PDO Thread Lift

Conveniently located to serve the areas of Berkeley, CA

The PDO thread lift is a non-surgical face-lifting procedure that provides patients with a more youthful and refreshed appearance. This innovative technique utilizes PDO (polydioxanone) threads, which are biocompatible sutures commonly used in surgery, to lift and tighten sagging skin. (1)

In a perfect world, your age would be reflected only by your growth from within and not by the condition of your skin. But the fact is, the natural aging process inevitably increases the number of wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven textures you develop over time. Even the effects of gravity and other environmental influences play a role in our skin’s image.

The thread lift is a versatile facial rejuvenation treatment that can address various concerns, including sagging skin on the cheeks, jowls, neck, and brow area. It can also be used to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. At Nubo Spa, our team of experienced professionals specializes in performing PDO thread lifts with precision and expertise. We understand the unique needs and desires of each patient and customize the treatment plan to achieve the most effective results.

If you are seeking a non-surgical solution for facial rejuvenation and want to experience the benefits of a PDO thread lift, we invite you to schedule a consultation at our Berkeley location. Contact us at (510) 637-9394 or fill out an inquiry form to learn more about this innovative procedure and take the first step towards a more youthful appearance.

The Importance of Collagen

Collagen is a fundamental component of our skin, providing it with structure, strength, and elasticity. It is a protein that forms a network of fibers, giving our skin a smooth and youthful appearance. But as we age, the production of collagen in our bodies decreases, resulting in the development of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. (2) The PDO thread lift works by inserting specialized threads into the deeper layers of the skin, creating a supportive framework that not only lifts and tightens the targeted areas but also stimulates collagen production.

About the PDO Thread Lift

Polydioxanone, commonly known as PDO, is a versatile material that has found its place in the field of aesthetic medicine. This synthetic absorbable polymer has been extensively used in various medical applications for decades, including cardiovascular surgery and orthopedics. However, in recent years, PDO has gained significant popularity in the realm of skin rejuvenation and anti-aging treatments.

How Does a PDO Thread Lift Work?

The PDO threads work by creating a supportive structure within the skin, providing an instant lifting effect. Additionally, as the threads are absorbed by the body over time, they continue to stimulate collagen production, further enhancing the overall results and providing long-lasting effects.

Lifting Locations

Our Bay Area teams utilize PDO Thread Lifts to improve the firmness, tone, and volume of your skin. The treatment is typically performed to enhance the following areas:

  • Eyebrows
  • Corners of the Eyes
  • Cheeks
  • Mouth
  • Jawline
  • Jowls
  • Neck
  • Nasolabial Folds
  • Marionette Lines
  • Nasojugal Folds

Benefits of a PDO Thread Lift

  • Targeted Facial Rejuvenation: A PDO thread lift effectively addresses signs of aging and helps rejuvenate the face by lifting and tightening sagging skin.
  • Minimally-Invasive: Unlike traditional facelift surgery, a PDO thread lift requires no incisions or general anesthesia. It offers a less invasive alternative to achieve a more youthful appearance.
  • Increased Collagen Production: PDO threads are made from a biocompatible material that triggers the body’s natural collagen production. Increased collagen levels further enhance the skin’s firmness and elasticity over time.
  • Natural-Looking Results: The strategic placement of PDO threads creates subtle yet noticeable improvements, ensuring that the results appear natural and harmonious with your individual features.
  • Reduced Appearance of Wrinkles and Fine Lines: By lifting sagging skin and stimulating collagen production, a PDO thread lift can significantly reduce the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines, restoring a smoother and more youthful complexion.
  • Minimal Downtime: One of the key advantages of a PDO thread lift is its minimal downtime. Most patients can resume their daily activities shortly after the procedure, making it a convenient option for those with busy schedules.
  • Long-Lasting Effects: While the immediate effects of a PDO thread lift are noticeable, the long-lasting benefits are equally impressive. The collagen stimulation triggered by the threads helps maintain the results for an extended period.

Candidates for PDO Thread Lift

Candidates for a PDO thread lift are individuals who desire a non-surgical treatment to address concerns such as sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles in the face. The ideal candidate for a PDO thread lift is someone seeking natural-looking results without undergoing a more invasive surgical procedure. They should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the treatment. Age is not a limiting factor, as long as the individual is suitable for the minimally invasive nature of the procedure.

At Nubo Spa, our goal is to provide long-lasting effects and enhance your natural beauty through this advanced technique. Contact us at (510) 637-9394 to schedule your consultation at our Berkeley location.

