PDO & Silhouette Soft Thread Treatment  Information

The Natural Regeneration of Collagen

  • Lasts up to 2 years
  • Natural results
  • No Volume changes
PDO & Silhouette Soft Thread Treatment  Information

PDO & Silhouette Soft Thread Treatment  Information

Carried out in a separate CQC Clinic for maximum safety.

Alison Taylor offers the full range of thread treatments:  PDO and Silhouette Soft Threads. The difference is mainly that PDO are generally smaller, smooth or barbed and can be used on smaller areas as well as lifting jowls and jawline and cheeks. Silhouette Soft which are much longer and have a cone technology and are used  for full facial / jawline repositioning. These treatments are considered to be equivalent to a minor surgical operation and so have to be carried out in a separate CQC Registered clinic. 

Why have a Thread Treatment? 

  • Amazing Collagen Stimulation
  • Discreet
  • No Volume
  • Less risk than dermal fillers

Threads are ideal for skin which has mild to moderate laxity – generally speaking, after the age of 27, we all start to lose our collagen by about 1% a year. As our skin is 70% collagen and our whole body is 30% collagen, this has an ageing effect on the skin (and muscles and bone) which we all recognise when our skin begins to stop bouncing back like it used to and appears to start to drop and become soft. Threads do not increase volume or change the face shape at all. Threads therefore offer a natural and subtle improvement. They do not carry the risks which dermal fillers have as they do not run the risk of blocking blood vessels, so in lots of ways, they are the safer option. PDO Threads and Silhouette Soft are an amazing collagen generator for your skin and help firm and lift without adding volume or risk of blood vessel blockage. They are fully compatible with the body and dissolve completely into water and carbon dioxide. As they dissolve over months, they help to  produce collagen which gives long lasting and great results. It is considered to be a discrete approach to achieving a fresher, younger-looking appearance. Many celebrities have had thread lifts to look still natural but refreshed and so have avoided surgery.

The most common areas to address and to treat with threads are:

  • Cheek uplift 
  • Redefine jawline
  • Reduce jowls
  • Reduce double chin
  • Crêpey neck skin
  • Under Eye Skin

Threads explained in brief: 

There are two main types of threads: PDO and Silhouette Soft Threads. 

Thread treatments use these threads, which vary in size, to boost collagen in the skin, lift and redefine jawline, jowls, uplifting of cheeks, under eye skin, neck skin and many more applications. 

The very positive aspect of a thread treatment is that it has none of the risks of fillers – no volume changes, no lumps or blockages. 

Plus, they last for 18-24 months, dissolve completely and the body just eliminates them without having a reaction. (biocompatible and biodegradable). With threads, there are often 2 actions, repositioning and collagen boosting. 

The threads are made of the same materials found in soluble sutures (surgical stitches) , bone plates and artificial organs and have been safely used for over 70 years. 

What can Thread Treatments do?

  1. As a collagen stimulator; being placed invisibly under the skin and encouraging support, strength and better skin texture. This is ideal as an under eye treatment, jowls skin (no lift), cheek lines, neck skin, lip lines and other smaller areas prone to fine skin and large pores.
  2. Or as a larger treatment, to reposition the skin and tissue (provided it’s not heavy) to reduce folds and downward motion of the face. 
  3. Thread treatments can be a stand alone treatment but also used in combination with other treatments like anti-wrinkle treatments, dermal fillers, Profhilo, other collagen stimulators (Ellansé, Sculptra, Radiesse and Lanluma), fat dissolving, peels and micro-needling.

 What are PDO Threads?

The PDO Thread procedure has become very popular but is little understood as there are variations which can be confusing. PDO threads are similar to soluble sutures (medical stitches). They are made of a polymer called polydioxanone which is biocompatible and biodegradable – this means the body accepts them without reaction and they dissolve over time completely harmlessly into carbon dioxide and water. They have been used safely for over 70 years in surgery. 

PDO threads come as either small threads (mono) or longer (cogs). 

Small PDO Threads (Mono)

Small PDO threads (mono) are for smaller areas like under-eye skin, jowl skin, neck, chin, knees, elbows, decolletage – pretty much anywhere on the face and body. They are inserted via a needle and are literally left as a thread, lying invisibly under the skin. They act to support and tighten the area. Over the next weeks and months, they gradually dissolve and as they do so, collagen forms around them giving the skin a firmer texture. For thin and crepey skin, there are few options – full ablative lasers / peels / dermal fillers all have long downtime and risks of lumps / volumising. Threads are an excellent way to help boost your own body to thicken and smooth the skin using your own natural collagen. 

