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Non Surgical Thread Lift

Using Revolutionary Absorbable Threads

PDO Threads are one of the most popular and highly effective non-surgical means to lift & tighten loose, sagging skin tissues as well dissolve small areas of fat on the lower face and body. PDO (polydioxanone) is a synthetic fibre widely used in areas of medicine such as general surgery and cardiology. In aesthetics, the threads help to lift sagging skin as well as stimulate new collagen - your own natural collagen. Another interesting effect of the threads are their ability to induce lipolysis (fat cell death) which is quite effective in treating facial and body stubborn fat areas as well as inducing collagen and tightening the skin.

There are two basic types of threads. Small threads measure a few centimetres that be placed virtually anywhere (in far east even the skin around female genitalia is popularly treated) in the body to stimulate collagen and tighten the skin. The other type is called a “Cogs” which are approximately 6-12cm in length and have small hooks on them that grip the skin and allow for pulling the skin against gravity. The Cogs are inserted in the skin via a blunt cannula (a technique we’ve been performing with dermal fillers for years) by making a small hole with a normal needle in the skin first. Both types of threads are made of PDO which is the same material used in normal surgical face lift surgery however, now we are able to perform the procedure without any incisions, general anaesthesia while you’re awake and talking to us comfortably under local anaesthetic. The PDO threads are strong, non-allergenic and fully biodegradable and will dissolve over 6 months but producing enough collagen and tightness to last many years.

Interesting Fact:

PDO threads work similar to acupuncture needle. They both stimulate collagen via complex pathways due to mechanotransduction – mechanism through which cells convert mechanical stimulus into chemical activity.

At CosmeDocs we perform non surgical facelift procedure via specially designed blunt cannulas and very fine needles avoiding the need for a scar, general anaesthetic, and long recovery times associated with a surgical face lift with results that are comparable.

PDO Thread Indications:

Face & Neck

  • Jowls (Mild To Moderate In 30 to 50 year olds)
    Treatment Time 15-20 Mins Using Small Threads | Usually No Downtime
  • Jawline Slimming (Fat Reduction & Skin Tightening)
    Treatment Time 15-20 Mins Using Small Threads | Usually No Downtime
  • Chin Tightening (Sagging Skin / Mild Double Chin)
    Treatment Time - 10-15 Minutes Using Small Threads | Usually No Downtime
  • Neck & décolletage Rejuvenation (Wrinkles, Sun Damage, Sagging Skin)
    Treatment Time 10-15 Minutes Using Small Threads | Usually No Downtim
  • Under Eye Circles (Increase Collagen & Skin Tightening)
    10-15 Minutes Using Small Threads | Usually No Downtime
  • Brow / Forehead Lift (Mild - Moderate Degree of Drooping)
    10-15 Minutes Using Cogs | Usually No Downtime
  • Sagging Face - Non-Surgical Face Lift (45+ Year Old)
    Treatment Time 1 Hour Using Small Threads & Cogs | 3-7 Day Recovery


  • Breast Firming & Shaping
  • Stretch Marks
  • Stubborn Fat Deposits (Arms, Belly, Love Handles, Buttocks)
  • Hands

PDO Thread Facelift Procedure

Initially your doctor will conduct a consultation session in which the photos will be taken to determine suitability for the non-surgical facelift treatment.

The area of skin will be numbed using either/both a topical cream or a local, injected anaesthetic and the procedure will take between 30-60 minutes as the threads are inserted using a cannula or micro-needle depending on the individual’s requirements. There are no cuts or incisions required, minimising any risk of scarring. An immediate lifting effect can be seen once the threads are inserted. But to see the complete effect of non-invasive facelift, it takes approximately 6 months as the body starts to generate collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.

PDO Thread For Facial Slimming

PDO threads stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. They lift the loose and sagging muscles and tissues of the face improving the overall texture of the skin. It also helps in decreasing the fat production and slimming the jawline, tightening it and giving a more subtle and contoured look. The skin become tighter, firmer and thicker as the results of the PDO thread starts to surface.

PDO Thread Lift for fat reduction
"PDO Threads For Lower Face Skin Tightening & Fat Reduction"

Contraindications to PDO Threads Face Lifts

  • Active acne or skin infection
  • Keloid predisposition
  • Auto-immune diseases: scleroderma, sarcoidosis, amyloidosis, etc.
  • Anti-coagulant medication: coumarin & heparin (aspirin?)
  • Haemophilia
  • Pregnancy, IVF
  • Malignancy/Chemotherapy
  • Hepatitis B & C, HIV
  • Porphyria

PDO Thread Lift



Effects of Thread lift before and After

As you can clearly see from the pictures that before the thread lift, the patients have loose skin with some wrinkles. The effects of Non-invasive facelift can be immediately observed after the procedure is done. It gives tightness and freshness to the facial profile of patients making them feel youthful.

