PDO Threads Lips Before and After

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 of lifting 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.

What is PDO Threads Lip Lift?

In PDO threads 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 threads are made of a biocompatible material that is well-tolerated by the body, and they dissolve over time, leaving no trace behind.

A PDO threads lip lift can provide a natural-looking lift to the lips without the need for surgery, and it can be performed in a short amount of time with minimal downtime.

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?

Source: V Soft Lift

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 get fillers and their lips look unnatural and out of proportion, they give you dramatic lips ‘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 much more comfortable. First, they apply numbing cream to the area that is to be treated.
As lips are sensitive, 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. 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

Source: Dr. Sheila Nazarian

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

Depending on the patient’s unique characteristics and the therapy’s specific objectives, PDO thread treatment before and after photos can differ. Patients may see a general improvement in the volume and shape of their lips as well as a decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth.

In comparison to more invasive procedures like lip fillers or surgery, the effects of a PDO thread treatment may be mild and less striking. Before starting any medical therapy, it is advisable to talk with a licensed healthcare practitioner about your unique objectives and expectations.

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

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 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’.

The 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 inserts 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 12-48 hours, 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 12 hours.
  • 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 is PDO Threads Lip Lift?

A PDO threads lip lift is a non-surgical procedure that uses dissolvable threads to lift and tighten the skin on the upper lip, creating the appearance of a fuller and more defined lip. The procedure involves the insertion of small threads into the skin above the upper lip, which is then pulled up to lift the skin and create a more pronounced cupid’s bow.

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?

No, nothing can last you forever except ‘Natural’. Lip threading is not a permanent solution to lift your lips. PDO lip lift contains suture 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 longevity of PDO threads in the lips will vary depending on a number of factors, including the type of threads used, the technique employed, and the individual’s skin type and anatomy. In general, PDO 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 the lips to lift and tighten the skin, creating the appearance of fuller and more defined lips. The procedure involves the insertion of small, dissolvable threads into the skin above the upper lip, which is then pulled up to lift the skin and create a more pronounced cupid’s bow.

Are PDO Lip Threads Better Than Filler?

PDO lip threads are a non-surgical option for lifting and tightening the skin, and they can provide a natural-looking lift without the need for injections. However, they do not last as long as dermal fillers, and they do not provide the same volumizing effects.

How Do You Put PDO Threads in Lips?

The placement of PDO threads in the lips is typically performed by a trained medical professional, such as a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. The procedure is typically done under local anesthesia, and the threads are inserted into the skin using a fine needle. The placement of the threads is carefully planned in advance to ensure that they are placed in the optimal position to provide a lifting effect to the lips.

Once the threads are in place, they are gently pulled to lift the skin and create a more pronounced cupid’s bow. The threads are then secured in place to ensure that they remain in position. The procedure is typically completed in a short amount of time, and the patient can return to normal activities soon after. The threads will dissolve over time, leaving no trace behind.


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.

Dr. Beverly Hillsrn

Dr. Beverly Hills is a highly skilled and experienced Cosmetic and body Aesthetic Surgeon known for her exceptional expertise in the field of cosmetic surgery.With a passion for enhancing the natural beauty of her patients, Dr. Beverly Hills has earned a reputation for delivering outstanding results with an artistic approach to aesthetics.

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