How Effective Are PDO Threads?

PDO Threads Treatment in Manchester, NH by The Alchemy Clinic

Cosmetic procedures may conjure images of a surgeon’s scalpel, sutures, and puffy face. What if we told you there was a way to address skin laxity and sagging without needing surgical procedures? What we’re referring to is a PDO thread lift.

Do PDO Threads Work?

Putting it bluntly, “yes,” PDO thread lift does function. This non-invasive technique is quickly becoming famous for mild to moderate skin laxity. Its most common areas of application are the neck, brows, and cheeks, but it can also be used to treat the eyes, inner eyebrows, nasolabial folds, forehead, jawline, and crow’s feet.

N.I.H. study finds PDO thread lifts effectively reshape and rejuvenate facial soft tissues (NIH). Another NIH study found that this treatment method was successful in around 90% of patients. The Aesthetic Society has published yet another study supporting that instant gratification is possible for patients.

Surgical Facelifts Are No Longer The Norm

The NIH concurs that thread lifts are a fantastic alternative for people who don’t want or can’t have a surgical facelift. Many people avoid surgery because of the anesthetic, the recovery time, the potential for scarring, and the possibility of complications.

Instead of surgically cutting, pulling, and stretching skin, the new aesthetic philosophy is to work with the body’s natural approaches to achieve the desired result. This new school of thought, which includes PDO threads, accounts for the meteoric rise in curiosity about cosmetic procedure standards. These days, you can choose the anti-aging facial procedure that works best for your time and money.

But this doesn’t mean that facelift surgeries can’t help people with really saggy skin.

How PDO Thread Lifts Work

We just talked about how modern cosmetic procedures work together with the body and how a PDO thread lift can stimulate the body to initiate more collagen and elastin synthesis. Once the treatment threads have been implanted, they are recognized as foreign bodies by the body. This is not a bad thing but a necessary step in recovery. It reflects the body’s innate and persistent need to protect itself.

The body’s natural reaction to the threads is to increase its targeted production synthesis of collagen and elastin as a protective mechanism against what it perceives to be skin damage. These two proteins are responsible for the skin’s natural radiance, firmness, smoothness, and lifted appearance. To summarize, a PDO thread lift can correct many cosmetic issues and enhance your appearance.

Of course, the threads themselves are helpful. Each thread is made of biodegradable polydioxanone (PDO) and is thinner than a human hair. These threads, when inserted under sagging skin, help relax the foundational tendons and muscles, resulting in a smoother, younger-looking appearance.

PDO Thread Procedure

Each session starts with a series of lidocaine injections that are carefully planned to create the most comfortable and stress-free environment for the client. You won’t feel a thing as the lignocaine completely blocks the pain sensation. This is done by inserting a slim needle or cannula under the skin, into the muscle, or subcutaneous fat.

Since we can choose where and how to place the threads, our final product can be exact. That is to say, and we can do things like eliminate wrinkles around the eyes, raise and sculpt the brows, and more. In addition to smoothing out creases and folds around the neck and chin, this treatment can also help with nasolabial lines, vertical and horizontal lines on the forehead, drooping cheeks, marionette lines, a drooping jawline, and more.

How The Threads Work

Like surgical sutures, the threads provide structural support while lifting the skin. Not only that, but until they dissolve, PDO threads will continue to be subcutaneous. They are broken down by the body in a completely safe way for the patient, just like surgical dissolving sutures.

This procedure creates the “ideal aesthetic” look sought after by many patients today by giving the eyes a softer almond shape and a slight upward slant at the outer corners. We also offer eyebrow-shaping services to help you look polished and alluring. Another feature of this treatment is that it will improve over the subsequent days and weeks as collagen and elastin production synthesis rise.

When You Can Start To See Results

Protein synthesis for this purpose begins in the body after about ten days. The total effect, which can last up to two years, will become apparent after about six months as your body cultivates more collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid (HA). HA collaborates with the proteins mentioned above to improve the skin’s overall appearance. After using this treatment, your skin should feel softer, plumper, and more hydrated.

Once the 12 weeks have passed and the threads have entirely faded away, the skin will feel and look more supple and smooth. You should know that the treatment’s effects can be altered to bring about subtle or striking shifts. You won’t look unnaturally plumped up or overly made up as you might with other treatments. In particular, you’ll have a more refreshed, toned, and delicate appearance overall, just like you did after returning from a refreshing vacation.


We are happy to say that there are no anesthetic concerns or lengthy recovery times associated with this procedure. We can precisely target problem areas by employing specialized needles while minimizing collateral damage to healthy tissue. When there is no need for incisions or stitches, scarring is reduced to a minimum.

It wasn’t until the 1960s that barbed threads were developed for use in suturing wounds without knots. It wasn’t until the 1990s that doctors realized they could use them for cosmetic purposes, precisely to suspend and lift the skin. Other threads were created for cosmetic use later, but their popularity waned after the 1990s due to complications. The thread was easily lost with a cough or sneeze when people started using it.

Thanks to technical progress, today’s threads are easy to use. There is no need to worry about thread breaking due to repeated pulling on skin and muscle, so a wide variety of forms can be achieved. Current threads have more refined barbs than older threads because they are arranged in a ring around the thread’s central body rather than being scattered randomly. This results in a higher-quality thread and enhanced, longer-lasting results.


The results of PDO thread lifts, a non-surgical alternative to traditional facelifts, can be just as striking, if not more so, than those of surgical procedures. They can tighten and lift the skin in targeted areas and be used on various patients. Material advancements have allowed results that last longer with fewer adverse effects, such as bruising and swelling. Suppose you are interested in this option, contact us and schedule an appointment with us in our clinic, The Alchemy Clinic. We also offer other non-invasive services that can help address other concerns. 

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