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What are PDO threads?

PDO threads are a groundbreaking non-invasive cosmetic treatment designed to address the visible signs of aging on the face and neck. These threads, composed of polydioxanone (PDO), a natural protein akin to human hair, have traditionally been employed in surgical sutures for wound closure. However, they have found a new purpose within the realm of cosmetic treatments.

How Does a PDO Thread Lift Work?

A PDO thread lift functions by achieving two fundamental objectives:


Immediate Skin Lifting:

During the procedure, aesthetic professionals employ fine needles to introduce PDO threads into the subcutaneous tissue. These threads serve as a scaffold, gently lifting and tightening sagging skin, effectively counteracting the effects of gravity.


Stimulation of Collagen Production:

PDO threads not only deliver an immediate lifting effect but also stimulate the natural production of collagen and elastin in the treated areas. Collagen, specifically, plays a crucial role in maintaining skin structure and volume, making this procedure effective in combating wrinkles and fine lines.

PDO Threads Treatment Areas:

  • Neck
  • Jowls
  • Jawline
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Crow’s feet
  • Under-eye area
  • Eyebrows
  • Cheeks
  • Marionette lines

PDO Thread Lift Procedure:

The PDO thread lift procedure is minimally invasive and typically follows these steps:

  1. Numbing:  Your skin is numbed with a topical anesthetic to ensure your comfort during the treatment.
  2. Thread Insertion: Fine PDO threads are strategically inserted beneath the skin’s surface through small punctures. These threads create a supportive framework for the skin.
  3. Immediate Results: The threads instantly lift and tighten the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  4. Collagen Stimulation: Over time, the threads naturally dissolve and promote ongoing stimulation of collagen production. This leads to gradual and enduring enhancements in skin firmness.

Results and Duration:

  • Results are immediate, with noticeable improvement on the same day of the treatment.
  • The longevity of results varies but typically lasts between six to twelve months.
  • Some individuals may enjoy results lasting slightly over a year, depending on factors like age and skin condition.

Benefits of PDO threads:

  • Enhance skin elasticity and volume, restoring a youthful appearance.
  • Diminish fine lines and wrinkles, addressing signs of aging.
  • Versatile treatment for various facial areas.
  • Quick and virtually painless procedure.
  • Immediate and long-lasting results.
  • Safe for all skin types and tones.
  • Minimal downtime, allowing patients to return to their normal activities the same day.

PDO Threads Myths:

There are misconceptions surrounding PDO threads, often due to their previous association with older, permanent threads. However, modern PDO threads are safe and effective, dispelling these myths:

  • PDO threads are safe and FDA-approved.
  • There is no need for follow-up thread removal; they naturally dissolve.
  • PDO threads are suitable for individuals of all ages, not just those with advanced aging signs.
  • The procedure is quick, virtually painless, and requires minimal downtime.
  • PDO threads offer immediate results, and their longevity depends on individual factors.

How are PDO threads intended to be used?

PDO threads are dissolvable sutures intended for lifting and contouring facial features. This non-surgical cosmetic procedure uses biocompatible threads to lift sagging skin, smooth wrinkles, and enhance facial features, such as the jawline and eyebrows. They improve skin texture, reduce acne scars, and stimulate collagen production. The results are temporary, as the threads dissolve over time. Patients may experience swelling and bruising that will subside within two weeks. Treatments should be administered by skilled medical professionals, like dermatologists or plastic surgeons.

How are PDO threads different from other skin revitalization devices?

PDO threads differ from other skin revitalization devices as they physically lift and support sagging skin through minimally invasive procedures. Unlike non-invasive options like lasers and radiofrequency, PDO threads are inserted under the skin. Results typically last 12 to 18 months. PDO threads are versatile, targeting various areas, and can be used in combination with other treatments. The choice depends on individual goals, skin condition, and practitioner advice, with each method having its unique advantages and limitations.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of PDO thread treatments needed varies depending on individual goals, the area being treated, and the patient’s response to the procedure. In many cases, a single treatment can provide noticeable results, especially for mild sagging or fine lines. However, for more significant skin laxity or multiple treatment areas, multiple sessions may be recommended. Your medical practitioner will assess your specific needs and create a treatment plan tailored to achieve your desired outcome. They will discuss the recommended number of treatments during your consultation.

How long is a typical treatment?

The duration of a typical PDO thread treatment session varies based on the specific area being treated and the complexity of the procedure. On average, a session can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. Some procedures may be shorter for smaller areas, while more extensive treatments could take longer. Additionally, the time may be influenced by the number of threads being inserted and the experience of the practitioner. Your healthcare provider will provide you with a more accurate estimate of the treatment duration during your consultation.

