Bothered by sagging and drooping skin around the jowls & jawline, but don’t want surgery? Clinically proven, minimally invasive approach lifts and tightens the skin erasing years off your face!

Instant results with a minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedure

Stunning, long lasting outcomes (2-4 years)

Prevents further sagging and improves skin quality

Minimal downtime with return to normal activity immediately after the procedure

Saggy and loose skin has always been a major sign of aging impossible to address without surgical intervention. Up until non surgical thread lifts were invented in the 1990s, many patients suffering from loose skin as a result of aging or weight loss had to resort to a surgical face lift for their desired results. PDO threads have changed the world of cosmetic medicine, allowing for the results of a surgical face lift, without having to go under the knife. A PDO thread lift is not only minimally invasive, but requires no downtime after the procedure, which is a huge benefit compared to the 2 – 3 weeks of downtime required after a surgical face lift. Furthermore, the results are instant with minimal side effects.

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PDO thread lifting in New York

What is a PDO thread lift?

The PDO (polydioxanone) thread lift is one of the newest and most innovative cosmetic procedures to give you the results of a surgical face lift without having to undergo any kind of surgical procedure. PDO threads are absorbable and dissolvable polymers that are also non allergenic and biodegradable. PDO threads are completely safe and have grown to become the most popular cosmetic procedure in Asia and Europe and are now making their way to the United States. People are constantly looking for instant results with no downtime and PDO threads offer exactly that. This non surgical face lift involves the insertion of barbed surgical collagen threads underneath the skin that are then carefully pulled upward along with the skin to create a lifting effect. The procedure itself takes approximately 90 minutes and results in an instant thread face lift.

Does PDO thread lift work?

PDO threads are FDA approved as a medical tool to be used in soft tissues of the face wherever is deemed appropriate by a medical professional. PDO thread lifts work by placing barbed surgical threads underneath the skin and gently pulling the thread, along with the skin that is attached to the barbs, upwards for an instant lifting effect. PDO thread lifts work to lift loose and sagging skin, and to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles in problem areas of the face and neck. PDO thread lift before and after results typically demonstrate immediately visible dramatic differences, but will not look fake and drastic as some surgical face lifts will. When comparing facial threading before and after pictures it is easy to observe how the soft tissues of the skin are repositioned and lifted for a fresh and rejuvenated look.

How does a PDO thread lift work?

A PDO thread lift works through the insertion of barbed surgical threads underneath the skin that are then pulled upwards along with the skin that is attached to the barbs. This creates an instant lift very much like the results of a surgical face lift without having to undergo a surgical procedure. The threads stimulate your body to produce inflammation, which causes your body to repair itself through collagen production in the treatment area. After 4 – 6 months, the PDO threads dissolve and the collagen produced is maintained in the area of treatment. PDO threads are specifically optimal for the lower face, jawline, and neck thread lift, as there is plenty of tissue to hold the threads in place.

Which areas can be treated with PDO threads?

PDO threads NYC are used on several areas of the face and body. PDO facial threads reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and deep lines on the face, such as nasolabial folds or smile lines that are formed between the corners of your nose and lips. As we age, our faces lose fat and overall volume. Certain muscle contractions and facial expressions lead to wrinkles and folds in the face. While Botox and fillers can eliminate wrinkles and lines, more severe cases involving not only folds and wrinkles but also saggy skin likely need more than just filler.

PDO threads lift the skin, resulting in the elimination of wrinkles and folds as well as sagging skin in the face. Depending on the severity and depth of the lines and wrinkles in your face, one of three types of PDO threads will be used. If you want to lift loose skin, then a barbed thread will be used as the barbs will keep the lifted skin in place. If you want to address fine lines around the eyes and lips, you will likely be given smooth threads, which primarily stimulate collagen production but do not offer the lift that barbed threads do. People who have crows feet may opt for an eye thread lift instead of Botox for longer lasting results. Twisted threads are used to add volume and can be placed in areas that have lost facial fat over time, such as the under eyes. While some people may get under eye filler for deep hollowness under the eyes, PDO filler can achieve similar results.

PDO threads are also used as a tool to create a non surgical thread brow lift and to reduce overall droopiness in the face. Aside from the face, PDO threads are commonly used in the neck as it goes hand in hand with the jawline and jowls. Less common, but also included in PDO thread treatment areas are the décolletage, PDO butt lifts, thigh lifts, and arm tightening.

How long does a PDO thread procedure take?

The duration of your procedure will depend primarily on the treatment area and the severity of your case. Including important pre procedural preparations, such as sanitizing the treatment area and local anesthesia, the overall appointment will take approximately 1 to 2 hours. If you are getting a PDO non surgical butt lift or a lower face thread lift, the duration of the treatment will likely be longer than an eyebrow lift.

How do I prepare for a PDO thread lift procedure?

