Thread Lifting with the APTOS Methods

The non-surgical facelift

If you are looking for a non-surgical way to get younger look again, then the fastest growing anti-ageing treatment could be the answer.  SydneyWest Aesthetics is proud to introduce the new generation of thread lifting from APTOS, the world leader in thread lifting technology. Internationally acclaimed and winner of numerous trophies for threads excellence, APTOS has the largest range of threads and thread lifting techniques available in Australia.

The thread lifting is an easy way to smooth wrinkles and tighten sagging skin without surgery. There is a huge increase in the number of enquiries about thread liftings lately.

Aptos thread lifting procedure is performed under local anaesthesia.   The result can be assessed at least 2 months after the procedure, when a connective tissue framework has formed around the threads.  The maximum result of the procedure depends on the chosen method selected by your Doctor, as well as your body's individual characteristics.

The best treatment for skin and soft tissue sagging in aging is a surgical facelift.  Thread lifting is a non-surgical alternative for patients who are not ready or do not want to take the surgical option.  Most patients are pleased with the results of this treatment.  However, you may not be able to achieve 100% of the result that you desire.

Thread lifts cannot stop the process of aging.  From clinical experiences, the rejuvenation effect with absorbable threads generally last for 1½-2 years.

Thread lifts can be used to treat a number of different areas, from smoothing horizontal and vertical forehead wrinkles to lifting the brow and outer eyebrow area and restoring volume to sagging cheeks. They can also smooth lines around the mouth and tighten sagging skin under the lower jaw, lift and rejuvenate various parts of the body.

Advantages of Aptos Thread Lifting

  • Double action: lifting and regeneration
  • Minimally invasive procedure performed under the local anesthesia
  • Takes about 40 minutes
  • Immediately evident results
  • Minimum of downtime
  • New collagen growth and increased microcirculation
  • Long-term effect

Cost of Aptos Thread Lifting

The cost of APTOS thread lifting depends on the number of planned manipulations and is always calculated on an individual basis.  At the initial consultation, the doctor assesses the skin condition, determines correction zones and the planned scope of work, in accordance with the wishes of the patient, after which the final cost is formed.

In addition to the physiological features and severity of the problem, the final cost is also affected by the number and variety of threads used: the Nano, Excellence or Light Lift.  Introduction of APTOS threads is made strictly in accordance with the individual anatomical features of the structure of the face and body: the structure of the skin, the location of muscles and nerve endings.

Costs can vary from as little as $1200 to over $5000 if a significant number of threads are required.  But the average is between $2500 - $3500 for a midface treatment that helps to soften the nasolabial folds and marionette lines (i.e., the parentheses folds around the mouth).  More important than price, however, Dr Ho is an Accredited trainer for the Aptos Thread Lifting methods, who can develop a customised plan to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.


It's vital to have a consultation before the procedure.  The best candidates for thread lifting are aged 35 to 55 and have relatively good skin tone with a little sagging.  If there is too much loose skin then surgery may be the best option.

There is a wide range of Aptos threads available for various parts of the face and body.

Threads lifting can be combined with dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections and energy-based devices such as High-Intensity Focus Ultrasound and Laser to achieve enhanced results.

There is no consultation fee.

Indications for Aptos thread lifting

  • 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

Contraindications for Aptos Thread Lifting

  • Poorly-controlled chronic diseases, such as Diabetes
  • Anti-coagulants, Haemophilia
  • Auto-immune diseases, such as scleroderma, sarcoidosis, amyloidosis
  • Malignancy/Chemotherapy
  • Inflammatory skin conditions
  • Active infections
  • Hypertrophic and keloid scarring
  • Permanent filler
  • Pregnancy, lactation
  • Neurological and mental disorders

Potential Complications and Treatments

  • Bruising of the treated area may occur.  Rarely, a large bruise (haematoma) may require surgical drainage.
  • Over-correction: Massage the over-corrected area to release thread fixation
  • Rippling and puckering: Dissect the overlying area or remove the thread.
  • Asymmetry: Usually caused by swelling and will resolve itself in 2 weeks. If not, more threads might be necessary for correction.
  • Skin retraction: Dissect the retraction with an 18G needle.
  • Weakening of thread fixation: New threads might be necessary to improve fixation problems
  • Thread migration: Remove the thread
  • Visible contouring of the thread: Remove the thread
  • Inflammation / infection: Use antibiotics, drainage of abscess. If this doesn't work, remove the thread
  • Material sensitivity / allergic reactions: treat with anti-histamine; may need to remove the thread
  • Deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels and muscles may be injured during the procedure and may be temporary or permanent (very rare)

Before the procedure

  • 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 the treatment. 
  • Inform the doctor of any treatments you have already received and of any medicines, you are currently taking.
  • Avoid blood-thinning medicines and vitamin "E" a week before and after the treatment.
  • Procedures with APTOS threads must be performed by a doctor who has undergone specific training.

The Procedure

  • Applying APTOS threads takes around 40 minutes in a treatment room. Most people are able to resume work the 1-2 days after the procedure.
  • The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia.  However, every patient has a different pain threshold.  Let the doctor know if you experience any discomfort during the procedure so he can administer more anaesthesia.
  • For patients who have multiple threads inserted, it can be a little complicated.  There can be more discomfort.
  • The treatment will be adapted to your preferences and can be combined with other aesthetic procedures.

Recommendations after treatment

  • After the procedure, you can be swollen and bruised for up to 2 weeks depending on the number of areas that have been treated.  After 2 days, patients are usually able to apply camouflage make-up to hide any sign of pale bruising.  In most cases, bruising and swelling is mild, however, it can take up to 10 days to resolve.  Hirudoid cream or Arnica tablets can help with swelling and bruising
  • Sometimes, a slight depression or skin irregularities appear. These inconveniences will subside within a few days after the procedure
  • The doctor may prescribe an antibiotic if there is a high risk of infection
  • Apply ice packs immediately after the procedure
  • Take analgesics in case of pain for 2-3 days
  • Refrain from applying make-up for minimum 24 hours
  • Sleep face up, in an elevated position for about 3-5 nights
  • Wash face gently without rubbing or massaging for 5-7 days
  • Sleep face up, in an elevated position on pillows for about 3-5 nights
  • Wash and dry 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 1 month
  • Avoid over-exposure to direct sunlight for 2 weeks
  • Avoid over-exposure to direct sunlight and do not use tanning beds for 2 weeks
  • Avoid sports and exercise for 2 weeks
  • Do not use saunas for about 3 weeks
  • Avoid dental surgery for 3 weeks

Before & After

Lifting of jawline, cheeks & eyebrows before & 2.5 months after

Lifting of jawline, cheeks and eyebrows before and 6 weeks after

The Aptos Story

Contact Sydney West Aesthetics at Merrylands, just next door to Parramatta, and arrange an appointment with Dr. Hugo Ho to discuss your options for Thread lifting treatments today.

Dr. Hugo Ho also practices Thread Lifting in Canberra.  Please enquire with SydneyWest Aesthetics for a consultation.

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