PDO Thread Lift

A PDO thread lift is designed to subtly lift the facial features to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while encouraging collagen production for more volume in the treated areas. PDO threads come in a variety of textures for customized treatments.

PDO Thread Lift

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

3 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Minor Surgical Procedure

Surgical

No

Cost

$700 - $4500

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The Specifics


What is a PDO thread lift?

PDO thread lifts are a minor and minimally invasive alternative to a facelift. This thread lift technique produces immediate results, while also stimulating long term collagen production.

PDO stands for polydioxanone, a flexible and durable absorbable polymer. PDO threads come in three main textures. Mono, a single, smooth thread, provides a small lift. Cog, a barbed thread, lifts the tissue and encourages collagen. Screw is one or two intertwined threads, which can also provide volume augmentation. Mono is good for skin tightening, whereas cog and screw provide more lift and volume.

What cosmetic concerns does a PDO thread lift procedure treat?

  1. Facial Skin Laxity: A PDO thread lift encourages collagen production to lift and tighten facial and neck skin.
  2. Neck & Jawline Definition: A PDO thread lift lifts tissues into a suspended position for improved contouring.

Who is the ideal candidate for a PDO thread lift procedure?

The ideal candidate for a PDO thread lift is an individual with early signs of aging. A PDO Thread Lift is not recommended for more severe signs of aging, those with excessive sagging or loose skin, or those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What is the average recovery associated with a PDO thread lift procedure?

The average recovery time after a PDO thread lift procedure is 24 hours of rest followed by light activity. Two to three weeks following the procedure strenuous activities may be restarted. A soft or liquid diet, and limited facial movements are advised for a few days.

What are the potential side effects of a PDO thread lift procedure?

Possible side effects of a PDO thread lift include skin puckering, insertion site infection, bruising, soreness, and swelling.

What can someone expect from the results of a PDO thread lift procedure?

The results of a PDO thread lift procedure evolve over months. The thread dissolves leaving an intact collagen fibrous protein matrix. The results of the PDO thread lift change with aging, sun, use, and gravity. Maintenance procedures are recommended every 18 months.

What is the average cost of a PDO thread lift procedure?

A PDO thread lifts procedure can cost anywhere from $700 to $4,500. The actual cost of a PDO thread lifts is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.

Pros

quick procedureimmediate improvementminimally invasivecollagen production

Cons

does not address excess skintemporarymaintenance treatments needed

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


A PDO thread lift is designed to lift the face to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while encouraging collagen production. PDO threads come in a variety of textures for customized treatments. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a PDO thread lift.

The Takeaway


A PDO thread lift is a minor surgical procedure to tighten and define the face and neck areas through a minimally invasive threading technique. A PDO thread lift takes advantage of the body’s healing cascade to promote collagen and elastin production.

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  1. Samad Rezaee Khiabanlo Innovative techniques for thread lifting of face and neck PubMed.gov; 2019-12-02
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