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Surgery Process Guide to Threadlift or Featherlift Rhytidectomy

“Research has indicated that up to 20% of patients need a repeat surgery.” – Dr. Rima F. Abraham, Albany Medical College, New York

A threadlift, or featherlift, involves the use of tailored surgical thread (barbed thread) during the procedure to hold the lifted skin in its new place. It is far less invasive than other facelift techniques.


A local anaesthetic will be administered.


A hollow needle is passed through the skin, and a barbed thread is then inserted into the skin through the needle.


The barbed thread catches on soft tissues once inserted, helping to provide a structure that lifts the skin into its new position.


After the needle is removed, your surgeon lifts the sagging areas with both smooth and barbed sutures before securing them down.


The surgeon will sculpt the saggy skin by threading barbed sutures under the skin near the temple hairline.


The threads are then tightened and positioned, lifting the face, before being secured and cut very close to the skin. 

Complications / Negligence Signs

You may experience an undesirable puckering effect to the skin surrounding the barbs securing the skin in place.


Visibility of the threads near the hairline.


Asymmetry of stitched skin.

Surgical Risks

Generally, local anaesthetic is safe however, it does possess certain associated risks, including;


Excessive bleeding

Nerve Injury


Ischemic necrosis (a restriction to the blood cells, causing a group of cells to die). 


Infection from threading.


Before continuing with a cosmetic procedure it’s important that you consider both the psychological and financial associations. You can familiarise yourself with these key considerations here, by reading the S.A.F.E Choice Guide. 

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