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Popular PDO thread lift tone and tighten in NY (New York)

Thread lifts were developed in South Korea in the 1980s. The treatment has migrated west and has found popularity throughout Europe and North America. Today, they’re much desired minimally invasive treatments used to lift and tighten skin on the face and neck. Schedule a PDO thread lift procedure in NY with Doctor Roya!

What are thread lifts?

A thread lift is a cosmetic procedure that can be used to lift sagging skin on the face and neck. The procedure involves the use of small, thin threads that are inserted under the skin. The thread technique uses various types of synthetic fibers to work against gravity to pull and contour.

Once in place, the embedded threads reposition skin and <strong>stimulate the production of collagen. This helps to further tighten and improve the appearance of the skin. The threads are made of materials that are absorbed by the body over time. 

The benefits of thread lifts

Thread lifts offer a number of potential benefits, including:

  • Tightening loose skin
  • Stimulating collagen production
  • Improving skin texture and tone
  • Reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

Thread lifts are a popular treatment option because they provide many of the benefits of a traditional facelift without surgery. The procedure is minimally invasive and can be performed in an outpatient setting. Additionally, thread lifts typically have a shorter recovery time than traditional facelifts.

If you’re considering a thread lift, it is important to consult with a board-certified dermatologist like Doctor Roya who has experience performing the procedure. During your consultation, your doctor will examine your skin and discuss your goals for treatment. She will then develop a customized treatment plan to ensure that you achieve the best possible.

Types of thread lift materials

There are three primary types of thread lift materials: PDO (Polydioxanone), PLLA (Poly L Lactic Acid) and PCL (Polycaprolactone). Each of the threads stimulates the production of collagen, which can help to prolong the results of the treatment.


PDO (Polydioxanone)

PDO threads have been used as an effective surgical suture for many years. They dissolve after 6 to 9 months.

PLLA (Poly L Lactic Acid

PLLA threads tend to last longer than PDO threads. They usually dissolve after 12 to 18 months.

PCL (Polycaprolactone)

PCL threads are the longest-lasting type of thread. They typically dissolve after 24 to 36 months.

Facial areas typically treated with thread lifts

The face and neck are the primary areas where dermatologists perform most thread treatments. These specific zones include:

  • Eyebrows;
  • Crow’s feet (wrinkles around eyes);
  • Undereye area;
  • Naso jugal folds (beneath the eye);
  • Cheeks;
  • Nasolabial folds (laugh and smile lines);
  • Wrinkles around the mouth;
  • Jawline and jowls;
  • Neck.


Threads treat eyebrows by lifting the skin to create a more youthful appearance. They can be used to improve the shape of the eyebrows and to lift drooping skin on the eyelids. Doctor Roya’s before and after patient photos show significant brow lifting with PDO threads.


Cheeks experience great improvement after thread lifts. They add volume to cheeks which, notably, can be lost through the aging process or after weight loss.

Under-eye area

The undereye area results following a thread lift are immediate. PDO threads can also be used to improve dark circles under the eyes. The skin is lifted, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and puffiness.

Crow’s feet (wrinkles around eyes)

Dermatologists, like Doctor Roya, can treat crow’s feet, the wrinkles around the eyes that develop through the aging process, with PDO threads. Crow’s feet appear around the eyes as the skin loses elasticity with age. These wrinkles become more pronounced when smiling.

Wrinkles around the mouth

Thread lifts also improve the appearance of other wrinkles around the mouth. By lifting the skin in this area, thread lifts can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles in this common, problematic area.

Jawline and jowls

Thread lifts can fix the looks of the jawline and jowls. By lifting the skin in this region, thread lifts help tighten sagging skin. The jowl region includes the skin that hangs down from the lower jawline.

Naso jugal folds (beneath the eye)

Thread lifts can help to improve the appearance of nasolabial folds, also known as laugh lines or smile lines. These are the wrinkles that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth. By lifting the skin in this area, thread lifts can help to reduce the appearance of these wrinkles.

