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.

PDO Thread Lifts

Is cosmetic threading safe?

Yes, cosmetic threading has been approved by the FDA

Where can cosmetic threads be used?

Your provider can use cosmetic threads in many applications on the face including the forehead, jowls, aging lines or scars. They can be used on body parts like arms and legs as well.

Are all cosmetic threads the same?

Les Encres Threads has designed our product pouch to resist heat and moisture maintaining product stability and viability. This is a crucial step in quality product delivery. If the contents of the pouches are not diligently protected from heat, light and moisture the chemical compound of the sutures can begin to break down and oxidize. By customizing our bag to add an additional layer of protection we are helping maintain the stability and integrity of the thread.

What is a lunchtime facelift?

Midface and neck lifts using PDO threads are often referred to as the “Lunchtime Facelift.” This cosmetic thread treatment offers results without surgery or dermal fillers. Using Les Encres threads, we can lift, tighten and add volume where needed, all in the time it takes you to eat lunch.

How are PDO threads inserted?

The provider will place thin threads under the skin through tiny needle sites made in targeted areas. The loose skin is not removed, it is pulled back using the thread ends.

Where can PDO threads be inserted?

Forehead lines, brow droop, frown lines, crow’s feet, dark under eye circles, acne scars, bunny lines, smile lines, lip lines, marionette line, jowls, turkey neck.

Do PDO threads help create collagen?

Collagen is a key element in keeping our skin plump, firm and thick. The thicker the skin, the more defense it has against the tug of gravity. When cosmetic threads are placed, the body thinks it needs to heal the area so it jump-starts the “healing response” and begins the natural production of collagen in that area. The increase of collagen means firmer, smoother skin.

Are PDO threads visible under the skin?

Cosmetic threads are surgical sutures inserted under the skin using a small needle. Threading these sutures under the skin allows us to use the exposed thread end to pull the loose skin taut, leaving the thread in your soft tissue invisible to the naked eye. Les Encres Cosmetic Threads dissolve completely leaving behind new, healthy collagen in their place.

How do I choose a provider for a thread lift?

Only trained and licensed practitioners can conduct Les Encres thread lift procedures. Verify your practitioner has a certificate of completion for thread lift procedures and that your provider is using FDA approved threads purchased from a reputable distributor.

Are cosmetic threads painful?

The treatment itself is nearly pain free. Patients do report feeling slight discomfort for a few days following the treatment, but the healing typically does not keep you from your normal daily routine

How do I get rid of cellulite?

Les Encres Cosmetic Threads can help reduce the appearance of cellulite on the buttocks and thighs, smooth out the décolleté, provide slight lift to the breasts and knees, minimize sagging on the upper arms (batwings), chin and neck, and reduce the appearance of nasal-facial folds and marionette lines.

How long until I see results?

You will be able to see the changes a little lift can make during and immediately following treatment. If treatment is in smaller areas and kick-starting collagen production, it will take about eight weeks to see noticeable effects of treatment. You will see increased benefits for the next few months as well.

How long do the results last?

The more youthful look achieved by Les Encres Cosmetic Threads can last anywhere from 18 months to 4 years depending on treatment area and type of thread used. Individual results will vary.