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PDO Thread Lift

Are you looking to revive the youthful contours of your face, but want to avoid surgery and the expense of a facelift?

Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood can affordably improve your appearance using the innovative PDO Thread Lift.

Learn how Riverside Dental Center & Beauty Spa has helped many thread lift patients in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, NM...

What Is a PDO Thread Lift?

Have the telltale signs of aging started showing in your jawline or around your eyes or mouth? The skin on your face often ages much earlier than the rest of your body. A PDO Thread Lift is a low-risk, affordable method to restore more youthful contours.

The PDO Thread Lift is a nonsurgical facelift. Absorbable threads are strategically placed just under the skin to lift sagging facial features while easing fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment is typically completed in under an hour and you can immediately return to your daily routine.

What Are PDO Threads Made Of?


PDO stands for polydioxanone, a flexible polymer that your body can safely tolerate and absorb. Thanks to these polydioxanone sutures, patients can experience the benefits of a facelift without undergoing facial plastic surgery.

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How Does a PDO Thread Lift
Ease the Signs of Aging?

Using hypodermic needles, Dr. Lewis-Heywood strategically positions the PDO threads just under the surface of the skin to support sagging facial features.

In a few short months, the sutures dissolve and are replaced by fresh collagen, one of our body's fundamental building blocks. In about three months, the collagen creates a natural scaffold to lift the skin, reduce wrinkles and fine lines, and improve elasticity.

A thread lift is a fast and minimally invasive way to refresh your profile, however, the results are not as dramatic as a surgical facelift. The results of a thread lift typically last up to three years while a facelift lasts about 10 years.


We Tailor Treatment
to Your Problem Areas

Dr. Lewis-Heywood customizes treatment based on your unique skin type, skin texture, and aesthetic goals. The number and type of PDO threads used will be tailored to your facial needs.

For maximum rejuvenation, patients can pair a thread lift with other treatments offered by Dr. Lewis-Heywood, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers.

Problem areas that PDO Thread Lifts treat include:

  • Jowls and jawline
  • Marionette lines
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Cheeks
  • Forehead
  • Browline
  • Crow's feet
  • Acne scars

Diagram of areas a PDO thread lift can target

Are You Interested in a PDO Thread Lift? Schedule a Free Consultation to Learn More

We all get older, but there are plenty of ways to look and feel younger that do not require surgery.

A thread lift may be just what you need to reverse the signs of aging and look far more refreshed and vibrant. Thanks to safe and effective PDO threads, Dr. Lewis-Heywood can tighten sagging facial skin and promote collagen production for lasting results.

If you would like more information about thread lifts, contact our office online or schedule a free consultation by phone.

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FDA  Approved

Don't confuse today's PDO Thread Lift with the thread lifts banned in 2009. That older method used nonbiodegradable string, which caused numerous problems.

The procedure used at Riverside Dental Center & Beauty Spa in Rio Rancho, NM, uses FDA-approved V Soft Lift® absorbable threads made out of PDO, which prevents the problems associated with permanent threads. PDO is the same biocompatible material surgeons have used in dissolvable sutures for decades.

Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood received specialized training for thread lifts from the American Association of Facial Esthetics (AAFE) to bring this affordable and minimally invasive treatment to patients in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

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When Will I See Results? How Long Will My Results Last?

For maximum benefits, Dr. Lewis-Heywood can enhance your results with BOTOX Cosmetic and dermal fillers.
For maximum benefits, Dr. Lewis-Heywood can enhance your results with BOTOX Cosmetic and dermal fillers.

Results Start Immediately

Dr. Lewis-Heywood will numb the injection areas and then strategically place the threads just under the skin using a small needle. As she adjusts the tension on the threads, they will begin the lifting and tightening of your facial features to create a more youthful contour. 

Collagen Is Rejuvenated

The PDO threads stimulate collagen production to enhance the effects over the next several months. 

Threads Dissolve

How long your PDO threads last varies on what type of thread is used. Most dissolve in about six to nine months, at which point the collagen takes over to support your skin.

Lasting Results

Results from a thread lift aren't permanent, but you can expect the benefits to last anywhere from one to two years. For younger people, the results may last from three to four years. More threads can always be inserted in the future to continue and improve the results. 

Something to Keep in Mind About PDO Thread Lifts


A PDO Thread Lift can be thought of both as an early treatment and a cost-effective facelift alternative. The sooner one starts this collagen-stimulating process, the longer the natural aging process can be delayed.

How Much Does a PDO Thread Lift Cost?

The cost of a PDO Thread Lift is significantly less than a surgical facelift and varies depending on the number of areas you want to treat and how many threads are needed. For more exact pricing, please request a free consultation. We'll go over your aesthetic goals and create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. In addition to flexible financing plans, we also offer late and weekend appointments to make treatment convenient.

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We strive daily to be the kind of practice where you can find your best self. ​Riverside Dental Center & Beauty Spa
Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD

Riverside Dental Center & Beauty Spa

Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD, is proud to offer state-of-the-art dentistry to patients from Rio Rancho and throughout the greater Albuquerque, NM, area. She is affiliated with SurgicalMaster. In addition to dental care, our office features a luxurious medical spa offering wellness and facial rejuvenation treatments. Some of our most popular services include:

We offer free consultations to first-time patients. To get in touch with our friendly team, please contact us online or call  (505) 922-6000 

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