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NON SURGICAL FACELIFT BY BRINGING BACK UP CHEEKS AND JOWLS tissues, where they were when you were younger

*all photos are our actual patients (not stock or pharma advertising)

Lower face lift 

Lower face with hanging jowls and double chin is a tricky and difficult to correct area. To better address the area, your experienced cosmetic doctor will assess your individual situation. Commonly the excess tissues in the lower face are due to drooping down from the upper face. So, lifting them back up, to the cheeks  and temple area (where they naturally came from) would improve the lower face itself.

Another option would be to consider fat-dissolving injections, which release weight of fat, pulling down face. By removing what is pulling down and not touching of what is pulling up, we are shifting face balance up and providing lift. Also, after fat dissolving injections, there is less weight for threads to lift and therefore lifting effect is more significant (which everyone is happy with).

Lower face areas most commonly treated are jawline and double chin, when cosmetic doctor is using threads under local anesthetic to straighten jawline and lift up the hanging skin under the chin. Although effect is usually can be seen nicely, but the the procedure is not as effective as surgical lift. Thread lift is as effective as it can gets for non surgical procedures and much safer than surgery.

PDO threads provide natural moderate degree of lift of the sagging skin and stimulate collagen, which adds to lift up effect.
Most thread lift today is non invasive, no cuts or scalpels used, only needles and cannulas (similar to your filler procedure, but way more lifting effect on the face). Also, insertion techniques help to eliminate side effects.

Are threads for face safe cosmetic treatment? 

Modern threads are very different from previous generations of threads in terms of safety and efficiency. At VISTA Clinic Australia Melbourne cosmetic clinic, we do not use permanent threads, which caused problems in the past decades (like famous golden or silk threads).

Most common side effects are mild swelling and local soreness, lasting 3-5 days; bruising; rare infections, but our comsetic doctors at Melbourne clinic are very careful and religious with aseptic and antiseptic to ensure safety of our cosmetic patients. We have number of SOPs to prevent complications and go way beyond minimum standards in minimizing infections at VISTA Clinic Australia.

VISTA Clinic Australia Melbourne Cosmetic Clinic experienced doctor will discuss with you in details the PDO threadlift procedure, pros and cons, available facelift alternatives, costs and you will have enough opportunity to ask questions. Cosmetic physicians at VISTA Clinic Australia Melbourne do not accept patients under 18 years old (except for acne).

What are types of threads? 

there are many, but 2 main types:

NON BARBED or mono  – smooth, fine structure threads. Ideal of skin tightening.

BARBED threads had small barbs or cogs on the thread, which allows to stimulate more collagen and fix up the lift. Ideal for face lift.

PDO (polydiaxanone) sutures or threads is a fast growing cosmetic technology for tightening and lifting of sagging skin in Melbourne and all over the world.

Besides immediate facelift or skin tightness, patient will also enjoy collagen stimulation and boost of effect 2-4 months after the threads has been inserted.

Is thread lift treatment painful? 

Most patients tolerate the procedure comfortably. For tightening threads, no anesthetic required and for lifting cog threads – either none either local pain relief. Feedback from our patients is usually that the procedure is less painful than they expected.
If you prefer even more painless procedure, you can discuss it with our experienced cosmetic doctors in advance – there are plenty of other options available, but you need ensure that you don’t drive yourself after procedure and that you have no contraindications.

What is effect of threads on face and skin? 

INSTANT LIFT through mechanical elevation

SKIN QUALITY though collagen stimulation, new capillary formation

TIGHTENING of the skin through contracting fat tissue

SKIN PORES and WRINKLES IMPROVEMENT in 2-3 months, when collagen stimulation takes in

V SHAPE like appearance of the face

Threads provide immediate lifting effect mechanically. 

Cog threads are absorbable threads with a tiny hooks similar to fishing hooks, which stabilize tissues and don’t let it droop down. 

After 2 months (in sporty and active physically individuals – in 3 weeks)  – collagen stimulating effect will kick and you will notice additional lift, skin improvement, pores look better, more lightening of the skin. Such improvements will continue to work for app next 6 months, when patient is enjoying better and better results.

