Understanding PDO Thread Lifts: How It Works and What to Expect



The quest for a youthful appearance has led to the emergence of numerous aesthetic treatments. Among the most intriguing and revolutionary is the Thread Lift treatment, a.k.a the lunchtime lift. This minimally invasive procedure is designed to lift sagging skin, tighten the skin, and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

Read and learn more about thread lift.

How Does a Thread Lift Work?

Thread Lift is an FDA-approved treatment that works by inserting dissolvable threads made of polydioxanone (PDO) into the skin. These threads have tiny barbs that latch onto the tissue, allowing the aesthetician to gently pull the skin taut. The immediate result is a subtle lifting effect, reducing the appearance of sagging skin.

But the magic of Thread Lift goes beyond this initial lifting. The threads serve a secondary function: stimulating collagen production. Collagen, a protein that keeps our skin firm and elastic, naturally depletes as we age, leading to wrinkles and sagging. The inserted threads cause a mild inflammatory response, tricking the body into “healing” the treated area by producing more collagen.

What to Expect During the Treatment?

So, what can you expect during a thread lift treatment? The procedure usually lasts about one hour and typically begins with a local anesthetic to ensure comfort. The threads are then inserted under the skin using a fine needle. You may feel a slight pressure or tugging sensation as your provider adjusts the threads, but the procedure is generally tolerable.

Aftercare and Results

After treatment, some swelling, bruising, or tenderness may occur, but these side effects are typically mild and subside within a few days. The great advantage of a thread lift treatment is that there is no general anesthesia or lengthy recovery time. Most people can return to their usual activities within a day or two, hence its pseudonym “lunchtime facelift.”


In terms of results, you will notice an immediate lift due to the physical pulling of the skin. However, the full effects develop over the following weeks and months as your skin ramps up collagen production. These effects can last up to two years, depending on factors such as age, lifestyle, and skin condition.

The Ideal Candidates

The perfect candidates for a thread lift are typically patients who are experiencing mild to moderate signs of facial aging. These signs include sagging skin, especially around the cheeks and neck, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.


It’s essential to consult with a qualified provider who can assess your circumstances and determine whether a thread lift is the most suitable treatment for your needs. They can guide you through the process, ensuring you understand what the procedure involves, and discuss what results you can realistically expect.


Here at LUXE Medical Aesthetics in Katy, TX, we believe in the power of innovative, non-invasive treatments like PDO thread lifts. Our team of experienced providers is dedicated to delivering personalized care, ensuring optimal results for every patient. We aim to help you feel confident and vibrant in your skin.

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