PDO Threads

What are PDO Threads?

(medical-grade polydioxanone threads for firmer, more elastic skin)

PDO threads are a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment designed to lift and tighten sagging skin. This versatile procedure uses dissolvable sutures made from polydioxanone (PDO). These threads are strategically placed beneath the skin, anchoring it in place and stimulating collagen production. The result is a smoother, firmer, and more youthful-looking appearance with minimal downtime and discomfort.

PDO threads offer a non-surgical alternative for those seeking to address various aging conditions. They can subtly lift cheeks, define the jawline, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and improve overall skin texture. The results of PDO thread lifts are immediate but will continue to improve over time as collagen production increases, creating a long-lasting rejuvenation effect.



    $50 - $250 per thread, depending on the type of thread.



    PDO thread lifts have minimal downtime with possible swelling, bruising, and tenderness. Most resume normal activities within days.



    After PDO threads, avoid strenuous activity, exaggerated facial movements, facial treatments, and excessive heat.



    PDO threads are ideal for those with mild to moderate skin sagging and wrinkles who desire a non-surgical, minimally invasive lift.

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What are PDO Threads?

PDO stands for polydioxanone, a biocompatible material that has been safely used in surgical sutures for many years. In aesthetic medicine, different types of PDO threads are utilized to achieve specific effects. Smooth threads focus on improving skin texture and stimulating collagen production. Cog threads are thicker with barbs, designed for lifting sagging skin. Screw threads offer additional lifting power and can even add volume.

How Do PDO Threads Work?

PDO threads work in two distinct ways to rejuvenate the skin. First, once strategically placed under the skin, they provide a subtle, immediate lift by gently repositioning tissue that's lost its firmness. Secondly, the PDO material itself triggers your body's natural healing response. This leads to a boost in collagen and elastin production over time, resulting in tighter, smoother, and more youthful-looking skin.

Benefits of PDO Threads

PDO thread lifts offer several advantages over more invasive procedures. They require only local anesthesia and minimal discomfort. The recovery period is significantly shorter compared to surgical options. Importantly, PDO threads provide a subtle and natural-looking enhancement, avoiding an overly "done" appearance. This treatment is also versatile, capable of addressing areas like the cheeks, jawline, neck, brow, and more. Beyond the immediate lift, PDO threads offer longer-term benefits by stimulating collagen for improved skin texture, tone, and overall appearance.

Ideal Candidates for PDO Threads

PDO threads are best suited for adults beginning to show early signs of aging. They're ideal for those with mild to moderate skin laxity and wrinkles who desire non-surgical rejuvenation with minimal downtime. It's important to have realistic expectations about the natural-looking results PDO threads can offer.

Individuals with severe skin sagging or volume loss, active acne or skin infections in the treatment area, or certain medical conditions may not be suitable candidates for PDO threads. Consulting with your doctor is crucial. It's also important to note that PDO threads are not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

The PDO Thread Lift Procedure

The process begins with a consultation to determine if you're a good candidate and discuss realistic expectations. Local anesthesia is applied for your comfort. Then your provider will use a thin needle or cannula to strategically insert PDO threads under the skin. The threads are then adjusted for the desired lifting and contouring effect. The procedure typically takes 30-60 minutes, depending on the treatment area.

What to Expect During Recovery

Mild swelling and bruising are common after a PDO thread lift and usually resolve within a few days to a week. You might experience some tenderness, but this is generally manageable with over-the-counter pain medication. To ensure optimal healing, it's best to avoid strenuous activity, exaggerated facial expressions, and massages for a short period. Most patients can comfortably return to their normal activities within a few days.

How Long Do PDO Thread Results Last?

You'll see visible results from your PDO thread lift immediately. Improvements will continue over the following weeks and months as collagen production increases. Typically, PDO threads last 1-2 years, although individual results may vary.

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Typically, one PDO thread lift treatment is sufficient for visible results. However, some individuals may benefit from multiple sessions for optimal outcomes.