Aging and weight loss can make the skin loose and saggy. This is a problem that for the longest time has been almost impossible to solve without going under the knife. Surgical face lift has been the only way out to look young and fresh for those who dealt with sagging and loose skin before the 1990s. However, certain medical advances made in the 1990s allowed to tackle the issue without going the great length of operations: non-surgical thread lifts (PDO thread lifts) were invented and the world of cosmetic medicine changed forever. PDO thread lifts give the same visual results as a surgical face lift without bringing forth the complications and side effects of a surgery. Being minimally invasive, a PDO thread lift does not imply the same recovery time that is associated with surgical face lifts. This is a great deal-maker, as with PDO one can easily avoid 2 – 3 weeks of downtime, meaning the results of a PDO thread lift can be observed right after the procedure, the side effects being minimal.

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What Is a PDO Thread Lift?

The PDO (polydioxanone) thread lift is one of the best procedures that modern and the most innovative cosmetic advancements have provided us with. It gives you the benefits of a surgical face lift without all the complications associated with a highly invasive surgical procedure. PDO threads are non allergenic and biodegradable, absorbable, and dissolvable polymers. Being absolutely safe, the PDO thread lift is now one of the most demanded treatments among all the cosmetic procedures in Asia and Europe. Currently, it has started gaining popularity in the United States, too. People tend to want immediate results and no recovery time, don’t they? And that’s exactly what PDO threads offer. This is a non-surgical face lift procedure that uses barbed surgical collagen threads. The threads are placed under the skin and gently pulled upward along with the skin, lifting the face. The overall duration of the procedure is 90 minutes with a thread face lift result right after the procedure.

Does the PDO Thread Lift Work?

PDO threads are an FDA approved medical tool that can be used in the soft tissues of the face if the administering medical professional finds the procedure suitable and necessary for the patient. The PDO thread lift procedure involves barbed surgical threads that are inserted under the skin and carefully pulled upwards with the skin itself. As the skin is attached to the barbs it stays in place, which gives an immediate lifting effect. The PDO thread lift is a great procedure for those who deal with loose and sagging skin and want to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles in the problem areas of their face and neck. If you have a look at PDO thread lift before and after photos, you will see the drastic difference the procedure makes on the appearance of people. One of the advantages of PDO threads is that they create very natural looks, nothing will feel or appear fake about your face; while this is not necessarily true about some other face lifts. You can easily observe the repositioning of the soft skin tissues and the fresh and rejuvenated look of patients in facial threading before and after photos.

Does the PDO Thread Lift Work?

PDO threads are an FDA approved medical tool that can be used in the soft tissues of the face if the administering medical professional finds the procedure suitable and necessary for the patient. The PDO thread lift procedure involves barbed surgical threads that are inserted under the skin and carefully pulled upwards with the skin itself. As the skin is attached to the barbs it stays in place, which gives an immediate lifting effect. The PDO thread lift is a great procedure for those who deal with loose and sagging skin and want to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles in the problem areas of their face and neck. If you have a look at PDO thread lift before and after photos, you will see the drastic difference the procedure makes on the appearance of people. One of the advantages of PDO threads is that they create very natural looks, nothing will feel or appear fake about your face; while this is not necessarily true about some other face lifts. You can easily observe the repositioning of the soft skin tissues and the fresh and rejuvenated look of patients in facial threading before and after photos.

How Does a PDO Thread Lift Work?

During a PDO thread lift procedure barbed surgical threads are inserted under the skin. Then the skin that is attached to the barbs is carefully pulled upwards along with the barbs. The result is an instant lift that looks like what you would get with a surgical face lift. The great thing about PDO threads is that you don’t undergo a complex surgical operation – the biggest fear of many patients. The threads create inflammation in the body which stimulates the body’s own healing process resulting in increased collagen production in the area of treatment. It takes about 4 – 6 months for the PDO threads to dissolve. And even after they are dissolved the produced collagen remains in the treatment area. The lower face is the area that PDO threads work particularly well on as there is plenty of tissue to hold the threads in place. This is the reason a neck thread lift is especially popular.

Which Areas Do the PDO Threads Address?

PDO threads NYC effectively work on several areas of the face and body. The purpose of PDO facial threads is reduction of fine lines, wrinkles and deep lines on the face, like nasolabial folds, also known as smile lines, which are formed between the corners of the nose and lips. Fat and volume loss in our faces is one of the most obvious aging signs. Besides, as years go by, muscle contractions and facial expressions leave their trace on our faces in the form of wrinkles and folds. Well, wrinkles and lines can be addressed by Botox and fillers, however when it comes to more severe cases that go beyond folds and wrinkles and involve saggy skin, injections won’t do the job on their own. For such cases it is a common practice to combine Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, with PDO threads. The fillers add volume to the hollowness and the threads address the sagginess.