The main preparation for a PDO thread lift is to stop taking any type of blood thinner such as Aspirin, Advil, or Motrin, for one week prior to your procedure. Because the treatment does involve injections, blood thinners may cause excess bleeding and bruising. You may also take arnica supplements beforehand to help avoid bruising after the procedure. With a PDO thread face lift before and after there are steps that can be taken to avoid or reduce the side effects that come with the procedure. Also, if you are in the first 5 days of your cycle the procedure should be postponed as you will be more prone to excessive bleeding.

Is there downtime after a PDO thread lift?

While there is no social or medical downtime after a PDO thread lift, there are some possible risks and side effects that may occur after the procedure. These include bruising, swelling, pain, and discomfort. During the first 1 – 2 months, it is important to restrict yourself from making any dramatic facial expressions and restrain from exercise for at least one month after the procedure as this can cause the threads to migrate or tear. While technically you can go back to work and engage in social settings right after the procedure, many patients may refrain from social environments until the visible side effects, such as bruising, swelling, and dimpling have subsided.

What are the most common side effects with PDO threads?

The most common side effects with PDO threads include pain, discomfort, bruising, and bleeding, which typically subside over the course of 1 – 2 months after the procedure. Skin rippling, dimpling, and folding is commonly seen in the treatment area after barbed PDO threads are inserted. This is a normal side effect that will also subside within 4 – 6 weeks at most. While infection, migration of the suture, or the threads piercing through the skin are possible side effects, they are very rare and can be treated if addressed immediately. Dr. Schwarzburg takes the comfort of his patients very seriously and always provides regular weekly follow up appointments after a PDO thread lift to ensure that everything is settling and healing properly.

How do you reduce swelling after PDO threads?

After your procedure, Dr. Schwarzburg will provide you with ice packs to apply to the treatment area to reduce swelling. You may also take arnica supplements prior to the procedure to avoid excessive bruising. Ibuprofen must also be taken after the procedure to relieve any pain and discomfort that may occur after the treatment.

How long is the recovery after a PDO thread lift procedure?

There is no social or professional downtime after a PDO thread lift, however bruising and swelling may last up to 2 weeks, and random bursts of pain and discomfort may persist for up to two months until the threads are fully settled and healed.

Can I go back to work after the procedure?

There is no downtime after a PDO thread lift, however, you still may want to get your procedure before the weekend, to give yourself a day or two to relax and recover. There may be some swelling and bruising, which some may want to hide from coworkers. If this is the case for you, then Dr. Schwarzburg suggests taking one to two weeks off from work to allow the swelling and bruising that may occur to subside.

Can PDO threads go wrong?

There is a much lower risk with a PDO thread lift than there is with a traditional surgical face lift. That being said, there are some possible risks and side effects to take into consideration before moving forward with the treatment. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort are normal and very common after the procedure and may last up to one to two months. If the threads are not inserted deep enough, there is a possibility of them showing through the skin. It is also possible for the threads to puncture through the skin, in which case the visible part of the thread can be cut off by your physician. Infection is a possibility and should be addressed immediately to avoid further complications.

PDO Eyebrow Lift

When PDO threads are used for an eyebrow thread lift, cat eye thread lift, fox eye thread lift, or nose thread lifting, the results typically last for up to six months. Because there is not as much tissue for the threads to hold on to as there is in the lower face, the results in these areas do not last quite as long as a thread lift for the jowls for example. In these cases, PDO threads before and after the treatment often look amazing and last for up to six months.

How often can you have PDO threads?

The results of PDO threads typically last between 12 and 18 months. This is why Dr. Schwarzburg recommends a follow up treatment every 12 to 18 months to maintain your results. PDO threads can be used as many times as needed to achieve and maintain optimal results.

When should I start doing PDO thread lift?

The best time to start with PDO thread lift treatments is when you begin to develop facial laxity. This can occur at any age and should be addressed at early stages of the development of saggy skin to prevent it from getting worse. When there is only minimal sagginess, it is much easier to reverse than it is when there is severe laxity in the skin.

Will I look natural after PDO thread lift?

Yes, the results of a PDO thread lift are effective, yet very natural looking. Because the threads not only offer a lifting effect, they also stimulate collagen production in the treatment area, allowing for an overall firmer and smoother face. A common fear amongst patients who are interested in getting a face lift is that they will end up looking unnatural. PDO threads will give you a clean and natural looking result, similar to what your face looked like before the skin began to sag.

What are the different types of PDO threads?

There are three main types of PDO threads, which include smooth threads, barbed threads, and twisted threads.

