KatieJ

Had the tear trough treatment yesterday and am absolutely thrilled with first day results and looking forward to the next few weeks as it settles in. I had a very deep hollow under one eye that is no longer there at all! I am a bit of a wimp with needles but Dr Shirin is so calm and professional and explains everything as she goes along, that it was a completely comfortable experience for me. I have only recently discovered Elite and am so glad I have - a lovely clinic manned by a fantastic team - thank you!

Shirley

Every time I visit the clinic it is a pleasure you are made to feel comfortable love my visits

JoanC

Great service very professional. Am really pleased with the results!

Mrs Higgs

Very friendly and professional. A relaxing environment with time for explanation and discussion. Very caring, treatment went smoothly. Highly recommended.

DavidM

I have always been treated excellently by true professionals with their 'state of the art' skin care. The results are truly incredible. I would wholeheartedly recommend Elite to everyone.

SueB

As always lovely experience at Elite If you want a professional service in a lovely clean environment then I recommend you give Elite a try. Having done vast research before having any treatments I chose Elite and have not looked back.

MaryT

Every time I visit Elite I have a wonderful experience. They are so friendly and welcoming and make you immediately feel comfortable. What sets them apart is that they go that extra mile - absolute dream team, also Charlotte is a magician! Cannot wait for my next treatment.

DebbieM

I have have had 3 treatments and each time I have had fantastic service. Dr Shirin Lakhani is lovely and very professional I have recommended you to all my friends.

SandraN

I’m not a confident person so I was nervous about my consultation but I didn’t need to be, Dr Shirin was honest and very informative. I didn’t feel rushed at all and she made sure we had covered all areas of concern. Very professional clinic, I will be returning for treatment

VerityS

Very professional everything was explained about the procedure very well. Had a very excellent experience.

ChloeB

Thoroughly enjoyed my experience at elite aesthetics. Initially I was was nervous but all the staff were really polite and kind and I was soon at ease. Dr shirin explained the whole procedure throughly making sure I understood and was most professional. I fully recommend having treatment at elite aesthetics.

JoleenW

Dr Shirin is very passionate about helping you achieve your goal and supports you every step of the way. Refreshing to spend time talking to a Dr that listens. Great service and team are lovely. Thank you.

GeorginaM

I was very impressed with a professionalism and a patient care right from the beginning when I walked in to the clinic. I had a LED facial treatment and it was absolutely great. I will definitely be back soon!

BlankaH

Such a fantastic clinic. Professional, discreet, welcoming and reassuring. Always feel my best interests are at the heart of their advice and treatment plan options.

RachaelF

Just wanted to say I am really pleased with the outcome of my treatment and especially with my lips. There was no adverse swelling at all. I never thought I would like my lips done but will definitely do it again. I will come to you again (all the way from Norwich) as I like the results. Thanks again

Ms BC, Norwich

I was recommended to Shirin by a friend. We spoke in great depth about which treatment would be best suited for me. I decided that cheek filler would give me the result I required and I couldn’t be happier – fantastic! My cheeks are fuller and it has made a difference to my appearance without being over the top. I have recommended Shirin to my friends. I will be back…Thank you once again.

Ms KH, Dartford, Kent

I felt completely safe in professional hands and I look amazing too. Great before and after care. Definitely having more!

Mrs JH, Gravesend, Kent

I have had two cosmetic procedures from Dr Shirin Lakhani, both I couldn’t be happier with! My lips have always been thin, so I spoke to Shirin in great depth about having lip filler. She put me at ease, with every question answered with great medical knowledge. Once I had my lips done, I was over the moon with the results! Wish I had found Shirin years ago! A few weeks later, I had anti-wrinkle injections, and again, very happy with top results!!! I would be more than happy to recommend Shirin to my family and friends. Top lady!

Mrs AP, Greenhithe, Kent

Dear Shirin, just wanted to let you know how happy I am with my anti-wrinkle injection treatment. From start to finish, it was very professional and I have a wrinkle free forehead. I have seen 3 other therapists in the past but you are definitely the best, so thank you so much.

