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As one of Austin’s original medical spas, TOC Medical Spa provides expert personalized solutions for restoring and maintaining healthy skin. All injectable treatments are provided by registered nurses under the supervision of our TOC physicians.


Now offering PDO Thread Lift! Turn back the hands of time with this minimally invasive treatment. While injectables, laser, and proper skincare can help to slow the signs of aging, not many treatments can address lost volume and sagging skin. With the latest addition of PDO Threads, we are able to address these issues in as little as one session.


Q: What is a PDO Thread Lift?

A: PDO Thread Lift is a treatment that restores volume, smooths the skin, and lifts and tightens sagging skin tissues using absorbable threads made of polydioxanone.

The lifting thread is introduced deep into the layers of the skin and instantly provides a lifting effect that promotes collagen stimulation to improve texture, fine lines, and wrinkles.


Q: How is a thread lift performed?

A: Thread lift treatment begins with a thorough consultation in which we discuss the area of concern and the desired outcome.

  • We’ll apply a topical numbing cream to numb the surface area.

  • We’ll thoroughly cleanse the area and mark the areas of treatment. 

  • A local anesthetic is injected into the dermis in the area where threads will be inserted. This local anesthetic is injected throughout the procedure for extra comfort.

  • For maximum comfort, you may request the ProNox Nitrous Oxide device be reserved for your procedure.

  • The preloaded cannula is inserted beneath the epidermis. The number of threads used will be determined at consultation and ranges for each patient.

  • When the cannula is removed, inserted sutures remain in place.

  • We will gently massage the tissues to encourage integration of the thread into the surrounding tissue.

  • An immediate lift is noticeable and full results will be seen over the course of 4-6 months as collagen stimulation is a gradual process.


Q: How long do results last?

A: The threads are dissolvable and typically dissolve 6 months post placement, but have collagen producing benefits that last up to two years.


Q: Where can you place PDO threads?

A: PDO threads can be placed in the face, neck, and decollete.

Q: Is a PDO thread lift the same as a traditional “thread lift”?

A: No, PDO Threads are more superior for soft tissue lifting and the immediate lift is often tighter than a traditional "thread lift".


Q: Can thread lift be combined with other procedures? 

A: Thread lifts can enhance the results of injectables like Botox and dermal fillers. Combining other treatments with the PDO thread lift is often recommended to increase the effects of each technique and provide optimal results.


Q: What are the advantages of a PDO Thread Lift vs a traditional facelift?


A: PDO Threads are not meant to replace the results given from a surgical facelift. Consultation for treatment is required to determine if you are an ideal candidate for the PDO thread lift procedure. A thread lift is an appealing non-surgical option for facial rejuvenation for patients wanting a slight lifting effect without undergoing surgery. There are no incisions and downtime is minimal. At your consultation, your nurse provider will create a customized treatment plan for you. If you are a candidate for a surgical facelift, we may recommend you see one of our surgeons at TOC Eye and Face for optimal results.

Q: Is there any downtime with PDO threads?


A: There is minimal downtime with PDO threads. Bruising and swelling is normal and expected. If bruising is visible, you can take oral Arnica or apply topical Arnica cream/gel to areas that are discolored. Arnica tablets and cream are available for purchase in our office. Bruising and swelling typically resolves within 2 weeks.

If okayed by your physician, we recommend discontinuing all blood thinners (Ibuprofen, Excedrin, Aspirin, Aleve, Vitamin E, fish oil, etc.) for 2 weeks prior to the procedure. If you are prescribed any of these medications, you must consult with your physician prior to the procedure. Blood thinners increase your chances of bruising and swelling. Avoid alcohol for 3 days prior and avoid going to the dentist 2 weeks before or after your procedure. 

Avoid the following activities post PDO procedure:

  • Strenuous exercise and excessive movement or animation of the area treated for 2 weeks.

  • Massage or manipulation of the tissue for 2 weeks.

  • Dental work for 2 weeks. 

  • Steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, or any water source that could be unclean or excessive in temperature for 2 weeks.

  • Taking Ibuprofen (Advil) for 2 weeks. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) may be taken instead, if needed.

  • Aesthetic treatments including radio frequency, IPL, laser, or microneedling for 4 weeks. Consult with your nurse provider prior to receiving any other aesthetic treatment.


Not sure what you need, but want to chat with a nurse provider? Give us a call at 512.533.7317 or by requesting a complimentary consultation below. 


All procedures are performed by Registered Nurses under direct supervision of TOC Eye and Face Physicians.


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