Smooth threads, also called mono threads, are made without barbs and are typically inserted under the skin in a mesh type pattern to accomplish tightening and volumizing effects. Once the skins are inserted under the skin, they stimulate collagen production as the skin repairs itself which results in a skin tightening and rejuvenating effect. Smooth threads are not used for non surgical face lifts. Instead, they are meant to tighten the treatment area and are typically used in the forehead, and around the eyes and lips to treat fine lines and facial wrinkles. They are also used to increase volume in the tear troughs and cheeks. Smooth threads can be combined with other types of threads for lifting results as well.

Barbed threads, also called Cog threads are made of the same material as smooth threads, but contain barbs that attach to facial tissue when inserted under the skin. Barbed threads are used for non surgical face lifts as the barbs hold the skin in place as the threads and skin are pulled upward and secured. They can be used on their own or in combination with smooth threads to lift and tighten the skin or create a slimmer lower face by lifting loose skin around the jawline and jowls. Common treatment areas for barbed threads include the jowls, jawline PDO threads, and neck threads, and sometimes for an eyebrow thread lift or a thread lift for the nose.

Twisted threads, also called screw threads are used specifically to add volume to hollow areas in the face. Because the threads are twisted, they create more volume and offer a non surgical face lift. Common treatment areas for twisted threads include the under eyes and cheeks.

How long do results last after a PDO thread lift?

The longevity of PDO thread lift results depend on the treatment area, the types of threads used, and the amount of threads used. Smooth threads used to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles typically last up to one year, while barbed threads used for a non surgical face lift, eyebrow lift, or neck lift, will last you anywhere from 12 to 24 months. Typically during the first 12 months of treatment, there are two rounds of PDO thread procedures, followed by yearly follow up appointments to maintain the results.

Are PDO threads worth it?

PDO threads offer a variety of improvements including a non surgical face lift and the elimination of fine lines, wrinkles, and folds in the face and certain parts of the body. They can also be used for a lifting and growing effect in the buttocks. If these areas are areas that you are looking to treat, PDO threads are absolutely worth it. Because they are a newer procedure in the United States, they are only offered by a select number of clinics. Dr. Schwarzburg is one of the few qualified physicians in New York that offers PDO thread lifts at his boutique medical spa on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. If you live in New York and search for “PDO thread lift near me,” chances are that Skinly Aesthetics will be one of the first clinics to appear on your search. A proper thread face lift NYC is hard to come by as many clinics only offer mono thread treatment, which will not result in the lifting effect you are trying to achieve for thread lift jowls or thread lift cheeks.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for a PDO thread facelift, you can schedule a one on one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg, who offers one of the best PDO thread lift NYC as well as numerous additional non surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg, you can contact Skinly Aesthetics at, or call us at (212) 774-4264.

How much is a thread lift in NYC?

The PDO thread lift cost in NYC depends on the treatment area, the severity of the case, the type of threads used, the length of the thread, the number of threads, and the clinic itself. The most common treatment area for a PDO thread lift is the lower face, jowl, and jawline area. On average the thread lift cost in that area may be between $2000 and $4000 per session. For other areas the PDO thread lift NYC price can vary. A PDO nose thread lift NYC for example, may be offered at a price as low as $700. Keep in mind, though, that PDO threads price can be dropped significantly if the threads that are used are PDO mono threads, which are commonly used for areas that require barbed threads, while advertised as a PDO lift. This also goes for a PDO brow lift and fox eye thread lift cost, which both require barbed threads for appreciable results.

Why choose a PDO thread lift over a surgical face lift?

The answer to this question depends on various factors, particularly the results that you are looking to achieve, the initial state of your problem area, whether you are willing to undergo a surgical procedure, and how long you would like your results to last. The most important differentiation between the two, is that PDO threads are used to treat beginning signs of skin laxity that can be reversed to prevent further development of loose skin. Surgical face lifts are used when significant laxity and droopiness have already occurred, which is why it is good to start with PDO threads before skin laxity begins to manifest and progress.

Even though the results of a surgical face lift do last longer (up to 7 years) than a PDO thread lift, the primary reason that patients opt for the PDO thread lift is because it is non surgical. Surgical procedures involve careful pre planning and hours spent under the knife. You will likely also have some residual scarring after a surgical face lift, which will not happen after a PDO thread lift NYC. Scarring after a surgical face lift frequently prevents the possibility of further surgeries in the future, which is not an issue with PDO threads, which can be administered several times without any further complications.

After a surgical face lift you will need 2 – 3 weeks of recovery time, meaning that you will have to take time off of work and restrain from other daily activities. A PDO thread lift requires no social or professional downtime, which allows you to return back to work the day after the procedure. PDO thread lifts are ideal for patients who have developed first signs of loose skin in their face and neck that don’t necessarily require a full on surgical face lift. There are of course some more severe cases in which a surgical face lift is the better option, however, if your case makes you a candidate for its non surgical alternative, Dr. Schwarzburg highly recommends going with a PDO thread lift over a surgery.