How Do PDO Threads Help Lift the Skin?

Jan 24, 2022
How Do PDO Threads Help Lift the Skin?
Are you noticing more signs and symptoms of aging when you look in the mirror? Loose skin or skin laxity is a common issue that many patients face as they start to age.

Are you noticing more signs and symptoms of aging when you look in the mirror? Loose skin or skin laxity is a common issue that many patients face as they start to age. If you want a less invasive treatment option than a facelift, you may want to consider a consultation for a thread lift. 

PDO threads are a less invasive procedure that can help rejuvenate the look of your face. Learn more about how this treatment could help you. 

What Is a Thread Lift? 

In the past, those with loose skin on the jowls and cheeks had only one recourse: a facelift. This looseness of the skin is often referred to as skin laxity. In the last few decades, non-invasive treatments like skin resurfacing emerged that temporarily minimize the effects of elastin and collagen deficiencies and skin laxity. However, they weren’t as effective as a facelift. 

The good news is that a new treatment falls somewhere between surgical options like a facelift and non-invasive treatments. The thread lift could be the unique procedure you have been searching for to minimize the effects of loose skin. 

How Does a Thread Lift Work?

We will utilize temporary sutures to create a subtle lift. These threads are referred to as PDO threads which stand for polydioxanone. PDO threads are fully dissolvable by the body, and they typically remain in place for about four to six months. However, the effects of the sutures will last longer than this, with results showing up for a year or longer. 

This procedure pulls the skin back just slightly to give you results similar to those from a facelift. It will not remove loose facial skin. Instead, it focuses more on lifting what is already there to create the appearance of tighter skin. 

In addition to lifting loose skin, PDO threads also stimulate the body’s natural healing response in the treated areas. This promotes collagen development in the affected areas, giving you long-lasting results. It helps boost the volume and strength of the skin, leading to fewer wrinkles and fine lines. 

As a result, a thread lift will improve your overall tone and the skin’s firmness. 

Benefits of a Thread Lift 

When compared to a facelift, you might be wondering what the benefits of a thread lift are. There are quite a few advantages to choosing this less invasive treatment option. First and foremost, the downtime required will be significantly shorter. 

Little to No Downtime 

Following a facelift, most people require care for the first few days after the procedure and take weeks to recover. A thread lift is less extensive and does not require you to have the assistance of a friend or family member while you heal. It also minimizes the time you must take off from your job to facilitate the healing work your body needs to do. 

Ease and Convenience 

The actual process of coming into the office for a thread lift is also easier on patients. The heavy sedation used in a facelift means that you must have a ride to and from the office. However, a thread lift does not require general anesthesia, allowing you to drive yourself home from the treatment. 


Another benefit of PDO threads is their affordability. Compared to the extensive cost of a facelift, thread lifts are better for your budget. 

Are You a Candidate for PDO Threads? 

Are you an ideal candidate for a thread lift? Most patients who opt for this type of procedure are in their late 30s to early 50s. This is when the signs of aging and loose skin often begin to present themselves, though you can get a thread lift at any time if you have mild to moderate skin laxity. 

If having a traditional facelift is not an option for you due to medical concerns or fear of surgery, then a thread lift might be the best alternative for you. Because they do not utilize general anesthesia, thread lifts are considered safe for those who have conditions like: 

  • High blood pressure
  • Type two diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease

Keep in mind that both thread lifts and facelifts are not permanent solutions to the issue of skin laxity. The effects of a thread lift typically last for approximately one to three years. At this point, you may have new sutures placed to refresh your appearance once more.

The number of threads you will receive in your treatment is customized based on your skin. The treatment time will vary depending on your aesthetic goals. If you have questions about how long the procedure will take, make sure to ask during your initial consultation for PDO threads. 

Schedule a Consultation

If you think that PDO threads are the right fit to help rejuvenate your face, set up a personal consultation to determine a treatment plan that achieves your aesthetic goals. Located in Alpharetta, GA, SafiraMD is ready and willing to help you with your next thread lift.