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PDO Threads

About PDO Threads

For patients who do not want to undergo surgery but still want to rejuvenate their skin, we proudly offer minimally invasive PDO threading treatments. Known as a thread lift or a PDO lift, we perform this treatment at our office using absorbable sutures that contour and raise the face. While delicately raising the jowls and reducing wrinkles, this procedure addresses sagging skin and tissue near the mid-face, which helps patients achieve a smoother, younger-looking complexion. Our team members perform PDO threading appointments for men and women who want to reduce the signs of aging without surgery. The threads that we utilize during the procedure help encourage the production of collagen, which helps your skin look healthier and tighter. 

Who is a Candidate for threads?

PDO threading works well for men and women who experience mild or moderate signs of aging, such as wrinkles, loose skin, and fine lines. Because of the decrease in collagen and elastin production, this can create sagging and volume loss in the middle and lower face. PDO threading is a great treatment option if you want to tighten these areas without undergoing surgery. The treatment can help you attain natural-looking results, and we may combine it with other options, such as injectable dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxers for enhanced facial rejuvenation. Additionally, patients should set realistic expectations when pursuing this treatment. A facelift provides longer-lasting results, but PDO threading is a more cost-effective option with little to no recovery time.


Our Cosmetic Thread selection provides the following likely aesthetic effects:

Mono (Smooth)
Threads for biostimulation of tissue and neocollagenesis. Monofilament threads, more commonly referred to as ‘Mono’ or ‘Smooth’ threads are completely smooth, hair-like threads, without barbs that are placed superficially under the skin. They produce a regenerative and firming effect that visibly improves skin quality. Mono Threads are used to treat fine lines, large skin pores, scar tissue and skin crepiness. Some practitioners may even refer to Mono threads as “Beauty Threads” as these free-floating threads may be used throughout the body for the beauty benefits of regenerative enhancement of soft tissue.

Screw (Twisted)
Threads to effectively fill the deficit of soft tissues Screw or commonly known as ‘Twisted’ threads consist of one or more threads braided or wrapped around a needle in a spiral configuration. This special configuration adds volume to the areas where inserted and are also effective in stimulating neocollagenesis. Used in similar fashion as Mono threads, Screw threads are also free-floating and can be used where one would like to create volume and structure.  Deep wrinkles and areas in need of volumization.

Cog (Barbed)
Threads to lift, shape and contour soft tissues. Barbed, or cog threads allow for a powerful lift with improvement in facial tightening and rejuvenation. Four barbs strategically placed 360 degrees around the thread (at 12,3,6, and 9) act as cogs to clasp the skin creating tension in the thread which lifts and suspends the facial area. Collagen is formed around the threads and their barbs resulting in an increased lifting effect. Cog threads can create tightening and lifting of areas around the eyes/brows, shaping of the cheekbones, contour of the mid-face and neck, lifting of the neck and the restructuring of soft body tissue such as breast and knee lifting. Lifting results are immediate.


Completed in a spacious treatment room, PDO threading takes about 30-60 minutes to perform. Skin rejuvenating and textural appearance can occur using non-anchored, monofilament threads.  By placing PDO and/or PLLA threads in a lattice-styled pattern, a framework of collagen develops providing the appearance of more youthful skin, eliminating fine lines/rhytids, and improving the appearance of tone and texture. Routinely inserted via a 26-30g mounted needle, PDO threads are placed with precision into the subcutaneous (intradermal, hypodermal) layer for soft tissue augmentation. Due to the minimally invasive technique and through the use of topical anesthetics, the patient experiences minimal discomfort. Non-surgical lifting of the brow, face, neck, and body may be achieved utilizing a combination therapy including barbed threads. Barbed threads are placed using a blunt-tipped cannula which minimizes trauma and decreases the risk for large vessel and nerve damage.  This mechanical lifting of the tissue can achieve desirable results while providing a longer-lasting effect than most other modalities. Additionally, the use of PLLA threads provides an increase/return in volume which is lost during the aging process.  All thread options are not permanent nor require removal, but dissolve over time.

What to Expect

Once we have completed your procedure, you can leave our office to rest at home. Typically, patients may experience mild symptoms, such as redness or swelling near the thread insertion and exit sites, but they should subside after a day or two. The procedure offers immediate, visible results right after the procedure. You should experience smoother skin that looks lifted, contoured, and younger-looking. We will provide detailed aftercare instructions to use at home. If you follow the aftercare instructions, your results may last for up to two years. To further enhance and maintain your results, we can discuss additional treatments.
  • What is Dermaplaning?
    Dermaplaning is a treatment that uses a medical scalpel to gently exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin cells and remove fine facial hair commonly known as “peach fuzz”, technically called “vellus” hair. it can be used as an alternative to laser treatments and microdermabrasion or along with them for an enhanced result. This procedure will give your skin a more radiant appearance. Following the treatment, makeup application is smoother and other skincare products are able to penetrate deeper in turn making hem more effective.
  • Am I a good candidate?
    The ideal candidate for Dermaplaning has aging, dry, rough, or uneven skin tone. Dermaplaning can also help reduce the appearance of shallow acne scars, fine lines and superficial hyperpigmentation.
  • Is the treatment safe?
    This treatment is extremely safe when performed by an properly trained skincare professional. There is no more risk to the skin than when you shave your legs. There is also no downtime associated with this procedure.
  • Does it hurt? Will it cause cuts?
    Dermaplaning is effective by performing a gentle scraping motion across the skin’s surface. With hair removal such as waxing and threading, most people have the idea that all hair removal is painful, but Dermaplaning is entirely painless. There are risks of cuts on the skin, however they are small and very minor as the pressure used for Dermaplaning cannot cause a deep cut. These nicks and scrapes heal within 24-48 hours.
  • Will it make the hair on my face grow back thicker and darker?
    No. There are different types of hair that grow on the body; vellus hair and terminal hair. Vellus hair is found on most areas of the body except palms, soles, lips and genital areas, whereas terminal hairs are found on the scalp, underarms and pubic region. The soft and fine vellus hair grows back at the same rate and texture.
  • What is the benefit of adding a chemical peel with Dermaplaning?
    Hyperkeratosis is a build up of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. By removing this initial layer, a chemical peel is able to penetrate deeper into the dermis resulting in a more effective treatment. The conjunction of dermaplaning and a chemical peel leaves the skin refreshed and rejuvenated. Together they promote new skin growth and target problems such as aging, sun spots and environmental damage.
  • How long is the treatment? How often can I have it done?
    Dermaplaning takes anywhere between 30-45 minutes and can be performed every 3-4 weeks. The treatment itself removes approximately 21 days worth of dead skin so it is important to let your skin rejuvenate before your next appointment.
  • What is the difference between dermaplaning and microdermabrasion?
    Both options are a form of physical exfoliation. Dermaplaning removes vellus hair (peach fuzz) and dead skin cells from the skin, microdermabrasion also exfoliate the surface of the skin, but not as thoroughly or deeply as dermaplaning does.
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