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Ultimate Guide to Thread Lifting in Singapore

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    Previously, only surgical facelifts could address ageing signs such as sagging skin or a droopy-looking face. Fortunately, it wasn’t until non-surgical thread lifts became popular in Singapore.

    But now, patients with visible signs of ageing can improve their skin laxity now without having to undergo surgery. For instance, patients who want to reduce dark spots and uneven pigmentation may benefit from skin resurfacing treatment.

    Patients with sagging skin and wrinkles, on the other hand, may benefit from a thread lifting procedure. Furthermore, thread lifting can be an option for patients who are hesitant to undergo surgical face lifting for various reasons, including medical conditions.

    Do you belong to a group of people who have signs of ageing and want to resolve the issues without undergoing surgical procedures? Continue reading this article to get the ultimate guide to thread lifting and whether or not you are a suitable candidate for this treatment!

    What is Thread Lifting?

    Thread lifting is a procedure that involves the placement of a medical-grade suture beneath the facial skin. A professional will then pull the placed medical-grade sutures, resulting in tighter-looking skin.

    Thread lifting is a good option for people with ageing signs that skin resurfacing procedures cannot correct. Skin resurfacing treatments (i.e., laser and light therapies) cannot always provide lifted results, as thread lifts do.

    According to Healthline, if you’re in your late 30s or early 50s, you’re a good candidate for thread lifts. Medical-grade sutures placed beneath your facial skin can help to sculpt your facial contour, lifting it and making it appear more youthful.

    Aside from treating ageing signs, thread lifts are also ideal for augmenting the nose without the need for rhinoplasty. Also known as nose thread lifting, this procedure involves placing medical-grade sutures beneath the nose to create a more pointed and higher-looking nose bridge.

    Both general thread lifting and nose thread lifts provide temporary results. The effects of the biocompatible suture will gradually dissolve over time. On the other hand, patients who are happy with the results frequently request another session after their bodies absorb the previous sutures.

    How do thread lifts differ from fillers?

    Both thread lifts and fillers can rejuvenate skin laxity. Patients are frequently perplexed by the two procedures, making it difficult to decide whether to undergo the preceding or later procedure.

    The results will also be different since thread lifts, and fillers use different ingredients to provide lifting effects. In addition, patients with specific conditions may be more suitable to undergo thread lifts than fillers.

    Perhaps you’re wondering what sets thread lifts and fillers apart? We’ll go over the principles of these two treatments below, so you will better understand the methods for lifting your skin without using surgical techniques.

    Thread lifts

    • It entails inserting biocompatible, medical-grade sutures beneath the skin. When a doctor pulls the suture, it will lift your skin, giving it a youthful appearance. 
    • During the 60-minute thread lifts procedure, your medical aesthetics doctor may use a cannula to guide them in placing the threads.
    • Provide moderate lifting results, suitable for treating sagging skin due to ageing.
    • Applicable to various skin areas, including forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin.
    • The results often last longer than dermal fillers, so patients do not need to do touch-ups as frequently.


    • It involves injecting hyaluronic acid into your skin. Subsequently, the hyaluronic acid injections will be useful for replenishing volume loss caused by ageing.
    • Typically, the procedure will take between 15 and 30 minutes. Since it causes little to no discomfort, it rarely necessitates anaesthesia.
    • It offers mild lifting results and is ideal for augmenting the skin area that appears sunken due to volume loss.
    • Applicable to several skin areas, including nose, cheeks, chin, under-eye, and smile lines.
    • Dermal fillers typically last for 6 – 9 months due to their natural ingredients, as your body naturally absorbs the hyaluronic acid. However, you can always schedule touch-ups to maintain the optimal results.

    Type of Thread Lifts

    The procedure of inserting medical-grade sutures beneath the skin refers to how the thread lifting works. However, the process will involve multiple suture ingredients. Polydioxanone (PDO), Polycaprolactone (PCL), and Poly-Lactic (PLA) threads all work and respond differently to the body, which we’ll discuss in the following:

    Polydioxanone (PDO) Threads

    Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are made of a biocompatible synthetic substance meant to stimulate collagen production and provide support to lift and tighten sagging skin. 

    Due to its biocompatible nature, they’ll dissolve within the body over time. As they dissolve, they’ll leave behind a matrix of collagen fibres, helping in maintaining the lifted appearance. 

    The lifted effects will typically last for several months to a year, which depends on the individual’s skin condition.

    Polycaprolactone (PCL) Threads

    Polycaprolactone (PCL) threads, similar PDO threads, are also biocompatible and will gradually dissolve within the body. They also provide lifting effects to the area they’re placed. 

    The difference is, they’re typically more long-lasting – 1 – 2 years depending on the individual. They’ll also promote continuous collagen production even after the threads have been dissolved.

    Poly-Lactic (PLA) Threads

    Made of biodegradable and biocompatible substance, Poly-Lactic (PLA) threads work to stimulate collagen production and tissue regeneration. Their placement under the skin will then promote lifting effects, improving natural skin elasticity.

    They’ll also remain promoting natural collagen production even after they dissolve, providing long-term support and firmness to a sagging skin.

