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Discover PDO Threads: A Facelift Without Surgery

With a variety of options available, many individuals are forgoing traditional facelifts and opting for non-surgical alternatives. Medspa facilities can offer patients beautiful results, and choosing a non-invasive procedure is more cost-friendly and comes with less risk. The benefit? More natural and subtle enhancements with little to no downtime, no risk of scarring, quicker treatment times, and instant results. If you feel self-conscious about your fine lines or facial wrinkles, PDO Threads might be the right choice.

What is a Non-Surgical Facelift?

Traditionally, plastic surgeons have performed facelifts for many years. As non-surgical procedures become more safe and effective, patients are becoming interested in alternatives. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that in 2020, over 13 million minimally invasive procedures were performed in the United States. This statistic is down from the previous year due to people opting out of procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trends are looking up again in 2022 as people become more comfortable with health and safety standards.

A non-surgical facelift combines minimally invasive and non-surgical procedures designed to rejuvenate and refresh someone’s appearance. These techniques do not require large incisions, general anesthesia, or overnight hospitalization compared with a surgical facelift. Patients are quickly in and out of the office, with little post-op discomfort and minimal downtime. The anti-aging results from a non-surgical facelift are significant.

Pros and Cons


  • Quick procedure
  • Minimal downtown
  • No general anesthesia
  • More cost-effective


  • Less dramatic results
  • Treatments must be repeated

Each non-surgical facelift is custom-tailored to meet the individual’s unique needs. A variety of non-invasive techniques are available, addressing anything from fine lines, deep creases, lax skin, thinning lips, sunken cheeks, large pores, acne scarring, and the loss of facial volume. Common components of a non-surgical facelift include dermal fillers, Botox, fat injections, and needleless treatments. It is important to meet with a trusted professional who will evaluate your skin and determine the best course for you. Non-invasive treatments do need to be repeated to maintain optimal results. The more diligent you are about maintaining these non-surgical treatments, the less you may need over time.

PDO Thread Lift: What is It?

Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are a particular medical-grade thread that is thinner than hair and made of protein. Research has confirmed that PDO relaxes tendons and muscles. At the same time, a foreign body reaction improves the blood flow to the area, stimulating neocollagenesis (the production of new collagen in the skin). It also stimulates elastin and hyaluronic acid; both substances are key to maintaining firm, youthful-looking skin.

Thread lifts are a relatively new form of non-surgical facelift. If your face has loosening or sagging skin and you want a tighter, fresher, more youthful look, this treatment may suit you. There are no cuts or incisions, just injections. PDO threads have over a decade-long safety track record and are FDA approved.

What Areas Are Treated?

Lifting threads are best for:

  • Nasal labial folds
  • Jowl lift
  • Marionette lines
  • Non-operative facelift

Lifting threads provide immediate results that continue to improve over the six months post-procedure. The cuts or striations in these threads provide lifting properties. When placed under the skin, they catch the tissue and allow it to hold in place, creating a visible lift & at the same time, promoting the creation of collagen to revitalize skin. The “lifting threads” are used for the non-surgical facelift.

Smooth threads are best for:

  • Volume replacement (cheeks, temples, etc.)
  • Deep, static wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Vermilion border

Smooth threads aid in texture improvement, skin rejuvenation, and act as a collagen builder. The results from smooth threads are progressive rather than immediate. Typically several treatments over 3-6 months are best for optimal results.

PDO threads by MINT™ are best for:

  • A facelift without going under the knife
  • Want subtle & natural end results
  • A quick & relatively painless procedure with long-lasting results

PDO threads by MINT™ stand out from any other thread options because of the barbs that hold the suture in place. Additionally, MINT™ threads are the only FDA-approved threads for facial tissue fixation. These threads are stronger & deliver a longer-lasting lift than other types of threads. Additionally, they cause minimal tissue reaction and trauma during the procedure. Over six years of clinical studies have proven the safety and effectiveness of the MINT™ PDO. It is the only PDO suture with two FDA clearances.

What Happens During a Treatment?

After discussing your health history, current concerns, and goals, your specialist will determine if PDO threads are right for you.

Once you decide to move forward, the procedure starts with local anesthesia. Following a Lidocaine injection at the entry point, dissolvable threads are introduced into the skin through a fine needle- either into the skin itself, the muscle, or the subcutaneous fat.

Depending on the area, the procedure will take 70 to 90 minutes. After your procedure, you’ll be able to leave and return to your life, as usual, the next day. Soreness may result from the placement of the threads, and some patients experience minor bruising or swelling, but it typically resolves within a few days. With PDO threads patients need to refrain from working out for 7-10 days afterward.

While this procedure will create an immediate and natural-looking lift, the
results will improve over the next several days and weeks as the PDO stimulates neocollagenesis, increasing the amount of collagen in the skin. The skin appearance improves as the overall texture becomes thicker, tighter, and firmer, and fine lines and wrinkles are reduced.

What Results Can I Expect?

Thread-lift treatments result in an instant and natural-looking improvement in the appearance of the skin. A process of natural protein synthesis then begins after about 10-14 days. Over the subsequent weeks, results will continue to improve, peaking at around six months and lasting for up to 2 years as your body produces collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. This makes this form of non-surgical facelift a long-lasting treatment. The thread itself is completely biodegradable and dissolves within 12 weeks. New collagen has formed around the thread to continue to support results, maintaining a smooth and supple texture of the skin.

