PDO threads are sutures that are made up of polydioxanone, which is an absorbable material that the body naturally breaks down over time. Many other sutures used in other types of surgery are made up of the same material and it has been proven both safe and effective as a suture.
Molded PDO threads are threads that have barbs molded on to them so that they can lift and hold tissue depending on the desired goal. This can be used in a variety of different ways, but the two most common types are lifting the face/neck and lifting the brow.
Since the tissues of the face fall with time and gravity, lifting the tissue has great benefits. Face lift surgery has long been the gold standard for the aging face but it left many gaps. Patients that were either not good candidates for surgery or did not want to undergo surgery and the associated recovery time were left with limited options. With this non-surgical face and neck lifting procedure, patients can achieve a younger and rejuvenated look with a small procedure under local anesthesia and minimal downtime compared to surgery. Since every face is different, it is important to custom tailor the position of the threads so that the tissue is appropriately repositioned. This leads to the most natural result.
A nonsurgical brow lift can really make a powerful difference in someone’s overall face. In the aging patient, the brows will fall as with all tissue and lifting them can have a rejuvenating effect on the whole area around the eyes. Giving a more refreshed and awake appearance is the typical result of a brow lift and it can be done without surgery.
The other type of brow lift is what is called the “cat eye lift” or the “fox eye lift.” This has become extremely popular with well known models and celebrities. The goal of a fox eye lift is to give a more upwards and almond shaped appearance of the eye and to pull the outside edge of the brows to give the brows and eyes a more cat-like or fox-like appearance. This is similar but also different from a standard brow lift because the position and direction of the threads are different. It is important to understand the patient goals so that the threads are placed in the appropriate position and direction to achieve a natural and aesthetic result.
Are there scars with a thread lift?
Only small entry holes need to be made and these heal up without any visible marks on the face.
How long does a thread lift last?
It varies by patient, but you can expect results to last 1-2 years.
Who is the ideal candidate for a thread lift for the face/neck?
Patients who have early signs of aging who are not yet ready for surgery, or patients who just do not want surgery at all are great candidates.
Who is a good candidate for a cat eye or fox eye lift?
Most patients who want a more almond shaped eye and matching brow are good candidates for a fox eye lift.
What are the downsides of PDO threads?
The main drawback is that they are temporary so repeat procedures are necessary once the effects dissipate.
How long does the procedure take?
Typically, the procedure itself takes about 20-60 minutes depending on how many threads are needed. It is performed under local anesthesia and you can drive yourself home immediately afterwards.
What is the recovery like?
You can expect to be swollen and sometimes bruised for a few days. You should avoid facials, massages, or anything that involves rubbing your face. You may gently wash your face or shower the following day. Avoid vigorous activity for a week.
Cost of Procedure
PDO Threads prices in Boston are estimates only. Dr. Lee will determine the price during your consultation and will be affected by the recommended surgical technique, patient anatomy, time, and implant type (If applicable). Click here for our pricing guide and additional information.