PDO Threads

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What Are PDO Threads?

There are three types of PDO threads (smooth, twist and barbed) and two categories of facial procedures (collagen stimulation and facial lifting) that they are used for.
Smooth threads (collagen stimulating): used to rejuvenate the skin by creating a “mesh” beneath which recruits the cells that produce collagen. They smooth lines, add volume and improve skin texture.
Twist threads (collagen stimulating): made up of intertwined threads and coiled like a small spring. They are inserted into facial folds, grooves and wrinkles. They fill without the bulkiness of ordinary facial gel fillers and stimulate new collagen growth under the skin.
Barbed threads (facial lifting): these threads contain tiny barbs that are designed to lift skin in vectors that create elevated and fuller cheek bones, more defined jaw lines and improvement in upper neck skin sagging.

How Do PDO Threads Work?

PDO thread therapy involves the implantation of fine, absorbable polydioxanone (PDO) threads (similar to those used in medical suturing) into the subcutaneous layer of the skin using small needles. These threads remain implanted in the skin causing micro-injuries that stimulate collagen synthesis and tissue contraction. The threads will be absorbed into the body leaving new collagen in their place. 

What Do PDO Threads Treat?

The cheeks and lower face/neck region are the most commonly treated areas with a PDO thread lift. However, because PDO threading is so versatile, it can treat virtually any area of the face and neck. Smooth and twist threads are often used for crows feet, under eye area, forehead lines, nasojugal and nasolabial folds, neck laxity, marionette lines, and overall skin texture. Barbed threads are mostly used to lift the eyebrows, neck, cheeks, and jowls, and can also help create a more defined jawline and facial structure.


  • Discontinue blood thinning products (ASA, ibuprofen, supplements) 1 week prior to treatment.
  • A local anesthetic will be administered to injection sites with barbed threading


  • Expect redness, tenderness, swelling, and bruising.
  • Apply ice if any discomfort is noted post-treatment
  • Avoid strenuous activity for 2-3 weeks
  • In-depth post-treatment handout will be given the day of procedure

Who Is a Candidate for PDO Threads?

Almost everyone is a candidate for PDO threading. However, they are not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should also avoid PDO threading if you are sick, currently on antibiotics, or have had a recent or upcoming dental procedure or vaccinations.