Thread Lifts versus Dermal Fillers: Which Option Should You Consider?


When it comes to treating the common signs of ageing, both men and women have never had a wider selection of non-surgical treatment options available to them. 

If you have been looking into options for reversing effects such as skin sagging, volume loss and lines and wrinkles, you’ve probably come across information on both dermal fillers and thread lifts.

This article takes a closer look at these treatment options to ensure you can make an informed decision.

Thread Lifts: The Treatment Basics

 A thread lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that lifts the skin and rejuvenates the appearance of the face. To complete the treatment, fine fibres made of a synthetic polymer are injected into the skin using a needle or cannula. 

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The threads are attached to the underlying tissues of the face at very specific points, which allows your doctor to lift the tissue into the desired position. Along with lifting the tissue, the threads also stimulate collagen production to create long-lasting effects. 

Dermal Fillers: The Treatment Basics

Dermal fillers are made up of a natural substance that is already produced by the body: hyaluronic acid. Dermal fillers add volume to and hydrate the skin from the inside out. 

According to dermal filler and Botox injections specialist Carl Gustafson, this is a very versatile treatment. Along with smoothing out lines and wrinkles and restoring volume to various areas of the face, even areas such as the neck, décolletage and hands can be rejuvenated. 

Dermal Filler vs. Thread Lifts: A Comparison

Here are a few of the key differences between these two treatments:

Dermal Filler

  • Average treatment takes about 45 minutes
  • Treats any part of the face as well as the hands, décolletage and neck
  • Mild redness and swelling are the only side effects
  • Results are immediate
  • Effects last 6 to 12 months

Thread Lift

  • Average treatment takes about an hour
  • Only the face can be treated
  • Patients will experience swelling, puckering of the skin, pinprick marks and discomfort for about two weeks
  • Initial effects are exaggerated. The final outcome will become apparent over the coming weeks
  • Effects last 6 to 12 months

In terms of deciding which of these treatment options are best for you, you will need to decide what you want to achieve and what areas you want to treat. For example, if you want a lift more than volume, a thread lift makes more sense. Fortunately, both treatment options will encourage collagen production.

You should also decide whether you’re willing or able to take time off work as a thread lift may require you to take a few days of leave, depending on how your face reacts to the treatment.

Over and above your preferences, you should ideally also speak to a professional cosmetic surgeon about the options that are best based on your medical history as well as your age. You may need to create a custom treatment plan to achieve your specific goals.