About PDO Threads

PDO Threads is an excellent way to immediately elevate and tighten the skin and develop long-lasting collagen. This procedure requires no more than local anesthesia and leaves your complexion physically lifted and stimulated for tighter-looking skin with no downtime. It is performed at our in-office medspa, owned and operated by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rhett Willis.

Polydioxanone (PDO) threads have been used for decades in surgical procedures that require dissolvable sutures and are one of the most commonly used suture materials in plastic surgery. Threading is performed just under the surface of the skin and stimulates the skin’s natural healing response- causing the thread slowly be replaced with the body’s own natural collagen and elastin. The two key elements of the skin that make up firm, youthful skin. Collagen and elastin are two of the main components of the skin that are lost with aging.

PDO threads are injected with a similar technique to dermal fillers and have many techniques and types of thread to produce various aesthetic benefits.

A PDO thread lift can be used to improve the following:

  • Loose facial skin
  • Facial wrinkles and folds
  • Visible signs of skin aging


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Benefits of PDO Threads

The main benefit of PDO thread lifts is their ability to physically lift the skin in the treated area. PDO threads grip the skin with either smooth, rounded, or barbed microscopic structures throughout the thread pattern. This makes it ideal for a non-surgical brow lift or cheek lift, or as a precursor to more invasive surgery like a full facelift.

PDO threads also stimulate collagen production for up to six months or more following their insertion. Your skin recognizes the thread as a kind of invasive substance and triggers a healing response as a result. Your body can easily break down the PDO molecules, even as they physically lift your skin, resulting in a lifted long-term appearance in the treated area.

Finally, PDO threads are simple to inject and result in few side effects, making it a quick and easy way to obtain a more ideal appearance or facial contour.

Who is a Good Candidate for PDO Threads?

The best candidates for PDO threads are typically people with generally good skin elasticity in the desired treatment area. They should not need significant rejuvenation that would make a facelift a better option. PDO threads can be used in tandem with other popular skin tightening treatments, such as Ultherapy, or other anti-aging injections like dermal fillers. People should be generally healthy and have no active acne or other skin infections in the desired treatment area. Dr. Willis will examine your skin and discuss your medical history at your consultation to ensure PDO threads are safe for you.

Types of PDO Threads

Our office carries multiple types of PDO threads that can be used to various effects on people of all ages and skin concerns. The most common, simple type of thread is a smooth PDO thread, which mainly stimulates collagen production in the injected area but may not provide a lot of physical lift. There are also intertwined PDO threads that are still mostly smooth but grip the interior structure of the skin, providing a natural, subtle lift to the treatment area. Finally, there are microscopically barbed PDO threads that catch into the skin and provide the maximum amount of lift while creating support structures for your skin to rebuild its internal “scaffold” of collagen fibers during its effective lifespan.

The type of PDO thread that’s right for your treatment depends on your skin quality, the degree of enhancement desired, and your ability to recover from the procedure.

Recovery and Results from PDO Threads

PDO threads provide benefits largely without side effects. However, most patients can experience redness, sensitivity or pain, minor bruising, and inflammation following their treatment. Learn More About PDO Threads in Charlottesville, VA by contacting our team today. Our thread lift procedures have helped hundreds of patients experience a boost in confidence that comes when their external facial contour matches what they have been craving to see in the mirror. Learn more about this procedure and whether it’s right for your goals and skin type by calling or contacting our team online today.

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