PDO Thread Lift 101: Everything You Need to Know About Nashville’s Newest Skincare Trend

Published on
February 17, 2024
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Kristin Torres
Certified Nurse Practitioner

More than 77,000 people undergo facelift surgery every year in the United States – and the strong majority of those people will fall in love with the results, especially with the technology we have today.

But don’t you think that number is kind of small? 

I mean, there are more than 260 million adults living in the United States right now (nearly 700,000 of whom live in Nashville) – and we’re all subject to the natural aging process. Wrinkles, sagging skin, fine lines – as much as we wish we were, none of us are exempt from these things. I repeat – none of us.

So, why don’t more people undergo facelift surgery?

Well, the truth is there are a lot of things people don’t like about facelifts. Some people don’t like the idea of going ‘under the knife,’ while others are trying to avoid undergoing too big of a transformation. 

The downtime, recovery period, cost, complications – these things can turn anyone off from the surgery.

If only there was another way – a less-invasive way. 

Don’t worry – there is, and it’s called a PDO thread lift. 

PDO threads have been around for decades, but it wasn’t until recently that we started using them as an alternative to a facelift. Don’t worry – we’re going to get you caught up on everything you need to know!

PDO Thread Lift: A Non-Invasive Alternative to a Facelift

PDO stands for polydioxanone, the same material used for sutures or stitches. It’s a colorless, crystalline, biodegradable synthetic polymer – which basically means you won’t be able to see it, and it’s dissolvable.

The process is fairly simple…

The PDO thread is inserted into the skin before being pulled back – in other words, tightened. This effect makes the skin look younger, firmer, smoother, lifted, boosted, and rejuvenated – exactly what we want!

It’s basically a facelift, but without the scalpel – and without removing any skin. 

There are three primary types of PDO threads: 

  • Mono threads. A single-strand mono thread is smooth, free of barbs, and secured to a specific location on the face. 
  • Cog threads. These threads contain tiny barbs that latch onto the skin, allowing for a better grip when lifting the face.
  • Screw threads. This type of thread consists of one or two interlaced threads coiled around the end of the needle. 

Mono threads are primarily used for rejuvenating and tightening the skin, while cog threads are primarily reserved for lifting the face. Screw threads work best when addressing a loss of volume or texture.

A Boost of Collagen Goes a Long Way!

Facelifts are very effective, but they don’t do anything to treat the root of the problem – which is a loss of collagen and elastin. These two proteins are produced naturally in the body, but levels decline as we age.

And the more they decline, the more aged the skin looks. 

While facelifts don’t increase collagen or elastin, PDO thread lifts do – and they do it quite well!

This happens when the practitioner inserts the needle (attached to the thread) into the skin – triggering the body’s natural healing response. The immune system then sends tiny cells called fibroblasts to the wound, where they produce collagen and elastin – resulting in smoother, firmer, and tighter skin.

But that’s not all!

They also help eliminate adipose cells, also known as fat cells. This means that the areas of the face being targeted will experience a loss of subcutaneous fat – making the face appear even more defined. 

So, while PDO thread lifts can pull back the skin to restore your youthful appearance, they can also supply your skin with the proteins it needs to rejuvenate, revitalize, and revivify itself over time. 

Smooth, Lift, Twist: We’ve Got You Covered at The SKN Bar!

Is the natural aging process starting to rob your skin of precious collagen and elastin? Is your skin starting to sag, droop, or lose its elasticity? Do you want to shave years off your face without the use of a scalpel? 

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you’ve come to the right place. 

Welcome to The SKN Bar

We’re revolutionizing Nashville’s skincare industry with our PDO threads – detailed below. We’re excited to introduce you to the beauty and wonders behind this incredible procedure – so here’s what we offer:

Smooth threads. Also known as mono threads, these are best reserved for wrinkles and fine lines by the jawline, nose, cheek, eyes, and lips.

Lifting threads. These are your barbed threads (also known as cog threads), and they’re best reserved for lifting the skin on the face, neck, or eyebrows.

Twist threads. And finally, we have the screw threads, which can help add volume and texture in areas that have lost it. We recommend using it on small areas (such as under the eye).

If you’d like to learn more about PDO thread lifts or are interested in other skincare treatments – such as Sculptra, PRP therapy, Botox, or dermal fillers – please don’t hesitate to contact us at (615) 982-0829. 

You can also book an appointment with one of our wonderful practitioners by clicking here.

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