PDO Thread Lift Treatment Before PDO Thread Lift Treatment After
PDO Before PDO After
Non Surgical Facelift before Non Surgical Facelift after
Non Surgical Facelift Treatment Before Non Surgical Facelift Treatment After
PDO Treatment Before PDO Treatment After

Is the procedure of thread facelift painful?

Both topical and local (injected) anaesthetic may be used throughout the non-surgical facelift procedure to ensure every patient is comfortable. Further anaesthetic can be added at any time if required.

Will I be able to feel the threads?

Initially after the procedure you may be able to feel some of the threads. This will improve and resolve as the threads are gradually absorbed.

Will I be able to see the threads?

It is not possible for you to see where the treads are exactly sites But there is a probability that the end of a tiny thread (similar to a hair) being seen and this issue can be easily resolved and should not cause any problems.

Can the threads break?

It is highly unlikely that the threads will break, however, if it occurred it should not be a concern as the thread will be absorbed and a replacement thread can be placed if required.

How many threads are used?

The threads used can be divided into two types; those used to help lift and tighten sagging skin and those placed more superficially to help support the skin whilst stimulating collagen and skin elasticity. The number of threads will vary greatly depending on what an individual requires.

What are the possible threadlift side effects?

Though minor side effects such as redness and bruising are common, serious complications such as infections are very rare. Nevertheless, it is very important that you discuss with your practitioner the potential risks and side effects in detail.

What is the PDO threadlift recovery time?

Swelling and bruising are the two most commonly observed side effects. You can return to work within a couple of days but it can take longer for bruising to resolve and swelling to settle. This time period varies greatly between people but most should be able to resume normal activities within 1-2 weeks.

Will my face look ‘pulled’ or ‘stretched’?

No. Initially the skin will feel tighter but this will settle and the skin will not appear ‘over-stretched’.

When will I see the results?

You will be able to see and immediate lifting effect, however, optimum results are at approximately 6 months as the skin improves with new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.

How long does a threadlift last?

PDO Thread Lifts should last for 2-3 years however the results do vary between people and are affected by certain factors such as age, health and lifestyle habits such as smoking, alcohol and sun exposure.

How much does a threadlift cost?

The cost of non-surgical facelift varies according to the area which you want to cover for the procedure. A complete facelift including jawline will cost £2250. If you want specific areas of the face to be treated with non-surgical threadlift, such as neck, jaw and neck jaw lines etc. then the prices vary. You can check the different facelift cost in the prices section.

Can I have the procedure repeated?

Yes. As results usually last 2-3 years it is possible to have repeat procedures around this time.

I had for sometime been very unhappy with my lower drooping face that was making me look older than I felt so when Dr Burke suggested PDO Thread facelift and explained the benefits and results of this non surgical facelift procedure I was really surprised to hear it but I trusted the judgment of Dr Burke because she has been giving me non-surgical facial treatment for more than two years and I have always been very pleased with botox and filler treatments and felt she knew what would help me. I had my PDO Threads almost four weeks ago now and I am amazed at the results so far as I know that the results are to get better as time goes on in fact I was pleasantly surprised almost immediately after the procedure. I wasn't sure what to expect during the procedure but I had no need to worry as Dr Burke explained each stage and made sure I was comfortable throughout.

During the non-surgical facelift procedure I only felt a low level of pain/discomfort. After the insertion of threads I felt my face to be slightly swollen, little sore when I touched it and some bruising had started to appear. (I'm prone to bruising so expected this).

I left the thread facelift treatment not long afterwards feeling absolutely fine, drove home and went to work the next day. Sleeping was a little uncomfortable for about 4/5 days as you had to make sure to keep lying on your back and not on your face but all manageable.

Also my face was slightly swollen and a lot of bruising developed to cheeks & to sides of mouth but I managed to conceal with heaps of carefully applied make up.

I had no physical or painful side effects of non-invasive facelift and didn't even have to take paracetamol which was recommended if needed.

I had to go to work the next day but if you suffer with bruising it might be best to avoid going to work for a few days so you will feel less self conscious of any bruising & swelling. One week later everything was perfect apart from a little bruising, the results are really good, immediate fresh appearance and nobody will notice as they look natural.

I no longer have deep lines around my nasal labial and marionette. I also found that my jaw line has lifted significantly.

I love it and feel that it has taken years off. I highly recommend the non-surgical face lift procedure and Dr Burke.

Full Face Lift
Tear Trough / Under Eye Circles
Eye Brow Lift (lateral)
Tear Trough & Eye Brow Lift
Lower Facial Slimming


Jaw line Definition (for mild jowling)
Chin Lift / Tightening
Neck Lift
Face & neck lift
From £3000