By a Thread: PDO Thread Lifts

Updated: May 2

Polydioxanone (PDO) thread lifts are the next best thing to a surgical face lift! Instead of surgery, your provider uses dissolvable sutures to tighten and lift your skin. It can often be performed in under 45 minutes (sometimes in as little as 15 minutes!) and usually lasts about six to twelve months.

The Breakdown:

PDO threads are made up of a colorless polyester thread that breaks down in your body in about six months. It has been used in surgeries since the 1980s and is extremely safe. Here at MedSkinEssentials, we use MINT and Nova brand threads. PDO thread lifts are FDA approved for safety and efficiency, and there have rarely been reported allergic reactions, sensitivities to the thread, or serious side effects or risks.

There are three types of PDO threads:

1) PDO mono threads: smooth thread to stimulate collagen production to rejuvenate and tighten skin.

2) PDO cog threads: a barbed thread that anchors well to your skin. It is used to provide support and lift parts of your face in addition to stimulating collagen production.

3) PDO screw threads: made up of one or two intertwined threads, used to restore volume to your skin, and contour your face through a moderate lift and collagen production.

Why is Collagen important?

Collagen is the protein that gives your skin its strength, elasticity, and structure. Collagen increases blood flow to your skin and keeps your skin from sagging, giving your face a full, youthful look. Collagen also helps your body heal and repair. On the flip side, loss of collagen is one of the primary reasons your skin ages. When your body lacks collagen, your skin loses support within the dermis (where the collagen resides) and wrinkles form.

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What areas can a PDO Thread Lift treat?

· Neck

· Jowls

· Jaw line

· Naso jugal folds

· Nasolabial folds

· Crow’s feet

· Undereye area

· Eyebrow

· Cheeks

· Marionette lines

What can I expect during my PDO Thread Lift procedure?

Prior to your procedure, it is important to avoid anything that may increase the risk of bleeding or bruising, like ibuprofen, asprin, omega-3 fatty acids, and green tea. During your procedure, you will receive a local anesthetic under the skin to prevent any discomfort while the thread is inserted. Once the local anesthetic takes effect, your provider will insert another needle into the skin, and use a small cannula to put the PDO thread in place. Once the thread is secure, the cannula is removed. You’re free to go home shortly after your thread lift is complete.

You may experience mild bruising or swelling for a few days after your PDO thread lift, but most patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately.

PDO Thread Lifts provide a minimally invasive face lift with natural looking results and a short recovery time at a better price point than face lift surgery. To find out if you would be a good candidate for a PDO Thread Lift, please call our office or schedule a consultation online.

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