What is the thread lift procedure, and how does it work to address sagging skin?

If you are dealing with skin laxity that commonly occurs after one reaches the age of 40 but wants to avoid invasive plastic surgery procedures, you may want to consider the advantages of less invasive treatments such as PDO thread lifts available at the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. This procedure is one way for patients in Washington DC, and Annapolis, Maryland, to achieve facial contouring and lifting.

What are PDO thread lifts?

Dr. Cheryl Burgess, our Board-Certified dermatologist, is an experienced provider excited to offer PDO thread lifting as a skin-tightening treatment available in her office. PDO thread lifts use polydioxanone, which has previously been used for dissolvable stitches. They pull and lift the skin around the face and neck to provide noticeable improvements without plastic surgery. It is a wonderful solution for patients who cannot treat their skin laxity with injectables but are not yet ready for a neck, browlift or facelift.

What can PDO thread lifts improve?

Patients with jowls, the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, sagging neck skin, or deep nasolabial folds may be able to achieve a more youthful appearance with the use of PDO thread lifts.

How long does treatment take?

Most patients visiting our office for the PDO thread lift procedure will find that they often spend less than an hour at our practice to have their treatment performed by our experienced provider.

What should I expect during recovery?

Most of our patients are able to return to their normal activities in just a couple of days. The local anesthetic used for placement will only last a few hours, and some mild swelling can persist for about a week but will resolve on its own. Patients should avoid strenuous exercise for up to three weeks after their procedure.

How long does a PDO thread lift last?

Most of our patients will return in over a year for maintenance procedures to maintain the results as long as possible.

Schedule a time to speak with our Board-Certified dermatologist

If you reside in Annapolis, Maryland, or Washington, DC, and are interested in learning more about the thread lift procedure as an alternative to invasive plastic surgery, Dr. Cheryl Burgess can consult with you to find out if you are an appropriate candidate.

She has two office locations and is open to new patients, providing some of the latest techniques and treatments for the skin and body.

Call the Washington office at (202) 955-5757 or the Annapolis office at (410) 224-1195 to request an appointment and work alongside our nationally and internationally acclaimed dermatologist with the experience and expertise you can trust!

FAQs / Questions asked by patients on Threads procedure


Dr. Cheryl Burgess describes PDO threads as dissolvable threads used to lift and contour the face when skin laxity starts to occur.


While plastic surgery procedures such as brow, neck lifts and facelifts can assist in achieving noticeable results, they can be expensive and invasive. PDO threads can be used when cosmetic injectables no longer provide the changes patients desire, but plastic surgery is not nearly as conservative.


Most patients will enjoy the results of PDO thread lifts for over a year before replacement is needed.


When compared to alternative treatments such as plastic surgery, PDO thread lifts are an affordable option that can delay the need for invasive and costly treatments later on.

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