Treatment may not be suitable if:

  • You have active acne/broken skin or are prone to cold sores
  • You have taken anticoagulation medications such as aspirin/warfarin/heparin or have consumed alcohol within 48 hours of treatment. We advise you to continue taking prescribed medications but stop taking some complementary supplements such as evening primrose oil, vitamin D, A, and E, fish oils, flaxseed oil, magnesium, garlic, and ginkgo prior to treatment.

Treatment is not suitable if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have an autoimmune disease, diabetes, or infection


Client Testimonial

“PDO threads took years off my face. My boyfriend who absolutely hates when I do these sorts of procedures as he always feels “I don’t need it!” was astonished at my outcome and said I look 10 years younger. I’m thrilled with my results so thank you all!” -J.J.


Above all, always speak with your practitioner about any concerns you have before starting treatment.

If you are interested in learning more about PDO threads or other non-surgical facial procedures, we are happy to offer a consultation. For $150 off any PDO package, click HERE. Booking an appointment is unnecessary as we are a walk-in only clinic. Simply come in at your convenience, Mon, Tue, Thu, or Fri between 9 am-4:30 pm, or Saturdays from 8 am to 1:30 pm, or you can contact us HERE with any questions.

PDO threads

What Happens When You Get a PDO Thread Facelift

A PDO thread facelift helps you get rejuvenating results without going under the knife for a traditional facelift

PDO thread lifts have become an increasingly popular option for anyone looking for a light procedure to reduce signs of aging.

The procedure is able to target a range of aging situations:

  • Uneven pigmentation
  • The appearance of sunken skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Skin elasticity

It can safely be used around the jaw, eyes, cheeks, and even neck. It’s far less expensive than a traditional facelift. And the results last at least one year, with some procedures lasting up to three years.

So here’s how the PDO thread lift works and what happens when you decide to get the procedure.

How do PDO threads work?

PDO actually stands for polydioxanone. And it’s what’s used to make dissolvable sutures for heart and other surgeries.

When a tiny amount of these sutures are injected into your skin, it triggers a process that lifts and tightens your skin.

What happens is the cells in your face called fibroblasts start to produce more collagen. 

Collagen is one of many proteins your body creates and has many uses in the body. Like maintaining healthy hair, skin, and nails.

Collagen is what gives your skin structure and elasticity. But as we age, we start to produce less collagen, and as a result, our skin becomes less firm and smooth.

PDO threads help you overcome this loss in collagen by prompting your body to create more around the sutures.

And because it’s minimally invasive, you have to option to combine it with other procedures like fillers.

Types of PDO threads

But PDO threads do more than just activate collagen production.

The result of using PDO threads depends on the type you get. And as part of any consultation to get PDO threads, the best type for you is chosen as part of your personalization package.

Depending on your desired results, your procedure could include any of the following types of PDO threads:

  • Screw threads that restore volume in areas your skin appears sunken
  • Mono threads that stimulate collagen production and revive your skin
  • Cog threads that that lift and support your skin and face

Benefits of PDO threads

The biggest benefit of PDO threads is that it’s a minimally invasive procedure.

All you need to get through the PDO procedure pain-free is a mild topical numbing ointment, which your specialist applies to the targeted area right before the procedure.

Because it’s minimally invasive you can expect a much lower price than a traditional facelift.

Plus, the thread lift procedure is done in less than 45 minutes with little recovery time afterward. It’s easy to fit it into a busy schedule without having to take time off work.

PDO threads also have an advantage over their similar threading counterparts.

PLLA and PLC threads are other options that are similar to PDO threads, except for one key difference…

The PDO threads are much softer which leads you’re less likely to experience swelling, tenderness, and other side effects. It amounts to getting a gentler procedure with real results that are less likely to result in complications or inflammation.

What happens during the procedure

The procedure goes by quickly because it’s minimally invasive.

First, your surgeon disinfects your face with alcohol. Once your face is properly cleaned, they apply the numbing ointment.

Then, a tiny incision is made with a thin needle and a device called a cannula is inserted into the incision. The cannula is essentially a little tube that the surgeon uses to insert the thread into the skin.

Next, your surgeon anchors the thread in the injection site and removes the cannula.

Last, they cut the thread, make sure it’s secure, and that’s it!

Some things to keep in mind after the procedure

Since a PDO thread lift is minimally invasive, there’s little recovery time and you can resume life as usual right away.

There are a couple recommendations for best results after the procedure:

  • Avoid any dental for about 3 weeks. The reason has to do with holding your mouth open and in that position for extended periods of time. Doing this soon after your thread lift procedure can impact your results
  • Sleep on your back instead of your stomach or side for about two weeks. It’s best not to put pressure directly on the face just after the procedure is done.

How to get the PDO thread procedure 

The PDO thread lift is possible for just about anyone.

So if you want firmer and younger-looking skin, then PDO threads are perfect for you.

Especially if you like the idea of getting facelift results without going through the invasive procedure of the facelift.

To talk to a specialist about your desired outcomes, you can schedule a time for a consult with one of our PDO thread locations near you.


  1. Wu, Woffles T L. “Commentary on: Effectiveness, Longevity, and Complications of Facelift by Barbed Suture Insertion.” Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Oxford University Press, 15 Feb. 2019, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6376340/