How Does PDO Thread Lift Work?

What is a PDO Thread Lift?

A PDO (polydioxanone) thread lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that lifts and tightens sagging skin on your face and neck. It involves using dissolvable threads made from a synthetic material called polydioxanone, commonly used for surgical sutures. These threads are inserted into your skin using fine needles, creating a mesh-like support structure that instantly lifts the treated area and promotes skin tightening and rejuvenation over time.

Unlike traditional facelifts, a PDO thread lift is a less invasive alternative that offers a relatively quick recovery and natural-looking results. It’s particularly well-suited to those seeking to address mild to moderate skin laxity without undergoing a more extensive surgical procedure.

How Does a PDO Thread Lift Work?

The PDO thread lift procedure works by leveraging your body’s natural healing response to the introduction of the PDO threads. Unlike traditional facelift surgeries that involve incisions and the repositioning of underlying muscle and tissue, a PDO Thread Lift is a minimally invasive alternative that relies on the strategic placement of dissolvable threads to lift and tighten your skin. This approach allows for a quicker recovery and more natural-looking results. Here’s a detailed breakdown of how it works:

  1. Numbing: The treatment area is numbed with a local anesthetic or numbing cream to ensure maximum comfort during the procedure. This step minimizes potential discomfort or pain.
  2. Thread Insertion: Using a specialized cannula (thin tube) or needle, the PDO threads are carefully inserted into the targeted areas of your face or neck through tiny incisions. The threads are strategically positioned and anchored to lift and reposition your sagging skin, creating an immediate lifting effect.
  3. Instant Lift: As the threads tighten and anchor, an immediate lift enhances your facial or neck contours. This instant lift is a key benefit, providing visible results right away.
  4. Inflammatory Response: The PDO threads initiate an inflammatory response, triggering new collagen and elastin fiber production. These proteins are essential for maintaining skin elasticity, firmness, and a youthful appearance.
  5. Collagen Remodeling: Over the following weeks and months, your body continues producing new collagen and elastin fibers around the threads, gradually remodeling and tightening your skin from within. This process, called neocollagenesis, is responsible for the long-lasting effects.
  6. Thread Absorption: The PDO threads gradually absorb into your body over 6 to 8 months, leaving behind the newly formed collagen and elastin fibers that provide long-lasting skin tightening and rejuvenation.

The PDO thread lift is typically performed by trained and experienced aesthetic professionals, such as plastic surgeons or dermatologists, to ensure safe and effective results.

Benefits of a PDO Thread Lift

Choosing the right cosmetic treatment can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to addressing concerns like sagging skin and loss of facial volume. A PDO Thread Lift offers a unique solution that combines immediate results with long-lasting benefits, making it an attractive option for those seeking a refreshed, youthful appearance.

A PDO thread lift offers several benefits, making it an attractive option for minimally invasive skin rejuvenation:

Immediate Lift: Unlike traditional facelifts, a PDO thread lift provides an instant lifting effect without extensive surgery or downtime.

Natural-Looking Results: The procedure subtly lifts and tightens your skin, creating a natural, refreshed appearance without the telltale signs of surgical facelifts like visible scarring or an overly stretched look.

Minimally Invasive: As a minimally invasive procedure, a PDO thread lift doesn’t require extensive surgery or significant downtime, making it a convenient option for your busy lifestyle.

Collagen Stimulation: By stimulating your natural collagen production, the procedure enhances skin elasticity and firmness over time, contributing to a more youthful, radiant appearance.

Versatility: PDO threads can lift and tighten various areas of your face and neck, including the cheeks, jowls, brows, and neck, allowing for a customized approach to address your specific concerns.

Long-Lasting Effects: While the immediate lifting effects are temporary, the collagen-stimulating benefits can last up to 2 years or more, depending on your skin and aging process.

Contact Synergy Face + Body Today

If you’re interested in a PDO thread lift and achieving a refreshed, youthful appearance with this innovative, minimally invasive treatment, look no further than Synergy Face + Body. Our experienced aesthetic professionals in North Carolina and Virginia provide exceptional care and natural-looking results tailored to your needs. Call us at 919-346-3724 to schedule your consultation today and let us help you achieve a more youthful appearance.


How long does a PDO thread lift last?

While the initial lifting is immediate, the collagen-stimulating benefits can last up to 2 years or more, depending on your skin and aging process. Regular maintenance treatments may prolong the effects.

Is a PDO thread lift painful?

Most patients experience minimal discomfort thanks to local anesthesia or numbing creams. Some mild swelling and bruising may occur but typically resolves within a few days. Over-the-counter pain medication can manage any discomfort you may feel.

Can PDO threads be combined with other treatments?

Yes, PDO thread lifts can be combined with dermal fillers, Botox, or laser therapies for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Your aesthetic professional can recommend the best treatment combination to address your specific needs and goals.

Who is a good candidate for a PDO thread lift?

Ideal candidates have mild to moderate skin laxity and want to address sagging without a surgical facelift. It’s generally recommended for those in their 30s to 60s with good skin elasticity. A consultation with our experts can determine if you’re a suitable candidate.

How long is the recovery for a PDO thread lift?

Most patients can resume normal activities within 1-2 days, though some swelling and bruising may persist for a few days. Strenuous activities should be avoided for the first week to allow proper healing. Our team will provide personalized aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery process for you.

With its minimally invasive nature, immediate lifting effects, and long-lasting collagen-stimulating benefits, a PDO thread lift at Synergy Face + Body can be an excellent solution for you to achieve a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance without the downtime of a traditional facelift.