How Many Threads Are Needed To Lift Droopy Facial Skin?

By: Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology


There’s no question that both cosmetic injectables and plastic surgery can work wonders when it comes to reversing the unwanted side effects of facial aging. For patients looking for something a little longer-lasting than injectables but less invasive than surgery, however, there haven’t been many options until recent years. Now, the PDO thread lift offers men and women a convenient and long-lasting way to turn back the clock and achieve youthful, natural-looking results that are almost instantly visible. At Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology in San Francisco, CA, our award-winning team of aesthetic experts is proud to offer advanced thread lifting to help patients look and feel better and more confident than ever. Keep reading for a closer look at how thread lifting works, and find out how many threads you may need to lift and tighten your sagging skin.

Who should get a thread lift?

The thread lift, also called a PDO lift, can be beneficial for patients of virtually all ages who are experiencing sagging or drooping skin, particularly in the mid-to-lower face and/or the neck. In particular, patients who are seeking a less invasive alternative to facelift surgery – but one that lasts longer than cosmetic injectables – may be best suited to thread lifting. Some of the most common concerns that can be dramatically improved with a PDO thread lift include:

  • Sagging facial skin
  • Skin laxity
  • Drooping jowls
  • Undefined jawline
  • Downturned mouth
  • Hollow cheeks
  • Loose neck skin
  • Saggy neck skin

How does a PDO thread lift work?

At Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology, patient comfort and satisfaction are key. Each PDO thread lift is performed in one of our private treatment rooms and takes about 30 – 45 minutes to complete. Prior to the thread lift, the provider will cleanse the skin and apply a topical numbing cream to minimize any discomfort that may be experienced during the treatment. The provider will then identify the target insertion sites and mark them accordingly. Finally, tiny, dissolvable threads will be inserted beneath the skin using a fine gauge needle. Using these threads, the skin can be almost instantly lifted, creating a firmer, smoother, more youthful look. Over the next 4 – 6 months, the threads will boost collagen production and continue to tighten the skin from within as they dissolve.

How many threads are used in a PDO lift?

Because every person’s concerns, goals, and anatomy are different, our knowledgeable team takes great care to customize each thread lift to meet the patient’s needs as an individual. During your initial evaluation for thread lifting, your provider will thoroughly discuss your concerns, assess your skin laxity, and determine how many PDO threads you may need to achieve your desired outcome. On average, patients require between 2 – 4 threads on each side of the face for a mid-face thread lift. An additional 2 – 4 threads may be needed for the lower face and/or neck.

How long does a thread lift last?

Believe it or not, the results of a thread lift can last for 1 – 3 years before a repeat treatment may be needed, making this a fantastic solution for patients seeking a relatively long-lasting alternative to cosmetic injectables.

Refresh your look with a PDO thread lift in San Francisco, CA

If you are starting to notice drooping jowls or a saggy neck but don’t feel quite ready for cosmetic surgery, you may benefit from a minimally invasive and long-lasting thread lift. For more information on how this exciting treatment can instantly transform your look, call Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology to schedule your private consultation for a personalized San Francisco thread lift today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.