Ms MC, Greenhithe, Kent

Very professional. I have always suffered with acne and acne scarring, tired and lack luster skin. Since I had Vampire therapy nearly a year ago, I have NOT had bad skin once! My skin is much plumper with less visible pores and a nice fresh sheen. What really surprised me was that I managed to get over my fear of needles – perhaps this was because it wasn’t made to feel like a hospital scenario. The vampire therapy session was a real treat – I’m so very glad I did it!

Ms DS - Dartford

I‘ve used Elite Aesthetics for over three years now and I couldn’t be happier with the results of my treatments. Dr Shirin has been nothing but honest and professional in her advice – even so far as guiding me away from treatments she doesn’t think I need. My skin has gone from tired, listless, and frankly ageing to fresh and glowing. I whole heartedly recommend Elite, and do so every time I’m asked “what do you use on your skin?”

Ms CW, Gravesend

Effective and well-priced service. I would definitely visit Shirin and the team again.

Mr RH, London

This is undoubtedly the very best aesthetic clinic I have ever been to! I have been having fillers and treatments for years and wish I had met Dr Shirin years ago, her expertise, guidance and advice is second to none. I am 37years and have now been going to Elite Aesthetics for nearly two years my treatments with Dr Shirin are so naturally done no-one ever believes me when I say I have lots of aesthetic treatments most people think I’m late 20’s and this is all down to the techniques and expertise of Dr Shirin Lakhani! I would never put my face or body in the hands of another aesthetic doctor she is the best I’ve ever met and am so grateful to her for the confidence I have regained.

Ms NI, London

I am very pleased with my plexr results from Dr Shirin, the little hook on the area just under my eyebrows has gone along with my pigmentation marks, my eyes are much tighter and all without surgery. Looking forward to my tear trough filler.

Ms BDO, Guernsey

Dr Shirin made me feel very relaxed and comfortable during my procedure and the outcome was amazing. It was only some cheek and a small amount of lip filler but I felt and looked 10 years younger. You will not find a more professional or capable doctor than Dr Shirin Lakhani.

Ms MR, Kent

So so pleased with my second microneedling treatment with Charlotte.
I felt very comfortable and relaxed considering I was nervous about having microneedling done to treat my large pores, pigmentation and uneven skin tone.
Charlotte told me step by step what she was doing and answered all of my questions.
Looking forward to my next one. Thank you my skin feels smoother already! Xx

Ms Maskell, Dartford

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!

J. Garza

Absolutely amazing! I’ve had a few treatments there now and each time they have been amazing. So friendly and welcoming. Can’t wait to start my next lot. See you soon ladies xx

Ms E Johns - Greenhithe

Dr. Lakhani is, without doubt, the kindest and most caring physician you could ever ask for.
She is knowledgable and would never try to push any unnecessary added extras like so many aesthetic practitioners today.
I feel completely confident when recommending her to friends and family and no one has ever been disappointed.
She is the ultimate professional. I am always thrilled with results.

StevenR

I’ve just had my first Hydra Facial at Elite Aesthetics and amazed at the results. A few friends have commented on my skin and said I looked
refreshed. I can see a difference in my pores and my skin is just glowing. Thanks to Charlotte for recommending this treatment for me!
Charlotte explained the treatment and benefits which I saw immediately after the treatment, especially an improvement in fine lines and smoother, softer skin.
I’ve already booked in for my next treatment.

WilliamL

What I love about Dr. Shirin is she really listens to you and gives you the best advice to suit your needs and budget. Her emphasis on natural enhancement and improvements means I only want to go to her for any aesthetic treatments. I trust her. Thank you again Shirin! X

EmilyA

Great clinic, lovely, clean and modern. Charlotte was excellent, knowledgeable about the treatment whilst also friendly. The facial itself was very enjoyable and my skin looks and feels tighter and smoother. I highly recommend the Hydrafacial Treatment.

SamantaL

Dr Shirin’s professional approach fills you with confidence. The clinic is modern and efficiently run. They certainly do their utmost to help and advise their clients. I am 100% satisfied that I made the right decision in choosing Elite Aesthetics!

AnnaC
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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).

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