One of the latest treatments to hit the non-surgical aesthetic scene is the PDO thread lift. PDO stands for Polydioxanone. PDO “threads” are surgical sutures that were first used to perform cardiac surgery and found their way to applications in aesthetic medicine. All sutures are FDA-approved and PDO sutures are one of the safest materials that can be used in the body. Your skin will fully absorb the thread within 4 to 6 months without leaving any scar tissue.

Once introduced, the threads produce 3 effects in the skin:

  1. Immediate skin lifting through mechanical properties
  2. Stimulation of new collagen production and neovascularization (new blood vessels) to improve skin texture, elasticity and fine lines. This process takes 6 – 12 weeks.
  3. Skin tightening

After approximately 6 months the threads will be reabsorbed but the effects of new collagen may last up to another 6 months or more.

Which Areas Can Be Treated?

The threads can be applied to almost any area of the body that has sagging, loose skin. The popular treatment areas include:

  • Jowls
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Chin
  • Decollete
  • Knees
  • Neck
  • Brows
  • Lips
  • Jawline

How are PDO Thread Lift Performed?

In our Brickell, Miami office, the PDO Thread Lift is a minimally invasive procedure. After numbing and infusion of local anesthesia, the PDO threads are inserted by a sharp or blunt tip needles (called cannulas) into different layers of the skin. Once inserted, the threads anchor the skin and lift it upwards. The excess threads are then cut off.


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What are the Different Types of PDO Threads?

Threads come in different shapes and sizes to accommodate a variety of applications, patient sizes and desired outcomes. In fact the number of different types of threads is quite a long one. In our Brickell, Miami office, we restrict to three primary types of threads, which all have varying lengths.

  1. Smooth Thread – smooth and thicken skin. Primarily for collagen stimulation in crepey skin areas like the decollete, neck and great for between the eyebrows. These threads are placed in a mesh-like pattern.
  2. Twist Thread – the coiled design of twisted threads provide more collagen stimulation. We often use the twists in the nasolabial, marionette lines or lips for subtle volume.
  3. Barb Thread – this is the primary lifting thread. They lift and tighten sagging skin
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Smooth Thread

Twist Thread

Barb Thread

What are the Side Effects of PDO Threads?

Expect some mild swelling and soreness for 3 to 5 days after the procedure, and a sensation of tightness (mild) of up to 2 weeks. Temporary mild dimpling of the skin can also occur – an resolves in a few days. The list of possible side effects from a PDO thread lift procedure include:

Common / MildTechnique RelatedSerious but Rare
SwellingProlonged skin dimplingInfection
SorenessSurface depression Granuloma (hard nodule)
BruisingMigration of the threadsParotid duct fistula
Temporary skin dimplingExtrusion of the threadsNerve damage
Prolonged pain

Combination Treatments

PDO Threads in Miami can be used with our treatments and modalities. We prefer to combine with the following procedures:

  • Botulinum toxins such as Botox®, Dysport® or Xeomin®
  • Fillers such as Restylane®, Juvederm®, Radiesse® or Versa®
  • Laser rejuvenation procedures (1 month after threads are inserted)
  • Radiofrequency such Tempsure Envi® (prior to threads or 3 months after).

… PDO threads; Immediate lift with prolonged benefits

Do you have any questions about PDO threads? Please comment below.

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee. A consultation is required before treatment.