PDO Thread Lifts

Why you want it:

A PDO Thread lift is the modern way of addressing sagging skin. It’s an alternative to getting a surgical facelift with little to no downtime. PDO Threads are designed to subtly lift the face while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. As an added benefit, PDO Threads encourage collagen production for continued aesthetic benefits that last well beyond the initial procedure.

PDO Threads come in a variety of textures that make it possible to customize treatments for each patient to help subtly lift the face while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.



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What are PDO Threads?

PDO threads are made up of complex sugars that break down naturally into carbon dioxide and water. They’ve been around since the 1990s and have recently gained popularity as more and more celebrities are praising the benefits of a PDO Thread Lift.

This procedure is generally considered low-risk and has minimal recovery time and non-threatening side-effects such as redness, bruising, and swelling.

With various textured PDO thread types to choose from, you can customize your treatments to achieve different results. For example, Mono “filler” threads are used to build up collagen, while Cog threads lift and tighten sagging skin. PDO Threads can be used practically anywhere on the body, but the most popular treatment areas are mid-face lift, lips, jawline, brows, and neck.

In most areas, PDO Threads last up to 2 years. They provide subtle jawline contouring, lifting, and facial rejuvenation. They work together with other treatments such as cosmetic injectables and fillers to give you an overall tightened, lifted, and more youthful appearance.

Things to know:

• The average recovery time is three days.
• Results are temporary and may require small touch-ups in between.
• This is an outpatient non-surgical procedure that’s done in our medical center.
• The cost varies and is only a small fraction of the cost of a total surgical facelift.

What to expect

What to expect before, during, and after treatment:


Before treatment:

  • Stop taking blood-thinning medications under the advice and guidance of your doctor.
  • Do not consume alcohol for one week before the procedure.
  • Do not smoke for at least one week before treatment.

During treatment:

  • Local anesthesia is administered in-office.
  • Cannula is inserted into the marked areas to be lifted.
  • Threads are inserted through the cannula where indicated.
  • Barbs along the threads act as cogs to grasp, lift, and suspend the skin.
  • The cannula is withdrawn, and the skin is gathered for lift.
  • Excess thread is cut and disposed of.

Immediately after treatment:

  • Expect mild discomfort for a few hours post-procedure.
  • Avoid touching or washing your face for 12 hours.
  • Limit your facial motion for 24 hours.

1-7 Days after treatment:

  • Resume non-strenuous activities after one day
  • Continue to eat soft foods or drink liquids for 7-10 days.
  • It’s okay to resume normal activities as tolerated

1-3 Weeks after treatment and beyond:

  • Full activity can be resumed in one week
  • Avoid strenuous activity for 2-3 weeks post-treatment

The treatment explained


PDO Thread Lifts are minimally invasive procedures that work to give you a subtle facelift and an overall enhanced facial appearance. They’re an alternative to having a surgical facelift for patients who aren’t ready to commit to an invasive facial plastic surgery procedure’s costs or risks.  

PDO Thread lift procedures are temporary and do not give you the full dramatic results of a full surgical facelift. However, they do offer an overall improvement in your appearance helping you to look younger, more vibrant, and energized. Most patients will also elect to have fillers and wrinkle relaxer to complement the overall look.

You can expect fine lines and wrinkles to either minimize or disappear, and your cheekbones, nasolabial folds, jawline and eye area to appear tighter and more lifted. With time, the threads stimulate natural collagen production for added benefits that can be seen for months after the initial in-office procedure. 

PDO stands for polydioxanone. It’s a type of material used to manufacture these very thin dissolvable suture threads. PDO is an absorbable sugar-based polymer that’s both flexible and durable. They’ve been used for over forty years by surgeons and cardiologists when doing internal sutures. In time, they break down into carbon dioxide, sugar, and water molecules, which are then flushed out of the body within 4-6 months leaving lasting results for up to two years post-procedure.

PDO threads come in a variety of textures. The most widely used ones are Mono, Cog, and Screw threads.


Mono Threads

Mono threads are singular and smooth sutures that are anchored to the face providing a subtle lift. They’re ideal for patients desiring skin tightening and rejuvenation, but with no apparent lift. 

Mono threads are inserted into the skin in a mesh-like pattern to achieve maximum tightening effects. 

Once inserted, they activate collagen synthesis for a gradual skin tightening and skin rejuvenation effect. While mono threads tighten the skin, they do not significantly lift it. They’re ideal for rejuvenating collagen, treating neck sagginess, treating forehead lines, and facial wrinkles.

Mono threads are used to restore lost volume in the cheek area. Together with cog threads, they’re used to tighten and lift the skin. 

Cog Threads

Cog threads consist of a barbed texture that provides a better overall lift and increased collagen production. They’re essentially mono threads with barbs that hook to the underside of the skin. The barbs form a support structure that lifts the sagging tissue.

Cog threads can be used independently or in combination with Mono threads to mechanically suspend tissue structures for skin that looks and feels firm and smooth. These threads are often used to create a slimmer face by lifting sagging skin in the jawline. In addition to being a thread lift for jowls, cogs can offer an eyebrow thread lift and a thread lift for the nose.

Screw Threads

Screw threads are a way to add volume to your face, enhance its shape, and help reverse sunken areas without the need for a surgical facelift. They’re considered screw threads because they’re made up of 1-2 intertwined threads that provide volume, lifting, and tightening to the treated area. 

Unlike undergoing a full facelift surgical procedure, Screw threads give you noticeable tightening and lifting effects in your chosen area of the face. Whether you’re looking to add volume, reverse recessed areas, or create a more appealing V-shaped face, Screw threads are an excellent alternative to surgery.


Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of PDO Thread Lifts?

PDO threads tighten, lift, and support aging skin without the need for surgery. A PDO Thread Lift aims to reposition facial and neck tissues to restore and rejuvenate youthful proportions and appearances to the face.

This treatment addresses patient concerns such as sagging jowls, fine lines and wrinkles, and nasolabial folds.


How long does the treatment take?

The procedure takes at least one hour or more, depending on the areas to be treated.

How long do PDO Threads last?

The results of PDO threads typically last between 18 and 24 months on average for most areas. The brow area usually will last 6-9 months.


Are touch-ups necessary?

Between-session maintenance may be necessary for some patients to maintain more remarkable results. We recommended touching up PDO Threads once a month for brows and every 6 months for all other areas. Touch-up pricing is $150+, depending on area.


Is the treatment painful?

Patients are thoroughly numbed with lidocaine prior to treatment. It is uncommon to feel any pain or discomfort during this treatment.


What is the process?

  1. Before treatment, the patient’s skin is marked for the direction of the inserted threads. 
  2. Once marked, the insertion points are thoroughly anesthetized. 
  3. Multiple threads can be inserted through the same point in the skin. 
  4. PDO threads are attached to a long cannula that’s pushed through the tissue beneath the skin. When the thread has reached its predetermined endpoint, the thread will be released and the cannula removed. 
  5. This process will be repeated until the desired lift has been achieved, with as many 1-15 threads inserted depending on the treatment area and concern being addressed. 
  6. Any excess thread is trimmed away. 
  7. The inserted threads are then massaged to ensure the tissue is smooth, and no dimpling is present.

Recovery time?

Recovery is minimal after a PDO Thread Lift procedure. Most patients can resume normal activity within one week after their procedure.


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