Upper face threadlift

It is one of the most popular and fast growing areas as it is addressing lift of the face.

As we age, under gravity and face bone reduction, the tissues of the face are drooping down, forming nasolabials, marionnette  and smile lines.
VISTA Clinic Australia philosophy is to respect anatomy and natural processes in the body. To avoid unnecessary anatomy disturbance and to achieve natural results, cosmetic doctor is following the same path of lift as it was the anatomical drop. We don’t change face, but returning tissues where it used to be when you were younger.

Similar to how doctor stitches edges of the wound together by absorbable  stichers, when the stitch is dossolved over time, but wound edges healed by attaching to each other. Your cosmetic doctor at VISTA Clinic Australia will lift up hanging fat and skin from nasolabials and jaw line up to the cheeks and temple areas and fix it with the thread there. The thread will self dissolve in a couple of months, but the lifted tissues will stay. Such technique also will add a little natural volume to your cheekbones by your own fat (which is a natural to your body as it can gets).

However, the process of aging is still going on, therefore realistically the lifting effect usually lasts 1-1,5 years. Naturally, whatever would speed up aging process (alcohol, stress, certain medications, smoking, hormonal changes, genetic input, diseases, sun exposure etc), will lessen longevity of the thread lift.

Pretty good incentive to follow up with doctors’ advice on healthy lifestyle, hey?

General information

Threads are re-absorbable and a scientific innovation, not everyone wants to undergo surgery and often dermal fillers are not enough to achieve the best level of facial rejuvenation.

Threads are now a viable alternative. They work by lifting and realigning sagging tissue. In the past the only facial threads available in Australia remained permanently within the tissue. If these threads needed to be removed for any reason the removal often required surgery and this could be very difficult and not always successful.


The latest threads are designed to elevate tissues and promote collagen formation in the surrounding tissues. Over time and as the threads slowly dissolve, the developing collagen ensures long-term life of the surrounding tissues. These threads give a far more natural appearance than their predecessors.

The thread lift is suitable for both men and women. The threads can be used to lift the brow, the mid-face and jaw, and to remove jowls and sagging skin in the neck. The thread lift is performed in a day surgery centre and does not require a general anaesthetic.

The threads work by having small barbs that support the tissues. The threads are anchored to the tough fibrous tissue that covers the bone. Three small needle holes are made on the R and L in the hair above the ear. These holes heal themselves without sutures. Through these holes the threads, which are in thin cannulas, are inserted under the skin to the areas requiring support. The needles first take a “bite” through the fibrous layer overlying the bone.  The number of threads used depends on the areas to be supported and the mass of these tissues, but typically on each side of the face a pair of threads are used for the mid face, a pair for the jaw line and one pair for the brow. The threads themselves dissolve with time over around 6 months, but in this time have done their job of lifting and causing a fibrous reaction to cause a natural lift which lasts for 12 months

The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes. You will be given local anesthetic infusions at the thread entry and exit sites. This makes the procedure relatively painless. After the procedure your face may feel tight for 24 hours. Bruising is variable but is best to allow a few days for this to settle. Obviously it is best not to take blood thinning agents (eg aspirin, antiinflammatories fish oil, alpha omega acids) for at least 3 days before putting the threads in.

Results should be seen immediately but the final result will take 12 weeks to develop.

Potential complications are discomfort, bruising, cold sores, puckering, numbness. All of these would be expected to not last more than a few weeks at worst. Threads may also be easily removed for up to 4 weeks without problems should you not like the effect.

The threads should last from 1 year to 18 months when further threads may be needed due to ongoing aging.

Get In Touch

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Email: me@vistaclinic.com.au

Phone: + 61 (0) 434 780 777 

Fax: +61 (03) 9978 9484

Business Hours:  By appointment. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. 

Flexible hours, including Sundays and holidays - for VIP.

Address: Suit 415, Level 4,

The Exchange Tower

530 Little Collins St  Melbourne 3000 VIC Australia

Main Entrance to the Exchange Tower from the Little Collins St or via coffee shops lane, then via lifts - to level 4.

* Melbourne architects have sense of humor! - 530 Collins and 530 Little Collins are across the road - you need a Little Collins one with the sign "The exchange Tower"

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