PDO Threads

The Polydioxanone or PDO thread lift is a minor cosmetic procedure where tiny needles attached to threads lift and tighten the skin to achieve the desired look. A PDO thread lift is a less costly, less invasive alternative to facelift surgery designed to tighten and rejuvenate facial skin without using a scalpel. The process takes about an hour, uses dissolvable polyester sutures and produces an instant result. We use two TGA approved PDO threads called mono and screw that come in different textures.

mono threads

A Mono thread lift is suitable for patients looking to tighten wrinkles and lines and those requiring an overall rejuvenation of the face. Mono is a small lift created from a single smooth suture and thread.

Double screw

Double screw mono threads are two mono threads twisted together around the inserting needle. This procedure is used for gentle face lifting, defining the jawline, a smaller v-line pointy chin look and increasing volume to sunken areas of the face.

Lifting Threads

Lifting threads (also known as thread lifts) are ideal for lifting drooping eyelids (also known as hooded eyes). The procedure can help people look younger and lift the skin around the eyes that has been inhibiting vision. Thread lifts are also used as a longer-term version of the makeup trend of elongating the outer part of eyes to give a “fox-like” look. Fox-eye thread lifts can be as minimal or as prominent as preferred, providing instant results that will last between a year and a half up to three years.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the expected lifespan of PDO threads?
  • The lifespan depends on various factors, including the kind and condition of the user’s skin, lifestyle, age, and the type and quantity of product they are using.
  • The outcome is also dependent on other lifestyle variables such as smoking, drinking, exercising and diet.
  • PDO threads aid in producing new collagen, which supports your face and provides a six to twelve-month tightening effect.
  • All the PDO threads we use are responsibly supplied from respected pharma companies and are of the highest quality.
  • We utilise only premium PDO threads produced in Korea and are TGA authorised.
Is the PDO procedure safe?

Only medical-grade devices and cosmetic injectables registered on the Australian register of therapeutic goods (Artg) and manufactured by a recognised pharmaceutical business are utilised by body shaping clinics.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is part of the Australian government’s Health Department and regulates all health-related products. After a product is given the green light, the TGA monitors and enforces the quality and reporting of every product.

Are PDO threads painful?
  • Before a PDO thread procedure, a topical anaesthetic is administered to ensure you are as comfortable as possible.
  • After the procedure, you may feel a firm sensation and discomfort in the treated area for a few days.
  • Pain does vary between patients and depends on your levels of tolerance and the health of the tissue treated.
How Should I Get Ready for My Treatment?
  • Consult your GP if unsure about any underlying conditions such as an auto-immune disease or other condition
  • Reschedule if you have an infection in the area needing treatment
  • Don’t take any anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol
  • Avoid having any dental work done for one week before the PDO procedure
  • Let us know if you are using warfarin, ibuprofen, aspirin, other blood thinners, or fish oil.
What is the Process?

Before your first procedure, our doctor and the cosmetic injector will meet with you to answer questions, go over the process, and determine whether PDO threads are right for you and whether you’ll need one or more sessions. Once agreed, we will design a procedure to suit your needs and look and produce the best results.

Because there is no scalpel, no stitches are necessary; nonetheless, a topical anaesthetic is administered and the PDO threads placed using a micro-needle.

What Happens After Treatment?
  • Make sure the treated area stays clean
  • Use a cloth full of ice to cool the area for ten minutes every hour for the remaining day.
  • Don’t do excessive exercise or lie face down for the next 48 hours
  • Don’t have any other treatments or massages that apply pressure to the face for the next couple of days
  • Stay away from saunas, spas and sunbathing for a couple of weeks
  • Sleep with an elevated pillow to keep the face slightly elevated
  • You can take anti-histamine, hirudoid, or arnica pilutes for any swelling
  • Avoid taking vitamin C and retinol for the next day
  • Book a follow-up appointment
What Happens in the Future?

If there are any concerns about the treatment at any stage, please get in touch with us immediately. We are here to achieve the best possible results and ensure you are fully satisfied.

It is also vital that you come back after two weeks for a check-up so we can take a good look after the swelling has gone and ensure you feel healthy afterwards.

What to do after a Thread lift?
  • Use paracetamol to relieve any pain
  • Apply an ice pack for any soreness as required
  • Sleep elevated on your back
  • Drink water regularly
  • Don’t apply makeup for the next 48 hours
  • Postpone any dental work for at least a month
  • Try not to chew excessively; eat softer foods
  • Stay away from alcohol for 48 hours
  • Avoid applying heavy pressure to the treated area
  • Avoid excessive exercise – a gentle walk is ok
  • Avoid contamination from cleaning and gardening
  • Use our support mask for the next three weeks
How long will the results of a thread lift last?

One to three years. Much of which is dependent on the patient’s health, quality of treatment, placement, and thread count.

How long does the procedure take?

Usually, it takes around thirty minutes to treat each eye.

Are thread lifts painful?

The procedure itself is not painful as a local anaesthetic is used. There will be some soreness for the following few days that can be treated with paracetamol.

Can treatments with skin lasers impact a recent Thread Lift?

No, a skin laser treatment is performed on the face’s surface, so the laser will not penetrate the deeper tissue.