Restore your look - Aptos thread lift!

An Aptos thread lift with Dr Margaret Anderson is a non-surgical way to lift sagging facial skin.


As the effects of gravity become more noticeable on our faces, the supporting tissue of the cheeks weakens and starts to sag, facial fat is lost, the jaw line that used to be firm and tight forms jowls at the edges of the mouth the drift down towards the chin, and the lower face and neck sag. This sagging or drooping action of the tissue is considered by doctors as ptosis.

Traditionally, the tendency for sagging would lead most people to a cosemetic surgeon in search of a facelift; however, there is now a less invasive procedure available which can lift, contour and suspend the sagging tissues of the face, neck and body in those people who need only little to moderate rejuvenation.

Aptos Thread lifting is a procedure which involves elevating various parts of the face and body using specially designed threads without having to make incisions as during the conventional facelift. Besides lifting, threads improve skin tone, texture, color and hydration.

Advantages of an Aptos Thread Lift

  • Double action: lifting and rejuvenation
  • Minimally invasive procedure performed under the local anaesthesia
  • 20 minute procedure
  • Immediately evident results
  • Minimum of downtime
  • New collagen growth and increased microcirculation
  • Long-term effect (1.5 to 5 years depending on thread composition)

What is a thread lift?

Aptos Thread Lift Procedure

As the effects of gravity become more noticeable on our faces, the supporting tissue of the cheeks weakens and starts to sag, facial fat is lost, the jaw line that used to be firm and tight forms jowls at the edges of the mouth the drift down towards the chin, and the lower face and neck sag. This sagging or drooping action of the tissue is considered by doctors as ptosis.

Traditionally, the tendency for sagging would lead most people to a cosemetic surgeon in search of a facelift; however, there is now a less invasive procedure available which can lift, contour and suspend the sagging tissues of the face, neck and body in those people who need only little to moderate rejuvenation.

Thread lifting is a procedure which involves elevating various parts of the face and body using specially designed threads without having to make incisions as during the conventional facelift. Besides lifting, threads improve skin tone, texture, color and hydration.

If you’re considering having APTOS thread lift, the following information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure. It can’t answer all your questions since a lot depends on the patient and the surgeon.

Aptos Thread Lift FAQs

Who are the candidates for an Aptos Thread Lift?

Ideal candidates for Aptos thread lifts include people with minimal signs of ageing who need just a small lift. Usually these are women and men between 35 and 55.

Right candidates are those patients who have:

  • – mild to moderate signs of ptosis of the skin
  • – loss of tissue volume
  • – development of fine lines and wrinkles
  • – sagging eyebrows
  • – a relaxed / sagging mid-facial appearance
  • – thinning of the lips
  • – prominence of the jaw
  • – slight bags under the eyes or on the neck
  • – patients with some relapse from a previous procedure such as a facelift or neck lift
  • – facial asymmetry
  • – skin dehydration

Poor candidates are:

  • – those patients who have excessively sagging skin at an advanced age will show a very limited improvement
  • – those patients who are obese, or have very heavy, rugged skin too will show minor improvement. In these patients, thread lift can be combined with liposuction.

Are there any condraindications to Aptos thread lift?

  • – Allergy to plastic, biomaterial, permanent fillers
  • – Active acne or skin infection
  • – Keloid predisposition
  • – Auto-immune diseases: scleroderma, sarcoidosis, etc
  • – Anti-coagulant medication: coumarin and heparin
  • – Haemophilia
  • – Hypertension, stages 2 and 3
  • – Severe diseases
  • – Collagenosis
  • – Neurological and mental disorders
  • – Pregnancy, breasfeeding
  • – Malignancy/chemotherapy
  • – Hepatitis B&C, HIV
  • – Porphyria
  • – Previously implanted permanent fillers

What You Need to Know Before the Aptos Thread Treatment

  • – No special preparation is required prior to the treatment
  • – However, we recommend that you discuss your expectations and ask your doctor any questions you have before starting treatment
  • – Inform the doctor of any treatment you have already received and of any medicines you are currently taking
  • – Avoid blood-thinning medicines and vitamin E a week before and after treatment.
  • – Application of Aptos threads must be performed by a doctor who has undergone specific training.
  • – The procedure is not painful. The treatment is performed under local anaesthesia.
  • – The procedure does not leave scars.

