PDO thread lift

Also known as the lunchtime facelift

PDO threads in Centennial

When collagen begins to diminish with age the thinner skin loses volume and support and begins to sag. While some people resort to surgical intervention, there are other lifting techniques that can help. PDO (polydioxanone) threads are commonly used and in the right hands can give natural age-defying results, fortunately at Invigorate Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa in Centennial, Colorado we have the skill. The threads increase collagen over time by firming and smoothing the skin as well as providing instant lift. We offer two types of threads: Nova threads (smooth threads), which help volumize and smooth skin and/or acne scarring and Silhouette InstaLift threads which are thicker and have tiny hooks for lift.

Smooth threads are passed under the skin via fine cannula, are dissolvable and grip the underlying tissues as the thread is pulled tight. They stimulate collagen production over time creating volume in the face. InstaLift threads use barbs or cones and are threaded under the skin tightening muscles and tissues. They leave an entry and an exit point that heal perfectly.

Though popular for lifting the mid-face and cheeks, the eyes, neck and jawline can also be treated. Other parts of the body such as the breasts, knees, thighs, buttocks and under arm area can also benefit from PDO threads. Depending upon the area(s) being treated the lifts usually take from 1-2 1/2 hours.

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Are you a good candidate for PDO threads?

The ideal candidate for a thread lift is typically in their early 30’s to mid 60’s and in good health. They simply want to tighten sagging skin and lift wrinkled or drooping areas but are not considering surgery.They should not have any known allergy or sensitivities to plastic/ biomaterials. People with skin that appears to be very thin and might show the threads or be palpable, are also not candidates for PDO threads. 

Do you have these face or neck concerns?

  • Development of jowls
  • Lacking structure in jawline
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Drooping brow line
  • Deep wrinkles and sagging or hollowness in the undereye area
  • Hollow and heavily wrinkled forehead
  • Loss of volume and structure in cheeks or lips
  • Lack of lip structure and fullness
  • Wrinkles in the neck

Do you have these body concerns?

  • Droopy breasts
  • Sagging buttocks
  • Sagging loose upper arm skin
  • Extra skin around the knees
  • Crepey skin in inner thighs


The first biodegradable sutures were used in the 1960’s for medical use. In the 1990’s, a plastic surgeon cut notches in the surgical sutures he was using to implement on a car accident victim’s face by threading them under the skin. He felt these mesh sutures, or “threads,” would be a good aesthetic tool. Many types of thread came into use but were non-absorbable and eventually taken off the market. Around 2010 surgeons in Korea began using Polydioxanone (PDO) threads” for aesthetic lifting and tightening of the skin. They were FDA approved in 2016 and considered strong and flexible and safely absorbed into the body about 4-6 months after insertion.

There are different types of PDO threads available, each has distinct qualities that make that brand unique. In our practice we use Nova threads that are smooth and are inserted using a cannula and Silhouette InstaLift which are barbed and do not use a cannula. Both stimulate collagen and lift tissues.

After receiving Nova threads patients see a lift with improved facial contouring for at least six to 12 months. Immediately following the InstaLift procedure, you will see instant lifting but results will improve for approximately three to six months as the sutures and cones are naturally broken down and eliminated by the body. Collagen production will also be stimulated in the treated areas. Results vary by patient, but on average results last for 12-18 months.

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