New Study Reveals that Thread Lifts Don’t Work

A new study published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery comes to the conclusion that Thread Lifts, a popular type of lunchtime facelift, just don’t work. Here are some details:

– 33 patients who underwent thread lifts were compared to 10 patients who underwent other surgical procedures.
– Follow-up averaged 21 months.
– On a scale of 0 (no improvement) to 3 (considerable improvement), those patients undergoing thread lifts scored lowest, showing only 0.3-0.5 degrees of improvement.
– For those patients who underwent traditional surgical procedures, their scores ranged from 1.5-2.3.
– The authors conclude that the improvement seen by thread lifts at 1 month were likely due to swelling and inflammation.
– The authors conclude that thread-lifts carry a high risk of complications, while extensive scarring may make it difficult to remove the threads, which is problematic because studies have found up to 20% of patients need a repeat surgery.

I do not perform thread lifts because the results I’ve seen from even the most respected plastic surgeons have been unimpressive. Most physicians who perform thread lifts are not real plastic surgeons, but cosmetic surgeons who learn the procedure in a course. There is no real substitute for a well-done facelift or mini facelift (in selected patients).

For more information on the threadlift study, click here.

Thanks for reading.
Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.

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  1. Marianne on her Yes They’re Fake web site journaled her experience with a thread lift … slipped threads, threads poking through the skin … after seeing her photos and reading what she wrote, this is one procedure I would never do!

    Comment by Anonymous on May 21, 2009 at 6:33 pm

  2. This is something a lot of surgeons agree on. We don’t offer thread lifts, they are yet to be proven, the down side from the evidence available suggests the threads can break and particles of thread may become loose through the tissue of the face. The tension on the thread may also be lost after a few months.

    Comment by Plastic Surgery Perth on May 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm

  3. Forgive my ignorance, but what's a thread lift? Is it anything like that "Life Style Lift" I often see advertised?

    Comment by JamiSings on June 7, 2009 at 3:33 pm

  4. A thread lift is very different from a the other lunchtime facelifts since it uses only sutures, nothing else.

    Comment by Dr. Tony Youn on June 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm

  5. I a 32 years old woman from Africa living in Minneapolis Minnesota.
    I feel I’m aging too fast for my age due to stress and chronic pain. I want a thread face lift and a breast lift with fat from my body. Could you please tell me approximately how much each cost so i can save money to come see you? I follow you on your YouTube channel. Please let me know

    Comment by Alberta Cholopray on March 21, 2020 at 2:57 pm

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