Aptos Thread Lift Treatment

The Aptos Thread Lift treatment is a self-anchoring thread technology that permits a minimally invasive approach for elevation and fixation of skin. The Aptos Thread Lift treatment is now available in Cape Town and Somerset West administered under the careful eye of Dr Melinda Dommisse.

Aptos Threads History

The methods have been invented in 1996 by Georgian plastic surgeon Marlen Sulamanidze and has been developed by Dr. George and Constantin Sulamanidze. The Aptos thread and the methods of installing have obtained 18 patents of which 8 are international.

Aptos methods are reliable, have momentary results, do not leave seams and help to improve and reduce the process of skin fading.

From 1996 the Aptos has produced unique threads for plastic and aesthetic surgery and cosmetology that have gained the world’s recognition and are successfully applied by specialists in more than 50 countries.

Procedure Description 

The Aptos Thread Lift treatment is a minimally invasive in-office procedure performed under local anaesthetic that is designed to elevate, reposition and lift lax skin of the lower and mid face.  The Aptos thread lift treatment works by having these fine threads inserted under the skin.

Using local anaesthetic, the threads are passed into the droopy facial element with a special guide cannula. The threads are then able to grab on to the droopy soft-tissue of the desired area.


Patients may experience bruising or swelling for 2-7 days. Most patients can return to normal activities with makeup within the next 1-2 days. Patients can resume work activities immediately post treatment. Patients may continue light exercise 1 week post procedure and continue their normal fitness routine 2 weeks post procedure.

Is this procedure painful

The Aptos thread lift treatment is not painful. Pain and discomfort are very minimal with this technique and most patients take only Paracetamol for pain relief. In most cases, ice compresses are recommended for the first 24-48 hours.

When and what type of result to expect

The Aptos thread lift treatment shows immediate effects. Patients can expect 30% of what a surgical facelift may achieve. It is important to understand that the Aptos thread Lift treatment is not equal to a surgical face-lift. Results last up to 18-24 months and can be repeated.

Important to know

Most of our Aptos thread lift patients combine their treatment with Dermal Fillers to achieve their desired result. Usually, 2-3 ml of filler.

How many treatments will I need

Usually only one procedure is needed to achieve the desired lifting effect. Treatment can be repeated every 12-24 months.

Are the threads permanent

Aptos threads are not permanent, the threads are absorbable, and it will dissolve over time.

What areas can be treated

At our practice, the Aptos thread lift is used for:

  • Reposition sagging cheeks
  • Lifting of drooping soft tissue of the mid and lower face
  • Smoothing out premature skin aging

Is a consultation required

Yes, you will be assessed by the doctor to see if this procedure will be advantageous for you, if there are any contraindications or any preparations to be taken prior to the procedure..

Treatment duration

The Aptos thread lift is most commonly performed under local anaesthesia and the procedure usually takes 60 minutes to complete.

Who is this treatment good for

  • Patients with loss of tissue volume
  • Patients with mild to moderate signs of facial sagging

Ideal candidates are non-smokers, women and men who have taken good care of their skin their whole life, in between the ages of 30 and 60 with moderate drooping of the soft tissues of the lower- and mid face. That said, we have treated patients in their 60’s and 70’s with good results. Patients must have realistic expectations.

Before and after


These are results produced by Dr Monica Kavkova from Prague. She used Aptos threads + dermal filler to create this remarkable transformation. Available by Dr Melinda Dommisse at our practices in Green Point and Somerset West.


Before and after threads and a dermal filler treatment.


Achieve a beautiful and natural lift, restore volume loss and reshape facial features for a more youthful appearance. Thread-lifting is a non-surgical, minimally invasive facial lifting technique to do just that! We use the world’s original thread lifting products and techniques with a unique P(LA /CL) composition with results lasting up to 2 years. Available by Dr Melinda Dommisse at our practices in Green Point and Somerset West.


To book a consultation with Dr Melinda Dommisse at either our Green Point or Somerset West practice, please feel free to get in touch:

Our Doctors

Dr Wade is a medical doctor with a special interest in aesthetic and anti-ageing medicine, he has been administering and injecting Botox and Dysport for over 5 years at his practices in Green Point & Somerset West. Dr Wade is also qualified with a 2-year Advanced Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine.

De Melinda Dommisse

Dr Melinda Dommisse is a qualified medical doctor who qualified from Stellenbosch University. She moved to London where she did her aesthetic training and worked as a GP with a special interest in aesthetic and anti-aging medicine. Prior to returning to South Africa she worked at 2 well-known clinics in Harley Street, London

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021 433 0967

173 Main Road
(Corner of Main and Clyde Road)
Green Point, Cape Town
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021 433 0967

Corner of the R44 & De Beers Avenue
(Inside of the Paardevlei Complex)
Paardevlei Rising 1 (Building name)
*We are opposite the Cheetah Sanctuary
1st Floor, Unit 102, Paardevlei, Somerset West
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