PDO Threads vs Traditional Face Lifts: Let’s Age Gracefully

By Kristie Cyrus DCNP: Lets Age Gracefully!

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So, you’ve decided you need a facelift but are not sure how to go about it. Perhaps you heard a bit about PDO threads and aren’t sure whether you should go for that or a traditional facelift. In reality, they are both considered facelifts in the world of anti-aging interventions. However, there is a world of difference when it comes to how these two facelifts are performed, how they impact your recovery, and how much they cost.

What is a PDO thread?

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When discussing any procedure, it’s important to know what it is you are doing to your body. The PDO in PDO threads stands for polydioxanone. Polydioxanone is widely used in the medical field for various applications, including surgical sutures. PDO Thread Lift is a kind of thread lift. PDO Thread is a dissolvable suture that is precisely placed under the skin and is a type of facelift meant to rejuvenate certain areas of the face. It does this by propping up or lifting areas of the face and producing collagen growth (collagen type 1 and 3 normally) to add volume, improve skin texture, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Facelift vs. PDO threads


For some people, the most important distinction between a PDO Thread Lift and traditional facelifts is that PDO threads are a nonsurgical option for facelifts. Meanwhile, traditional facelifts require you to go under the knife. Some people, whether for health reasons or otherwise, would like to avoid general anesthesia. Maybe they have a fear of such a significant procedure. However, with PDO threads you only need local anesthesia and do not require deep sleep like general anesthesia does. For detailed information on the safety of traditional facelifts and certified plastic surgeons in your area, you can refer to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) website.

Recovery Time:

A traditional facelift comes with a longer recovery time. Immediately after, Post-Surgery patients usually experience pain and need bandages to minimize swelling and bruising and soak up serous fluid leaking from surgical incisions. Patients can start engaging in light activities within a week but should avoid strenuous activities and exercise for at least three to four weeks post-surgery. When it comes to PDO threads most individuals can resume most normal activities Twenty-four to Forty-eight hours later after treatment. However, it is still best to avoid intense physical activity as well as excessive facial movements during this time. After the first month, most people can continue all daily activities including strenuous exercise. Both treatments do take several months to see final results.


The cost of a traditional facelift can be very expensive. On the low end, it can be $7,000, and on the high end, $15,000. This price range is simply out of reach for many people who want a younger healthier look. Meanwhile, the average cost for PDO Threads is around $400, with the most expensive procedure being $1,500. For cost comparison articles, you can refer to resources discussing the average cost of PDO Threads and traditional facelift costs.


Although both are considered Face Lifts, PDO Threads and Traditional Face Lifts are very different. The decision is yours as to which approach you prefer. Perhaps an experienced plastic surgeon doing a Traditional Face Lift brings you more comfort and control over the procedure. Maybe there are health concerns or fear of going to sleep that you just aren’t comfortable with. Whether it’s cost, recovery time, or safety concerns, PDO Threads offer a viable alternative to Traditional Face Lifts where surgery would normally be involved.

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