Nasolabial folds (laugh and smile lines)

As we age, the skin around our mouths begins to sag. This can cause laugh lines and smile lines to become more pronounced. Thread lifts help to lift the skin in this area, resulting in a reduction of these wrinkles.


Thread lifts can also be used to improve the appearance of the neck. Lifting the skin, the procedure reduces the appearance of horizontal neck creases and sagging skin.

The lifespan of thread lifts

An Aesthetic Surgery Journal study notes documented patient results range from one to nine years. Other research reveals results typically last from 6 to 9 months, when threads are absorbed by the body. Generally speaking, thread lifts are considered a temporary solution for skin laxity.

A procedure’s results’ potential depends on several factors, including the type of threads used, the area being treated and the individual’s skin type and age. However, in most cases, results from a thread lift can last from 6 to 12 months.

Safety of thread lifts

Thread lifts are minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that can be used to lift soft tissues without surgery. The threads used in the procedure are made of absorbable materials – which means they will dissolve over time. This makes thread lifts an attractive, safe and effective option for people looking to improve the appearance of their skin without surgery.

Pre-treatment precautions

Prior to treatment, Doctor Roya will discuss your procedure options. Considerations will be given to the following:

  • The areas you would like to target;
  • Your skin type;
  • Your overall health;
  • Your goals for treatment.

During the consultation, your physician will advise you to avoid the following five days prior to your treatment:

  • Aspirin and NSAIDs;
  • Omega-3 fatty acids;
  • Green tea or green tea extracts;
  • Alcohol and smoking.

Physicians advise patients to refrain from alcohol and smoking, drinking green tea or ingesting green tea extracts, aspirin, anti-inflammatories and omega-3 fatty acids for five days before treatment since they tend to thin the blood and can increase bruising.

Inside a thread lift treatment

The procedure takes place with the patient in a reclining position. Disinfection of the zone and a local anesthetic will be injected beneath the skin. A cannula – a thin tube – will be inserted through a small incision in the skin. The threads will then be inserted through the cannula and positioned in the desired area. The threads will be anchored to the deeper tissues of the skin and pulled tightly. The cannula will then be removed and the incisions will be closed with stitches.


Aftercare for thread lifts

It is important to follow your physician’s aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing and avoid complications. These instructions will likely include:

  • Wearing a compression garment
  • Taking pain medication as needed
  • Avoiding strenuous activity
  • Keeping the area clean and dry
  • Applying ice to the area as needed
  • Avoiding sun exposure
  • Using sunscreen when outdoors

Side effects of thread lifts ​

According to The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, about 15 to 20% of patients experience one or more of the following side effects:

  • Pain;
  • Visible sutures;
  • Snapping of threads;
  • Minor bruising;
  • Infection;
  • Blood accumulation;
  • Accumulation of blood;
  • Dimpling (orange peel-like skin texture);
  • Hair loss;
  • Injury of salivary gland.

Thread lift FAQs

Many patients report minor discomfort during thread lift treatments. However, the application of a local anesthetic can alleviate irritation.

Alternative procedures to thread lifts include the following:


Thread lifts are not permanent. The threads will eventually dissolve and will be absorbed by the body. However, the results of the treatment can last for several months to a year and beyond.

Thread lifts are a popular treatment because they can be used to lift multiple facial areas. The before and after treatment photos show the successful results of some of Doctor Roya’s previous patients. A thread lift is a powerful method to achieve facial contouring goals without the invasive approach and inherent risks of face-lift surgery. Thread lifts are minimally invasive, cosmetic procedures, suitable for both the face and neck.

Contact Doctor Roya to schedule a consultation to determine which thread lift is right for you. Doctor Roya’s offices are conveniently located throughout New York with Manhattan, Queens, and Long Island offices. While the office accepts most major medical insurance, cosmetic procedures, like thread lifts, are not covered by most insurance.

Patient's Testimonies

If you're looking for a subtle, minimally invasive lift, the thread lift at Doctor Roya Institute is the way to go. The procedure itself was quick and comfortable, and the results are fantastic – my jawline and cheek area look lifted and rejuvenated without that 'pulled' look.
- Sophia D.


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