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PDO Threads Lips Before and After

By Dr Beverly Hillsrn

Do you always make a pout to look good in pictures? Or want to add volume to your lips? Then probably you might be thinking to lift your lips.

In the world of cosmetics, here is the solution to your thin lips i.e. ‘Lip Threading’. No, we’re not talking about upper lip threading.

It’s a cosmetic and non-surgical process, PDO lip threads are all about injecting multiple ‘threads’ into your lips to create a plumping and contouring look.

Isn't that cool?

PDO thread lips can beautify the lip line. It is a new way to turn thinner lips into fuller lips and more attractive. If you have thinned and deep lips, you can add volume to your lips with the PDO thread lip procedure.

So, what’s the PDO thread lip lift?

In PDO thread lip lifting, a dermatologist injects dissolvable threads with the help of a cannula to boost collagen production. Unlike the traditional lip fillers that add only volume to your lips, lip threading gives a natural look with a fine curve and definition to the Cupid’s bow of your upper lip.

The lip threading procedure is fairly short and it is often called a ‘Lunchtime Lip Lift’. In short, we can say that just forget the traditional lip fillers because ‘PDO Thread Lips’ is the new way to go!

Lip Threading vs Fillers – Which is right for you?

It’s always been confusion among people, about who should get done what and when? After a lot of research, we got the answer!

PDO thread lip lifting is also known as Cupid’s bow lift. If you want fullness and volume in your lips then you need to get HA-based derma fillers (Volumetric gels) but if you want a little bit more defined borders with the volume on your lips then you need to get ‘lip thread lift’.

Natural Appearance

Many patients got fillers and their lips that look unnatural and out of proportion, they give you a dramatic lip ‘Duck Lips’ which is not a good lip shape. PDO Lip threading gives your lips a natural look with defined lip borders and lifted Cupid’s bow.

Long-Lasting Procedure

There is more blood supply in your lips which breaks down the derma fillers faster while dissolving threads build new collagen around lips that takes time, so lip threading may last longer.

Recovery Time

The recovery time period of fillers is long, about 24hrs to 48hr while lip threading recovery time is short and you can see the results right after threading.

Scarless Lip Lifting

Lip fillers can last you 5-6 months, if you’re getting fillers after every 6 months there is a chance of getting scars on your lips. Because in each session derma fillers are injected in and out, there is a tract of scar develops over time which is a disadvantage of fillers and most of us usually don’t talk about it. In PDO thread lip lifting, suture material dissolves easily without leaving scars on your lips.

From the above comparison of lip threading vs fillers, we hope you got your answer!

PDO Threads Lip Pain

Surgeons make lip thread procedures as much more comfortable. First, they apply numbing cream to the area which is to be treated. As lips are sensitive, so surgeons give a dental block with Lidocaine. Lip threading undergoes local anesthesia (awake) and doctors give anxiety medications to patients so that they don’t feel pain. And then small incisions are created at the corner of the lips to insert the threads.

Many patients feel pain in lip threading, you will feel some pain as there are more nerve endings on the lips.

PDO Threads Lips Before and After

A young woman underwent an amazing lip lift with PDO threads. The lip threading procedure was performed by the plastic surgeon Dr. Sheila Nazarian (Beverly Hills, California – United States). The thread used in lip enhancement is a ‘curled thread’ to add volume to lips with a defined lip outline.

You can see the procedure and lip enhancement pictures of the young woman here.

PDO thread lips before and after pictures

These are the lip threading pictures taken in the medical spa SkinMD Seattle (Seattle, Washington – United States).

PDO Threads Lips Before and After

PDO Threads Lips Before and After

(Credit: SkinMD Seattle)

Lip Threading Gone Wrong

Lip threading can only go wrong when there’s an allergic reaction to Lidocaine or by using barbed threads.  Most surgeons use curled or smooth thread to lift your lips and reduce the risk of complications.

