PDO Non-Surgical Thread Lift

Safer, more gentle alternative to a surgical face lift
Safer, more gentle alternative to a surgical face lift
Natural looking results creating an uplift of sagging skin
Natural looking results creating an uplift of sagging skin
Effects can last for up to 18 months
Effects can last for up to 18 months
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What is a PDO Non-Surgical Thread Lift?

PDO threads are revolutionary threads, that can be inserted into the skin to rejuvenate areas and create a temporary lift – this can produce a more youthful, firmer-looking skin.

Threads can be inserted in the face and body where the skin has dropped or looks saggy. Popular treatment areas are the face, abdomen or arms. Results can be seen straight away but will continue to develop with lifting and rejuvenation over 1-2 months.

Consecutive treatments can boost results for up to 2 years. PDO threads cause painless micro-trauma in the skin, which in turn generates new collagen formation resulting in improved tone, radiance and pore reduction.

There are no cuts on the skin, and the threads are easy to insert with minimal downtime or discomfort.

Treatment Overview

Treatment Duration
Procedure duration 40 minutes
Number of treatments
Recommended treatments Repeat every 18 months
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Pain Levels Minimal
Treatment side efects
Side effects Swelling and bruising and possible puckering of the skin for a few days
Treatment results
Results Lifting of sagging, loose skin with improved texture and reduction of fine lines
Post treatment downtime
Return to work 1-2 days
Treatment recovery time
Full recovery Up to 7-10 days if bruising occurs. Bruising easily concealed
How long do treatments last
Duration of results 12-18 months

Treatment Areas

PDO Thread-lift treatment areas

What are the benefits of a PDO Thread Lift?

  • A great alternative to a surgical facelift without the risks associated with an operation
  • PDO threads can give a more rejuvenated look for up to 18 months
  • One of the best treatments to help correct jowling and to restore the jawline
  • Your skin will feel instantly firmer and tighter, with continued improvements over the following weeks
  • Stimulates collagen production, which improves texture, elasticity and quality of skin

How does it work?

PDO threads are made of a product called polydioxanone. They are strong filament fibres which are ultra-thin. They can either be smooth or have cones attached.

The smooth threads are inserted almost painlessly into areas of the skin to improve texture and elasticity. The threads can be placed within the skin in a cross-hatch pattern to stimulate collagen production. Up to 50 small threads can be placed across the face to reverse the signs of ageing.

Cone threads create more of a dramatic lift when inserted into specific entry points. The cone threads will reposition the skin restoring the face contour, reducing jowling, lift drooping cheeks and helps reverse sagging.

3–4 threads can be placed either side of the face in areas where sagging has appeared like the jowls, marionette lines and around the nasal folds. The threads will tighten and add definition to the face. This is called the non-surgical thread facelift and is a brilliant new anti-ageing treatment in the industry.

Both smooth and cone threads create new collagen production around the area called Neocollagenesis. Growth factors are also made when the tissue contracts, which creates a more youthful-looking skin.

Although the threads dissolve naturally in 6-8 months, you will be left with the collagen you have produced, which remains in place, giving you a smoother looking face.

PDO threads stimulate new collagen and promote local blood microcirculation. This oxygenates the skin and activates the reparative process of this skin.

PDO is different from traditional dermal fillers which replaces and mimics collagen that was previously in the face.

What to expect from my treatment?

This procedure can be done within 40 minutes by a fully qualified doctor who has had advanced training in the insertion of these threads.

The procedure involves little to no pain. Numbing cream will be applied to the face for 15 minutes to minimise any discomfort as sometimes patients can feel a slight stinging sensation similar to acupuncture when the thread is inserted.

If smooth threads are being applied to help improve texture, they will be gently inserted just beneath the skin (around a 3mm depth) with up to 50 threads being placed.

The threads differ in size and thickness depending on the area of the body being treated, and your doctor will choose the most suitable thread for you. If a cone thread is inserted for a more dramatic lift, a small amount of local anaesthetic is injected into the skin to make the procedure pain free. The thread will be inserted with a blunt cannula (thin metal tube) which makes the procedure very safe to avoid vessels.

Once the thread is in place, the doctor will use their hand to create a lift and compress the area to allow the thread to settle in place. This helps reposition the skin and lift areas. The non-inserted end of the thread is cut and will move under the skin at the entry site, not being visible. Any redness from the entry point of the thread clears within 1-2 days.

You can resume normal activity immediately after the treatment. Please do not plan any other facial treatments for 4-weeks. If cone threads are inserted, please try and avoid sleeping on the treated area for 2/3 nights to allow the thread to settle in and avoid strenuous activity for 7-days.

You can see results as soon as you leave the clinic, and your body will start producing collagen and new support tissues in the area in around 2-weeks – this is when the rejuvenation begins.

The downtime is only 1-2 days, as you may experience a small amount of bruising which can be easily covered up. As with all cosmetic procedures, immediately after the procedure, you may feel a little tender in the area as there may be inflammation. This will pass quickly over the next 24-48 hours. We recommend you treat the skin in the area delicately avoiding excessive rubbing for around 7-days.

