In a thread lift, sutures, or threads, are inserted under the skin with a small needle to “anchor” loose skin in place, pulling it back to appear tighter or lifted. The threads also prompt the body to produce collagen as part of the healing response.

What Signs of Aging Can a Thread Lift Improve?

A thread lift can help address:

  • Drooping eyelids
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Jowls
  • Marionette lines
  • Looseness of the neck skin
  • Lines in the neck area (necklace lines)
  • Wrinkled décolletage (upper chest)

In addition to the face and neck, a thread lift can also be used on other parts of the body, including the knees, breasts, backs of the arms, and buttocks. Threads also can be used to treat acne scars, stretch marks, and surgical scars. 

Thread lift procedure

The procedure for thread lift may be slightly different depending on the area you’re targeting as well as your provider’s preferences. The basic technique is usually the same.

  1. You’ll be asked to recline in the room where your procedure is being performed. Alcohol, as well as topical anesthetic, will be applied to your skin as it’s prepped for surgery.
  2. A thin needle or cannula will be used to insert the threads underneath your skin. Inserting the threads can take 30 to 45 minutes.
  3. After the threads are inserted, the method of insertion will be removed. You may feel light pressure or tighten under your skin.
  4. Within a few minutes of the needles being taken out, your procedure will be complete and you’ll be free to go home or back to work.