Longer PDO Threads (Cog)

Longer PDO threads (cog) are used for more complex procedures like jaw line redefining. They act to reposition the larger tissue of the face and can give a lift to jowls and cheeks, redefining the jawline. They grip the skin physically with small barbs and are invisible under the skin. As they dissolve, collagen is formed around them giving a lasting improvement to the skin. With PDO Cog Threads and Silhouette Soft Thread, there is an instant result followed by longer term collagen production and firming which lasts for up to 2 years. 

You may also have heard of Silhouette Soft Thread Lift which is a more complex procedure for full facial (jawline / cheeks) repositioning (also available).

Silhouette Soft Threads

Are made from another biocompatible and biodegradable polymer (PLLA poly L-lactic acid) which dissolves in a similar way as PDO. Silhouette are much longer and have cones along their length to hold and grip the skin from the underneath tissue. The threading procedure is slightly more complex but the collagen produced over time is impressive. 



Thread lift is suitable for both women and men. It lifts sagging areas of the face without the need for surgery.

The treatment is considered to be a minimally invasive surgical procedure, performed under local anaesthetic and takes as little as 30 to 45 minutes and produces an immediate and natural lift with little /  no downtime recovery.

The thread-lift procedure involves very fine surgical sutures being inserted in to the soft tissue of the face to lift and support sagging areas. It cannot offer the same results as a full face lift but is a good option for a more subtle rejuvenation.

What are the Side Effects of Thread Treatments?

In brief, it is important to know that all aesthetic treatments carry some risks, side effects as well as benefits. To get the best outcome, please take note of all of the information and ask Alison Taylor about anything which may be confusing or concerning. As with all treatments with Alison Taylor, you are contracted to keep in co-operative communication with her clinic after your treatment. This is necessary for effective and good follow up support and care, as well important progress information for treatment outcomes. 

Please plan your treatment for bruising and swelling with no important social or professional events soon after your treatment. All thread procedures are counted as almost surgical. As they cross the vascular system under skin, there will be some swelling and redness afterwards, with bruising quite likely.  

Side Effects:

  • Discomfort: Slight tightening sensation as new collagen is produced and around the threads. This may last for 2 weeks. Occasionally, there may be a quick sharp pain which is the thread adjusting position in the tissue
  • Bruising: Occasionally the needle may puncture a small blood vessel resulting in a bruise
  • Swelling and redness: This may result following the procedure due to injection with needle
  •  Scarring: Scarring may result from multiple injections, but this is very unlikely
  • Allergic reactions: Although exceedingly rare, the possibility of an allergic reaction
  • Infection: Since Threads procedure involves injections; there is a theoretical risk of developing infection at the injection site. This is also exceedingly rare.
  • Puckering: if the thread is superficial, this can be resolved with massage by Alison Taylor
  • Discolouration: Transient or permanent skin pigmentation changes can sometimes occur at the injection sites
  • Effects of any local or topical anaesthetic

All of these should resolve without intervention within two weeks.(the smaller the thread, the smaller the side effects). Alison taylor is available for follow up care and concerns and her medical training means you are in safe hands for the whole journey.



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Treatment Information


PDO Thread Treatments start at £150 - £950 Silhouette Soft Threads start from £950 - £1800

Procedure Time

60 minutes for full assessment and treatment. Actual treatment takes approximately 20 mins


6 months to 2 years


30 mins (assuming no bruises or complications)

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Alison Taylor - Cosmetic Nurse

Alison Taylor is a Registered Nurse Prescriber and is highly experienced in medical aesthetic treatments. She has an honest and ethical approach and assesses each person individually and personally. Alison has a long career in the NHS prior to her full time commitment to aesthetic medicine since 2005.

Alison is trained to an advanced level in facial anatomy and in administering medical aesthetic treatments and has carried out many thousands of treatments. She has a good reputation (see live reviews) and prides herself in carrying out discreet and natural treatments to give you the fresh open look without making it obvious.

Alison is constantly updating her skills to ensure best and latest treatments to further extend her knowledge and safety in practice. You can check Alison’s registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council  (under her married name Alison Jane Pearce).

Alison is married to Dr Mark Pearce, a well known local GP who is also trained and experienced in aesthetic treatments and he is jining the team to provide a further set of safe hands beyond rival in the Cotswolds. Along with a further Registered Nurse and an experienced therapist, as well the latest technology in skin tightening and gradual, natural looking results, the luxurious clinic  is going to be a positive, safe experience for anyone interested in looking their best.