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HD PDO Thread Lift

Thread Lift at Sima Clinic

HD PDO Thread Lift is a treatment that lifts and tightens sagging skin tissues using threads made of polydioxanone. This thread is introduced deep into the layer of skin and produces instant skin lifting through mechanical effects, cellular renewal through collagen stimulation and neovascularization to improve texture, fine lines, and wrinkles, and skin tightening by approximating tissues.


HD PDO Thread Lift is a non-surgical facelift, where temporary sutures are used to produce a visible “lift” to your skin. The threads are replaced by new collagen that holds the lifted skin for up to two years. HD PDO Thread treatments are safe, and the side effects are generally mild. 

Almost anyone can be a candidate for an HD-PDO Thread Lift. This procedure is suitable for individuals with early signs of aging since it can slow down the aging process. For those with more advanced aging, this lift will help improve elasticity, increase collagen production & minimize other signs of aging.


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Before the Procedure

Since PDO thread lifts are non-invasive, there isn’t a lot you need to do to prepare. However, there are some precautionary measures you can take to ensure the best results from your treatment. Here are things you should avoid one to two days before treatment:

  • Alcohol

  • Ginko

  • Omega fish oil supplements

  • Chinese medicine

  • Vitamin E

  • High-intensity workouts

  • Steam rooms and saunas


Also avoid blood-thinning medications and vitamins at least one week before treatment. Make sure to inform us of any prior treatments you have had and any medication you may be taking.  


Post-Treatment Recommendations


  • You should hold off on any dental treatments for the first two weeks after your PDO thread lift.

  • Holding your mouth open for an excessive period of time can affect the results of your treatment.

  • You’ll want to sleep on your back for the first couple of weeks. This ensures you don’t put too much pressure on one side of your face.

  • Apply ice pack immediately after the procedure. You can use ice several times a day for a week.

  • Avoid alcohol for a few days after the treatment.

  • You may take acetaminophen 2-3 times a day for pain and discomfort if needed.

  • If you experience itching you may take an antihistamine.

  • When you wash your face, do not rub or massage for a least a week. You may apply makeup the next day.

  • Do not perform any excessive facial movements for at least 2 weeks. Avoid sports or rigorous exercise for 2 weeks.

  • Avoid blood-thinning medications and vitamins at least one week after treatment.  

Frequently Asked Questions

 What Is PDO Thread lift?

A PDO thread lift is a revolutionary new treatment in the world of aesthetics, but PDO threads themselves have been used safely for decades for various applications, like treating gynecological disorders or suturing incisions after medical procedures. When used as an aesthetic treatment, there are a few things you should know.

First, it mechanically results in instant skin lifting. Second, it contracts fat tissue to result in instant skin tightening. Third, it promotes collagen production and neovascularization to renew your skin at the cellular level. All of this works together to give you enhanced skin texture, fewer fine lines and wrinkles and more elastic skin.

How Long Does It Take?

One of the best things about this treatment is it only takes 15 to 30 minutes. After that, you’re free to go back to work or whatever else you had scheduled for the rest of your day.

What Can I Expect Before Treatment?

Before treatment starts, we will apply a topical numbing agent and local anesthetic to the treatment site. The needle used during this treatment is so fine it will not cause any pain. 

What Can I Expect During Treatment?

Once the anesthetic has taken effect, your treatment will begin. The PDO threads are inserted via blunt tip needles, called cannulas, or sharp-tipped needles. Once inserted into the appropriate layer of skin, they act as anchors as the skin is lifted upwards. Then, the excess threads are cut off.

Are All PDO Threads the Same?

There are several types of PDO threads, and each serves its own unique purpose. Depending on your aesthetic goals, we may use one or many thread types during your anti-aging treatment.


What Types of PDO Threads Are There?

There are two primary types of PDO threads, These are floating non-barbed threads and floating barbed threads. Sub-classifications of non-barbed threads include braided threads and mono-filament threads. Sub-classifications of barbed threads include:

  • Unilateral

  • Bilateral

  • Spiral

  • Uni-directional

  • Bi-directional

  • Z-type

  • Cutting barbs

  • Molding barbs

Does It Really Matter What Kind of PDO Thread Is Used?

