PDO Thread Lift

We offer the PDO Thread Lift treatment for those interested in improving their skin quality without undergoing extensive surgery.

As we age, signs of loose skin become more and more visible. After 30, our collagen and elastin concentration takes a dramatic hit, leading to increased laxity in the face and several other regions of the body. Worse still, when skin laxity impacts your face, the effects of age are only reversible through aesthetic treatments and surgery. Though nothing can be done to slow the passage of time, how you look can still be under your control. At Travis Shaw, MD, we strive to offer the best aesthetic medical services in Richmond, Virginia. That is why we offer the PDO Thread Lift treatment for those interested in improving their skin quality without undergoing extensive surgery.

What Is PDO Thread Lift?

The PDO Thread Lift treatment is comprised of absorbable, monofilament surgical sutures embedded within fine needles. In other words, these sutures are comprised of a non-toxic sugar molecule that contains very small umbrella-like attachments that lift and tighten from underneath the skin. These sutures are woven into a tight mesh and inserted into the subcutaneous layer of the skin. Following the procedure, the PDO threads have the added effect of stimulating your skin’s natural healing properties through collagen production. When used in combination with traditional fillers such as Juvéderm, Restylane, or Sculptra to restore lost volume, thread lift results become more dramatic and can last even longer.

Older couple with great skin

PDO Thread Lift Procedure

When you come in for your consultation, you will be greeted by Dr. Shaw or a member of our patient care team. We will take the time to assess your particular skincare needs and determine the best way to administer our treatment. The PDO Thread Lift procedure will then start with a small injection of local anesthesia. After the numbing, the suture is placed just below the skin. When placed under the epidermis, the added threads provide an instant tightening and smoothing effect, giving your skin a natural lift. The PDO Thread Lift procedure lasts about 15-30 minutes and the majority of patients experience mild to no pain. Some patients report feeling a small pinch during the process, but the comment we hear most is “that was easy.” 

Skin Tightening Results

Over the course of 18 months, the sutures will safely dissolve, stimulating natural collagen production and offering results that last for an average of 12-18 months. For added skin tightening and volume restoration, the PDO Thread Lift can be used in combination with traditional fillers such as Juvéderm, Restylane, and Sculptra. Dr. Shaw works hard to assure that our patients receive the best care while minimizing downtime. After your visit, you will be free to go home and enjoy your radiant skin results.

Before and After Photos

Treatment Recovery and Downtime

The PDO Thread Lift is more like getting fillers than having a surgical procedure. Unlike a traditional surgical procedure, there is no general anesthesia, no cutting, and no deep tissue manipulation required. Therefore, recovery is very quick. Following treatment, some minor swelling or bruising may be present for up to 48 hours. During this time it is important to avoid strenuous activity to prevent further irritation. 


PDO Thread Lift in Richmond, Virginia

Skin tightening doesn’t have to involve complicated surgery or elaborate procedures. When you visit Travis Shaw, MD, you will discover support and a new feeling of confidence. Make an appointment to discuss the PDO Thread Lift skin tightening treatment option today by calling/texting (804) 775-4559 or submitting your information via the form below.


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