PDO threads are a type of medical device that have been used for years to lift and support the face. They can also be used to support and enhance areas of the body like lax skin above the knees and around the belly button! The thread lift procedure involves using the specialized tiny, dissolvable PDO sutures (threads) into your skin to lift and tighten specific areas. Small threads can also be placed under the skin to strengthen it (not lift it) in areas like the upper lip. This treatment is a popular non-surgical option for people who want to achieve a more youthful, refreshed look with or without the use of traditional fillers.
The great thing about barbed PDO threads - the longer threads used for lifting - is that they not only provide an immediate lift, but they also stimulate collagen production over time. The threads themselves are made of the same polydioxanone (PDO) material that has been used in surgical sutures since the 1980s. The material breaks down in your body after about 6 months, and during that time the sutures stimulate fibroblasts in your skin to produce more collagen.
After a PDO thread lift treatment, your skin will continue to improve in texture and tone after the threads have dissolved, so a series of thread treatments can produce truly stunning, long-lasting results.
Varies based on areas addressed. Typically duration can last 2+ years.
The cost of PDO thread treatments varies widely based on each patient's age, lifestyle/skincare history, previous treatments and main areas of concern. Our best suggestion to get a true cost estimate is to schedule your consult! Please see our social media page and sign up for our newsletter to see real examples (and treatment plans) of amazing patient results.
First, you'll meet with your injector to discuss your goals. They'll examine your face/body areas of concern and create a customized treatment plan. This may involve using smooth, twist and barbed threads of different sizes and lengths to target each area.
During the procedure, the threads will be placed using a fine cannula. Once the threads are in place, your injector will gently position them to create the desired lifting effect that smooths out wrinkles and tightens loose skin. They will use local anesthesia at the beginning to minimize any pain or discomfort.
The results of your threads treatment will be visible immediately, but you will most likely also experience swelling/bruising/'rippling' of the skin for the first 1-3 days. You also need to avoid strenuous exercise and exaggerated facial expressions for the first few days. The true lift and tightening results will be visible in 3-4 weeks, and final results will last 12-18 months depending on your skin's natural aging process.
Throughout your appointment(s), your injector will work closely with you to ensure that you're comfortable, and will provide all aftercare instructions and post-care products to help reduct bruising and swelling. Then, follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress.