PDO Thread Lift Specialist

Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD -  - General Dentistry

Riverside Dental Health & Beauty Spa

Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD

General Dentistry & Medical Spa located in Rio Rancho, NM

If you find yourself in front of the mirror, lifting your sagging skin to rediscover your younger self, a PDO thread lift can garner the same results, but for much longer. In addition to the excellent dental care at Riverside Dental Health, Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD, offers a beauty spa, helping her patients in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, fight back against the effects of aging, such as sagging skin. If you’d like to learn more about how the PDO thread lift can bring youth back to your skin, call the office or use the online booking tool.

PDO Thread Lift Q & A

What happens to skin as I age?

As you age, several forces lead to wrinkled, sagging, and crepey skin. First, after years of exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, your skin cells begin to break down prematurely.

Second, as you age, your tissue naturally loses its structural support as your collagen and elastin production begins to decline.

Lastly, the years of wear and tear begin to take their toll as expression lines tend to linger longer on your face.

What all of this leads to is thinning tissue that’s more susceptible to wrinkles and fine lines. And as your skin loses elasticity and tone, the thin layer of fat below the surface begins to migrate downward, leaving you with hollowed areas around your cheeks and nose and an increasingly jowly look.

What is a PDO thread lift?

A PDO thread lift is a unique procedure in which Dr. Lewis-Heywood threads a special suture into your skin made from polydioxanone, which your body naturally absorbs over time.

This anti-aging treatment accomplishes three things at once:

Immediate lift

When Dr. Lewis-Heywood places the threads, they work to lift sagging skin immediately.

Natural rebuilding

The introduction of the PDO threads causes your body to respond with renewed collagen and elastin production, which helps hold your skin in the new position.


A PDO thread lift also contracts your fat tissue through coagulation, making this tissue less likely to slip downward.

The procedure itself takes less than an hour, and Dr. Lewis-Heywood applies a topical anesthetic to ensure your comfort. You may experience some temporary soreness, which typically resolves itself in short order.

When will I see results?

Your results will be both immediate and gradual. After your PDO thread lift, your skin benefits from an immediate lift thanks to the threads as well as the coagulation of your fat tissue.

As your collagen production begins to ramp up, you’ll realize gradual results over the following months as your skin’s structural support rebuilds itself.

To maintain your results, Dr. Lewis-Heywood recommends repeating the PDO thread lift after six to nine months to keep your collagen synthesis going. After that, you can enjoy your youthful skin for 6-18 months, after which time you simply return for a follow-up treatment.

To lift and renew aging skin, call Riverside Dental Health to learn more about the PDO thread lift. Or you can use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment