Qualified Practitioner
Dr Ros Debenham MBChB MRCGP

PDO Thread Lift Non-surgical Facelift


As we age we lose the volume in various areas of our face; the cheeks, temples, lips and around the mouth. We also lose the elasticity of the skin and the combination leads to wrinkles and sagging skin. The nose to mouth lines (nasolabial lines), marionette lines develop and we develop jowls.


The Solution

PDO threads immediately lift the skin, creating more volume and then stimulate collagen production in the area to give tighter skin and a more youthful look.


What areas can be treated with threads lifts?

– Jowls
– Cheeks
– Brows
– Nasolabial lines
– Marionette lines
– Neck
– Abdomen


Can fat be reduced in an area?

Insertion of differing threads at different levels in the skin will cause a reduction in the fat cells.


How do PDO threads work?

The threads are made of Polidioxanone (PDO) which has been used as a suturing material all over the world for over a decade. They are inserted under the skin and anchored by tiny hooks along the thread. When the threads are tightened there is a lifting and tightening of the skin. Over the next 6-8 months when the threads gradually degrade there is healing in the skin and contraction. Other PDO threads used for collagen stimulation are inserted quite superficially underneath the skin ,in several rows, depending on the area being treated. With these there is collagen stimulation due to the thread, the insertion and also the effects of ’24 hours a day acupuncture’ to cause skin tightening and volumisation.


Facial Assessment

Dr Debenham was involved in the development of the Galderma Harmony Facial Assessment Process and will guide you through this at your complimentary consultation. Dr Debenham will advise you on which length of threads you should have and the placing of them to get maximum effect. Dr Debenham will personally carry out your PDO treatment. You will be required to sign a consent form after being given the time to ask any questions. Photos will be taken before each treatment.


The Treatment

Local anaesthetic is injected superficially into the skin at the points where the thread is to be inserted. Then the thread is introduced underneath the skin. The thread is then tightened to get the desired effect. Local anaesthetic cream is also applied to the areas of skin where the finer threads are used for skin tightening or fat reduction.


The Downtime

There will be some bruising and swelling after the treatment which can be reduced by taking Arnica tablets starting 7 days before, stopping C & E Vitamins and omega oils 7 days before and avoiding aspirin and anti inflammatories. A rule of thumb is; School run at 3 days, Waitrose at 5 days and back to work in 7-10 days. However it is amazing how quickly you can recover and how little people notice. It really is just the bruising that causes the downtime.



You must sleep face up on pillows for 3-5 days
You must wash, shave and dry face without rubbing for 5 days
You can apply make up gently after 24 hours
You should avoid over-exposure to sunlight for 2 weeks
You should avoid facial massages and facial aesthetic treatments for 4 weeks
You should avoid sports, in particular, high impact sports for 2 weeks
You should avoid dental treatments for 2 weeks
You should avoid excessive facial movements for 2 weeks.


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Where can PDO threads lifts be used?

Thread lifts can be used on the neck and chin (jowls), on the face (cheeks, brows, nasolabial lines, marionette lines) and body (abdomen).

How long do PDO threads last?

Everybody is different due to genetic make up, stress, diet, exercise etc. The results usually last 2-3 years but smaller top up treatments are advisable.

How much do PDO threads cost?

The cost of PDO threads starts from £1,900 and can rise to £2,700 depending on area treated and thus scope of treatment required.

1 Comment

  1. Stephanie P5

    I’ve had lots of filler over the years but since my PDO thread treatment I’ve had lots of compliments from family & friend, the best being

    “ I hardly recognised you, you look so well!” & “You walk with such confidence”

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