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What Is a PDO Threadlift? 

Patricia Villate | December 5, 2023 | Posted in Facelift

A PDO threadlift is a non-surgical procedure that provides the same benefits as a facelift by lifting and tightening skin. If you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of aging, loose skin, and poorly shaped facial contours, then a threadlift may be a good choice. It is particularly attractive to individuals who desire the results of a facelift but hesitate to undergo surgery. It offers a minimally invasive way to turn back the clock and enjoy a rejuvenated, youthful appearance.  

Talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon, Thomas W. Loeb, M.D., to see if a PDO Threadlift could be right for you. Internationally rated as one of the top 10 best eye surgeons in the world, he has also been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in New York by New York Magazine. 

What Happens During a PDO Threadlift? 

A threadlift involves the use of polydioxanone (PDO) threads, which are made from biodegradable polyester material. These threads have an excellent track record of safety; in fact, they have been used in surgeries since the 1980s

Here’s a look at the steps involved with a typical threadlift procedure: 

  1. The surgeon disinfects your face and applies a local anesthetic to maintain your comfort. 
  1. The surgeon inserts a needle to create a tiny incision through which a cannula is placed. 
  1. The cannula allows for the placement of multiple threads underneath the skin. 
  1. After placing the threads, the surgeon removes the cannula, cuts the threads, and ensures the threads are securely anchored. 

It usually takes about an hour to perform a threadlift. 

Is a PDO Threadlift Right for Me? 

Only a plastic surgeon can determine if you’re a good candidate for a PDO threadlift. Be sure to share your full medical history, including any medications and supplements you’re taking, and discuss your aesthetic concerns in detail. 

In general, a threadlift may be appropriate for people who: 

  • Prefer to avoid surgery, aren’t ready for surgery yet, or have already had a facelift and want to maintain their results 
  • Have reasonable expectations for the procedure 
  • Are in good overall health 
  • Have noticed signs of aging, such as sagging skin 

What Can I Expect From the Results? 

The threads not only provide better structure under the skin, but they also stimulate the production of collagen, which creates a lifting effect. Although it can take some time for collagen to develop, you’ll be able to see the initial results of your threadlift within just a day or two as the temporary, minor swelling subsides. You’ll continue to see improvements over the coming weeks and months. 

The threads will dissolve in about six months, but most patients continue to enjoy results for two years. After this point, you might choose to undergo another threadlift. 

Is There Any Downtime? 

Because a PDO threadlift is not a surgical procedure, downtime is minimal. In fact, you can resume light activities right away. However, waiting one to two weeks before engaging in vigorous activities like exercise is a good idea. You’ll likely see some minor bruising and swelling for a few days. 

Consult a Plastic Surgeon With a Sterling Reputation 

Dr. Thomas Loeb is a Great Neck plastic surgeon who has been serving the NYC area for decades, combining an artistic touch and excellent clinical skills to produce exceptional, natural-looking results. In addition to a wide range of plastic surgeries, Dr. Loeb is pleased to offer several nonsurgical cosmetic enhancements, including the PDO threadlift procedure. 

When you consult Dr. Loeb, you’ll quickly discover that he prioritizes patient education, quality care, and patient safety. He’ll ensure you are fully informed about the procedure and that you’re a good candidate before moving forward. Contact our office in Great Neck, Long Island, or Manhatten to request a consultation for a PDO threadlift with Dr. Loeb. 


Healthline, What Is a Polydioxanone (PDO) Thread Lift?, PDO Thread Lift Procedure, Benefits, and Side Effects ( 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons, What You Need to Know About Threadlifts,

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