The ThreadLift is a suture based and minimally invasive Facelift procedure that involves removal of a small amount of loose skin from the jowl and upper neck with small hidden incisions behind the ear.

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Length of Procedure

1-3 hours


Starting from $5,000

Recovery Time

1-2 weeks


Surgical OR


General or Local


Dr. Mulholland

Alternative Names

Lunchtime Lift, Weekend Lift

Note: the ThreadLift employs tension based lifting and is not the FeatherLift, which is an earlier, non-tension suture based lift with less impressive results.

As the face ages we lose fat volume. With deflation and loss of fat volume we experience a deterioration and descent of our soft tissue. This laxity creates jowls, excess neck and cheek skin. Traditional Facelift and Neck Lift surgery has been the mainstay of therapy. Dr. Mulholland has helped pioneer ThreadLift procedures that use minimal access incisions, well hidden and supportive sutures and tissue techniques to provide results with less recovery downtime and risk.

Pre-Operative Consultation

During the initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate you as a candidate for the ThreadLift. Be sure to come in for realistic expectations and understanding that it is not a complete nor mini Facelift procedure.

The surgeon will explain to you the benefits and drawbacks of the ThreadLift along with other suitable procedures to help you have fulfilled expectations. Be prepared to discuss your medical history, drug intake and medications. It is vital that you are completely open about yours and your family health during the consultation to avoid any drawbacks and complications during and after the surgery.


The Thread lift procedure is a minimally invasive and can be performed under local anesthesia. The procedure takes less than two hours to perform and the incisions and approaches are hidden in the scalp and behind the ear. There is a minimal amount of bruising and most patients can return to work within a week.

The procedure is performed under local and oral sedation. There is no need for intravenous or general anesthesia. The results of Dr. Mulholland’s thread lifts can last for five years or more and the results have been heralded as some of the finest minimally invasive work in North America.

The ThreadLift may include Intense Pulse Light Photo Rejuvenation, FotoFacial, Laser Fractional techniques, soft tissue fillers such as Voluma, Juvederm, Restylane or Perlane and Botox Injectable or Dysport Injectable to enhance results.

The combination of these non invasive skin enhancement techniques together with the thread lift procedure will provide you with beautiful skin, as well the skin being located in a more youthful, elevated position. The comprehensive combination of attractive looking skin together with minimally invasive surgical techniques has made Dr. Mulholland and SpaMedica, one of Canada’s most reputable and busiest facial rejuvenation and face lift practices.

The threads used in the ThreadLift are very safe and are the same suture material used in open, surgical Facelifts.

Types of ThreadLift

24 hour ThreadLift: This is a “skin only” lift. The lift is done under local anesthesia, takes less than 1 hour to perform and most patients can return to work in make up the next day. On average, the lift effect is 25% – 50% of a facelift and lasts 3 – 5 years.

The Composite ThreadLift: This is a more extended ThreadLift™ procedure that uses sutures in both the deep supportive tissues and skin layers. The Composite ThreadLift takes 2 – 3 hours to complete and can be performed under local anesthetic or IV sedation.  Although there are no cuts or scars, the composite ThreadLift requires 1 – 2 weeks of recovery time to look reasonable in makeup. On average, the lift effect is 50% – 70% of a surgical lift and lasts 5 – 7 years.


The ThreadLift shows immediate lift effects of the brow, cheeks, jowls and neck. The ThreadLift lasts several years and can be repeated.

The many social, professional and lifestyle benefits of a thread lift procedure can enhance one’s appearance and help harmonize a patient’s sense of well-being and a projection of well-being and vitality.

Additional Procedures

The ThreadLift™ is often combined with adjunctive surgical procedures like cosmetic eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty), micro Fat Transplantation to the face, Facial Liposuction of the chin and neck, or short-scar Neck Lifts, to mention a few.

After Care Instructions and Expectations

Following your procedure Dr. Mulholland and his team will recommend a comprehensive postoperative care regime over a six month period of time that is included as part of your procedure. Your comprehensive program will be complemented with a recommendation for our medical grade Home Skin Care which will help support and enhance your results.

The 24 Hour ThreadLift has minimal downtime. You can most often apply make-up and return to work after 5-7 days. Rarely, you may experience swelling and bruising and may need to take several more days off work and normal activities. In general, your skin will feel quite swollen and tight for 2 – 3 days after the procedure and there may be slight redness and bruising for a few days and some minor swelling for 24 – 48 hours.

The Composite ThreadLift is an excellent, minimally invasive lift effect but, does require 1 – 2 weeks until you look acceptable in makeup. The ThreadLift effects will continue for up to 3-7 years (depending on the type) at which point a second procedure may be performed if desired. You will be able to go home 1-2 hours after your procedure.


Maintenance Required

Due to general aging, you may need revision ThreadLift surgery to regain the youthful look again. To keep the results look fresh and youthful for a long period, follow a proper skin regimen routine along with keeping your body healthy with a nutritious diet and exercise. This will help keep the skin looking healthy and you feeling good.


Dr. Mulholland and his SpaMedica surgical treatment team strive to achieve a more rested, youthful and natural contour to the face and neck.

Cost and Payment Options

The 24 Hour-ThreadLift starts from $5,000 (depending on the zones lifted).

Composite ThreadLift  start from $10,000.

The ThreadLift is an elective cosmetic surgery thus it is not covered by insurance. Our surgical clinic offers special financing options to help with the payments.

Next Steps

Interested in the ThreadLift? Call us today to book an appointment at 1-877-695-2835. Alternatively, you can fill our online consultation request form to book an appointment. You can upload up to three photos for Dr. Mulholland to review on the online form.