9 Fun Facts About Thread Lifts

PDO Thread Lift, PDO Threads

As an aesthetic nurse, staying at the forefront of scientific development and innovation is my priority.  New beauty treatments are coming out constantly and striking the right balance between providing state-of-the-art treatments to my VIP clients and taking time to ensure treatments are backed up by research data will guarantee results and client satisfaction.  Thread lifts are gaining popularity and I am here to educate you on this new modern aesthetic advancement. I take my work seriously and want to educate you on everything you need to know about thread lifts and how they can help you look lifted, tightened and snatched 😉

The effects of gravity may cause you to lose facial fat and leave you looking older than you really are.  This is where modern advances such as thread lifts come into play! Thread lifts will lift, tighten and contour facial laxity. Best of all, there’s no anesthesia or extensive downtime involved. 

You might have heard about Threads Lifts from celebrities and beauty experts such as Gwenyth Paltrow or Huda Beauty.  These boss babes believe that thread lifts are the key to a youthful and better version of yourself!  Seriously though, these women killed it in their aesthetic non- surgical makeover.  Actress Gwenth Paltrow dubbed thread lifts as ‘under the radar approach’ to anti-aging, and Huda Beauty believes thread lifts are ‘kinda like Hollywood’s secret to younger-looking tighter skin.’

Fast forward a few years and now thread lifting can be a safe and effective procedure for you!  This versatile procedure lifts sagging skin, shapes the eyes, nose, brow, the jaw and more.  Our nurse practitioner  started performing thread lifts and the results have been pretty amazing.

1. How do Thread Lifts Result in a Non-Surgical Facelift?

Minimally invasive PDO threads are placed under the skin’s surface to lift tissue on the face and neck.  PDO threads are what some plastic surgeon’s use at The Plastic Surgery Clinic and they dissolve after about 6-9 months as they are naturally absorbed by the body.  This is one of the advances that happened with Gweyneth or Huda Beauty J                     

Threads are carefully and strategically inserted under the skin’s surface and then repositioned to lift and tighten the skin to create a desired look or shape.  After the threads have done this actual lifting, they will start to dissolve.  Your body’s healing responses will kick in and stimulate the natural production of collagen that continues for as long as a year after your procedure.  The results will be more apparent 4-6 weeks later when new collagen comes into play.  Yes, it’s a bit of a wait but I guess that’s why they say good things come to those who wait.  This means that even after the threads have dissolved, our results will continue to last.  Thanks to the new collagen and fibrotic tissue that your body produces, you naturally maintain the lifted look without even trying. Thank you modern science 😉

Thread lifts are commonly used to reduce midface sagging or laxity, especially to lift the jowls and nasolabial folds, to define and contour the neck and jawline, create a Korean brow lift, reduce heaviness in the eye lifts or create a more almond shaped eye.  Wow, see just how versatile thread lifts can really be? You definitely need to come talk to us about this non-surgical facelift option.

2. How are Thread Lifts Different from a Facelifts?

Facelift procedures require surgery, extensive downtime and are quite costly.  Surgical facelifts require skin to be removed whereas a PDO thread lift will simply suspend the skin with surgical stitches that pull back sagging tissue to create a tight, subtle lift to facial skin. There is no cutting or scalpels involved.  Additionally, this procedure requires local anesthesia, making it much easier to schedule in your daily life compared to a surgical facelift.  Additionally, a non-surgical PDO thread lift takes 1 hour to perform on an ideal candidate. Lastly, because PDO thread lift is non-invasive and relatively easy to perform the costs are far lower than traditional surgical facelifts making this treatment accessible.

3. How much do Thread Lifts Cost?

Treatments start at $200 per thread and results are contingent upon area treated in addition to number of threads used to create your desired look. In Mississauga and Toronto midface thread lifts start around $1500- $2000. 

4. Types of Threads

Depending on skin type and desired goals mono, cog or even a combination of both thread lifts can be used. Mono threads are smooth threads without barbs.  Mono threads are inserted into the face in a mesh-like fashion for a skin tightening effect. Neocollagenesis and tissue fibrosis develop around the threads improving elasticity and softening wrinkles.  Smooth threads tighten the skin without significant lifting.  Skin tightening usually improves after collagen starts forming. Mono threads are great for rejuvenating however require an anchoring point depending on where they are being injected.  Cog threads are essentially mono threads with barbs to hook to the underside of the skin.  Barbs form a support structure to sift sagging tissue.  Cog threads are most effective for jawline lifting and contouring.  Essentially, mono threads are great for rejuvenation and tightening whereas cog threads are most effective for lifting. 

5. How to Prepare for Thread Lift Procedure?

As with many procedures, there are ways to best prepare to get a PDO Thread Lift including what to avoid before and how to prepare the skin for the procedure.  2 days before the procedure you should eliminate the following:                                            


  • Aspirin   

  • Vitamin E

  • NSAIDs

  • Alcohol

  • St John’s Wart

  • Ginka Biloba

In order to perform a PDO Thread Lift, your skin should not have active infections, acne or cold sores. 

6. Best Candidates for Thread Lifts

Ideal candidates for Thread Lifts range between the ages of 35-55 years with mild to moderate facial laxity. They have no history of plastic surgery or a non-absorbable implant in the zone of thread.  They should not be on blood thinners.  They should have no allergies to anesthesia or reaction to surgical sutures.   They should have no active skin infections or autoimmune disorders. 

7. Contraindications for PDO Threads

Active malignancy, keloid scars or skin infection in the treated area are contraindications for thread lifting.  Other contraindications to thread lift include active cancer, bleeding disorders, HIV, hepatitis B or C.

8. What to Expect After Thread Lift Procedure


Whether you have undergone cosmetic procedures or are getting a PDO Thread Lift for the first time it is important to understand post procedure instructions.

  • Do not touch or apply makeup for 24 hours post procedure

  • Expect mild discomfort, swelling, tightness and bruising up to 3-7 days

  • Ice and tylenol can be used to assist with swelling and discomfort

  • Sleep on your back for the first 7 nights

  • Restrict facial movement for 14 days such as chewing, laughing, smiling, or dental treatments

  • Do not do strenuous activity for 7 days

  • Avoid sun, pool or sauna 7 days post procedure

  • Remember to schedule a follow up 2 weeks and 2 months post thread lift procedure.

9. What do Thread Lift results look like?  

Incredible. But seriously, they look amazing, and best of all they look really natural! Length of results will vary from person to person, however most clients achieve a PDO thread lift for 1-2 years depending on how well they take care of their skin post-procedure.  Let’s take a look at a couple of cases to see just how natural they can look.

This beautiful client wanted to soften her nasolabial folds and reduce heaviness in her lower face around the nasolabial folds.  Her results will continue to improve as her collagen builds. 

You can see how much softer her nasolabial folds appear. Pictures are immediately before and after: 

PDO thread lift before and after

Lift, tighten and contour sagging skin


This beautiful client wanted to lift her jowls, accentuate her cheekbones and jawline. She has great skin and amazing bone structure!  Our beauty nurse achieved this gorgeous result on the same day with a thread lift.  Her results will continue to improve in the weeks to come.

skin procedure to lift and tighten skin

tighten and contour jawline with thread lift

Below is a before and after of a client who got midface cheek non-surgical lift with absorbable sutures.  Check out the midface lift and her contoured jawline. Her jowls are not as prominent after thread lift treatment. She looks lifted, contoured and snatched! 

Thread lift procedure before and after for a younger looking appearance

lift and tighten skin

I hope you have learned everything you need to know about pdo threads in this blog.  Educating my clients is very important in my practice so they can make informed decisions.   


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