Sugar Thread Lift for San Francisco

Cristina Walstead

PDO Sutures Tighten Skin Without Surgery

The sugar thread lift at the San Francisco Bay Area's Lieberman & Parikh Facial Plastic Surgery is the latest innovation in nonsurgical facial rejuvenation and produces highly effective results that can last for up to two years. The procedure is performed by implanting or “threading” PDO (polydioxanone) dissolvable threads into the superficial layers of skin, generally in the areas of the forehead, cheeks, jawline and neck.

The patient's own body will then build new bundles of collagen around each thread to organically lift the desired region. Little to no downtime is necessary after the treatment session, making the sugar thread lift a popular choice for people seeking to trade their loose or sagging skin for a more youthful appearance.

  • Find out more on the sugar thread lift in the San Francisco Bay Area and what it can do for your face. Request your consultation online or call 650-327-3232 to schedule an appointment to see us in our Palo Alto or San Jose offices.

How Does a Sugar Thread Lift Work?

The key to a sugar thread lift is that the PDO threads, made of polydioxanone (a complex sugar that naturally breaks down into carbon dioxide and water), are eventually dissolved by the body. They are strong, flexible, and safe and have been used in surgical settings for decades.

When inserted beneath the skin, the PDO sutures hold up drooping skin like a scaffold. This provides a lift, but the benefits don't stop there. The polydioxanone fibers stimulate collagen and elastin production, adding healthy volume and boosting the skin’s tone, moisture, pliancy, and texture. This regeneration process will continue as the sutures themselves dissolve away in four to six months, leaving healthy, supportive collagen to keep skin tight in key areas of the face.

The ultimate results of a sugar thread lift can last for up to two years, and patients can return annually for touch-up sessions as desired.

Sugar Thread Lift Procedure and Recovery

A sugar thread lift is a minor procedure lasting 30 minutes to an hour and is performed in our office. While no anesthetic is necessary, a topical numbing cream may be applied to the skin to help increase a patient's comfort.

While there may be some mild swelling or bruising lasting a few days, patients generally return to normal activities immediately.

Patients will quickly notice some results of the procedure, but long-term results will continue to develop over the next several months as the threads are reabsorbed by the body and new collagen is naturally regenerated.

Is a Sugar Lift Right for You?

The sugar thread lift is ideal for people who would like a more youthful appearance but may not be ready for surgery. While the results are not permanent, some patients appreciate the minimal downtime necessary after the procedure.

Dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm Voluma®, can also provide a lifting effect by adding volume to specific areas and pulling up sagging skin, but patients looking for more long-term results should consider a surgical facelift.

Drs. Lieberman and Parikh will discuss your ultimate aesthetic goals during your consultation and help you determine which treatment is right for you.

  • Learn more about a sugar thread lift in San Francisco, available at For the Face - Lieberman & Parikh Facial Plastic Surgery. Call 650-327-3232 to set up a consultation.