    How Do Thread Lifts Work

    After understanding the variety of thread lifts, including those for facial skin and nose augmentation, it’s time to advance your knowledge by learning how thread lifts work!

    The information we will cover is listed below, starting with the procedure’s preparation and moving ahead to the aftercare.

    Before Procedure Preparation


    Even though the thread lifting procedure effectively reduces sagging skin and provides a more youthful appearance, potential patients should be aware of the precautions before undergoing this procedure.

    Here is the list of precautions you may want to pay attention to before receiving thread lifts, either the facial or nose ones:

    • To avoid blood vessel enlargement, avoid consuming alcohol and pain relievers (e.g., ibuprofen and acetaminophen) after the procedure.
    • It will help if you avoid strenuous activities because they could enlarge blood vessels.
    • Your medical aesthetics doctor may prescribe antibiotics. You must take your antibiotics regularly if your medical aesthetics doctor prescribes them.


    After understanding the precautions, it’s time for you to understand what you should prepare before undergoing a thread lifting treatment. Below is the list of preparations you need to be aware of:

    • Make sure that the area of thread placement is free of active inflammation.
    • For the same reason, you will also need to avoid consuming alcohol and pain relievers (e.g., ibuprofen and acetaminophen) before the procedure. 
    • You may need to rest and avoid feeling too stressed before undergoing the procedure.

    Facial Thread Lifting

    The procedure for facial thread lifting will depend on the area that patients wish to target. However, according to WebMD, the fundamental technique remains the same, and it involves:

    • Your medical aesthetics doctor will apply topical anaesthetic to numb your skin and reduce any potential discomfort during the treatment.
    • Your medical aesthetics doctor will use a cannula to guide the process of inserting the threads underneath the skin.
    • After your medical aesthetics doctor inserts the threads using the cannula, he will remove the cannula. You may experience discomfort, but there will be no scarring. 

    Nose Thread Lifting

    Unlike facial thread lifting, which aims to improve ageing signs, nose thread lifting is popular to augment patients’ noses without surgical methods. Furthermore, nose thread lifts require less downtime and are less expensive.

    Typically, the process of HIKO Nose Thread Lifts will involve the following steps:

    • Your medical aesthetics doctor will apply local anaesthesia before performing the procedure, ensuring minimal discomfort that you may encounter.
    • Your medical aesthetics doctor will use a cannula to guide him during the process of inserting the Polydioxanone (PDO) or Polycaprolactone (PCL) threads into your nose.
    • After the procedure that lasts for 15 minutes is complete, your medical aesthetics doctor will gather and hold the underlying tissues in the desired position, delivering more symmetrical results.

    What Result Should You Expect After Thread Lifts?

    Thread lifting procedures can provide lifting effects to the skin without going under the knife. However, there are still some side effects that you may experience the moment after you get medical-grade sutures placed beneath your skin.

    The following list is common occurrences after thread lifts and will resolve within a few days:

    • Painful sensations
    • Bruising
    • Skin inflammation 

    How Long Thread Lifts Last?

    Threads inserted beneath the skin can last for 4 to 6 months. After six months, your body will completely dissolve the threads. It’s relatively quick because it’s biocompatible with your body, allowing your body to absorb it naturally.

    Although your body will completely dissolve the threads after six months, the collagen production from the thread placement will last for 12 – 15 months. The collagen is sufficient to support your skin, allowing it to remain lifted and youthful due to reduced skin laxity.

    Risk of Thread Lifts

    As previously stated, thread lifts have several side effects that only last for a few days after the treatment. The procedure also entails some risks. Therefore, you must have a licensed and experienced medical aesthetics doctor perform the procedure.

    According to WebMD, here are the possible risks from thread lifting procedures:

    • Skin texture changes, such as bumps and dumplings around the treated area.
    • Irritation can happen, especially if you have allergic reactions to the threads.
    • Stiffness, some people are more prone to experiencing stiffness in their face after thread lifts.
    • Infection, since this procedure involves direct contact with the skin, it’s possible for the infection to occur due to improper sanitation. 


    After reading this article, we hope you understand thread lifting procedures thoroughly. You might be interested in getting thread lifts after learning what they are, how they work, and the benefits.

    If this is the case, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be available to answer any questions you may have about the procedure. Our medical aesthetics doctor will also gladly advise you on the best treatment option for you.

    What exactly are you waiting for? Make an appointment with our medical aesthetics doctor right away and restore your youthful glow!

    About Celevenus Wellness & Aesthetic Clinic

    Celevenus is an aesthetic clinic in Singapore that offers a variety of signature treatments to rejuvenate the body and skin. Our series of treatments use non-surgical methods, so they are suitable for anyone unsure about going under the knife.

    Led by Dr Dylan Chau, who is an expert in blending science and artistry, we are here to provide several face enhancement methods, such as Sculptra, dermal fillers, HIKO nose threadlift, and acne scar treatments, that are safe and provide optimal results for our patients.

    What’s more, we also perform non-surgical body contouring using the Venus Legacy method. This treatment makes an ideal choice for anyone who dreams of having a slimmer body silhouette but fear undergoing an invasive procedure that takes longer to heal.

    Overall, we strive to be a trustworthy aesthetic clinic that prioritises the right solutions for our patients through the variety of face and body enhancements we offer.

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