Ultherapy Tital Infrared Lift vs. PDO Threads: What’s the Difference?

There are different ways you can take care of your skin and combat the signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. Having so, there are two common procedures that you can choose from: ultra therapy and PDO thread lifting.

So how are PDO thread lifts different from an Ultherapy procedure? The answer to this question is in their methods, timeframes, and expected results. Both treatments work well in giving you a lifted and tighter skin; however both they way they work and their results show are stark in comparison.

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How Do PDO Thread Lifting and Ultherapy Work?

PDO threads are made of polydioxanone (PDO) which is a biodegradable synthetic polymer that is used to lift and tighten skin. Treatment typically lasts around 30 to 45 minutes and can be done on any area of the body or face. These threads are then absorbed by the body and don’t remain in it. Additionally, PDO threads can be used for a variety of treatments on different areas of the body such as: 

  • Chin augmentation
  • Nose job revision 
  • Earlobe repair or repositioning 
  • Forehead reduction/correction/lifting
  • Neck tightening
  • “Double chin” reduction
  • Breast enhancement 

On the other hand, Ultherapy treatment works by using infrared light to heat the dermal layer of the skin causing collagen to contract. When the heat is cooled down, this helps collagen relax which then lifts the skin giving you a more youthful appearance. During treatment, there’s no anesthetic needed as ultrasound waves travel through tissue without causing pain or discomfort.

Comparing Results of Ultherapy Infrared Lift vs PDO Threads

The expected outcomes of each procedure are fundamentally the same: to tighten and lift the skin. However, they differ in methods, timeframes, and results.

Differences in Procedures

Ultherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves high-frequency micro-needles placed through your skin to stimulate collagen production and increase elasticity. The result is immediate tightening of the skin’s surface while still being natural and subtle. 

PDO thread lifting involves inserting synthetic fibers into your pores with a manual or automatic needle device in order to lift sagging pores as well as smooth out wrinkles caused by aging or sun damage. This method provides more dramatic results over time but requires more patience as it takes longer for new collagen production.


When it comes to longevity, PDO thread lifts last longer than Ultherapy as results last for up to 3 years. But in reality, Ultherapy results can last even longer than 3 years if done by a skilled provider.

PDO thread lifting also takes more time to show effect. Ultherapy provides immediate lifting of facial muscles and skin, while PDO thread lift treatment takes 4 to 6 months before they are visible.

Expected Outcomes and Possible Side Effects

Both treatments provide quick results and are considered safe. It’s important to keep in mind that there are no significant side effects associated with either treatment. 

However, it’s important to follow the post-treatment protocol recommended by your doctor so you can get the maximum benefits of both treatments. If you’re looking for fast and visible results, Ultherapy is the best option for tightening loose skin as it works instantly to make your face look younger than before with minimal intervention. 

Should You Get Ultherapy or PDO Thread Lifts?

The main benefit of getting either treatment is that they both tighten sagging skin and give a visible face lift. They’re also minimally invasive procedures, so there’s no need for anesthesia or recovery time after going through one of these treatments.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself in deciding which treatment you should opt for:

1) Which treatment do I benefit from?

If you're looking for a quick and affordable way to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines, both treatments are great options. 

PDO thread lifting is best for people who want to get rid of deeper wrinkles but Ultherapy treatment is better at treating fine lines. With that, Ultratherapy is also a good option if you're looking for something that's less invasive than traditional surgery. 

2) What’s the expected downtime of each procedure?

PDO thread lifts and Ultheapy are both non-invasive procedures that require little to no downtime at all. More so, both treatments boast similar results in terms of improvement in appearance and tighter skin.

3) How much treatment will be needed?

The number of treatments needed depends on the severity of your skin folds, as well as your medical condition, and how well you follow our aftercare advice. PDO threads are usually applied in one session, with no further sessions required afterwards although some patients do find it helpful to return for an additional treatment. 

Similarly, Ultherapy only requires one visit to the doctor seeing immediate changes. However, depending on your body, your doctor may require a follow up treatment for optimal results. 

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Whether you choose getting a PDO thread lift or Ultherapy, you can expect great results that will surely help lift and firm up your skin given that you’ll get a good aesthetics provider and good aftercare practices. Choosing one depends on your unique goals and desired results.

Aesthetica is committed to helping patients achieve their best beauty potential. We also strive to provide world-class services and provide excellent customer care to each client that comes to our med spa. Contact us today to discover what the best course of action for you to take.

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