A thread facelift lift is a procedure that can tighten and lift your skin. It’s a less invasive and much more cost effective procedure than facelift surgery and can often be performed in under 45 minutes without needing to go under a scalpel and little recovery downtime.

What are PDO threads?

Barbed Cog Thread

Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are a special medical grade thread,

similar to dissolvable surgical suture material. Research has confirmed that PDO relaxes tendons and muscles, whilst a foreign body reaction improves the blood flow to the area stimulating neocollagenesis (the production of new collagen in the skin).

They come in different shapes and sizes to treat different areas and skin depths.

These fall into three categories:

  • PDO mono threads. Smooth sutures that help rejuvenate your skin by stimulating collagen production.
  • PDO cog threads. These threads have barbs that latch into your skin like very small hooks, to provide support and lift parts of your face.
  • PDO screw threads. Made up of one or two intertwined threads, these are used to help restore volume to sunken parts of your skin.

What are they used for in clinic?


  • Brow lifts
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Jowls
  • Nose to mouth folds
  • Sagging Jaw line
  • Neck lifts
  • Double chins
  • Breast lifts
  • Sagging body skin

Is it a safe procedure?

PDO thread lifts have a much lower risk of complications than facelift surgeries.

Complications may occur, but are usually easily corrected.

Potential complications include:

  • Visible threads (especially in people with thin skin)
  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Infection
  • Snapping of threads
  • Dimpling
  • Swelling
  • Salivary gland injury
  • Decreased sensation

However, in the right hands these risks are considerably reduced and pdo threads are generally safe. I was the first Nurse to train in pdo threads in the UK in 2011 and regularly teach and assess fellow nurses and doctors to perform the procedure.

The treatment must take place in Care Quality Commission (CQC) clinic by a doctor or nurse professionally trained to minimise risks.

The procedure

You’ll likely be advised to avoid alcohol and tobacco use at least 24 hours before your procedure, along with anything else that may increase the risk of bleeding or bruising, such as:

  • Advil and ibuprofen
  • aspirin
  • omega-3 fatty acids
  • green tea or green tea extracts

On the day of your procedure, your medical practitioner will talk you through the potential complications and give you advice about your recovery.

In general, it will probably look something like this:

  1. As you sit in a reclined seat, your practitioner should disinfect your face. They’ll apply a topical anaesthetic cream, for cogs they will inject local anaesthetic with a needle under your skin to numb a larger area.
  2. For monos or spirals they will be inserted and you will unlikely feel any pain as they are extremely thin. If cogs are being used, they will then make a small hole/incision with another needle and then insert a device called a cannula into the small hole.
  3. Your practitioner will then adjust and anchor the cog thread into place and pull out the cannula.
  4. They’ll finish by cutting the thread and making sure it’s secure in place.

You’ll be free to go home shortly after the procedure and usually be given an aftercare leaflet and some patients even go straight back to work.

PDO thread lift recovery and aftercare

Recovery from a PDO thread lift is minimal. You may have some swelling and bruising for the first 24 to 72 hours, but you can return to most of your daily routines right away.

You should avoid washing your hair for 24 hours after cogs and rubbing your face as much as possible the week after your procedure to avoid accidentally dislodging the thread. You’ll also likely be advised to avoid over exerting your facial muscles such as opening your mouth for dental procedures for a few days.

You may want to avoid for 1 to 2 weeks and to try not sleeping on your side, intense exercise, and saunas.

Great results turning back the clock!

The results are natural looking, impressive and last approximately 2 years with many returning customers loving the results!

‘I love the way people can’t figure out I’ve had some cosmetic work done, they just say I’m looking well or asking if I’ve been away’ Flawless Aesthetic Clinic Customer Feedback.

For more information about this and other treatments contact Sarah Barker at Flawless aesthetic clinic www.flawlessaestheticclinic.co.uk or call 07841389233

PDO Facelift

2 thoughts on “PDO Facelift

  • October 25, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Morning may I have price for pdo cogged threads please.im choosing if yo have lower face lift or just pdo threads please. Thank you

    • November 8, 2021 at 8:07 pm

      Hi it all depends how many threads you need but from £400 to £850 thanks please contact me for a consultation to give an exact cost. Thanks Sarah x


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