Threads or Sutures are one of the most popular treatments currently existing to tackle laxity and sagging of the face and neck. The London De Felipe Dermatology Clinic has world known experts in the use of threads and sutures.

This treatment is a quick and safe procedure to recover facial laxity, achieve skin tightening and recover the natural firmness of the face and neck.

What is a suture thread or a thread lift?

A Suture or Thread is a knotted hair shaped filament made of an organic biocompatible absorbable material used in Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetic or Aesthetic Dermatology to treat the jowls, the laxity of the neck and the sagging of the face. Our experts recommend threads specially when sagging is present in the jawline and neck.

The use of Threads or Sutures in London provides a lifting effect without the need of surgery. A typical procedure with threads requires a small incision to be placed in the desired area. This is done by an experienced doctor. Once the thread or suture is introduced into the subcutaneous tissue, a mechanical lifting effect is obtained and a long term production of type I and type II collagen that lifts the sagging areas of the face or neck further is started.

Classification of threads and sutures used in thread lift

Different kinds of sutures and threads are used with different indications. Each type of thread or suture has its own indication.
Threads and Sutures are made of materials identical to those used in surgery to suture muscles, tissues or skin.

Classification can be done according to their composition, shape and/or duration.

Nevertheless the manufacturing process has a remarkable influence on the life of the threads. If they are heated to reshape them, they degrade faster and last less.

The threads or sutures used in the Dermatology Clinic in London are made with ultrasound technology and not heated. This means that they last longer and stimulate collagen better. They also grab tissues better and for a long time, exerting a greater lifting effect.


We distinguish between two types of thread lifts based on the composition of their materials: absorbable and permanent.

Materials in this category include polydioxanone (PDO), polycaprolactone (PCL) and polylactic acid (PLLA). They are materials commonly used in surgical sutures and are always completely absorbed by the body. They are used for thread lifting.
These include polycaproamide, GORE-TEX, gold and/or polypropylene threads. These Lifting threads or sutures remain in the skin for life. However, they can be dangerous on the long term if they induce any kind of reaction. We never use this type of thread.


According to their shape, threads can be classified as:

These threads are smooth and have no attachments or barbs to get attached to the skin. They work by stimulating the collagen in the dermis and subcutaneous tissue but cannot induce any lifting.
These are filaments with cogs on their sides to grab the tissue and have some traction. They are used for skin tightening.
Cones are bigger and exert more traction. Nevertheless, cogged thread have many more attachment points that coned threads so that the tensile strength is sometimes very similar.
These are the ones that have the greatest tensile strength because they have a very high number of fixing points and these are quite strong. These are the preferred ones used at the De Felipe Dermatology Clinic.


According to duration, threads or sutures can be classified from longer to shorter as follows:

London suture or thread lift treatment

The procedure of sutures or threads in London is minimally invasive and has established itself as one of the most demanded aesthetic treatments today.

What is a Thread Lift with threads or sutures?

Thread treatment is indicated to treat laxity of the face, neck, cheeks, eyebrows or other parts of the face.

The procedure is performed as follows:

  • Some anesthesia is injected at the entry point of the cannula or needle with the thread.
  • The cannula or needle with the thread is inserted under the skin. The cannula is then withdrawn through the exit hole and the thread is left inside.
  • The thread or suture is pulled a little bit at the exit point and the external end is cut and removed.

Procedure time

15 minutes

Type of anesthesia


Clinical outcome


Recovery time

Immediate. Social life and work can be immediately restarted. Some wrinkling of the lateral side of the face might be visible during the first days after the procedure.


Results are very visible immediately after the procedure but the lifting effect of the threads is partially lost during the first month. In the following year, the stimulation induced by the suture or thread will improve the look of the face or neck treated in this way. Results last from 6 to 12 months.

Where are suture or lift threads used?

At the De Felipe Dermatology Clinic in London we use threads to treat different areas of the face and body.


Sutures or threads price london

The price of sutures or threads in London is:

Price per session

  • 1 area (face or neck)


  • 2 zones (face + neck)



Thread lift before and after

The insertion of sutures or threads in London produces a strong elevation along the lines of greatest laxity of the neck, face or eyebrows.

The result is immediate, although the effect decreases during the first 30 days and improves later up to 6 months, thanks to the stimulation of new collagen. At the De Felipe Dermatology clinic we have been using sutures or ultrasonic threads for more than 5 years. The reviews of patients support the safety and success of this procedure.

Frequently asked questions from our patients

Some patients often ask us about thread lifts in London:

The threads last between 6 and 12 months, depending on the material they are made of. However, it is more reasonable to ask how long the effect of the threads lasts rather than the threads themselves.

The threads are good inducers of collagen in the skin and collagen has a half-life of 14 years, so everything that is synthesized around the thread and forms new tissue will help us look younger and have less flaccidity, although the thread has been completely absorbed.

No. The patient may experience slight discomfort at the time of the anesthetic injection at the point of entry of the threads or as they pass through the skin.
Yes. The patient can lead a normal life immediately after leaving the clinic.
Treatments that involve heating the skin such as radiofrequency or laser should be postponed for about 30 days after the insertion of the threads.
No. There are no known allergies to the materials of the threads.