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What are PDO Threads?

Updated: Jun 21, 2022

PDO threads are threads made from a colourless polyester that breaks down in your body after about 6 months, and are one of the three types of sutures commonly used in thread lift procedures. PDO threads have been in use for surgeries since the 1980s and have lasted the test of time.

The presence of these sutures in your skin triggers cells in your body called fibroblasts to produce more collagen. Collagen is the protein that gives your skin its shape and elasticity. Loss of collagen over time is one of the main causes of aging skin, and restoration of collagen will revert these changes.


PDO threads can be further divided into these three categories:

  • Mono threads. Smooth sutures that help rejuvenate your skin by stimulating collagen production.

  • Screw threads. Made up of one or two intertwined threads, these are used to help restore volume to sunken parts of your skin. These are useful for lifting procedures.

  • Cog threads. These threads have barbs that latch into your skin like small fishhooks, to provide support and lift parts of your face. Good for lifting procedures.


PDO thread lifts have a significantly lower risk than surgical procedures and facelifts. There’s less risk of bruising, scarring, or bleeding when performed by a trained professional. Minor complications happen in about 15 to 20 percent of procedures but are usually easily corrected.

A thread lift can treat most parts of your face. The areas around your cheeks, jaw, neck, and eyes are among the most commonly treated areas. While the results of PDO threads can be great, they are not as drastic as facelift surgeries. As such, PDO thread lifts are often used along with other products and procedures such as dermal fillers.

In a study published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal, a surgeon with 16 years of thread lift experience says he has seen results last anywhere from 1 to 9 years. Results are highly dependant on age, with younger people being able to enjoy the results for 3 to 4 years, while older people with poor skin volume or elasticity tend to only see benefits for 1 to 2 years.

AngelFace Laser Clinic is proud to be a provider of a variety of PDO Thread Lift procedures, including usage of flat (mono) threads for collagen production and anti-aging effects, and the usage of screw and cog threads for procedures such as eyebrow lifting (for fox-eye effect), and face lifts.

The amount of PDO threads required for a procedure highly vary depending on the facial structure, the skin qualities and the desired results. The professional team at AngelFace Laser Clinic will provide you with a free consultation if you wish to have this procedure, so contact us today to book your consultation appointment if you are interested in receiving a PDO thread procedure.

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