The PDO Thread Lift

What is the PDO Thread Lift?

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The PDO Thread Lift is a treatment which lifts and tightens sagging skin tissue, using threads made of Polydioxanone (PDO). The threads are placed  into the deeper layers of the skin and  produce 3 effects in the skin:

  • Instant Skin Lifting through mechanical effects
  • Cellular Renewal, through Collagen stimulation, and neovascularization to improve skin texture, fine lines and elasticity
  • Skin Tightening, by contracting fat tissue


About 6 months after the procedure, the PDO threads will disappear through simple hydrolysis (they are absorbable). The lifted facial contours will remain for about 3-6 months more, due to the cellular rejuvenation effects. Your skin cells are stimulated to produce new collagen, and new blood vessels to improve skin microcirculation. At the same time, the PDO threads cause the fat tissue to contract, producing a skin tightening and facial slimming effect.



Is PDO Thread Lift Safe?  What are the Possible Side Effects?

This treatment is surprisingly safe.  Because PDO threads are inserted via needles and not surgery, and are absorbed in 6-8 months, many of the side effects associated with older thread lifting procedures, such as infection and thread breakage are also minimal.

Depending on the types of threads used and areas treated, bruising may or may not occur.  There can be some mild swelling and soreness for 3 to 5 days after the procedure, and a sensation of tightness (mild) of up to 2 weeks. Temporary mild dimpling of the skin can also occur – and resolves in a few days.

Some side effects are related to the technique of insertion, and the types of threads used. These include surface depressions, thread migration and even extrusion, facial asymmetry, prolonged pain, and prolonged dimpling.

Finally, more serious side effects, though rare, can occur. These include infection, nerve damage, formation of nodules, and damage to the salivary ducts. The face has a very complex anatomical structure.



What Do I Need to Take Note of Before and After The Procedure?

While a PDO thread lift has very little downtime, expect some mild swelling and soreness after the procedure.

Like other treatments involving injections, avoid alcohol, supplements such as Vitamin E, Omega Fish oils, , gingko for 1-2 days before and after the procedure. Avoid going to the steam room, sauna, and engaging in heavy exercise such as High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

Following 2 weeks after the PDO Thread Lift, you are also discouraged from undergoing any dental treatment (which requires you to open your mouth excessively.)

You are also advised to sleep on your back to allow the swelling to subside and to avoid the putting pressure on the face that might cause misalignment of the threads.


PDO threads can be used for lifting, rejuvenation (improving skin texture and wrinkles), volumising.  Different threads are used for different purposes.



What Results Can I Expect After The Treatment? How Long Do They Last?

Your skin is immediately lifted after a PDO thread lifting procedure, as the threads provide support to lift skin in its new position. You may look slightly tighter than the final result, but in about 1 week, you will begin to look much more natural.

The rejuvenative effects kick in after 1-2 months – you will notice better skin texture, firmer and smoother skin.  Depending on the technique and which is used, the results will vary from person to person.

In about 9 months after the treatment, the threads would have dissolved, but the results will still continue for many more months. I recommend repeating the procedure 6-9 months after the first procedure, to allow for a long lasting result of up to 3 years.


Who is Suitable For a PDO Thread Lift?

The PDO Thread Lift is an effective non-surgical face-lifting treatment that is suitable for anyone looking to improve the appearance of sagging skin. This treatment is suitable for someone who is willing to undergo some injections, and who want to attain an immediate lift of the facial contours without undergoing a facelift surgery. It is best suited for men and women who are unwilling to tolerate the long downtime of a facelift surgery but want to look refresh and lifted – naturally.



What Areas Can Be Treated with PDO Thread Lift?

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 The PDO thread lift is very versatile, allowing practically all areas of the face to be treated, including the:

  • Under Eye area
  • Eyebrows
  • Crow’s feet (wrinkles around eyes)
  • Cheeks
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Nasojugal folds
  • Wrinkles around mouth
  • Jaw line
  • Jowls
  • Neck

How is PDO Thread Lift Done?

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 PDO Threads are inserted into the skin via housing needles called cannulas.  The cannulas and threads are sterile so that the risk of infection is very low A PDO Thread Lift is  minimally invasive. After numbing and infusion of local anesthesia, the PDO threads are inserted via sharp or blunt tip needles (called cannulas) into different layers of the skin. Once inserted, the threads anchor the skin and lift it upwards. The excess threads are then cut off.Depending on the areas treated, the procedure takes 30-45  minutes. There is some discomfort during the procedure, but because of the local anesthesia, the procedure is tolerable.