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PDO Thread Lift

PDO Thread Lift Overview

Treats: Skin laxity, facial creases, and early jowl formation

Length: About 1 hour

Anesthesia: Topical numbing

Side Effects: Patient may experience some tenderness, bruising, and mild swelling

Recovery: Most people do not take any time off work. However, swelling may persist for up to two weeks.

Duration of Results: 6-12 months

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You may begin to notice early signs of aging long before you are ready for surgery. That’s when a PDO thread lift might be the perfect solution.

This non-surgical treatment uses dissolvable sutures to lift tissue and tighten skin for a noticeably younger appearance.

The top aesthetic destination of the south, Carolina Facial Plastics, is led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh.

With his team of cosmetic experts, a fully accredited surgery center, and a private recovery retreat all located in the heart of SouthPark, Carolina Facial Plastics is known for unparalleled and natural-looking results exclusively for the face.

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A PDO thread lift uses absorbable stitches strategically placed underneath the skin to lift and enhance the balance and proportions of the face.

PDO stands for polydioxanone, which is the name of the stitch material used to lift the tissue.

The results are instantaneous, and the patient is awake throughout the procedure. The treatment can be completed in about one hour, and most patients tolerate it very well.

The results are impressive and can be appreciated immediately.

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We can lift multiple areas of the face with a thread lift. Treatment locations might include:

  • Mid-face and cheeks
  • Lower-face and jowls
  • Eyebrows
  • Nose
  • Neck

A thread lift may also:

  • contour the jawline
  • raise a droopy nose tip
  • smooth smile lines

Other threat lift results that have become popular on social media include the “cat-eye” and “snatched chin” procedures. These can all be completed at Carolina Facial Plastics.

A PDO thread lift uses an absorbable suture to lift the skin. This result will last for 6-12 months, depending on the age of the patient and the area of the face.

Patients typically see their improvement start to lessen around the six-month timeframe.

Patients could be sore for 1-2 weeks after the procedure. You will probably take over-the-counter pain medications for the first few days.

There will likely be swelling, but it typically is not noticeable to a stranger. Bruising is possible, but also usually minimal.

If the lower face is the target of the thread lift, patients describe tightness when opening their mouths.

In general, the swelling peaks 48 hours after the procedure and resolves over one week. Most people do not take time off from work.

We do recommend having this procedure at least two weeks before a special event to ensure you have adequate time to heal.

The recovery after a PDO thread lift will be dependent on the extent of the treatment, and the steps patients take before and after the procedure to ensure a quick recovery.


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We commonly combine thread lifts with other procedures to improve both the qualify and longevity of the results.

Common treatments combined with the thread lift include:

These treatments will improve the longevity of the non-surgical lifting of the face and neck while enhancing the quality of the skin overall.

Thread lifts are also used in conjunction with Botox and fillers to reduce lingering lines and wrinkles while restoring youthful volume to key areas of the face.


Carolina Facial Plastics is a boutique facial plastic surgery practice that solely focuses on treatments for the face and neck.

Our specialization in a single treatment area allows us to deliver the best results while minimizing risk. Our providers all have extensive experience in the treatments we provide.

Courtney Whitley, our board-certified nurse practitioner, has completed specialized training in thread lifting and performs the PDO thread lifts at Carolina Facial Plastics.

We use MINT threads, which have the highest quality and best lifting capabilities of all the threads available today.

Frequently asked questions

We take many steps at Carolina Facial Plastics to ensure patients are comfortable during their PDO thread lift. The face is thoroughly numbed with lidocaine before the procedure to minimize discomfort. If patients feel nervous or anxious about the process, we can provide medications for relaxing before the thread lift. If you take this medication, you will need someone to drive you home. If you do not take this medication, you will be able to drive yourself home.

PDO thread lifts are minimally-invasive, have a lower risk of side effects, and fewer complications than a surgical facelift procedure. While complications are uncommon in most patients, possible side effects include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Minor bruising
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Hematoma
  • Redness and irritation
  • Facial asymmetry

PDO thread lift procedures are fast and effective. The entire process takes approximately one hour in our state-of-the-art center. We will review the process with you on the day of the procedure and advise you on what to expect and a more specific time range. Patients typically return to regular activities the same day.

We will provide a list of steps to take before a thread lift to limit bruising. These steps might include avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, alcohol, and multivitamins. After the procedure, patients should sleep with their head elevated, apply a cold compress to the region, and avoid strenuous activity for 1-2 weeks.

Both PDO thread lifts and surgical lifting are options for patients, but understanding the differences between the procedures will help you know which is the best for you. We believe a fully educated patient will make the best choice as they pursue their cosmetic goals. Surgical lifting typically lasts 5-15 times longer than a nonsurgical thread lift. Thread lifts are quicker, more affordable, and have less downtime. Thread lifts may be better for younger patients who want to turn back early signs of aging, patients who are not good surgical candidates based on health concerns, or patients who do not have time for recovery from surgery.

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