A PDO thread lift— also known as a Polydioxanone (PDO) thread lift— is a minimally invasive procedure that helps tighten a specific area of skin.
Without the need for the big incisions that accompany most facelift procedures, PDO thread lifting uses small needles to insert fine threads under the skin. These PDO threads are especially designed to anchor the sagging skin and lift it upwards.
Just when you didn't think it could get better, the presence of the PDO threads in your skin triggers cells produce more collagen, which further diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen is the protein that gives your skin its structure and elasticity. Loss of collagen is one of the main causes of aging skin as we continue to produce less collagen as we age.
PDO threads are one of three types of sutures commonly used in thread lift procedures and have been used in surgeries since the 1980s. They’re made from a colorless polyester that breaks down in your body after about 6 months.
PDO threads are great for anyone who is looking to correct lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging in the face can be a good candidate for a PDO thread lift procedure.
If you have sagging under the chin and near the cheeks, the procedure is effective and beneficial for you. Ideal candidates are between the ages of 30-65.
A PDO thread is a less-expensive and faster alternative to full facelift surgery, but the results don’t last as long and aren’t as dramatic. For those seeking a more serious transformation, this treatment might not be for them.
We recommend avoiding alcohol and tobacco at least 5 days before your appointment, along with anything else that may increase the risk of bleeding or bruising (Advil and ibuprofen aspirin, omega-3 fatty acids, green tea).
The treatment can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Recovery is minimal, and most patients return to daily life right after!
A thread lift can treat most parts of your face that show signs of aging and can benefit from a "lifted" effect. The areas around your cheeks, jaw, neck, and eyes are among the most commonly treated areas as they tend to drop with age. Other threads may also be inserted to help boost collagen and improve volume loss.
Because the results of thread lifts aren’t as drastic as the results of facelift surgeries, thread lifts are commonly used together with other aesthetic treatments.
PDO thread lifts have a much lower risk of complications than facelift surgeries. There’s less risk of scarring, severe bruising, or bleeding when performed by a trained professional.
The most common side effects of PDO threads are swelling, bruising, tenderness, and tightness. These symptoms typically resolve over the next 2 weeks.
The discomfort with threads during the actual procedure is tolerable because a numbing agent will be injected prior to insertion. A vibration tool will also be provided to help distract your senses to make it as comfortable as possible during your treatment.