Myths About PDO Threads

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Have you dreamed of achieving a youthful, lifted face without going under the knife? Look no further than PDO threading! This non-invasive aesthetic treatment takes the beauty world by storm, offering similar results to a facelift without the high cost or downtime.
In just one hour, you can walk out with tighter, firmer skin, reduced wrinkles and eye bags, and even contoured facial features – all without the risks and scarring associated with surgery. Plus, the procedure is virtually painless and requires no general anesthesia, so you can immediately return to your daily routine!

But with so much buzz around PDO threading, it’s essential to separate fact from fiction. Learn everything you need to know about this popular skin tightening and lifting technique, including how it works, its safety profile, and why celebrities swear by it.

What Are PDO Threads?

At Marielaina Perrone DDS, we use PDO threads classified as “collagen stimulators,” FDA-approved, and made in the USA.
PDO stands for polydioxanone, a natural protein woven into a thin thread similar to human hair. These absorbable sutures are made from the same material as dissolvable surgical sutures, so they are naturally absorbed into the body several months after placement. That means no follow-up thread removal is needed!

PDO threads are suitable for all skin colors and types, not just for those with advanced aging signs. Many viral beauty influencers in their 20s rave about how a thread lift helped them reduce the appearance of eye bags, contour, and tighten their faces. So why wait? Try PDO threads today!

What Is A PDO Thread Lift?

A PDO thread lift is a revolutionary aesthetic treatment that enables an experienced aesthetician to tighten sagging skin, reduce skin laxity, and promote collagen and elastin production across the entire face and neck. This treatment is highly versatile and can be used to target a variety of areas, including the neck, jowls, jawline, nasolabial folds, crow’s feet, under-eye area, eyebrows, cheeks, and marionette lines.

During the treatment, the skin is numbed, and Dr. Perrone outlines the placement path of the threads to create the best lift for your unique facial tissues and areas of concern. The PDO threads are then inserted through small punctures into precise locations beneath the skin, where they stimulate collagen production and lift and tighten the surrounding dermis and deeper tissue, resulting in complete facial rejuvenation. Don’t worry about visible marks or scars – the punctures are tiny.

The entire procedure typically takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of areas being treated. You can resume most normal activities immediately after the treatment. The best part is that a PDO thread lift is a “lunchtime lift” that can take years off your appearance without requiring surgery, downtime, or exorbitant costs.

Despite the many benefits of PDO threads, several myths persist about their safety and effectiveness. In the next section, we’ll debunk ten of these common misconceptions.

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MYTH – PDO Threads Make You Look “Frozen”

Unlike anti-aging treatments that may lead to a loss of facial mobility, PDO threads do not affect muscle function. These threads are static, which does not stretch or prevent the face’s natural movements. With a PDO thread lift, you can still raise your brows and smile without looking like a “joker” or having a frozen appearance.

Moreover, PDO threads are superior to dermal fillers for addressing marionette lines (smile lines around the mouth).

A PDO thread lift produces a naturally tightened, smoothed, and rejuvenated face and neck without compromising facial mobility or expressions.

MYTH – PDO Threads Have The Same Results As Dermal Fillers

While PDO threads and dermal fillers can help you achieve a more youthful appearance, they are different aesthetic treatments that produce different outcomes.

Dermal fillers restore volume to targeted areas of concern, slightly lift sagging skin, and necessitate regular touch-ups. Most patients visit their provider every 4-8 months for dermal filler maintenance.

Many patients choose thread lifts over dermal fillers because of threads’ long-lasting benefits. PDO threads treat the whole face, provide more lift, and tighten the skin, with results that can last between 12 to 18 months. The next myth explains the expiration date of PDO threads in more in-depth.

PDO threads are a better option for most people who want a more defined face or are concerned with signs of aging. A PDO thread lift can lift and tighten your entire face, producing longer-lasting results than dermal fillers and other anti-aging treatments.

MYTH – PDO Threads Do Not Provide Long Term Aesthetic Results

PDO threads have a lifespan of about six months before they dissolve, but their beneficial effects can extend for up to 18 months. Thanks to the stimulation of collagen and elastin production and increased skin hydration, PDO threads can provide long-lasting skin tissue rejuvenation for patients.

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MYTH – PDO Threads Cannot Be Combined With Fillers

Why choose between PDO threads and dermal fillers when you can have both? Combining the two treatments can provide optimal aesthetic results for full facial rejuvenation. While PDO threads lift and tighten the entire face, dermal fillers smooth wrinkles and add volume to specific areas such as the cheeks and lips.

Together, these treatments can address various cosmetic concerns without requiring invasive surgery. Many of our patients have chosen to combine PDO threads and dermal fillers, and they are thrilled with the results. So why not consider combining these treatments to achieve your desired look?

MYTH – PDO Threads Are Visible

PDO threads are made of bioabsorbable material and are essentially surgical sutures. Dr. Perrone inserts them beneath the skin. When inserted properly, they cannot be seen or felt. Horror stories of visible threads and infections are often due to unskilled practitioners performing the procedure. Therefore, finding a board-certified health care professional who can carry out the procedure is essential. At Marielaina Perrone DDS, our staff is highly skilled and trained in PDO threads, ensuring a safe and effective approach to help you achieve a more youthful appearance without spending a fortune or undergoing surgery.

