Do And Don't Post Thread Lift Treatment

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In a recent article, we spoke about the different types of threads used for thread lifts.

(Read the blog here- Types Of Threads Used For Thread Lifts)

In today’s article, we will help to educate you further on the various do and don't post getting a thread lift treatment.

About thread lift

It is a well-known fact that collagen is an important element that is necessary to maintain overall skin elasticity and hydration. Collagen is a protein that helps to give the face, especially around the cheeks, the eye area, the jowls, and the neck region, that youthful bounce.

As one continues to age, the production of collagen keeps decreasing. As a result, the overall skin tends to become thinner, drier, and less elastic. This leads to the formation of unwanted wrinkles.

Thread lifts or barbed suture technology involves the use of threads or sutures made from materials used in surgery to close wounds. When threads are placed under the skin they can tighten and lift loose or sagging areas in various parts of the face and body to help reduce the effects of gravity and aging, thereby rejuvenating the skin. The threads tend to have cogs that help to hook onto the skin and when it is inserted and pulled back, it gives an overall “face-lift” kind of effect.

Major areas suitable for thread lift

The doctor's recommended areas where facial thread lift can be useful for overall skin rejuvenation-

  • Eyebrows

  • Forehead

  • The area under the eyes

  • Middle of the forehead

  • Nasolabial folds

  • Neck

  • Drooping cheeks

  • Double chin

How is thread lift performed?

To begin with, the treatment area is marked by a trained and qualified aesthetic practitioner. A local anesthetic is used to prevent pain or discomfort during the treatment. With the help of a sharp or blunt tip cannula or needles, threads are then inserted into the layers of skin around the treatment area for a thread lift. After the threads are inserted and anchored in the skin layers, the threads are lifted for a successful lift and overall a tightened rejuvenated skin. After the whole procedure is complete, the needles or cannula are gently removed and any excess threads are cut off.

It is to be noted that the exact results depend on the type of thread used, the patient's age, skin condition, and the expertise of the aesthetician. A well-trained aesthetician should be able to perform this non-surgical treatment without any severe discomfort or complications.

It is very important that the overall thread lift procedures should be performed by a certified aesthetic practitioner only, who is skilled in this particular treatment procedure. This is absolutely essential because the needles or threads if inserted in the wrong plane, can lead to skin dimpling, contour irregularities, infections, and redness. Another risk is that improper technique can not only lead to swelling and lumpiness but also more serious side effects such as damage to the parotid duct, facial vessels & nerves.

About IIWAM training in a non-surgical thread lift

As always, the practitioner must undergo proper training in facial aesthetics to understand the procedure, the product, and the patient. Equally, he/she must know the benefits, risks, and counter-measures to correct complications. IIWAM also offers an Online Aesthetic Certification programme for Non-Surgical Body Sculpting, Advanced Dermal Filler Training (Restylane, Juvéderm, Teosyal, Bellotero), Advanced Botulinum Toxin Training (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin), Skin Booster Training (Restylane Skin Booster, Profhilo, Rejuran), Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Training, and Thread Lift Training (PDO, Aptos, Happy Lift).

At IIWAM, our trainers pay utmost attention to teaching the following subjects in non-surgical thread lift under the best online International cosmetology training course.

  • Anatomy behind a non-surgical thread lift

  • Methods & techniques for non-surgical thread lift

  • Different types of threads used in thread lift

  • How to insert threads for non-surgical thread lift

  • Risks of non-surgical thread lift and how to overcome it

 online International cosmetology training

Do and don’t post thread lift for an effective result

It should be kept in mind that thread lifts are considered a low-risk procedure with minimal recovery time, but side effects of redness, bruising, and swelling do occur, which generally take around 1–2 weeks to completely go away. Depending on the individual needs, additional post-care treatment instructions that include various do and do not, are given to the patient by the aesthetic practitioner for overall better results.

Some of the things to do after thread lift include-

  • Patients are generally advised to apply ice or cold compress to the treated area(s) for a few minutes, about four to six times during the day, for the few days following the procedure if they experience redness, bruising, or swelling.

  • The aesthetic practitioner may prescribe some painkillers and other medications for recovery post-thread lift treatment. It is highly recommended that patients should take the medications according to the doctor’s prescription. In addition, the patient should follow his/her doctor`s directive and stop taking aspirin, Advil, or any other blood-thinning medications for at least two weeks before and after the cosmetic medical procedure to prevent excessive bleeding.

  • To ensure more effective results, the aesthetic practitioner generally recommends keeping the head in an elevated position for at least a week. Sleeping with 2 pillows at night for the elevation of the head tends to help bring down the swelling.

  • Patients are advised to take adequate rest and not engage in any kind of strenuous exercise for at least 2-3 days after treatment because it may aggravate the inflammation and cause the skin to become extremely inflamed.

Some of the things to avoid after thread lift include-

  • Patients are advised to not apply any cosmetic products such as any kind of makeup, tweeze, pick, rub, exfoliate, wax, use a depilatory or schedule a facial or cosmetic procedure such as facial massage and facials on a treated area(s) for at least a few weeks after the thread lift treatment in order to reduce the risk of redness or swelling.

  • Drinking and smoking tend to increase the overall blood pressure, which in turn may lead to various other serious complications. Patients are advised to avoid drinking alcohol and smoking for at least a few weeks to maintain an overall suitable body temperature and blood pressure and get an effective result.

  • Patients are advised to avoid heated places as much as possible during the recovery period. This is because prolonged exposure to heat tends to increase blood pressure significantly.

About IIWAM Aesthetic Education

At IIWAM, we provide an International Aesthetic Certification program and also Advanced Online Aesthetic Courses for Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Aestheticians, and Spa Owners in the field of Aesthetic Medicine.

Our Institute is based in Malaysia and has international students from the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, and other parts of Asia. With our insignia of “Be Certified, Be Recognized”, we develop knowledgeable, skilled, and confident aesthetic practitioners of international repute. Our Aesthetic training focuses on teaching the principles of Aesthetic procedures before venturing into Aesthetic clinical skills. IIWAM training Programs are a combination of Onsite Training, LIVE Online Webinars, and Online Learning. IIWAM is the first Institute in the World to have its Programs assured by City & Guilds of London and certified by European International University. IIWAM is also a registered CPD Training provider with CPD Standards Office in the UK and by CPD Malaysian Medical Association.

Onboard is our Assoc. Prof Dr. Morthy, the lead trainer, medical director of the International Institute of Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine (IIWAM), formerly known as Aesthetic Academy Asia ( In the Aesthetic part of our Institute, we provide Advanced Aesthetic Medical Procedures that are Safe, Effective, and Affordable, offering a wide range of specialized treatments for All Your Aesthetic Needs.

(Also read about: Thread Lifts for Non-Surgical Facelift)