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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.
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