MYTH – PDO Threads Stretch The Skin

It is a common misconception that PDO threads stretch the skin during a thread lift, but this is false. The threads are inserted below the skin’s surface and are placed onto the fat layer to lift the dermis. This means there is no pulling or stretching of the top layer of the skin during the procedure.

In fact, the skin reacts to the threads by producing a selective inflammatory response, which stimulates collagen production and strengthens the skin. This creates a more youthful and lifted appearance that looks natural and rejuvenated. Dr. Perone has the skill and experience to perform a PDO thread lift with precision and expertise, giving you the desired results without any unnecessary stretching or pulling of the skin.

MYTH – PDO Threads Are Made Of Thread

PDO threads have a similar appearance and texture to traditional thread but are not made of thread. Rather, they are made of a thermoplastic polyester resembling sugar strings. This material is derived from renewable resources like corn starch and sugar cane, making it eco-friendly. PDO threads are incredibly safe and biocompatible, as they are the same material used in cardiac surgeries. Additionally, they are re-absorbable, meaning that they will naturally dissolve over time without causing any harm to the body.

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MYTH – There Is Only One Type Of PDO Thread

There are different types of PDO threads, each serving a unique purpose. Dr. Perrone may use one type of thread or a combination of threads during your treatment.

The two most common PDO threads used are barbed threads and smooth threads.

Barbed Threads: Also called lifting threads, barbed threads are used to lift heavier tissue. In addition to stimulating collagen production, they are the stronger of the two threads.

Areas commonly treated with barbed (lifting) threads are:

  • Jaw lift
  • Cheek lift
  • Arte lift
  • Eyebrow lift
  • Neck lift

Smooth Threads: These threads provide skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, and smooth skin texture, and they can promote collagen production. The only difference is they lack the barbs needed to pull back.

Areas and concerns most commonly treated with smooth threads are:

  • Acne scars
  • Eyebrow commas
  • Glabellar lines/forehead wrinkles
  • Marionette lines/chin lines
  • Radial lip lines
  • Skin tightening
  • Submental tightening
  • Vermillion border

Both barbed (lifting) threads and smooth threads dissolve over time, so no follow-up appointment is required, and they provide results for 12-18 months.

MYTH – PDO Threads Are Invasive and Painful

PDO thread lifts may sound intimidating, but most patients report minimal discomfort during the procedure.

Compared to other aesthetic treatments like Botox and dermal fillers, a thread lift may be slightly more uncomfortable but still relatively painless. Plus, it is a non-invasive procedure that does not require anesthesia, so you can be in and out of the office in under an hour.

After the procedure, you may experience some tenderness and swelling, but no downtime is required, and you can resume your daily activities immediately. Don’t let fear hold you back from achieving the youthful, rejuvenated appearance you desire with a PDO thread lift.

MYTH – PDO Threads Are Expensive

A PDO thread lift is an excellent option for those seeking affordable aesthetic treatments. Compared to dermal fillers, the cost of PDO threads is only slightly higher, but their effects last much longer. Moreover, a thread lift is a more affordable alternative to a surgical facelift, providing similar results at a fraction of the cost.

Pricing for a PDO thread lift varies depending on the number of threads required and the areas treated during the procedure. Our experienced team at Marielaina Perrone, DDS can provide a personalized estimate during a no cost aesthetic consultation.


Enhance your natural beauty with smooth PDO Threads for a refreshed, youthful look.

The use of smooth threads to rejuvenate and restore facial skin is a game changer for many. Maintaining a youthful appearance will help boost self-esteem and how we present ourselves to the world. A smile makeover can include not just restoring a person’s smile but also the facial features that frame it.

Smooth PDO threads have proven safe and effective for facial rejuvenation. Ask Marielaina Perrone DDS if smooth PDO threads are right for you! Dr. Perrone also offers Botox and Juvederm dermal fillers as an adjunct to smooth PDO threads.

Contact Marielaina Perrone, DDS, at (702) 458-2929 to schedule a no-cost cosmetic consultation appointment if you are ready for a smile makeover. We cannot wait to help you with your oral health and smile makeover to create your dream smile in Henderson, Summerlin, and Las Vegas, NV.

Author Bio

Cosmetic Dentist Marielaina Perrone DDS

Dr. Marielaina Perrone is a highly respected and experienced dentist in Henderson, Nevada, with over two decades of expertise in providing quality dental care to her patients. She graduated from Stony Brook University School Of Dental Medicine and has completed advanced training in cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, and orthodontics.

Dr. Perrone is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry techniques and continuing education to provide the best possible care for her patients.

Dr. Perrone takes a patient-centered approach and believes in personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual’s unique needs and preferences. Her gentle and compassionate demeanor creates a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for patients during their dental appointments.

Aside from dentistry, Dr. Perrone enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and cooking. She also volunteers her time and expertise to various charitable organizations in her community.