There is sometimes a slight wrinkle or crease to the skin as it has been lifted and this is normal. It will disappear quickly in the following days as the threads settle into place. The results will evolve over the next few weeks, and then the best outcomes occur around the 1-3-month mark once the new collagen begins to form.

How much do treatments cost?

Prices start from £350 depending on the treatment area.

The Doctor will give you a clear price during the consultation and this will depend upon the amount of thread being used and the areas treated.

  • Chin – £350 (smooth threads)
  • Cheeks and Crows feet – £500 (smooth threads)
  • Lower face – £675 (smooth and cone threads)
  • Full Face – £850  (smooth and cone threads)

How safe are PDO Threads?

This procedure can be performed on any patient from 30 upwards when the effects of ageing become apparent. The thread facelift does not require a general anaesthetic or invasive surgery and offers discreet and natural-looking results for around 1.5 years. As it only takes 40 minutes to perform, it can be fitting around your busy schedule. The PDO threads dissolve in the body over 6-8 months so are not permanent, but in this period they will stimulate your skin to lift and have improved texture.

The procedure can be repeated over the years with minimal side effects and complications are rare. Vessel complications are rare as the cone threads are inserted with a blunt cannula just beneath the skin which avoids larger deep vessels and structures. Unlike the placement of dermal fillers where a sharp needle often has to go deeper into the skin risking damage to deeper structures, the soft PDO threads can do little damage other than a simple bruise. The soft threads are therefore safe, not visible and not felt.

PDO threads were first created in South Korea where fantastic results have been produced and the material has been used for more than 30 years. The PDO threads are the same threads used in cardiac and other surgeries as sutures. They are used in lots of areas of medicine like gastroenterology, urology, plastic surgery and ophthalmology – they are very safe.
The threads meet the standards required by medical regulation bodies like the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and the material have high tensile strength, excellent flexibility and smooth tissue passage. PDO threads ultimately break down to water and carbon dioxide and are naturally absorbed into the body and cleared away. The threads can be safely used in combination with other treatments like anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers and will not have any interactions other than enhancing treatments and results.

Why Choose Look Lovely London for your PDO Non-Surgical Thread Lift?

  • Top-quality threads used, sourced from leading pharmacies
  • A wide variety of threads can be offered from mono, screw to cog threads offering you the best possible results
  • The treatment is made as painless as possible
  • Prices are affordable and will be tailored to your needs starting from £350
  • We are fully insured and professional with our advanced skincare treatments

PDO Non-Surgical Thread Lift FAQs

PDO thread lifts are safe if carried out by a fully qualified practitioner with high-quality training.

They are inserted either just beneath the skin offering no damage to deeper structures and with a blunt cannula which minimises any soft tissue trauma.

PDO threads are becoming increasingly popular and offer a safer more natural alternative to a facelift.

The threads are very small and cannot be felt under the skin, stimulating your own body to produce more collagen in a natural way.

The procedure is carried out in a clean sterile way to minimise any complications like infection

No, we offer numbing cream and icing for those who need it. As the threads are very fine and just placed beneath the surface of the skin- pain is minimal.

If deeper cone threads are used then a local anaesthetic is given at the entry site. So at the worst, all you can feel is some pressure as the threads are put into place.

Cone threads that can help lift sagging facial structures and fight against gravity can last for 18 months plus. This is because although the thread will actually break down in 6 months your body’s own collagen, that will have been made in the area, remains. This then continues to improve skin texture and supports the structure of the face.

Smooth threads are very fine but they will also continue to offer more rejuvenated and improved skin texture up to 18 months.

Smooth threads will cause little to no swelling as they are fine and sit neatly under the skin stimulating collagen production. There may be a small bruise at the insertion site but this clears within a few days.

Cone threads can cause more swelling and bruising can occur in the lower facial structures. In most cases, only you will notice more tenderness and swelling post-procedure, and this will clear within 7 days.

The doctor can always review you at the 14-day mark if you have any concerns and to offer reassurance.

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COVID safety policy

At the clinic, we take infection control and cleanliness very seriously. We are aware our clients may still worry about the spread of COVID-19. We want to reassure you that your health, safety and comfort is our priority.

We have a strict infection control policy at the clinic. On arrival, we recommend hand washing and offer gloves and masks for those patients who wish to wear them. We deep clean all surfaces, doors, handle, bannisters and card machines after every patient. We can also offer protected time slots for our more vulnerable clients so they have little or no contact with other people during their visit.

Our staff are rigorous about cleaning and handwashing. We disinfect treatment rooms and couches after every client, wearing gloves and masks if needed. We also use Cleanisept to prepare your skin before treatment – this is one of the best antimicrobial agents available to reduce the risk of infection.

We want to put your mind at ease that we have taken all the precautions to offer you a lovely and safe experience at the clinic.

We understand you may want to bring a friend or family member along to your appointment for moral support. However, in these unprecedented times, we ask you to attend alone to reduce the risk of transmission.

Disclaimer  – Please note a lot of the visual on this website were manly for illustrative purpose and taken prior to the COVID outbreak. Rigorous usage of gloves and face masks are now in practice.