PDO threads aim at skin lifting which is particularly necessary for the lower face and neck. There are three types of PDO threads on the market; each of them has a specific purpose and application. Barbed threads are used to lift loose skin, as the barbs can keep the lifted skin in place. Smooth threads are used to address fine lines around the eyes and lips as they  stimulate collagen production. Smooth threads do not create the same lifting effect as barbed threads do. However, an eye thread lift will grant longer lasting results than Botox can offer when it comes to crows feet. On the other hand, if volume is what you need, you should go for twisted threads. Twisted threads target the areas that have lost fat and hence volume over time. As for dealing with the hollowness under the eyes, a PDO filler can achieve similar results as an under eye filler. At times PDO threads are complemented by fillers like Restylane in order to add volume to the hollow areas under the eyes, as a dermal filler often works better for this purpose.

PDO threads are used for a non surgical thread brow lift and address the overall droopiness in the face. One of the most popular applications of PDO threads are neck lifts, and the neck treatments are connected with the jawline and jowls. Other areas that can be treated by PDO threads are the décolletage, PDO butt lifts, thigh lifts, and arm tightening, the latter are less common though.

How Long Does a PDO Thread Procedure Take?

The duration of a PDO Thread procedure is mainly conditioned by the area of treatment and the complexity level of the particular case. Before the actual procedure certain steps need to be completed, like sanitizing the treatment area and applying local anesthesia. The overall appointment, including the preparation steps, takes from about 1 to 2 hours. Of course, when it comes to a non surgical butt lift or a lower face thread lift, the procedure is likely to take longer than an eyebrow lift would.

How Should I Prepare for a PDO Thread Lift Procedure?

When preparing for your PDO thread lift make sure to stop taking any blood thinners such as Aspirin, Advil, or Motrin, for one week preceding your procedure. As the treatment involves injections, the use of blood thinners may bring forth excess bleeding and bruising. Another recommendation that you might receive is taking arnica supplements prior to your treatment; this will help prevent bruising after the procedure. Also, if you are female, do not undergo the procedure when menstruating, please do wait for the end of the cycle and only after that have your actual appointment in order to avoid excess bleeding. The PDO thread face lift before and after photos show that the measures of precaution taken in advance do help avoid or at least reduce the side effects that the procedure implies.

Is There Any Downtime Associated with a PDO Thread Lift?

A PDO thread lift does not presume any social or medical downtime. However, you might experience certain side effects, such as bruising, swelling, pain, and discomfort. One of the most important recommendations is restricting dramatic facial expressions during the first 1 – 2 months and refraining from exercise for at least a month following the procedure. This will keep you on the safe side and prevent the threads from migrating or tearing. As for social and professional responsibilities, technically there are no limitations for them and you can resume those activities right after the procedure. However, some patients choose to postpone those activities until bruising, swelling, dimpling and other side effects subside.

What Are the Most Frequently Occuring Side Effects of PDO Threads?

The most common side effects of a PDO thread lift are pain, discomfort, bruising, and bleeding. These are not a reason to worry, as they typically subside in the course of 1 to 2 months following the procedure. When it comes to skin rippling, dimpling, and folding, these are likely to happen if barbed PDO threads have been placed. Keep in mind that such side effects are expected and are not considered to be an anomaly; they will subside in 4 – 6 weeks, as a maximum length. As for more serious complications that can arise after the procedure, infection, migration of the suture, or the threads piercing through the skin are among them. These happen rarely and are treatable if addressed immediately. The ultimate priority of Dr. Schwarzburg is ensuring that his patients are comfortable with the process and satisfied with the results. That is why he always offers weekly follow up appointments to his PDO thread lift patients to make sure that the threads properly settle and the body healing process is in progress.

How to Reduce Swelling after PDO Threads?

Once the procedure is completed Dr. Schwarzburg will provide you with ice packs and you will need to apply them to the area of treatment immediately after the procedure and throughout the first day.  Another recommendation that you are likely to receive is taking arnica supplements before the procedure; this will help prevent excessive bruising. Besides,  Ibuprofen will help relieve pain, excessive swelling or discomfort after the procedure.

When Will I Recover After a PDO Thread Lift Procedure?

