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At a glance: PDO Thread Lift

Treatment may also be known as
Thread Lift, PDO Thread Lift, PDO Threading
Lift and tighten skin
How it works
Stimulates collagen growth
Treatment time
50-90 minutes
3 days, possibility of bruising for 2 weeks
Some initial results, full results in 8-12 weeks
6-12 months
Pain level
From $1,440
Works with
Consider combining treatment with Ultraformer Skin Tightening for best results
Individual results may vary
Must be performed by an experienced provider


What are PDO Threads?

PDO (polydioxanone) Threads are small bioresorbable threads that are placed just beneath the surface of the skin to provide subtle lift and tightening where your skin has begun to sag with age. They also prompt collagen regeneration in your skin for ongoing anti-ageing benefits.

Treatment is non-surgical, performed with very small, flexible cannulae.

Polydioxanone is a biodegradable material that can be safely absorbed by the body over time. It has been used in cardiovascular and orthopedic surgeries as well as wound closure for approximately 30 years.

Which PDO Threads are used at Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia

At Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia we use Mint  (Minimal Invasive Nonsurgical Thread) PDO Threads. This brand is highly trusted and TGA approved for use in Australia.

We offer both the short 30mm and the long 50mm Threads.

We do not offer the longer “anchoring” type of threads.

How are PDO Mono threads different to other types of threads?

PDO (polydioxanone) Threads are made from a raw material that naturally dissolves over time. The main types of PDO Threads are Mono, Cog and Screw threads.

Mono threads are smooth and they’re used for collagen regeneration and a more natural lift.

Cog Threads, which may also be known as “barbed” or “anchoring” threads provide physical support, that is, they pull sagging skin upward and hold it in place.

Screw Threads are used to add volume to the face while providing some lift.

With Screw Threads and Cog Threads, there is greater risk of side effects such as lumps, dimpling or scar tissue. At Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia we only use PDO Mono Threads.

What do PDO Threads do?

Threads lift and tighten skin that has begun to sag due to loss of collagen due to ageing. They also prompt a collagen regeneration response in your skin to temporarily delay the ageing process.

Similar to a non-surgical facelift, threads can help reduce the appearance of saggy jowls and nasolabial folds (smile lines).

How do PDO Threads work?

Threads are placed just beneath the surface of your skin which cause a micro-wound healing response in the collagen fibres, which kickstarts production of new collagen.

Over the next few months, the embedded threads are naturally reabsorbed by your skin in a process known as “hydrolysis” as your collagen production increases, resulting in tighter, firmer and more youthful, lifted skin.

What happens during the procedure?

First, a local anaesthetic will be applied to the treatment area to minimise discomfort. Once the area is numbed, very small flexible cannulae will be used to insert the PDO threads just beneath the surface of the skin.

How long does a PDO Threads treatment take?

The treatment time depends on the size of the area being treated.

Small area – 30 minutes

Medium area – 40 Minutes

Large area – 70 minutes

There is also an additional 20 minutes for numbing.

When will I start to see results?

You’ll see some results over the first month, and they will gradually improve over the next 8 weeks.

Which areas can be treated?

PDO Threads can be used to treat your neck and face, especially around the cheeks, nasolabial folds, and jowls.

How long do results last?

Results may be visible for 6-12 months and the ageing process may be paused for the same amount of time.

How can I maintain my results?

You can complement your results with Ultrasound Skin Tightening, Dermal Fillers and high quality skin care that contains Collagen Growth Factors and effective antioxidants, especially the deeper penetrating and non-irritating Retinaldehyde (Vitamin A).

Is there any downtime?

You will need to take care and avoid certain activities for 3 days after treatment. There may be some bruising, swelling and small lumps after treatment. This normally resolves in about 2 weeks.

We will discuss aftercare and what to expect during your preliminary consultation.

Do PDO Threads hurt?

We use a topical numbing cream and the finest needles available to mitigate discomfort.

How much do PDO Threads cost?

It depends on the size of the area being treated. Prices range from $1,440 for a small area to $3,850 for a large area.  We will provide you with an accurate quote at your consultation.

How are PDO Threads different to Dermal Fillers?

PDO Threads and Dermal Fillers treat slightly different aspects of ageing.

Threads are dissolvable materials used to lift sagging skin and give your skin a tighter, more elastic appearance.

Dermal Fillers are a soft, mouldable gel used to replace lost volume and reshape facial contours.

How are PDO Threads different to Ultrasound Skin Tightening?

Ultrasound Skin Tightening, performed with Ultraformer and Ultherapy, provides a much deeper treatment. PDO Threads are placed at a more superficial layer of the skin while Ultrasound energy can penetrate to the deep dermal layer of your skin to provide collagen regeneration from the deepest layers.

These treatments can be used to complement each other as Ultrasound energy bypasses the superficial layer of skin where threads are placed to target the deeper dermal layer of your skin.

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