Give Your Face a Pick Me Up with a PDO Thread Lift


As we age, the scaffolding dermal facial skin, as well as the fat component, weakens. This often affects the structure of our cheeks, eyebrows, and neck area. Just because we all age does not mean we have to suffer from the effects of aging.

With a PDO thread lift treatment, we can reverse the effects of aging in the face without having to undergo surgery or an expensive facelift.

What is a thread lift?

A PDO thread lift procedure is a minimally invasive alternative to facelift surgery. Also called a barbed suture lift, this cosmetic procedure will tighten your skin by inserting temporary, medical-grade thread material into your face and then pulling your skin up by tightening the thread.

The thread lift procedure is relatively straightforward. By threading thin, dissolvable sutures underneath your skin, your doctor will be able to pull your skin tight around your forehead, neck, or torso. Invisible, painless “barbs” grab onto your skin and make sure that the thread grips your underlying tissue and muscles as the thread is pulled tight. Once a barbed thread is inserted, your body’s healing response is triggered, stimulating collagen production in the affected area. This fills gaps in sagging skin and makes your skin look more youthful and rejuvenated.

What makes PDO threads different?

PDO threads are one of three types of sutures commonly used in thread lift procedures. The other two types are made from polylactic acid (PLA) and polycaprolactone (PCA). PDO threads are made from a colorless polyester that breaks down in your body after 6 months. When these sutures are in your skin, they trigger cells in your body called fibroblasts to produce more collagen.

There are three main types of PDO threads:

  • PDO mono threads — smooth sutures that help rejuvenate your skin by stimulating collagen production
  • PDO cog threads — threads with barbs that latch into your skin like small fish hooks, providing support and lifting parts of your face
  • PDO screw threads — made up of one or two intertwined threads, these are used to help restore volume to sunken parts of your skin

What can a PDO thread lift treat?

A PDO thread lift can be used to lift and tighten the skin in the following areas:

  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Eyebrows
  • Forehead
  • Lips

Recovery and effects of a thread lift treatment

A typical thread lift treatment usually takes between 20 and 40 minutes to complete, and there is no surgery and no downtime. However, the threads have a risk of moving around from the primary insertion position in the first few weeks, so it’s typically recommended that patients refrain from any vigorous physical activity or direct pressure to the treated area in the first 3 weeks. Side effects of the treatment can include redness, bruising, swelling, and bleeding.

The results from a thread lift aren’t meant to be permanent. Successful effects typically last 1 to 3 years, and the tissue underneath your skin will eventually absorb the threads used in the procedure.

If you’re beginning to notice the signs of aging, you might benefit from the subtle impact of a thread lift. It’s a safer and less dramatic facelift alternative. With quick treatment time and short downtime, you’ll be thrilled with the results you can achieve!

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