What are PDO Threads?

Polydioxone (PDO) threads are synthetic bio-absorbable surgical sutures that are placed under the skin to treat aging, sagging tissue. Having been used in cardiothoracic surgery for decades, threads are one of the safest implantable medical devices on the market. Our threads have 360° degree helical barbs that provide strong anchoring and support to the facial tissue. Clinical studies have shown that PDO threads can improve facial laxity by lifting the tissue in an upward vector. As the body absorbs the PDO threads over 4-6 months, a rope of collagen is left behind, aiding in the anti-aging process – with lifting capacity lasting between 9-15 months.


Molded Helical Barb Thread

What does the PDO thread process look like?

First, a small amount of lidocaine is injected where the threads will be inserted. A small port hole is then made as an entry point for the thread. Often there is a sensation of pressure during the procedure. Threads may feel tight immediately after placement, but will loosen over the following days.

Where can PDO threads be used?

  • Flattening double chin or neck
  • Sagging jowls
  • Midface laxity
  • Softening nasolabial folds
  • Wrinkles and scars

How many PDO threads will I need?

It is difficult to predict the number of threads that will be needed to achieve a certain cosmetic result. In many cases, it is only until the first few threads are placed that we can determine how the tissue reacts under tension. Pricing is done based on anatomical location so regardless of the number of threads needed, the cost will always be the same.

How long do PDO threads last?

After your procedure, PDO threads stay in the body for about 4 to 6 months. Over this time, the body fully absorbs the suture and begins to produce its own collagen and elastin around the thread. Collagen production and lift will continue for up to a year after treatment. Threads do need to be reinserted yearly in order to maintain the lifted look many patients desire.

Who is a good candidate for PDO threads?

Patients of any age, who have not had any surgery in the past 3-4 months, and are not heavy smokers or drinkers may be eligible candidates. Patients with true skin laxity are often considered ideal thread candidates. A complimentary consultation with one of our experienced Providers is recommended in order to best evaluate if you are a good candidate for PDO threads.

What is the post op care for PDO Threads?

Threads are low-risk, but tenderness and swelling afterwards are common. It is also possible to have bruising. See our tips to decrease bruising here!

We recommend planning for two weeks downtime. Avoid tugging on the skin or strenuous workouts for up to two weeks, as it may cause the threads to move.  At the insertion holes, no makeup is recommended for 48 hours.

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Schedule your Thread Lift today by calling: 215-862-6100.