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Nonsurgical Face Lifting: Ultherapy vs PDO Threads

Nonsurgical Face Lifting: Ultherapy vs PDO Threads

While there is no doubt about the benefits of a surgical facelift, not everyone is willing to go under the knife. Fortunately, non-invasive facelift procedures have been on the rise, providing youthful results without the use of a scalpel. These can address lines and wrinkles, as well as tighten loose skin.

We have two nonsurgical facelift procedures that can help with sagging skin: Ultherapy and PDO thread lift. The former uses time-tested ultrasound energy to counteract the signs of aging while the latter uses PDO threads to subtly lift facial features.

In this post, we explain both procedures in detail to help you learn more about them. Continue reading to learn the difference between Ultherapy and PDO thread lift to determine which one is right for you.


Ultherapy is a non-invasive facelift procedure that taps into the power of ultrasound energy to lift and tighten skin. You can turn to this treatment for tightening skin on the brow, under the chin, and on the neck. It can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and chest areas.

How does it work: It uses an FDA-cleared device called Ulthera, which bypasses the skin’s surface. The device does this while delivering the right amount of energy at the right depths and temperature. This triggers a natural response under the skin, stimulating the process of new collagen production.

What results can you expect: While some patients report seeing changes right after the first session, significant results are visible after two to three months. It takes time to see dramatic improvements, as the new collagen can take between 8 and 12 weeks to form or develop.

Is Ultherapy painful:  You may feel tiny amounts of energy or heating sensations below the dermis, but it does not cause pain. These are only present during the delivery of energy on the skin surface. Also, safe painkillers and topical numbing creams are available to improve patient comfort.

Keep in mind: In general, the effects of Ultherapy can last about two years. However, genetics, lifestyle habits, and body chemistry can play a part in the duration of the results. The skin also continues to age over time, which is why it is advisable to make Ultherapy in Singapore an annual treatment to maintain youthful results.

PDO Threads

PDO thread lift is also a non-surgical facelift procedure that uses absorbable threads to lift sagging skin and give you a rejuvenated appearance. At Laser Clinics, we have the Dr. Perfect V-Line PDO Thread Lift. This KFDA-approved procedure can lift and tighten loose and saggy skin on the middle face, jawline, and neck area.

How does it work: The procedure uses a very fine cannula to insert the strong and absorbable PDO threads in the skin’s deeper layers. Once inserted, the skin will undergo a self-healing process that promotes active blood flow (in the skin’s inner layer) and collagen production.

What results can you expect: It is possible to see an immediate lifted appearance in the treated area after the procedure. Significant effects, however, are visible after two to three months or when the stimulation of new collagen begins.

Is PDO thread lift painful: Although the procedure involves the injection of PDO threads, it is well tolerated by patients. It may require local anesthetic, but there is no hospital stay needed. The procedure offers quick recovery with natural results.

Keep in mind: It takes over a period of 6 months for the inserted threads to gradually dissolve. You may be glad to know, however, that its resulting lift can last for up to two years or as the new collagen produced retains the lift.

Which one is right for you?

The right procedure depends on factors like your skin’s degree of laxity, as well as your goals and concerns. If you seem to have loose skin on your face, neck, and chest areas, Ultherapy is worth considering.  If you, on the other hand, want help with sagging  jowls and lower face, you may turn to PDO thread lift.

A consultation with an aesthetic doctor can help determine which one is suitable for your concerns. Your doctor may also recommend other procedures to address certain skin concerns and give you a younger-looking appearance. 

To learn more about Ultherapy and PDO threads, contact us today. Book a consultation with one of our aesthetic doctors and start your journey to a more youthful you.

How to Get a Face Lift Without Plastic Surgery?

How to Get a Face Lift Without Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery isn’t the only option for achieving a facelift nowadays. Non-surgical facelift treatments such as Ultherapy, Titan, Exilis and PDO Thread Lift offer a safe and effective alternative to surgical skin tightening treatments without the risks or lengthy recovery period.

If you want to achieve a more youthful look without surgery or downtime, opt for a non-invasive skin tightening treatment.


Ultherapy is able to mimic the look of a facelift by counteracting the effects of gravity on your skin without any incisions or injections. The FDA-cleared, non-invasive facelift ultrasound treatment promotes the body’s own regenerative properties to gradually lift the skin. Ultherapy is used to lift the eyebrows, jawline, neck, and even the décolleté or the neckline area.

Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound energy to penetrate deeper layers of skin and stimulate collagen production. During treatment, the energy waves trigger the body’s natural healing response which produces new collagen. As the procedure is non-invasive, it results in zero scabbing or scars. It takes at least two to three months to see noticeable results.


Similar to Ultherapy, the Titan treatment offers skin tightening benefits through a non-surgical procedure. Titan is an FDA-approved light-based system that uses infrared light to gently heat the dermis. In turn, the heat stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen to create healthy, new skin.

Titan has the ability to tone and improve skin’s elasticity in many areas of the body, including the face, arms, legs, abdomen, and jawline. The procedure requires no anesthetic or downtime. In total, the procedure takes between 45 minutes to two hours depending on the number of sessions needed. An immediate improvement can be seen following treatment.

Exilis Elite

Exilis Elite is another safe and non-invasive anti-aging treatment that can help rejuvenate the face and body by reducing fat and tightening the skin. 

Exilis uses FDA-cleared radiofrequency energy to heat the deep layers of the skin causing the skin tissues to contract. At least four treatments are recommended to see noticeable results spaced out in one to two week intervals.

Exilis provides two types of applicators – one for the face and one for the body. The face applicator can heat the deeper layers of skin to stimulate new collagen production and smooth out skin over time. This results in a tighter and more lifted appearance especially in the jaw area. On the other hand, the body applicator has an additional function of reducing fat in the double chin and in any area of the body.

Dr. Perfect V-Line Thread Lift

The Dr. Perfect V-Line Thread Lift uses a stronger and more effective type of polydioxanone (PDO) thread designed to lift and tighten saggy skin. This popular wrinkle treatment is available in different thread sizes to accommodate various areas of the face. The threads are constructed of absorbable PDO which is also traditionally used in surgery.

Dr. Perfect V-Line PDO Threads are inserted into the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) or the subcutaneous layer of fat. After the treatment, an immediate and natural-looking lift is achieved. About six to eight months, the threads are naturally absorbed by the body but the resulting lift remains lasting up to 2 years or as long as your collagen produced holds the lift. 

It’s now possible to get a facelift without going under the knife. With non-invasive treatment options like Ultherapy, Titan, Exilis and Dr. Perfect V-Line Thread Lift, men and women with mature and aging skin can achieve a look similar to a facelift without the risk, incisions, pain, or downtime associated with surgery.