PDO Thread Lift: What Ties This Procedure Together?

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | April 12, 2017, 8:45 a.m.

Korea is known for its innovative approach to beauty. From cute beauty products that are packed with exotic ingredients to procedures with names like “Bambi Eyes” and “Barbie Nose”, The Koreans brilliant beauty-boosting methods are slowly making their way over to the States.

Recently, PDO thread lifts have started to slip off the tongues of U.S. cosmetic surgery patients. This minimally invasive facelift is the latest alternative to the standard method. Instead of incisions being made along the scalp, the thread lifting involves microfilaments inserted under the skin and into the deep soft tissue to lift and smooth the surface of the face.

There are three types of PDO threads that can be used in this procedure:

  • Mono Threads: These threads are smooth (no barbs) and typically inserted in a graph-like pattern to tighten the sides of the face, the neck and the forehead region. A range of 10-20 threads are used per area, using one point as an anchor. Though these threads are for skin tightening, they need to be paired with other types of threads in order to effectively lift loose skin.

  • Cog Threads: These threads have tiny barbs on them that lock them under the skin to lift and smooth the facial surface. They are ideal for slimming and contouring the lower portion of the face. As they dissolve, natural collagen is produced and further enhances the results.

  • Screw Threads / Tornado Threads: These threads are achieved by twisting one or two mono threads around the insertion needle. These are used in areas that need increased volume, like sunken cheek areas and nasolabial folds.