PDO Threads

Norman J. Pastorek, MD, PC, FACS -  - Facial Plastic Surgeon

Norman J. Pastorek, MD, PC, FACS

Facial Plastic Surgeons located in New York, NY & Madison, CT

If you’re searching for the latest, easiest alternatives to traditional plastic surgery, consider skin lifts using Novathreads, Eurothreads, Miracu and Les Encres. Norman J. Pastorek, MD, PC, FACS, provides this innovative treatment for both women and men in Manhattan, New York, and Madison, CT who want to look younger without surgery. Call Dr. Pastorek’s office or book an appointment online for a personalized consultation today

PDO/PCL Threads Q & A

How do PDO/PCL Threads work?


Once Dr. Pastorek confirms PDO (polydioxanone) and PCL (Polycaprolactone) Threads are right for you, he will select the type of thread that he believes will give you the best results. Novathreads, Eurothreads, Miracu, and Les Encres threads are some of the types available we use. To prepare for the thread placement, he injects a small amount of local anesthesia by your hairline to numb the treatment area and maximize your comfort.

Next, Dr. Pastorek uses delicate blunt tip cannulas, which contain the PDO/PCL threads, to insert the threads gently under your skin to maximize the lift effect. Typically two to four lifting threads are used per side for face and/or neck lifts. As needed, he can use smooth threads to improve your skin texture in almost any area or twist threads to volumize the under eye area, lips, and cheeks.

PDO/PCL threads trigger your skin’s healing process by stimulating collagen growth, which helps create newer, healthier-looking skin. Dr. Pastorek leaves the threads in place, providing the structure and strength to lift your skin.



Do skin lifts using PDO/PCL Threads hurt?


Most men and women experience minimal discomfort during the procedure to place PDO/PCL Threads.

You may experience some mild discomfort when Dr. Pastorek applies the local anesthesia and begins threading, but the sensation dissipates after the service. We use technology that speeds your healing to minimize any discomfort. There’s no real downtime, and it’s perfectly safe for your skin to absorb the sutures. No evidence of the threads is seen once they are absorbed, just younger, healthier-looking tissue.


How long do lifts with PDO/PCL Threads last?



Your skin will slowly and completely absorb each kind of PDO/PCL thread over varying amounts of time, but much of the restored integrity and the youthful look lasts up to a year because of the increased collagen production. Barbed threads last 6 to 12 months and PCL threads last over 2 years. Smooth PDO threads are often placed two to three times at intervals of four to 6 weeks apart for lasting results, and PDO twists are placed every 5 to 6 months to volumize.



Am I a good candidate for PDO/PCL Threads?

Good candidates for PDO/PCL threads have minimal to moderate sagging or wrinkles. We have seen excellent results in patients who have had a facelift in years past and wish to restore a firmer look. If you have too much excess skin or too many wrinkles, threading also might not be right for you, but contact Dr. Pastorek to be sure.

If you’re ready for firmer, younger-looking skin without surgery, call or book an appointment online to see if you’re a good candidate.