However, we didn’t find any lip threading procedures that have gone wrong. In the contrast, we have seen many lip fillers that have gone wrong.

Lip Fillers Gone Wrong

A famous social media influencer ‘itshoneybii’ had lip lift surgery (fillers) to lift her lips but unfortunately, she got overfilled resulting in unnatural-looking lips, which people called ‘Duck Lips’.

lip fillers gone wrong

Following youtube video of ‘itshoneybii’ explains in detail about her lip lift surgery gone wrong.


PDO lip threads Recovery Time & Results

We call lip lifting a ‘Lunchtime Lift’, the procedure takes an average of 15-30 minutes. The surgeon numbs the lip area, then insert the threads into the upper lip by creating small incisions on the corner, and then goes up right to the Cupid’s bow.

After the procedure, the recovery time is fairly short, you can see the uplift results right after your PDO lip threading.

For better results, you have to wait up to 12-48hrs, this would be the recovery time from swollen lips. Moreover, these results can last you from 6-12 months, which is longer than lip fillers.

PDO Lip Threads Cost

The average cost is about $500 to $1200. The cost of lip threading depends on the number of threads used in a procedure to enhance your lips and how much volume is needed in your lips.

However, the prices can go up depending on these factors:

  • Type of thread (curled, smooth, barbed)
  • Location of your medical spa
  • Surgeon’s consultation fee
  • The area where you live

Lip Lift with PDO Threads  Side Effects

Lip threading has minor side effects that can be overcome by medicated prescriptions. The minor side effects of lip threading include:

  • A little bit of bruising and swelling around the lips
  • Swollen lips for 24hrs
  • Pain in the upper lip
  • A sudden feeling of pulling or tugging when you try to smile or speak

The severe side effect includes:

  • Lidocaine reaction (allergy)
  • Infection in lips
  • Threads become visible

However, these side effects can be fixed by your surgeon or doctor.

PDO Lip Thread AfterCare

After any surgery, you have to take some precautions which we call ‘Post Care’. There’s not too much aftercare for lip threading. Although, you can take care of your lips by following tips:

  • Don’t touch your lips too much.
  • Don’t apply lipsticks and lip gloss for at least 12hrs.
  • Apply a cool compress to reduce swelling (don’t rub the ice cube)
  • Use lip balm and moisturize your lips
  • Avoid smoking for a week
  • Use a small toothbrush for brushing your teeth
  • Eat and drink carefully, don’t open your mouth too wide


What size PDO threads for lips?

The ideal size of PDO threads for lips is 29g x 30mm. Many surgeons use softly curled threads to lift lips. It can be used on the face, neck, lips, jawline, or over the body. It’s an ideal size for acne scars also.

Is lip threading permanent?

Nothing can last you forever except ‘Natural’. Lip threading is not a permanent solution to lift your lips. PDO lip lift contains sutures material that dissolves over time, this has an impact on your lips for a certain time usually one year. Then you have to follow the procedure again to enhance your lip shape.

How long do PDO threads last in lips?

The threads take 3 months to dissolve but the results are longer than traditional lip fillers. The PDO lip thread can last you 6-12 months.

Can PDO threads be used on lips?

Yes. PDO threads can be used on lips, the face, or over the body or even used to reduce the appearance of acne scars.

Are PDO threads better than filler?

Yes. The PDO threads are far better than fillers. The recovery time is short with long-lasting results and less expensive than fillers.

How do you put PDO threads in lips?

The non-surgical procedure starts from the corner of the lips, surgeons create incisions and then insert the threads that go up to Cupid’s bow. The same procedure follows for the lower lip.


In the world of cosmetics, ‘Lip Lifting with PDO Threads’ is the new trend, it’s a non-surgical procedure that adds volume to your lips.

Many celebrities, models, and fashion icons around the world have undergone lip augmentation, but PDO lip threading is the safest and most affordable method for lip enhancement that doesn't require any downtime.

We hope this blog helped you to get enough knowledge about PDO lip lifting and lip fillers.