Is the recovery time long?

After the PDO thread treatment, most people can resume normal activities right away. Initial swelling and bruising peak within 48 hours and gradually subside up to two weeks. Minor discomfort and tightness may occur during this time. Full recovery usually takes about a week, with any residual bruising or swelling often concealable with makeup. The threads continue to work over several weeks to months, improving skin tightness and collagen production. Individual experiences may vary, so follow the post-procedure care instructions for the best results.

Are PDO threads considered surgery?

No, PDO (Polydioxanone) thread treatments are not considered surgery. They are minimally invasive procedures, involving the insertion of threads under the skin through small incisions. Unlike traditional surgeries, they don’t require general anesthesia or extensive surgical techniques. While less invasive, PDO threads offer a quicker recovery with lower associated risks compared to surgical procedures.

What are the potential side effects?

Potential PDO thread treatment side effects include mild and temporary issues such as swelling, bruising, discomfort, redness, and, rarely, infection. Some patients may feel or see the threads under the skin temporarily.

Is the treatment painful?

The level of pain or discomfort experienced during PDO thread treatments can vary from person to person. While some patients may report minimal pain, others might find the procedure somewhat uncomfortable. Local anesthesia is typically used to numb the treatment area, followed by injection Lidocaine, which can help alleviate pain. Additionally, healthcare providers may offer pain relief options or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers and ice as needed. The sensation of threading and pulling under the skin is usually manageable, but it’s essential to communicate your comfort level with your practitioner to ensure a more comfortable experience.

Do PDO threads use laser, radiofrequency, or ultrasound energy?

No, PDO (Polydioxanone) threads do not use laser, radiofrequency, or ultrasound energy. They are a purely mechanical and biodegradable solution for lifting and rejuvenating the skin. The threads are inserted under the skin to create a support structure, and they work by physically lifting and tightening the skin and stimulating collagen production through mechanical means. They do not rely on energy-based technologies commonly associated with lasers, radiofrequency devices, or ultrasound.

Important Pre-Treatment Instructions

  • Do NOT take aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Aleve, Vitamin E, Gingko Biloba, fish oil, St. John’s Wort, garlic pills, or other anti-inflammatory medications for 1-2 weeks if okay with your primary physician. These medications can increase the risk of bruising.
  • For mild pain or headaches Tylenol is preferred.
  • DO consider taking over the counter Arnica supplements (available at our office and most supplement stores) starting 2 days before your treatment as they have been shown to decrease bruising. Arnica will also help with any swelling.
  • DO inform your nurse or physician if you have a history of medication allergies, history of anaphylaxis, and any other medical problems
  • The ideal time to schedule this procedure is at LEAST 2 weeks before a big event. The effects of a PDO Thread Lift will settle into place over a 2-4 week period; however, at two weeks, any swelling or bruising that may occur will have subsided.

Can I receive PDO threads if I have a darker skin tone?

Yes, individuals with darker skin tones can receive PDO thread treatments, but it’s essential to choose an experienced healthcare provider who is knowledgeable about treating diverse skin types. PDO threads, when administered correctly, can be suitable for a wide range of skin tones. However, individuals with darker skin may have a higher risk of developing hyperpigmentation or keloid scarring, so careful aftercare and post-procedure instructions are important to minimize these risks. Always consult with a qualified practitioner who can assess your specific needs and ensure the treatment is safe and effective for your skin type.

How do I know whether PDO threads are right for me?

To determine if PDO threads are right for you, consult a qualified healthcare provider and discuss your skincare concerns and goals. Share your medical history and skin type. Understand the procedure, its benefits, and potential risks. Consider costs, recovery time, and alternatives. Review before-and-after photos to set realistic expectations. Your decision should be well-informed and based on personalized guidance from a trusted professional who can assess your unique needs and conditions.

What to Expect After Your PDO Thread Lift:

  • No high impact exercise / yoga for two weeks.
  • You may use ice packs on the treated areas to help with swelling and discomfort.
  • Treated areas may be red, swollen, and bruised for the first 2-7 days.
  • If bruising occurs, you may continue Arnica supplements, DO apply topical Arnica gel, drink fresh pineapple juice, and/or take Bromelain supplements to help bruising resolve faster.
  • The skin may appear to have an exaggerated lift with slight puckering of the skin. This will resolve on its own within a two week period.
  • No laser / IPL/BBL / Radio Frequency treatments for one month.