Personal Consultation

We understand that each patient is unique, and their needs and goals vary. That’s why our personal consultations are tailored to your specific requirements, ensuring a customized treatment plan that addresses your concerns effectively.

During your consultation, you will benefit from expert guidance and advice from our qualified medical professionals who specialize in aesthetic procedures. Please inform us at this time of any allergies or medical conditions. We will address any questions or concerns you may have, ensuring that you are well-informed and confident in your decision. 

Why Choose Nubo Spa?

Helping you achieve your goals is why we opened our medspa. We understand that a standard, at-home skin care routine won’t always provide you with the skin you want. Get the skin you desire by scheduling a consultation with one of our many skilled specialists. There’s no better time than now! 

Preparing for a Thread Lift

One of the first steps in preparation is discontinuing the use of blood thinners (such as aspirin), supplements, and other medications as instructed by our medical professionals. This is essential to minimize the risk of excessive bleeding during the procedure and promote a faster recovery.

Additionally, if you are a smoker or use nicotine products, it is strongly advised to stop their use in the weeks leading up to your PDO thread lift. Nicotine can impair the healing process and potentially increase the risk of complications. It is important to remain nicotine-free throughout the duration of your recovery for optimal results.

Thread Lift Procedure

PDO thread lifts are 30- to 45-minute outpatient procedures performed in the comfort of our Berkeley medical spa location. Your aesthetic specialist will begin by numbing the treatment area with a topical anesthetic. The threads are then precisely inserted into your skin using a hypodermic needle, and manipulated to lift and reposition the targeted skin.

The type, length, and amount of sutures used depend on the area(s) of treatment. PDO Thread Lifts require no incisions or cuts, so your skin will be left without scarring. The sutures used can take six to nine months to metabolize. As a result of the procedure, you may experience mild redness, swelling, or bruising, but the effects will shortly subside.

Recovery & Results

To ensure you’re getting the most out of your investment, here are some tips:

  • Refrain from any dental procedures for the first two weeks
  • Avoid holding your mouth open for long periods
  • Sleep on your back for the first few weeks
  • Don’t put too much pressure on the treated area

With proper care, you can enjoy your thread lift results for up to two years.

Cost of a PDO Thread Lift in the Bay Area

The cost of your procedure will depend on the personalized treatment plan we create for you during your consultation. To learn more about the PDO thread lift and to schedule a consultation with us contact Nubo Spa at (510) 637-9394 or fill out our simple online form. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you and guide you through the process. 

If you are interested in reading more about thread lifts, and our other med spa procedures, read the Nubo Spa blog.


What happens during a PDO thread lift?

During a PDO thread lift, thin threads are strategically inserted into the skin, stimulating collagen production and promoting skin tightening. The threads are carefully placed in specific areas to lift sagging skin and restore youthful contours, resulting in a natural-looking rejuvenation of the face.

Is the PDO thread lift painful?

Most patients report minimal discomfort during the PDO thread lift procedure. Local anesthesia is typically used to numb the treatment area, ensuring a comfortable experience. After the procedure, some individuals may experience mild soreness or swelling, but these symptoms usually subside within a few days.

Can a PDO thread lift be combined with other treatments?

Yes, a PDO thread lift can be combined with other cosmetic treatments to achieve comprehensive rejuvenation results. Combining treatments such as dermal fillers or Botox can further enhance the overall outcome, addressing multiple signs of aging simultaneously. During a personal consultation, your provider will evaluate your specific concerns and recommend the most suitable treatment plan for you.

Is a PDO thread lift suitable for everyone?

A PDO thread lift is generally safe and suitable for individuals who have mild to moderate skin laxity and want to improve the appearance of sagging skin. However, it is important to undergo a thorough consultation with a qualified practitioner to determine if this procedure is right for you. They will assess your medical history, skin condition, and aesthetic goals to ensure that a PDO thread lift is the appropriate choice for your needs.


  1. Martins JA, Lach AA, Morris HL, Carr AJ, Mouthuy PA. Polydioxanone implants: A systematic review on safety and performance in patients. Journal of Biomaterials Applications. 2019;34(7):902-916. doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0885328219888841 
  2. Varani J, Dame MK, Rittie L, et al. Decreased Collagen Production in Chronologically Aged Skin. The American Journal of Pathology. 2006;168(6):1861-1868. doi:https://doi.org/10.2353/ajpath.2006.051302