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Frequently Asked Questions About PDO Thread Lift

If you are not spared by the ravages of time, you are probably frantically trying to find ways to lift your sagging skin and keep your skin firm and restore your youthful look.

Just over a decade ago, people used to associate skin lifting treatment with surgical facelift. In recent years, medical researchers have found a way to lift the skin visibly without having to go under the knife. PDO Thread Lift is a non-surgical thread lift that helps to restore facial contours and reduce visible signs of aging on the face and neck. This is done by inserting special bio-compatible, dissolvable sutures under the skin to lift and reposition sagging skin. The procedure takes about 60 minutes and the downtime is minimal.

Sounds too good to be true? Dr. Siew Tuck Wah, Medical Director of Radium Medical Aesthetics shares with us some frequently asked questions about PDO Thread Lift treatment.

What Is PDO Thread Lift?

PDO Thread Lift is a non-surgical skin lifting treatment that involves the insertion of blunt-tip cannula with a special bio-compatible polydioxanone (PDO) threads into different layers of the skin and the subcutaneous fat, depending on which areas are to be treated.

PDO Thread Lift achieves 2 beneficial outcomes:

  • Visibly lifting loose skin and sagging facial contours to achieve a V-shaped face
  • Stimulation of new collagen when the PDO threads are introduced into the skin

After the 45-minute procedure, you will see a visible lift. The result becomes more pronounced after a few weeks as more collagen is stimulated from the PDO threads, giving a more rejuvenated, natural look.

How Does PDO Thread Lift the Skin?

PDO threads come in many different types.

Mono threads are smooth threads without any barb or anchors. These threads are often placed under the skin in a mesh-like fashion to act as a scaffold. Skin tightening effects can be seen because collagen is stimulated around the threads. Doctors usually insert between 10 and 20 threads to provide a visible lift. Mono threads are great for skin tightening but not usually used for skin lifting.

Screw threads are basically two mono threads intertwined around the needle. Screw threads are great for deficient areas that need volumizing effects to reduce the appearance of sunken areas. Screw threads work well for face lifting and plumping up deficient areas such as cheeks.

Cog threads are threads that are lined with hooks or barbs. These hooks are used to anchor to the underside of the skin to form a scaffold to lift sagging tissue. Collagen stimulation can also be expected around the threads and hooks. Doctors often use cog threads for lifting of the lower face such as jawline and to achieve a V-shape facial contour.

How Long Can PDO Thread Lift Last?

After the treatment, the PDO threads remain in the face for about 6 to 8 months. After that, the threads will dissolve naturally. The lifting effects will become more pronounced and natural over time as more collagen is stimulated.

Even when the threads fully dissolve after 8 months, the skin will still stay in its lifted position for as long as another 12 months because of the new collagen and elastin fibers that were formed.

What Are the Differences Between Silhouette Soft Thread Lift and PDO Thread Lift?

The main difference is the PDO threads are made of polydioxanone and Silhouette Soft threads are made of poly L-lactic acid (PLLA). PLLA has been used by various pharmaceutical and medical applications such as orthopedic pins, screws, and sutures. According to some studies, PLLA is effective for stimulating Type 1 collagen synthesis.

PDO threads are also made of a material that is often used by surgeons for surgical sutures. PDO thread is completely bio-compatible. Because of the large number of threads doctors usually use to treat the face, PDO Thread Lift generally has stronger lifting capabilities as compared to Silhouette Soft Thread Lift. This also means that patients tend to experience a little more discomfort when they undergo PDO Thread Lift as compared to Silhouette Soft Thread Lift.

PDO Thread Lift is often used to lift heavier skin to provide a longer, sustainable lift.

What Do I Have to Consider Before Choosing a Doctor to Perform PDO Thread Lift?


A reasonable PDO Thread Lift treatment will set you back anywhere between $1,600 to $4,500 depending on the number and type of threads used.

Although there are doctors who may charge you out of this range, you should not only use price as the only deciding factor to choose your doctor.

In the hands of an experienced doctor, you can be assured of a comfortable and safe procedure with a beautiful, natural outcome.

On the other hand, if done by an inexperienced doctor, there are several side effects you may suffer from, such as:

  • Visible subcutaneous knots
  • Dimpling and puckering of the skin
  • Infection due to poor medical protocols
  • Uneven lifting on both sides of the face

Always find out more about the doctor’s experience and make sure you are totally comfortable before agreeing to undergo the treatment.

Radium Medical Aesthetics offers both Silhouette Soft Thread Lift and PDO Thread Lift.

Contact us if you want to attain firmer, lifted skin with our non-surgical thread lift treatments:

Call us at: +65 6837 0507
Whatsapp us at +65 8868 0356, or
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