Two years' outcome of thread lifting with absorbable barbed PDO threads: Innovative score for objective and subjective assessment

J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2018 Feb;20(1):41-49. doi: 10.1080/14764172.2017.1368562. Epub 2017 Dec 4.


Background: Thread-lifting rejuvenation procedures have evolved again, with the development of absorbable threads. Although they have gained popularity among plastic surgeons and dermatologists, very few articles have been written in literature about absorbable threads. This study aims to evaluate two years' outcome of thread lifting using absorbable barbed threads for facial rejuvenation.

Methods: Prospective comparative stud both objectively and subjectively and follow-up assessment for 24 months.

Results: Thread lifting for face rejuvenation has significant long-lasting effects that include skin lifting from 3-10 mm and high degree of patients' satisfaction with less incidence rate of complications, about 4.8%. Augmented results are obtained when thread lifting is combined with other lifting and rejuvenation modalities.

Conclusion: Significant facial rejuvenation is achieved by thread lifting and highly augmented results are observed when they are combined with Botox, fillers, and/or platelet rich plasma (PRP) rejuvenations.

Keywords: Objective assesment; satisfaction; thread lifting.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Absorbable Implants
  • Adult
  • Botulinum Toxins, Type A / therapeutic use
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Dermal Fillers / therapeutic use
  • Face
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma
  • Prospective Studies
  • Rejuvenation
  • Rhytidoplasty / adverse effects
  • Rhytidoplasty / instrumentation*
  • Rhytidoplasty / methods*
  • Skin Aging*
  • Sutures* / adverse effects
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Dermal Fillers
  • Botulinum Toxins, Type A