There is no set recovery time after PDO thread lifts. And yet, bruising and swelling typically go away in a matter of two weeks. Also, during the first two months after the treatment there may be some random bursts of pain and discomfort. These will cease once the threads are fully settled and the skin is healed.

Can I Go Back to Work After the Procedure?

There is no specific downtime associated with PDO thread lifts. Even with that, consider planning the procedure before the weekend so that your body has a few days to relax and recover. Some patients prefer avoiding social settings if there is any visible swelling or bruising. Dr. Schwarzburg advises taking one to two weeks off from work, allowing the possible swelling and bruising to subside, if you feel uncomfortable with the side effects showing and want to wait until they are gone.

Can PDO Threads Go Wrong?

PDO thread lifts imply a lot less risk than regular surgical face lifts do. However, a PDO thread lift is still a medical procedure and even with the fact of being minimally invasive, it poses certain possible risks and side effects that you want to consider before going for the treatment. Keep in mind that swelling, bruising, and discomfort are normal and quite common responses of the body to the treatment; they will subside within 1 or 2 months. One of the possible complications is threads showing through the skin if they were not inserted deep enough. In such a case, the thread may puncture through the skin. Should anything like this occur, your physician can cut off the visible part of the thread. Infection is yet another possible complication that should be dealt with immediately to bypass serious consequences.

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Eyebrow thread lifts, cat eye thread lifts, fox eye thread lifts, or nose thread lifting are other applications of PDO threads. Particularly in these treatment areas the effect achieved by the threads typically lasts for up to six months. The reason for such a timeline is that in the mentioned areas there is not as much tissue for the threads to hold on to as there is in the lower face. As for a jowl thread lift, it usually tends to last a lot longer. However, even in the upper face the results achieved by PDO threads are amazing, which can be observed in PDO threads before and after photos.

How Often Can a PDO Thread Lift Be Repeated?

On average a PDO thread lift result stays from 12 to 18 months. This is why Dr. Schwarzburg’s recommendation is having follow up treatments once every 12 to 18 months to maintain the incredible lift results. Neither the number nor the frequency of PDO thread treatments is not limited. PDO threads can be used as many times as needed for the best results.

Will I Have a Natural Look with PDO Thread Lift?

Apart from its efficacy, another advantage that a PDO thread lift offers is the natural looking appearance. Not only do threads provide a lifting effect, they also boost collagen production in the area of treatment, making the overall skin firmer and smoother. The majority of those patients who consider getting a face lift worry about looking fake in the end. With PDO threads you do not need to be concerned about this as you will have a clean and natural looking result, like the way your face looked before your skin became saggy.

When Is the Best Time to Start Doing PDO Thread Lifts?

When the first signs of facial laxity show you can already start considering a PDO thread lift. This can happen at any age and for better results it should be addressed as soon as possible. When skin sagginess is tackled at the early stages of its development, big is the likelihood that you will prevent it from getting worse. You see, reversing minimal sagginess is a whole lot easier than treating severe laxity in the skin.

What Are the Different Types of PDO Threads?

There are three main types of PDO threads, namely smooth threads, barbed threads, and twisted threads.

Smooth threads are also called mono threads; these are made without barbs and usually get inserted under the skin in a mesh type pattern to tighten and volumize the area of treatment. Once placed under the skin the threads stimulate collagen production. This is a natural process that happens when the body responds to the manipulation by starting to heal itself, resulting in a tightened and rejuvenated skin. Smooth threads are developed to tighten the treatment area. They are basically used around the forehead, eyes, and lips to treat fine lines and facial wrinkles. Smooth thread can also add some volume to the cheeks and address tear troughs. It is also possible to complement smooth threads with other types of threads for a lifting effect.

The second type of threads are barbed threads, also known as Cog threads. They are composed of the same material as smooth threads. The difference between smooth threads and barbed threads is that the latter contains barbs (as the name implies) that attach to the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurosis) layer when inserted under the skin. The barbs hold the skin in place while the threads are pulled upward along with the skin and secured. Thus, barbed threads are a non-surgical means of face lifting. If the patient wants to lift loose skin around the jawline and jowls, making the lower face look slimmer, and tighten the skin, then barbed threads can be paired with smooth threads.  Barbs are mostly used for the jowls, jawline PDO threads, and neck threads, as well as an eyebrow thread lift or a thread lift for the nose.

The third type of threads are twisted threads or screw threads that are designed to add volume to hollowness in the face. As these threads are twisted they create more volume and offer a non surgical face lift.  Twisted threads are commonly used in the under eye area, as well as the cheeks.

How Long Do PDO Thread Lift Results Last?

