Polydioxanone (PDO) is a strong, synthetic monofilament thread that is biodegradable. PDO threads are very similar to dissolvable sutures that have been used safely by surgeons as cutaneous and subcutaneous surgical sutures for over 30 years. Today, PDO threads are being used on the face and body to provide contour, volume, and improvement of skin texture. The process involves the insertion of fine, absorbable threads into the subcutaneous layer of the skin. Over a period of time, the threads dissolve and are replaced with new collagen and elastin.

PDO Thread Lift

PDO threads can also create a lifting effect, depending on the type of thread that is used. Certain threads can be used in your cheek region and jawline to give a slight lift that will help to minimize your nasolabial folds and marionette lines. A PDO thread lift can help address concerns such as jowls, fine lines/wrinkles, and defined nasolabial folds. The goal of the lift is to reposition facial tissue to restore a more youthful appearance to the face.

What to Expect

Before deciding if PDO threads are the best treatment for you, we’ll schedule a consultation to discuss your medical history and goals and determine if you are a good candidate.

On the day of the treatment, you will be cleaned and numbed. The threads will be inserted using small flexible needles. The threads are left in the skin to initiate the formation of an optimal amount of new collagen and elastin. After some time, wrinkles will start to smooth, facial color can improve, pores can narrow, and skin becomes more elastic. Your skin tissue will improve monthly due to collagen formation around the dissolvable threads.

PDO Thread Lift Effectiveness

The best candidate for PDO threads is someone who wants to rebuild collagen where they have lost it, someone who wants to correct uneven pigmentation, lines, wrinkles, or minimal to moderate skin laxity of the face. This is not an alternative to a surgical facelift.

After your initial session, return in 6-9 months to see if you need a follow-up session. After that, the final results can last around 12 months to 2 years, depending on your age and health.