PDO Thread Lift: A Minimally-Invasive Alternative to Facelift

At DrC 360 Medspa, we seek out and are excited to offer the least-invasive options to help patients see the results they want with as little downtime and recovery as possible, so PDO threads were a natural fit for our medspa. A PDO thread lift pulls the skin up just like a facelift but does so safely and instantly using surgical threads made from protein rather than incisions. PDO threads require much less planning, downtime, and recovery than a surgical facelift, and patients love the results they provide.

What are PDO Threads, and how do they work?

PDO threads are needles that come pre-loaded with an absorbable PDO suture made from protein that will naturally dissolve. They are traditionally used for cardiac surgeries and are approved by the FDA. PDO Threads are among the safest materials used by surgeons in the body.

After 4-6 months, these sutures or "threads" will be absorbed by the body and leave no scar tissue or remnants behind.

Who is the best fit for PDO thread lifts?

For those who are a good fit, a PDO thread lift provides satisfying changes in appearance to the face and natural rejuvenation, sparking the body's collagen production, all without the need for anesthesia.

Since it is a less invasive procedure, it has benefits like faster recovery and less cost than a face or neck lift. PDO threadlifts are often combined with other treatments like botox, fillers, and microneedling to see the results desired by our patients. We customize cost-effective treatment plans based on what you describe your goals to be.

Those who are a good fit for PDO Threadlift generally include:

  • Patients looking for a slight lift who are experiencing minimal signs of aging. Patients want to see a lift when they begin to see droop in the brows, cheeks, jowls, and neck due to aging. It is not usually enough to warrant a facelift, and many patients also do not want a facelift because of the high price and surgical nature of that treatment. PDO thread lifts provide many of the same results without the need for incisions and pulling of the skin in that way.
  • People seeing relapse from a facelift, browlift, neck lift, or other forms of lift often use PDO threads for touchups. 
  • Patients don't want to undergo a more surgical procedure like a facelift or neck lift because they don't want to deal with the time needed for proper recovery or spend the money required for a facelift.

PDO Threadlift: Frequently Asked Questions

What areas can PDO Thread Lifts be used to treat?

PDO threads can be used in many parts of the body. They are often aimed at the brows, cheeks, jowls, and neck but can be used for many other parts as needed by the patient. There are cases where PDO threads are used to tighten the skin in the arms, stomach, thighs, and other areas.

What is the recovery process like?

Though the recovery process is much less significant than with a face lift, some recovery time is needed for the body to heal. Pain is easily managed with drugs like Tylenol or ibuprofen. If you need more advanced pain treatments, speak to your doctor.

There can be some swelling and bruising that lasts for a few days after the procedure. 

We recommend that patients avoid excessive physical and strenuous activity for 2-3 days after a thread lift.

How long before results can be seen?

Results can be seen right away but take a week to two weeks to fully show. Processes like collagen production can take time to kick in before you see that boost. Any swelling can also make results look less than they will once it goes down.

How long will the results last?

As your skin produces more and more collagen, the skin will look great over the course of months after the procedure. The results you see can last longer than the threads themselves, which will dissolve completely after 6 months. Results of PDO thread lifts typically last 6-12 months. After that, more threads can be added if you want to continue seeing the same results.

If you do wish to seek out a facelift in the future, PDO threads will be gone from the body and not in the way of any future procedure.

Do PDO Threads work for the cheeks?

Yes, the cheeks are one of the most popular areas for patients looking to see a youthful boost to their face. Other commonly treated areas include the jowls, the neckline, and the brow.

Is PDO threading painful?

Anything with the use of needles can involve some discomfort, and PDO threading is no different. With the use of topical numbing creams, most pain is reduced to minor discomfort. Advanced products like Mint PDO Threads bring this further, incorporating numbing directly into the thread itself. Most patients report slight discomfort, tugging, and pulling feelings that may feel unusual but do not cause pain.

PDO threads vs. dermal filler?

Both treatments are suitable for what they are good at! Certain areas like the neck and jawline do not see good benefits from dermal filler, making PDO threads perfect for these areas. For areas like the cheeks, either can be used. We choose with patients based on the results they seek and the best way to get there after going over the situation thoroughly.

How often can you do PDO threads?

The threads dissolve over time, totally disappearing from the body through natural absorption since they are made from protein. How long you wait between treatments depends on when your results start to fade. This can happen anywhere between 6 and 12 months, so patients who want to maintain these results all the time will come once or twice a year at the most.

PDO Thread Lifts in New Jersey with DrC 360

If you are interested in PDO thread lifts and are located nearby, please get in touch to go over what PDO threads can do for you!

Call or text 908-679-8181 for further information regarding PDO thread lifts at DrC 360.