Polydioxanone or PDO threads are special medical-grade threads, much like sutures, and are made in varying diameters and thicknesses. When larger PDO threads are used, the threads can be used for lifting various parts of the face and body. When smaller diameter threads are used, these threads volumize much like injectable filler is used to create facial volume. The PDO threads act as a sort of mini facelift. They can help correct sagging skin, relax the muscles that cause wrinkles, and stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.

The benefits of PDO thread lifts are thus two-fold in many cases. The stitching itself gives a slight, natural-looking lift to the facial features. Meanwhile, the substances in the threads, and the micro-trauma from the procedure, prompt the body to create more of its own age-defying resources at the threading site. The result is firmer, younger-looking skin with reduced sagging and wrinkling.


  • Induces Collagen Production
  • Improves Skin Textures
  • Improves Skin Laxity
  • Reduces Wrinkles
  • It Uses Safe Materials
  • Produces Long-Lasting Results
  • It’s Minimally Invasive


PDO threads may be used alone or in combination with dermal fillers and botulinum toxin. Combining different treatments can often achieve maximum non-surgical facial rejuvenation, so PDO threads versus fillers is not necessarily an either/or proposition. That said, fillers are best for areas that require added volume, like the lips, cheeks, and chin. PDO thread lifts, by comparison, are used more for lift than volume. While PDO threads can plump and firm up the skin by stimulating increased collagen production, they generally do not add actual volume to the treatment site. If you want to create the appearance of fuller cheeks or lips, a filler is your best option. If you’re going for overall facial rejuvenation rather than feature modification, a PDO thread lift may be a better bet.
PDO threads do not work as well as traditional surgery because the tissue planes are not as fully separated as they are in standard surgeries. However, the advantages include lower cost, less downtime, and virtually no scarring. The patient only needs to know that the PDO thread lift will not work as well, nor as long as traditional surgery results. The lasting time is related to when the thread dissolves. Most PDO threads dissolve completely within 12-18 months.

PDO therapy can be successfully used on various areas of the face including the cheeks, brow, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, jawline and neck. It can also be used on the body, arms, thighs and abdomen. We will be able to advise you if PDO thread lifting is a suitable treatment option for the area that you wish to target.

Precisely how long a PDO thread lift will take will depend on the area being targeted, but in most instances, it can be carried out in between 45 and 60 minutes. Including preparation and the time following treatment, you can expect the entire appointment to last a maximum of 2 hours.
The procedure itself is minimally invasive and does cause micro-injuries to layers within the skin. As such, patients are given a local anaesthetic before their treatment which will ensure that they remain comfortable and relaxed throughout.
A great benefit of a PDO thread lift is that the side effects are minimal. You may notice a little swelling and bruising that lasts for a few days, after which time it should fade. There is no downtime and you can get back to your usual routine right away.
It is important for patients to be aware that the results of a PDO thread lift are progressive. This is because they rely on the body’s natural production of collagen which takes time, rather than administering man-made versions into the skin. The lifting effect of PDO therapy reaches a peak at around 6 months post-treatment, after which time new collagen and elastin will have formed around the threads to tighten the skin and make the area look firmer, smoother and more youthful. The effects of treatment can potentially last between 2 and 3 years, after which time further treatment may be necessary to maintain your results.

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The treatment has a minimal recovery time, but there is still plenty you can do to enhance the recovery and get the best results. Some patients may experience nausea after the thread lift procedure due to anaesthesia. However, it will pass after sipping small amounts of water.

Here are some more things you should do after the treatment:

  • Ice the treated area for a few minutes for four to five times during the day for the first week if you are experiencing slight bruising or swelling.
  • Restrict facial movements for one day. Make sure to rest for a full day after getting the treatment.
  • You can move around wherever you want, but don’t perform any strenuous activity or heavy lifting for three weeks.
  • You can take pain killers as required after the procedure. Try consuming them after a meal to avoid any risk of nausea.
  • It is best to avoid aspirins for the next two weeks after the treatment.
  • Avoid applying makeup or facial cream for at least 48 hours.
  • You should not drink a beverage with a straw and focus on drinking liquids or consuming soft foods for at least a week.
  • Chewing gum should be avoided for at least two weeks.
  • Experiencing slight discomfort in the first two days after the procedure is normal, it will gradually reduce.
  • Try keeping your head elevated for a week.
  • Don’t pull your facial skin, massage, scrub or exfoliate the skin for at least three weeks. You are also not supposed to wash or touch your face for at least 12 hours.
  • Follow the care guidelines the practitioner gives you regarding the incision wounds.
  • It is recommended that you sleep on your back to prevent any swelling. Avoid straining or placing pressure on your face as it may result in threads misalignment.
  • Avoid getting any dental treatment for at least two weeks after getting the PDO thread lift.

In case of unusual pain or swelling, it is important to consult us to get the appropriate treatment immediately.

The results speak for themselves!
PDO thread lift before and after 2 weeks after initial treatment

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