What is PDO Thread? How Does It Work?

PDO Thread by Touchd Medical Spa in New Rochelle, NY

Are you seeking a way to achieve a more youthful appearance without invasive surgery? PDO thread lifts might be the solution you’re looking for. This innovative treatment offers a minimally invasive option to lift and tighten sagging skin, providing immediate and long-lasting results. Unlike traditional facelifts that require significant downtime, PDO thread lifts allow you to enhance your appearance with minimal disruption to your daily life. The procedure uses specially designed threads that lift the skin and facillitate collagen production, enriching skin texture and elasticity over time. Ideal for those experiencing early signs of aging, PDO thread lifts can rejuvenate various areas of the face and neck, giving you a refreshed, more youthful look.

What is PDO Thread?

PDO threads, or Polydioxanone threads, are specialized medical sutures that have been adapted for cosmetic use. These threads are made from a biodegradable polymer that safely dissolves in the body over time. In cosmetic applications, smooth PDO threads are used to enhance skin firmness and texture and lift sagging areas. By inserting these threads into the skin, a supportive framework is created that offers an immediate lifting effect and stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen.

Smooth threads are particularly effective for rejuvenating the skin. They promote collagen production, which helps tighten and improve skin elasticity. This results in a more youthful and refreshed appearance. The procedure is minimally invasive, typically performed under local anesthesia, and requires little to no downtime.

How Does PDO Thread Work?

When smooth PDO threads are infiltraated into the skin using a fine needle or cannula, they induce a physical scaffold that lifts and supports the tissue. This initial lifting effect is due to the mechanical properties of the threads, which hold the skin in a tighter, more youthful position.

The real magic happens beneath the surface. The insertion of PDO threads triggers the body’s natural healing response. The presence of the threads stimulates fibroblasts, which are cells that induce collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. These substances are crucial for maintaining the skin’s structure, elasticity, and hydration. As the body responds to the threads, collagen production increases in the treated area. This process continues even after the threads have dissolved, typically over six to nine months.

Collagen is a protein that supplies strength and structure to the skin. Enhanced collagen production makes the skin firmer, smoother, and more resilient. This new collagen matrix replaces the PDO threads as they are absorbed by the body, leading to long-lasting improvements in skin quality and appearance.

Benefits of PDO Thread Lifts

  1. Quick Recovery Time: Most patients experience minimal downtime, typically returning to normal activities within a few days. This makes it a convenient option for those with busy schedules.
  2. Natural-Looking Results: PDO thread lifts offer subtle, natural-looking enhancements that gradually improve as collagen builds up in the treated areas.
  3. Versatility: PDO threads can be used to treat various areas, including the face, neck, and even the body, making them a versatile option for overall skin rejuvenation.
  4. Safety: Made from biodegradable materials, PDO threads are safely absorbed by the body over time, minimizing the risk of long-term complications.
  5. Longevity of Results: The benefits of PDO thread lifts can last from one to two years, depending on individual factors such as age, skin type, and lifestyle.
  6. Customization: Treatments can be adjusted to the specific needs and desired outcomes of the patient, ensuring personalized and effective results.
  7. Minimal Scarring: The procedure involves small punctures rather than large incisions, resulting in minimal scarring and a more comfortable healing process​.

Procedure Details

Experiencing a PDO thread lift involves several key steps designed to ensure comfort and effective results. Here’s what to expect during the treatment process:

  1. Preparation
    • The treatment area is cleaned and prepped on the day of the procedure. Local anesthesia is applied to numb the area and ensure comfort throughout the procedure. Depending on the area being treated and your sensitivity, this can be in the form of a topical cream or an injection​​.
  2. Thread Insertion
    • The practitioner uses a fine needle or cannula to insert the smooth PDO threads into the desired areas. The threads are carefully placed under the skin to create a supportive structure that lifts and tightens. The insertion process is usually quick, taking about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the number of threads and the complexity of the treatment area​.
  3. Post-Insertion Adjustments
    • After the threads are in place, the practitioner may make slight adjustments to ensure the threads are positioned correctly and provide the best lift. The ends of the threads are trimmed, and any minor puncture points are treated to minimize any potential bruising or swelling​.
  4. Immediate Aftercare
    • Immediately after the procedure, you might experience some mild swelling, bruising, or discomfort, which is normal and typically subsides within a few days. The practitioner will provide specific aftercare instructions, including avoiding strenuous activities, not touching or washing the face briefly, and sleeping with your head elevated to reduce swelling​.

Who is a Good Candidate for PDO Thread Lifts?

Good candidates for PDO thread lifts include individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity, typically in their late 30s to early 50s. Those in good health, without conditions that impair healing, are ideal. Non-smokers or those willing to quit are preferable due to better healing outcomes. Candidates should have realistic expectations, understanding that the results are subtle and natural-looking. This treatment suits individuals not ready for surgical facelifts, offering a less invasive option with minimal downtime. Maintenance treatments may be necessary to sustain results over time.


Experience the rejuvenating effects of PDO thread lifts at TOUCHD Medical Spa. Sheneka Dalmage uses smooth PDO threads to lift, tighten, and enhance your skin’s natural beauty with minimal downtime. Whether you’re seeking to reduce fine lines, improve skin elasticity, or achieve a youthful appearance, our customized treatments are designed to meet your needs. Schedule your assessment today to discover how PDO thread lifts can help you attain your aesthetic ideals. Contact TOUCHD Medical Spa and take the first step toward a refreshed and revitalized look.





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