The longevity of a PDO thread lift mainly depends on the treatment area, the type of the used thread, and the amount of the used thread. The results achieved by smooth threads, meaning  fine line and wrinkle elimination, can last for up to twelve months. The non-surgical face lift that barbed threads offer can last from 12 to 24 months. Typically, two rounds of PDO thread procedures are recommended within the first 12 months of the initial treatment, which should be followed by annual follow up visits for result maintenance purposes. It is also possible to combine PDO threads with other skin tightening procedures such as Fraxel laser treatments. If you would rather go for something other than a laser treatment, then Dr. Schwarzburg could recommend Secret RF for skin tightening. This procedure works great in combination with a thread lift.

Why Should I Choose a PDO Thread Lift Over a Surgical Face Lift?

The answer to this question is based on various factors. It mainly depends on the end goal you have in mind, the initial condition of your problem area, your willingness or unwillingness to undergo a surgical procedure, as well as the longevity of results you aim at. The significant difference between the mentioned two is that PDO threads work great at treating the early stages of skin laxity that are reversible and prevent further development of loose skin. When it comes to surgical face lifts, they are meant to address severe laxity and droopiness. This is the reason it is better to start with PDO threads and avoid the progressing and increasing severity of skin laxity.

Truth be told, the results of a surgical face lift tend to last as long as seven years, which is a whole lot longer than a PDO thread lift offers. However, the dominating reason for which patients choose a PDO thread lift is the fact that it is non surgical. A surgical procedure implies a careful pre planning, followed by hours under the knife. Some residual scarring can be left after a surgical face lift, which is not true about a PDO thread lift NYC. The scarring left from a surgical face lift can lead to further scar elimination surgeries in the future. This is not something you will face with PDO threads. Actually, PDO thread lifting can be performed a number of times without any further complications.

A surgical face lift is likely to require a  2 – 3 week long recovery time, meaning you will need to take time off of work and refrain from other daily activities should you decide to undergo a face lift surgery. While a PDO thread lift does not impose any social or professional downtime giving you the option to go back to work even the day following the procedure. In case you can already observe the first signs of loose skin in your face and neck, consider getting a PDO thread lift; that would be ideal for you and you will not necessarily need a full on surgical face lift. As for more severe cases, sometimes a surgical face lift is the better option. However, if you are a good candidate for a non surgical alternative of a face lift, then Dr. Schwarzburg highly recommends choosing a PDO thread lift over a surgery.

How Much Does a PDO Thread Lift Cost in NYC?

The PDO thread lift cost in NYC depends on the targeted area, the complexity of the case, the type of threads used, the length of the thread, the number of threads, as well as the clinic location. The most common areas for a PDO thread lift treatment are lower face, jowl, and jawline contour. The average thread lift cost range for the mentioned areas is between  $2000 to $4000 per session. PDO thread lift NYC prices vary based on the face and body part it is applied to. For example, a PDO nose thread lift NYC can be performed at as low of a price as $700. However, be careful with significantly low PDO thread prices as they can be offered for PDO mono threads. These threads are misleadingly advertised as PDO lifts, while often they are used in such areas that typically require barbed threads. This concerns threads for PDO brow lift and fox eye thread lift cost; both of the mentioned areas shall be treated with barbed threads for optimal results.

Are PDO Threads Worth It?

PDO threads have many benefits attached to them. This non surgical procedure not only delivers a face lift but also eliminates fine lines, wrinkles, and folds in the face and certain parts of the body. Besides, PDO threads can effectively lift and grow the buttocks. If you intend to address these areas then you can be sure that PDO threads are an optimal choice. This procedure is still a novelty in the US, which is why only a select number of clinics can actually offer it. Dr. Schwarzburg is among the few qualified doctors in New York City who is happy to offer PDO thread lifts to his clients. You are welcome at the medical spa of Dr. Schwarzburg, located in Manhattan to have your procedure performed by a board certified specialift. If New York is your place of residency, make sure to go online and search for “PDO thread lift near me”. Most likely Skin Genity will be among the first clinics to pop up on your screen. Most of the clinics only offer mono thread treatment, hence finding a proper thread face lift in NYC can be a real challenge. Please be aware that mono thread treatments will not give you the lifting effect you have in mind when you go for thread lift jowls or thread lift cheeks.

For more information and personalized details on the PDO thread facelift, make sure to schedule your one on one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg. He offers one of the best PDO thread lifts in NYC at Skin Genity, and not only that but also various other non surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg, feel free to contact us at Skin genity at or call us at 212-203-7415.