PDO Thread Training Courses (MINT PDO and NovaThreads Training)


Our Next PDO Thread Hands-On Training Courses

All Courses Eligible for Affirm Pay Over Time for as little as $156/month and 0.0% Interest

PDO Thread Training with Optional Hands-On Certification

Since 2016, PracticalCME has been a leader in small-group, hands-on PDO Thread Training. Moreover, our 9 Credit CME Online Curriculum with Live Narrated Case Videos can be combined with live One-On Hands-On Experience. You have two choices for hands-on training:  MINT Threads or NovaThreads (through AIAM partnership).

FAST TRACK™ Online plus Live Hands-On Blended Dual Certification

Since 2012, we have pioneered FAST TRACK™ Training. This gives every live course participant…

  • A full 9-hour streaming, interactive online presentation complete with narrated treatment videos.
  • Because the online learning begins from the moment you place your order, you can learn at your own pace.
  • Print your online CME certificate after passing the online post-test.
  • Then, attend the live hands-on for up to an additional 6 CME hour certificate.
  • Hands-on courses are limited to 2-4 providers for each 1 MD instructor.
  • You perform your half of a case one-on-one with the MD instructor.
  • Extended/Advanced opportunities available for multiple cases or Advanced body areas.

Up to 15 AMA Category 1 level CME credits with Dual Certification

Because our courses are backed by the gold standard in CME certification, you can rest assured that you are receiving the best training with no sponsorship or bias whatsoever. Use your online certificate to set up your accounts to purchase toxin and filler, then use your hands-on certificate for your liability insurance. FAST TRACK™ gets you ready for a great hands-on experience and begin treating patients immediately when you return to the office.  Other hands-on courses have little to no didactic and you watch a hands-on case “cold” with no knowledge prior to the live date.

Why Choose PracticalCME for your PDO Thread Lift (Smooth & Barbed) Training?

  • Experienced: First, we have been in business since 2008 and have only MD instructors with at least 10 years’ experience.
  • Dependable: Also, PracticalCME has never cancelled a class.
  • Comprehensive: Spend as much time as you need on the online materials. Receive free updates and re-review as often as needed for 2 full years after purchase.
  • Prepared: Because everyone learns the online material in advance, you already know the basics when you attend the live date.
  • Personalized: Since no hands-on class has more than 6 participants, you will get the most personalized, one-on-one instruction.
  • Helpful: Customizable consents and patient instruction forms can be downloaded from the online course for use in your own practice.

Available Small-Group LIVE One-on-One Hands-On Training

  • Online 9-Hour Didactic followed by
  • Optional Live PDO Thread Lift Hands-On Certification Course
  • First complete the online curriculum at home at your own pace.
  • Personalized Group Training with Maximum 4 Participants
  • Hands-On with Smooth and Barbed Sutures
  • One-On-One Training at Your Office Available
  • NEW ADVANCED Live Hands-On Class (see below for agenda)

FAST TRACK Online + Live PDO Thread Training

  • Learn Online prior to Live PDO Thread Lift Training Class
  • Start watching online Anatomy and PDO Thread Lift course material immediately
  • Live Review and One-On-One Hands-On Training (Small Group, Masks Required)
  • Downloadable consents and patient instruction forms
  • Up to $4,200 in Free Threads with first bundle purchase

Up to 15 CME Credit Hours

  • Online +/- Live Hands-On Training
  • Accredited Certification by AAFP with AMA Category 1 Credits
  • Credits also accepted by AANP and AAPA
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Who is Eligible to Take PracticalCME Training Courses?

PDO Thread Lift Training for Medical Professionals

  • Doctors (MD’s and DO’s)
  • Nurse Practitioners & Physician’s Assistants
  • Others are eligible for the online course only, but not the hands-on training at this time.
  • Non-US Licensed Providers Chat with us using the chat box below or email us
No training course alters the legal scope of practice as defined by the medical/nursing boards in your home state/country. Please review all state/country requirements for supervision for these procedures prior to adding them to your practice.

