Suture Lift & Thread Lift

At Facial Artistry we believe there is no vanity in wanting to look more attractive. It is all about being the best version of yourself. Dr Bernard Leung’s will personal assess your facial structure and listen to your concerns. He will then tailor a treatment plan to suit your individual needs. By using his technical skills that he has acquired over the years and his artistic judgement he can get you the results you desire.

Professor Marlen Sulamanidze from Moscow, Russia first published articles in 2000 about the use of barbed threads (APTOS threads) for the repositioning of sagging facial tissues. The threads are inserted under the skin and the barbs of the threads engage with the subcutaneous soft tissues to achieve a lifting effect. Over the years, he modified his original design to yield better results. Dr Bernard Leung was one of a few surgeons in Australia who had been personally trained by Prof Sulamanidze in all aspects of thread lifting.

Another important development that is of particular interest is that of Scarless Suture Lift, pioneered by Professor Nikolay Serdev of Sofia, Bulgaria. Prof Serdev recognised that the most pivotal structure that is involved in the sagging process is the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS). Using semi-elastic sutures he was able to anchor various points of the SMAS to stable structures. This technique allows repositioning of the brow, temple, cheek, jowl and neck (brow lift, cheek lift, face lift and neck lift). Dr Leung was also fortunate enough to have been personally trained by Prof Serdev in Bulgaria to perform Scarless Suture Lift.

What can a suture lift treat?

A suture lift can help address some of the major features of facial aging. As we age; gravity takes over and sagging cheeks, drooping eyebrows and the development of jowls can be seen. Dr Leung has found that the suture lift technique is better at addressing the anatomical changes that lead to sagging facial tissue than thread lift techniques and hence his preference for suture lifts. A suture lift can be used to move the cheek pads back up to their original position, relocate sagging eyebrows or to lift hanging jowls and tighten the jaw line. A suture lift is most useful in relatively younger people where there is only limited sagging. The aim is not to create a new you, but to reposition your facial anatomy back to where it once was, which in turn will reveal a much younger, more youthful looking appearance. People with more marked degree of sagging will benefit from a surgical face or neck lift.

Is the suture lift the same as a facelift?

Suture lifts and thread lifts are forms of minimally invasive face lift procedures, which differs from traditional open facelift surgery in a number of ways. Traditional open face lift surgery (rhytidectomy) requires cutting open skin and separation of skin from the underlying tissues. A higher degree of lifting can be achieved with an open surgical facelift than a suture lift, but the recovery is much longer. Although the scar of a traditional open face lift is usually well hidden, there is still a scar. A suture lift does not leave any obvious scarring because it only requires small 2mm access points.

More recently, Dr Leung developed his own technique of minimally invasive face and neck lift (VASER assisted SMAS and platysma lift), which combines the use of internal ultrasound to stimulate skin retraction and new collagen formation, to achieve a result comparable to that of a traditional open surgical face lift, but with the minimally invasive nature and short recovery time of a suture lift. The result is natrual-looking and long-lasting, with no more than a few days of social down time.

How long will the effect last from a suture lift (thread lift)?

The benefits of sutures will last for a number of years. However, due to the aging process, skin and underlying tissues will continue to sag and the benefits will eventually diminish with time. There are further options to consider to maintain a youthful look. One option would be to have further sutures positioned or to have a procedure that involves some skin excision.

Dr Leung has noticed over the past couple of years that by combining dermal fillers with a suture lift; the results are amplified and are much longer lasting. It also helps achieve a completely natural looking result.

What is involved in a suture lift (thread lift)?

The procedure involves careful assessment of your facial anatomy and planning of the areas to be lifted. The points of entry are marked and local anaesthetic is used to numb these entry points. A special tool is used to access the anchorage points and a suture is then tied from the structure to be lifted onto the anchorage point. The entire procedure takes less than 1 hour.
Recovery time is remarkably short, usually requiring only 1-2 days off work.

Will there be any scarring after a suture lift (thread lift)?

The small 2mm access points heal without any obvious scarring. There can be a small amount of bunching of skin near the entry points, but this usually resolves completely within several weeks.

Can a suture lift (thread lift) be done with other procedures?

Yes, Dr Leung usually performs the suture lift with other procedures, either concurrently or in sequence to maximise the effect and longevity of the suture lift. Neck and jowl liposuction is often performed in conjunction with a neck lift, and the combined effect is usually more aesthetically pleasing than either procedure performed on its own. A cheek suture is usually combined with dermal filler treatments because facial volume loss should be corrected at the same time to achieve optimal results.

Dr Leung will assess your facial anatomy, signs of aging, and your desired result at your consultation. He will be able to make a recommendation based on all these factors.

How much does a suture (thread lift) cost?

We understand you are curious to know how much the procedure you are thinking of having might cost.

The truth is that with the cost of many procedures vary considerably depending on different factors, such as age, sex, skin tone etc. We therefore believe it is impossible to give a cost estimate without gaining a proper understanding of your needs. Your body, your skin and your expectations are different to anybody else’s. We want to plan treatments based on your needs.

Our philosophy is simple. We want you to be fully informed, we want you to understand all your options and have one accurate price quoted once. Our experience tells us that this is what most of our clients want too.

To request an appointment with Dr Bernard Leung to discuss your suitability for suture or thread lift please email us or call us on 02 6255 8988.