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PDO Thread Lift
Orange County, CA

If you want to find out if a PDO Thread Lift is right for you, book a consultation today at Optimal Plastic Surgery. Various techniques can be used with PDO threads to achieve various aesthetic outcomes like fox eyes, brow lifts, nose lift and jawline enhancement.

PDO Thread Lift

Fox Eye

For fox eyes, dissolvable threads are inserted under the skin and pulled to stretch and lift the corner of the upper eyelid back and toward the temples. This is done to give the eye an almond shape and at the same time, raise the brow tail. This creates a Hadid-like look with a more open upper eyelid.

Nose Lift

Nose threads are effective at creating a sharper nose tip. Most nose threads are designed with small tiny anchoring points (also known as cogs, or barbs) along the threads. These anchoring points lift the nose up and make the nose tip sharper and smaller.

Brow Lift

A non-surgical brow lift is a cosmetic procedure that tightens and raises the skin on the upper third of your face, specifically the forehead and eyebrows. It can smooth out wrinkles between your brows, raise drooping eyebrows, open up your eyes and remove lines on your forehead.

V-Lift (Jawline)

A non-surgical V lift that tightens and pulls the skin on the lower face and jowls which also helps to have a defined and prominent jawline.


PDO Thread Lift
Do’s and Don’ts

  • You can wash your treatment site gently with a gentle cleanser starting on the day of your treatment.
  • Drink between 8-10 glasses of water daily.
  • Do not exercise for 48 hours.
  • Do not sleep on your stomach or side as much as possible for 2 weeks.
  • Do not wear makeup on the day of appointment and day after the procedure.
  • Do not drink alcohol 1 week after the procedure.
  • Avoid making extreme facial expressions as possible for 2 weeks.
  • Avoid facials and facial massages for 2 months.


Minimally Invasive

No deep cutting is required, so the risks of scarring or infection are much lower than with conventional cosmetic surgery.

Requires No General Anesthetic

That makes this procedure an option for those who have health problems that make them unsuitable candidates for major procedures.

Minimal Recovery Time

There may be some initial redness or swelling, but this should resolve in a few days to a week.

Less Painful

Since there is no deep cutting, the pain is also comparatively less.

Many Areas Can Be Treated

Thread lifts can be done in areas near the eyes, around the jaw, cheeks and cheekbones. Since this is a relatively new procedure, new treatments continue to be developed.


Temporary Solution

A thread lift can be expected to last up to 12 months.

Effective Primarily For Initial Signs Of Aging

The people most likely to benefit from a thread lift are generally those in the 30-45 age group.

Considered A Surgical Treatment

The thread lift is considered a minor surgery, and as such, once the skin is cut there is the risk of infection, bruising, indentations, temporary discomfort, rippling off the skin and temporary numbness.

Effects Are Subtle

While subtle effects may be a negative aspect of a medical thread lift, for those who prefer a less dramatic change, the subtle results of a thread lift may be appealing. It all depends on individual preference.


What Are PDO Threads?

PDO Threads are made of an absorbable polydioxanone suture material that has been used for decades in surgery with no long term complications. Safe and effective, PDO Threads are hypoallergenic and non-pyrogenic, have long lasting regenerative benefits for the skin, and it is not painful as you are injected with local anesthetic before the procedure. Results are instant and recovery time is an estimated week.

How Long Will It Last?

Could last up to 12 months. Touch ups may be needed for better results and increase long lasting production.

Results Start To Show When?

Immediately after the procedure. Small cogs and barbs lift and anchor the skin for an immediate lift.

Who Are The Best Candidates For PDO Threads?

Patients that have visible signs of mild aging. These signs can include mild to moderate skin laxity, particularly in the mid-face, and fine lines and wrinkles around the nose, mouth, and chin.

Usual Age Range?

The ideal thread lift candidate is usually in his or her 30s to early 40s, whereas most patients over the age of about 50 will benefit more profoundly from facelift surgery.

What About Older Aged People?

50 years and older will benefit more profoundly from facelift surgery. However, thread lift can provide a subtle facelift alternative for older patients who do not want or are unable to have surgery for medical reasons.

What Is Recommended?

Several variations of the threading technique exist, as a preference of the surgeon or to meet specific patient needs. Once the individual situation has been assessed, generally between 6 to 20 threads will be used. Thread lifting is a relatively new procedure.


Can You Combine
PDO Threads With Other Procedures/Aesthetics?

Many often choose to combine their thread lift with injectable treatments, like wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers, and more. Some common treatments combined with PDO threading include:

Wrinkle relaxers: Wrinkle relaxers, like BOTOX® and Dysport®, could be used in conjunction with a thread lift near the brow and eye area to reduce Crow’s feet and frown lines, as the threads are often not suitable for those areas.

Dermal fillers: A dermal filler, like Restylane® or Sculptra®, and JUVÉDERM® can be used with a thread lift to provide an even fuller appearance and a larger lift result, closer to that seen in a surgical treatment or liquid facial.

Laser skin resurfacing: Laser resurfacing can often be combined with a thread lift if you have skin damage, like sun or age spots, acne scars, an uneven texture, and other issues.


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