PDO Thread Blended Live Hands-On Course Outline

Day 1 — 8 Hour Online Didactic Curriculum (done at your own pace)

Thread Lift vs Face Lift

  • Thread Lift in the literature
  • Consensus opinion on thread lift
  • Differences between Thread Lift and Face Lift

Facial Anatomy

  • Skin and Fat
  • Musculature and Fascia
  • Blood Vessels at risk and How to Avoid
  • Major Nerves at risk and How to Avoid

Facial Aging

  • Skin Layers and Age
  • UV-induced Changes
  • Gravitational Changes vs Volume Loss
  • Shifts in the SMAS Structural Fat
  • What causes Jowls and Naso-Labial Folds?

History of Thread Lifting

  • Review of Historical Products
  • Review of Branded non-PDO Products

PDO Thread Lifting

  • Advantages of PDO suture material
  • Metabolism of PDO
  • Available FDA-approved PDO products
    • Smooth Sutures
    • Coiled Sutures
    • Barbed Sutures
    • Anchored Sutures

The Physics of Facial Lifting

  • Directional Rules
  • Areas to Avoid
  • Identifying a Good Thread Lift Candidate

Performing the PDO Thread Lift

  • Review of Local Anesthesia
    • Lidocaine maximum dosing
  • Planning and Marking
    • Upper Face / Forehead
    • Mid-Face
    • Lower-Face
    • Jawline
    • Submental
    • Neck
    • Body Areas
  • Consent
  • Smooth Thread Volumization Strategies
    • Brow
    • Cheeks
    • Upper Lip
    • Folds and Wrinkles
    • Neck
  • Barbed Thread Lifting Strategies
    • Floating
    • Tied
    • Anchored in Temporal Fascia
    • Mid-Face
    • Lower Face
    • Submental Region
    • Forehead/Brow
    • Abdomen and Leg
  • Detailed Procedure Description and Video Review
    • Narrated Case Videos Exclusive to PracticalCME
    • Avoiding Complications
    • Patient Instructions Post-Procedure
    • Launching Your New Service
    • Additional Literature
    • Post-Test

End of Online Didactic Curriculum

Day 2 — LIVE Hands-On Training at Individual Clinical Sites (Up to 6 Hours)

  • Live Q&A with Instructor
  • Live Patient Counseling and Planning Instruction
  • Live Patient Counseling and Planning Instruction
  • Up to 4 Total Hands-On Cases with one-one-proctoring. Threads used will be specified on each date’s description.
  • Perform one full case on a patient you bring and learn by watching the other attendees’ hands-on cases.

NovaThreads® and MINT PDO® are registered trademarks of their respective owners. This course is independent and not affiliated with any one thread lift suture provider.

PDO Thread ADVANCED Hands-On Live Training Course

This Class will use: MINT 43, Easy, 17, Fine, Fix, and Smooth PDO sutures.


By Booking this course you Certify that…

  1. You have taken a PCME Hands-On PDO Thread Training Course in the past
  2. Have taken any MINT PDO Thread Hands-On Training Course AND have performed at least 20 Barbed Thread Cases

This course will cover the following special situations complete vector design

  • Challenging Face lift (severe ptosis, older patient, skinny face, heavy neck or face, acne scar, face deformities)
  • Challenging Neck lift
  • Lip flip
  • Acne scar
  • Nose lift
  • Cat or fox eyes
  • Body thread lift, Breasts, Abdominal skin, Naval area rejuvenation, scar treatment including acne scar or surgical, Butt lift, upper arm skin rejuvenation and lift, above knee skin lift
  • Body skin rejuvenation

Each participant will do one full cases of any of the above areas needed by his/her patient. Provider should bring the appropriate patient for the procedures provider wishes to perform.

This course has no additional online didactic component or CME credits.

If you have not taken and passed the online PCME PDO Thread curriculum in the past, you MUST choose the option that includes the Online Curriculum when placing your order.

This is a physician office-based hands-on course date. We will supply all necessary threads and supplies.

MINT PDO® is a registered trademark of HansBiomed. This course is independent and not affiliated with any one thread lift suture provider.

