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PDO Threads 101: Frequently Asked Questions and Misconceptions

May 08, 2023
PDO Threads Before and After
Up until very recently, those looking to address issues with facial skin laxity were limited to invasive facelift surgeries. But not anymore: PDO thread lift treatments were developed as a non-invasive, skin-tightening alternative.

Unfortunately, you nor I are immune to the effects of time's wear and tear. As you age, your once-youthful skin begins to lose its suppleness and radiance. The result? Sagging skin and wrinkles, which aren’t pleasant to the eyes!

However, aging isn’t the only reason why you have sagging skin. Weight loss, excessive exposure to UV rays, pregnancy, illness, and poor lifestyle habits can also cause your skin to sag over time and appear flabby.

So, are you frantically looking for ways to restore the firmness of your skin and get rid of sagging skin? Getting under the knife for a surgical facelift isn’t the only option you have! With advancements in technology, today we have effective non-invasive procedures such as PDO Threads.     

In this blog, we will cover some frequently asked questions about this procedure and also bust some common misconceptions. Let’s get started.


Q. What is Thread Lift? How does it work?

PDO Thread Lift is a non-surgical skin tightening procedure that involves implanting a special type of polydioxanone thread into the subcutaneous layer of the skin using a blunt-tip cannula or tiny needles. The PDO thread is similar to that used for medical suturing – fine, bio-compatible, and absorbable.

The procedure causes micro-injuries onto the skin, triggering the body’s natural immune system to stimulate greater amounts of collagen and elastin to help repair the damage. The thread will remain for up to 8 months, after which it naturally gets absorbed, leaving behind new collagen and firmer, youthful skin.

The non-surgical facelift procedure helps achieve two outcomes:

  • Production of more collagen and elastin when the threads are implanted into the skin
  • Visibly lifting sagging and loose skin, achieving a firmer, V-shaped face contour


Q. What areas can you get PDO Threads?

For your face, the procedure is best for lifting and tightening the areas around your eyebrows, cheeks, double chin, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and jawline.

For your body, PDO threads provide visible results in most areas, your provider can discuss your treatment options with you.


Q. Are all PDO threads the same?

There are different types of PDO threads that can be used for the skin tightening procedure. Depending on the area you want to target and the improvements you are expecting, your provider can best recommend the type of PDO threads for you.

MINT PDO Thread Lift is a type of thread lift procedure that is highly effective in fighting the signs of aging by instantly lifting and tightening sagging skin. It is ideal for treating areas such as the forehead, upper and lower cheeks, lips, and jawline.


Q. Who can get a PDO thread lift done?

Anyone who wants to correct the signs of aging such as sagging skin, wrinkles, or fine lines is a good candidate for the procedure. However, your aesthetics provider will review your medical history to ensure the safety and efficacy of the treatment.


Q. How long does the PDO thread lift last?

 Depending on the area of the skin where the procedure is performed, the type of PDO thread, and the number of threads used, the results may last for up to 12 – 24 months.    


Q. How long does the procedure take to complete?

 It depends on the area being treated. However, in most cases, the procedure gets completed in 45 – 60 minutes. The entire appointment, including preparation, may take up to 2 hours to complete.


Q. Is the procedure painful?

The facelift procedure using PDO threads is minimally invasive but causes micro-injuries within the skin. This can be mildly painful and feels like needles pricking onto your skin. Hence, local anesthesia is used before the procedure, ensuring the patient remains relaxed and comfortable.


Busted! Common Misconceptions About PDO Threads You Should Know

Planning to get a PDO thread procedure done, but feeling apprehensive? We’ve busted some of the common myths for you to make an informed choice.


Myth #1: Thread lifts cause skin infection

Fact: Face lifting using PDO threads is performed by certified professionals, maintaining high levels of safety & hygiene protocols. With proper aftercare, the procedure poses only a minimal risk of infection.


Myth #2: You will lose your facial expressions with a thread lift

Fact: Unlike many other facelift treatments, PDO thread lift does not restrict the muscles in your face from reacting the natural way. Hence, your facial expressions are not compromised.


Myth #3: Thread lift is scary and painful 

Fact: A numbing agent or local anesthesia is used before implanting the threads into the skin, which makes the procedure virtually painless, safe, and comfortable.


The Final Words

PDO threads are a proven and effective skin tightening and lifting procedure that can help get rid of sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. Now, you can get radiant, youthful skin using a PDO thread lift near your location in the Tampa Bay Area! Get in touch with Garcia Weightloss, Aesthetics & Hormone Therapy.