It absolutely matters what type or types are PDO thread is used during your PDO thread lift. Besides the distinct difference in shape, PDO threads come in varying lengths and thicknesses. Factors affected by the type of thread used include tensile strength, efficacy, quality and cost of treatment.

Is This Treatment Safe?

This treatment is completely safe. It is approved by the FDA for safety and efficiency. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of treatments have been performed and there are no reports of allergic reactions, sensitivities to the threads, or serious side effects or risks.

How Is the Treatment Designed?

A PDO thread lift is customized to your unique skin type, skin texture and aesthetic goals. Depending on the area you want treated, you may receive three or four carefully placed barbed threads. Different threads are used for varying degrees of lift, skin tightening and cellular rejuvenation.

What Areas Can a PDO Thread Lift Treat?

Because a PDO thread lift is so versatile, it can treat virtually any area of the face. These include the:

  • Neck

  • Jowls

  • Jaw line

  • Naso jugal folds

  • Nasolabial folds

  • Crow’s feet

  • Undereye area

  • Eyebrows

  • Cheeks

  • Marionette lines

The cheeks and the lower face/neck region are the most commonly treated. The cheeks and lower face are great regions to treat because they lend themselves so well to synergistic skin lifting treatments like Ultherapy.

How Long Do the Threads Last?

How long the PDO threads last depends on a number of factors, including the thickness of the threads, the quality of the threads and your body’s rate of metabolism. However, most of our clients find that the threads have dissolved within six to nine months.

How Soon Will I See Results?

Some results of the treatment, such as skin lifting and some of the contouring effects, are visible immediately after treatment. In fact, your skin may look tighter when you walk out of our office than it will a week later.

When Will I See the Final Results?

The final results of your PDO thread lift will be seen within one to two months of your treatment. How long it takes you personally depends a lot on your age. Your age is one of the leading factors in how quickly your body produces new, healthy collagen. Collagen is the protein responsible for plumping up your cheeks, filling in fine lines and smoothing out wrinkles.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Most of our clients enjoy satisfactory results after just one treatment. Come in six to nine months after your first treatment so we can determine if you need a follow-up treatment. After that, you shouldn’t need another treatment for three years.

Am I a Good Candidate for a PDO Thread Lift?

If you’re looking to correct uneven pigmentation, lines, wrinkles, gaunt facial features or skin laxity of the face, you are a good candidate for a PDO thread lift. You are a particularly good candidate for this treatment if you want an instant facial lift but don’t have the time or money to commit to a traditional facelift.

Are PDO Threads the Same As PLLA and PCL Threads?

PDO threads are very different from PLLA and PCL threads. The three primary differences among these threads are the tensile strength, stiffness and durability. PDO, or polydioxanone threads, dissolve after only six to nine months. Contrastingly, PLLA, or Poly L. Lactic Acid threads, dissolve after 12 to 18 months. PCL, or polycaprolactone threads, are the most durable of the three. They take two to three years to dissolve fully.

Isn’t It Better to Be Treated With More Durable Threads?

It is not necessarily better to be treated with PLLA or PCL threads. They aren’t just more durable: they are also much stiffer than PDO threads. This means that extreme inflammation, discomfort and other side effects can occur. Moreover, the FDA has not approved these threads for skin lifting or tightening.

What’s the Difference Between a PDO Thread Lift and a Silhouette Soft Thread Lift?

Both PDO thread lifts and Silhouette Soft thread lifts lift the skin. However, the distinctions between the two anti-aging treatments are important. PDO thread lifts are far more effective due to the nature of the treatment. Silhouette Soft thread lifts produce a volumizing effect by compressing the skin tissue. Moreover, PDO thread lifts are made of polydioxanone and use barbs to lift the skin. Contrastingly, Silhouette Soft threads are made up of PLLA threads and use cones to lift sagging skin. Finally, because PDO threads are gentler on the skin, more threads are used during treatment than a Silhouette Soft thread lift. Thus, the skin is lifted higher and more comfortably.

Which Treatments Complement a PDO Thread Lift Best?

The best complementary treatments to your PDO thread lift depend on the results you’re looking to achieve. If you are extremely concerned about lines and wrinkles exacerbated by facial motions, neuromodulators work best. If you’re more worried about static lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers are the perfect complement for your PDO thread lift.

PDO thread lift cost depends on several factors. To determine if a PDO thread lift is right for you, contact us today  to schedule your initial consultation.

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