Course General Information & Purpose

How the Best Doctors and Mid-Levels Learn PDO Thread Lift Techniques

Nobody learns how to perform thread lifting procedures in their basic medical or nursing education.  These PDO Thread Lift procedures do not belong to any one specialty or group of providers.  For over a decade, PracticalCME has provided inclusive aesthetic training courses for all eligible practitioners.  Hands-On training in PDO Thread Lifting (NovaThreads, MINT) is our latest addition.  It is our goal to provide you safe, evidence-based certification training before, during, and after the live hands-on training date.  Our physician faculty members will continue to support you while you transition from student to provider in these services.

With our unique FAST TRACK™ PDO Thread Lift classes, you are ready to practice your new procedure in 3 easy steps…

  1. Watch the narrated online content at your own pace.
  2. Attend the live review of the protocols, Q&A, and hands-on training
  3. Begin practicing and re-review the online content when necessary


Over 98% of our attendees rate our aesthetic training courses “excellent” and would recommend PracticalCME to a friend or colleague.

Reserve Your Spot Now for one of PracticalCME’s PDO Thread Lift Certification Training Courses







Why Choose PracticalCME?

Excellence in CME Training Since 2008


  • Dr. Huyen is very knowledgeable about aesthetics and is a great teacher. I felt very comfortable and encouraged to ask questions during her workshop. The hands on training was awesome. I now feel much more confident doing procedures. I highly recommend.

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    Dr. L. Antoni ForbesNostalgia Family Medicine
  • AMAZING! I highly recommend taking this course. The online portion is extensive. Hundreds of videos to watch and re-watch. The in person training with Dr Huyen was flawless. I learned more than expected. Dr Huyen has immense thread knowledge and is a fantastic teacher. I highly recommend! I will be signing up for another training soon!

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    Jenna Bartholomew Florida PDO Thread Training April 2022Eden Medical Spa
  • The didactics and practical portion of the class were outstanding. I felt prepared to start cosmetic injections after the class. Everything was explained and taught so clearly. I am looking forward to other Practical CME classes

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    Tara WoodTara R Wood, DO
  • Excellent and in depth course. Material is organized in a logical way and encourages one to follow along. Totally free of industry/company bias. Recommend it most highly- post test forces you to actually know the material! Time and money well spent.

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    Piotr M Wyrwinski, MDPDO Thread Online Training
  • The PDO Thread online course was very comprehensive. Even though I have done dozens of cases, I learned many new things from this training. I like that the course is constantly updated with new videos.

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    Dr. Lee, MDPDO Threads
  • Of all the CME courses I have taken in an effort to expand my medical practice, I can say without hesitation that PracticalCME's lectures have been the most well-presented, memorable, and enjoyable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

PDO is an absorbable suture material called polydioxanone which has been used since the 1980’s. It can be used in aesthetics to stimulate new tissue growth and/or reposition fallen fat pads in the face and neck due to aging. It has a low rate of complications and infection
Barbed PDO threads require local anesthesia and should be performed by MD’s, DO’s or NP’s, and PA’s working under a skilled MD or DO physician. Smooth PDO threads for volumization use a similar skillset as Dermal Fillers and may be appropriate for RN’s as well under a proper protocol and MD supervision per the laws of your state.
The PracticalCME online PDO Thread training is approved for 8 CME credits. It was the first PDO thread course to have CME credits using online materials and recorded cases.
At practicalCME, our online courses are visual, and you can watch it many times to reinforce your learning. Our PDO thread course has hours of narrated case videos that you can watch over and over again. Watching someone do a case live one time will not help you at all when you get home if you do not have the recorded course material and protocols to review again later.
It definitely helps to know Fillers prior to threads since both require finding the perfect depth of injection. But for patient satisfaction, many patients cannot be fully treated with threads alone, and would benefit most from combination therapy including Botox, Fillers and PRP in addition to threads.

PracticalCME was the first to offer both live and online CME-approved training in PDO threads and our blended online + live course offers 15 CME credits. It is very important to learn the characteristics of PDO thread material and the studies behind it prior to using it in your practice. This cannot be covered in courses where all you do is watch cases, or do a case with a proctor. Courses without CME credit are prone to bias from a sponsor or fail to have the academic rigor needed to earn CME accreditation.

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