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Understanding the Technology Behind PDO Thread Procedures

In the world of aesthetic enhancements, PDO thread lifts stand out as a minimally invasive solution capable of delivering dramatic yet natural-looking results. This minimally invasive procedure uses advanced technology to help you achieve a natural, rejuvenated appearance. At aNu Aesthetics and Optimal Wellness in Kansas City, MO, we offer PDO thread lifts as a subtle and effective alternative to traditional cosmetic surgeries. Discover how PDO thread lifts can gently elevate your natural beauty with lasting effects. 

What Are PDO Threads?

PDO threads are made from polydioxanone, a biodegradable and biocompatible material commonly used in medical sutures. Over time, the body naturally absorbs the threads. Despite the threads themselves dissolving, the effects of the lift can last for a year or more, as the procedure stimulates collagen production in the skin.

What Is the Technology Behind PDO Threads?


Polydioxanone (PDO), the material from which these threads are made, is a colorless, crystalline, biodegradable polymer that dissolves naturally within the body over time. Due to its biocompatibility and minimal tissue reaction, PDO’s safety profile is well-established, and it has been used in tissue engineering, surgical sutures, and even drug delivery systems. When used as threads in aesthetic medicine, its biodegradability is a key advantage, reducing the risk of long-term foreign body reactions that can occur with non-absorbable materials.


During a thread lift, the threads are inserted into the subcutaneous layer of the skin using fine needles. Once implanted, the threads act as a scaffold that helps to hold the skin in place and combat sagging.

Collagen Stimulation

The introduction of PDO threads into the skin disrupts the tissue slightly, which, although minimal, is enough to trigger the body’s natural healing response. This response includes activating fibroblasts, cells in connective tissue that produce collagen and other fibers. 

As new collagen is synthesized, it gradually replaces the tissue where the PDO threads were inserted, maintaining the skin’s improved appearance even after the threads have dissolved. This process helps in the volumization of treated areas, improvement in skin texture, and reduction in fine lines and sagging.

Varieties of Threads

PDO threads come in various textures for different needs. Smooth threads are used for rejuvenation and collagen production, twist threads for more pronounced rejuvenation, and barbed threads hook to skin tissue to provide lift.

How Do We Use PDO Threads?

Our approach to PDO thread lifts is tailored to each patient’s unique facial structure and aesthetic goals to support optimal outcomes. The procedure is typically performed in an office setting and can take 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the areas treated. After a local anesthetic is applied, the threads are inserted via needles into different layers of the skin. Once in place, they anchor the skin and lift it upwards. The other end of the threads is then cut off.

The threads will dissolve over the next several months. Still, the collagen that has been stimulated helps maintain the lifting effect and improves the overall texture of the skin, yielding natural-looking and long-lasting results.

What Are the Benefits of PDO Thread Lifts?

Immediate Results With Minimal Downtime

One of the most appealing aspects of a PDO thread lift is the immediate improvement in the appearance of sagging skin. The procedure requires minimal downtime, allowing patients to return to their daily activities shortly after treatment, unlike traditional facelifts that involve a lengthy recovery period.

Natural-Looking Enhancement

As the PDO threads are absorbed, they stimulate the body’s natural healing response, including collagen production. This helps to naturally improve the skin’s volume and texture, making the enhancements look very natural.

Long-Lasting Effects

The effects of a PDO thread lift can last from 12 to 24 months, depending on the individual’s skin condition and age. Over time, the threads dissolve, but the skin remains smooth and lifted thanks to the developed collagen framework.

No Scarring and Less Invasive

Unlike surgical facelifts, the PDO thread lift procedure does not leave any scars, as it does not require incisions. The threads are introduced into the skin using fine needles, making the procedure less invasive and more appealing to those hesitant about surgery.

Is a PDO Thread Lift Right for You?

Deciding if a PDO thread lift is the right choice depends on several factors. Ideal candidates for this procedure are typically those experiencing mild to moderate skin laxity, where the skin begins to sag but hasn’t lost its elasticity completely. People in their 30s to early 50s often see the most benefit, although individual results can vary based on skin condition and overall health.

Factors to Consider

  • Age and Skin Elasticity: Younger skin tends to respond better due to higher natural collagen levels.
  • Health Condition: Good overall health without active skin infections ensures safer procedures and better outcomes.
  • Expectations: Understanding that the results are more subtle compared to surgical facelifts is crucial; PDO thread lifts tighten and lift but do not eliminate excess skin.

Consultation Is Key

Before deciding on a PDO thread lift, a detailed consultation with a qualified practitioner is essential. This discussion should cover your aesthetic goals, medical history, and any concerns you might have. It’s also an opportunity to ask about the practitioner’s experience with thread lifts and to view before-and-after photos of their previous patients. This individualized approach ensures that the treatment plan aligns with your specific needs and expectations, helping you achieve the most satisfactory results.

Discover the Rejuvenating Power of PDO Thread Lifts at aNu Aesthetics in Kansas City, MO

PDO thread lifts represent a powerful tool in the aesthetic toolkit, offering a less invasive alternative to surgical facelifts with compelling and lasting results. At aNu Aesthetics and Optimal Wellness in Kansas City, MO, we are committed to providing personalized care to ensure that your PDO thread lift achieves the best possible outcomes. 

If you’re considering this procedure or have further questions, we encourage you to reach out to us; contact us online or call (816) 359-3310. Let us help you explore how PDO threading can rejuvenate your appearance and highlight your natural beauty.

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