PDO Threadlift vs. Surgical Facelift: which is better for you?

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non-surgical PDO threadlift

In the past few years both men and women are increasingly adopting the non-surgical and less invasive cosmetic surgery procedures which involve minimal downtime and less after treatment care. Many of you must be aware of Botox and Dermal fillers treatment, which are the two most popular treatments for skin rejuvenation. These are ideal treatments for small and targeted facial areas instead of complete facial rejuvenation.

But for those people who are looking for achieving an overall tightening and rejuvenating effect for their facial contours, non-surgical PDO threadlift is a highly recommended treatment. This relatively new treatment is an ideal alternative to surgical facelift providing almost similar kind of results. It rejuvenates the skin while stimulating the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid and greatly improves the facial structure without any cut.

Surgical FaceLift Procedure

Surgical facelift or Rhytidectomy is a cosmetic surgery procedure which involves surgery for improving the visible ageing signs on the face and neck.

Non-surgical Facelift procedure

The PDO threadlift procedure is used for the non-surgical facelift. PDO ( Polydioxanone) threads which have been used in various surgeries, all across the globe are used for the procedure. These threads are inserted, using the very fine needles, into the sub-dermis layer of the skin and are pulled upwards. PDO threads create d dual effect of skin tightening and rejuvenation as it stimulates the production of collagen within the skin tissues. This makes the skin firm, elastic and moisturised.

To decide which is better for you, surgical or non-surgical facelift, here is a comparison of both facelift treatments.


PDO threadlift treatment


Surgical Facelift treatment

  • Conditions treated

Wrinkles on the forehead, drooping eyes an brows, the lower eyelid, in drawn and hollow cheeks, double chin , sagging skin.

Visible signs of ageing including sagging and loose skin of face, jowls and neck area.

  • Treatment

This non-invasive facelift procedure involves the use of PDO threads which are inserted in to those areas of the face which require lifting and tightening.

A complete surgical procedure which involves knife and cutting.

  • Duration of treatment

May take 40-50 minutes depending on the number of threads required to be inserted.

It may take several hours.

  • Anaesthesia

May use local anaesthesia and numbing cream to reduce discomfort.

Local or general anaesthesia along with intravenous sedation is given to the patient.

  • Cuts and incisions

Tiny incisions, no cuts

Both, visible cuts and incisions.

  • Results

Instant, persistent, long lasting and natural looking results.

Permanent results. May or may not give natural appearance.

  • Downtime

No downtime.

10-14 Days downtime.

  • Side effects

Slight bruising, swelling but temporary. It subsides in few days. At rare occasions, there can be scarring, numbing, and infection.

Temporary bruising, scarring, swelling and bleeding. Numbness or tenderness of skin. In some cases, there can be excessive bleeding, scarring, infections, numbness and poor healing.

 PDO threadlift treatment  Surgical Facelift treatment
  • Outcomes of treatment

Tightened and rejuvenated skin with immediate lifting effect. Natural stimulation of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid within the skin.

Skin tightening, reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and lines and improve the appearance of overall facial profile.

  • The duration of results

The results of the treatments last for 1-2 years or longer with continued improvement in results.

The results of the treatment last for up to 10 years.

  • Age suitability

Suitable for the people of age 25 and onwards.

It is suitable for the people of age 40 and onwards.

  • Cost of treatment

The cost depends on the number of treatment areas and threads used. On average, it starts from £500.

The cost of surgery is quite high and is not affordable by everyone. On average it starts from about £6000.


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