What You Need to Know About the 20-minute Aptos Thread Lift Procedure

  • Applying APTOS threads takes around 20 minutes in a treatment room
  • Most patients are able to resume work the same day after the procedure. For patients who have multiple threads inserted, there can be more discomfort
  • The treatment will be adapted to your preferences and can be combined with other aesthetic procedures

Post Treatment Recommendations

  • – apply ice packs immediately after the procedure
  • – take analgesics for pain for 2-3 days
  • – refrain from applying make-up for a minimum of 24 hours
  • – sleep face up, in an elevated position on pillows for about 3-5 nights
  • – wash the face gently, without rubbing or massaging, for 5-7 days
  • – avoid excessive face and neck movements for about 2 weeks.
  • – avoid face and neck massages for a month
    avoid over exposure to direct sunlight for 2 weeks
  • – avoid sports and exercise for 2 weeks
  • – do not use saunas for about 3 weeks
  • – avoid dental surgery for 3 weeks.

Aptos Thread Lift Recovery

  • – The face and neck will feel tight. There will also possibly be some bruising, tingling or burning of localised areas of numbness. An elasticised face and neck support garment will help the tissues to settle in their new position and give a feeling of comfort and reduce swelling.
  • – Ice packs or cold face cloths can be used for the first 24 hours.
  • – Maintain fluids and drink smoothies for a few days following the surgery.
  • Avoid opening the mouth wide and chewing vigorously for about one week.
  • Avoid strenuous activity (where your heart rate is more than 100bpm) for a week.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects, more than 5kg for the first 3 weeks.
  • Avoid turning your head from side to side (If you must turn, move your whole body).
  • Avoid bending forward at the face and neck for the first week.
  • Analgesics can be taken regularly for the first few days.
  • Sleep on your back with an extra pillow for the first week after surgery.
  • When using moisturiser or makeup move fingers from an inferior to superior position. Use good skin care with Vitamin A.
  • No facials or massages for one month.
  • Avoid pulling tight clothing over the head for one month.
  • No heavy housework, gardening and gym/aerobics and contact sports for 6 weeks after surgery.
  • Avoid pursing the lips (as in drinking through a straw), avoid grimacing and hold your face/neck when laughing, coughing, sneezing or yawning.
  • Avoid dental treatment, if possible, for at least 6 weeks.
  • Recovery in terms of mixing socially is usually around 2 weeks.
  • You may shower after 24 hours, leave the wounds covered with the tape (Hypafix), pat the tape dry with a towel and then dry completely with a hairdryer.
  • No aspirin or anti-inflammatories to be taken (Nurofen, Ibuprofen) for 2 weeks after surgery.
  • Do not hesitate to contact the rooms. Contact us.

Recommended Medicines

  • – For swelling apply Arnica cream several times a day for 1-2 weeks
  • – use chlorhexidine antiseptic for the puncture sites- for pain use analgesics, such as Panadeine Forte or Panadol, Diclofenac, Ibuprofen etc.
  • – Take antihistamines, such as Claratyne or similar
  • – For the prophylaxis of infection the doctor may recommend wide spectrum antibiotics for 5 days.
  • – if necessary, (depending on the indications), wear anelastic bandage for about 2 weeks.
  • – if you experience any side effects not listed above, including high fever, increasing pain, redness and swelling at the area of intervention, or any other unpleasant and unnatural sensations, please contact Dr. Anderson.

What happens immediately after the treatment?

Side Effects of an Aptos Threading Treatment

Like all procedures of this type there is a possibility of side effects, although not everybody experiences them.

Side effects are temporary and may include:

  • – pain
  • – swelling
  • – temporal asymmetry
  • – transient rippling or dimple formation
  • – transient hematoma or bruising
  • – slight depression or skin irregularity

These inconveniences should disappear a few days after treatment.

What will I look like after the procedure?

Compared with traditional face lift – which leaves visible changes and well hidden but clear scars, APTOS thread lift does not leave scars or alter the face’s original features. You will look like the pictures of yourself years ago.

Aptos Thread Lift Adelaide

To request an Aptos thread lift consultation, or to learn more, please contact Dr Margaret Anderson.

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