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PDO Smooth Threads for Skin Rejuvenation

The latest anti-aging treatment 

As you age, your body produces less collagen and elastin. As a result, you may experience unwanted changes in your skin such as thinning, sagging, wrinkling and a loss in facial volume. Our thread lifts are designed for skin rejuvenation, thickening, contouring and restoration of natural volume. 

How does a thread lift work?

A thread lift uses smooth polydiaxanone (PDO) sutures or threads, which are made of a biodegradable polymer. The threads are placed strategically into the sub-dermal layer of the skin, which act as scaffolding under the surface of the skin to support soft skin tissue. As the threads are slowly absorbed by your body, collagen production is stimulated at an accelerated rate. This process encourages firmer and healthier skin.


Our cosmetic nurse has specialist training in thread lifts. She has a thorough understanding of the muscles and tissue composition under the skin and experience with techniques that will deliver the best results.

What kind of threads do you use for your thread lifts?

There are two common types of threads used in conventional thread lifts– barbed (anchoring) threads and smooth threads.


At Surecell, we only use TGA-approved smooth threads for our thread lifts. 

  • Barbed threads are used to gather skin, producing an obvious and immediate lifting action. They are typically placed in the hairline area and used to pull the skin back. Higher risk of complications such as dimpling and asymmetry. 

  • Smooth threads offer less lift and provide subtle results of tightening and contouring, but stimulate more collagen in the skin over time. Collagen is the protein responsible for plumping up the skin, filling in fine lines and smoothing out wrinkles.  

How long do the results of a thread lift last?

As the PDO threads dissolve over time, they continue to boost collagen production in the skin. Patients notice plumper and smoother skin in next 6 weeks following their thread lift. The gradual effects of skin rejuvenation continue to be seen over 2-6 months, with results lasting up to 12 months. 

The results of a thread lift generally last a year. Results differ depending on the individual and their lifestyle. Lifestyle factors such as smoking, sun exposure and diet can affect results. 

What does a thread lift involve?

Our cosmetic nurse will clean your skin thoroughly.

  • Local anaesthetic cream is applied to your skin to numb the areas being treated. 

  • The PDO smooth threads are strategically inserted into your skin.

  • The threads are removed. Some bleeding may occur in the process, but stops quickly. 

  • Mild to superficial bruising may occur after a thread lift, but typically goes away in a week.


The thread lift process takes around 15 to 30 minutes, excluding the waiting time for the numbing cream to take effect (40 minutes).

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What areas can be treated with a thread lift? 

A thread lift can treat virtually any area of the face. This includes:

  • Forehead lines

  • Glabellar lines

  • Tear through

  • Crow's feet

  • Nasiolabial folds

  • Accordion lines

  • Oral commissures

  • Neck lines

  • Jawline

  • Jowls

The cheeks and the lower face/neck region are the most commonly treated areas. 

How does a thread lift differ from mainstream treatments?

When compared to current mainstream cosmetic treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections and fillers, a thread lift differs in several ways:

  • A thread lift does not work by reducing the movement of the muscles of facial expression, so will not result in paralysis.

  • Its effects last longer. While the effects of skin rejuvenation may take several weeks to develop, they last longer than anti-wrinkle injections or fillers.

  • A thread lift can be combined with other cosmetic treatments such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP). 

How should I prepare for my thread lift?

Drink plenty of water and eat healthily prior to the treatment.

  • ​For even greater results, take advantage of the hyperbaric chamber facility available at Malvern PRP Clinic.

  • Vitamin E and fish-oil tablets should be avoided 2-3 days prior to your treatment as they can increase bruising*.

  • Avoid taking blood thinning medications, as they can also increase bruising.

Please let us know if you are taking any of the above.


*Please note that some people experience mild bruising in treated areas. This is normal and should subside in a few days.

For further information on our services such as the cost of a thread lift, feel free to contact Surecell Australia on (03) 9822 9996 or email us at and we will ensure a staff member will assist with your query.

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  • What is the difference between PRP and stem cells?
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