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With aging comes sagging skin, a loss of definition in the features, a reduction in fat volume, and lowered self-confidence in one’s appearance. While many clients would like nothing more than to reverse these trends, they may not be quite ready for an invasive surgery such as a facelift. That is where the PDO thread lift steps in. This safe, minimally invasive procedure can provide instant improvement in the skin’s texture while simultaneously boosting collagen production for a smoother, firmer complexion. The PDO Max Thread Lift performed at Dr. Fechner’s premier facility is designed to transform your look and restore a youthful self-image.

What is a thread lift?

A thread lift is a way to provide significantly improved scaffolding for the skin, lifting the facial structures and combating skin laxity. It can be used to correct weak areas around the eyes, the cheeks, the jowls, the neck and the brows.

During treatment, only local anesthesia is required. The threads used are biocompatible, so they will eventually be absorbed by the body over time. Threads are typically injected in the same manner as dermal fillers are applied, but in certain cases they can be delivered using microcannulas, which leave less bruising and facilitate a quicker recovery. Most patients resume normal activities within about 48 hours.

What is PDO Max?

PDO Max is a thread product approved by the FDA to help reduce the signs of aging non-surgically. This treatment can be delivered to the skin through cannulas, or slender tubes. Each PDO Max product is engineered with a specific purpose in mind. Levo (barbed) threads can help to lift the facial contours, reverse the ravages of aging, and revitalize your look instantly. Smuth (smooth) threads can help fill depleted contours and tighten sagging skin structures, with results continuing to improve for up to 30 days after application. Both PDO Max options stimulate the body’s natural collagen growth, smoothing away wrinkles, lines and creases while providing the patient with a radiant, youthful glow.

What are the benefits of a thread lift?

  • Safe, FDA-approved and non-invasive
  • No scarring, incisions, or lengthy downtime
  • Helps boost collagen renewal
  • Lifts and tightens sagging contours
  • Corrects poor skin texture and tone
  • Creates a more youthful, inviting countenance
  • Enhances self-confidence

Who makes an ideal candidate for a thread lift?

Good candidates for a thread lift are typically younger than 55 years old and are not interested in undergoing a surgical facelift. Rather, they are looking for a safe, viable way to correct age-related sagging, wrinkles and lines non-invasively. Patients should be healthy non-smokers who are realistic in what they hope to achieve with the procedure. This is based on a private consultation with our team in Boston.

What happens after my procedure?

After a thread lift, patients may experience some mild redness, tightness and tenderness at the treatment sites. Other than those particular side effects, there is little downtime for a thread lift. It is recommended that you follow up after 6 months, at which point your procedure can be repeated to help prolong your results. However, you will continue to see positive changes in your complexion for up to 12 months after your initial session. In order to get the most out of your thread lift, it’s important that you continue to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

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Why choose Dr. Fechner?

Dr. Fechner is a board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon who is passionate about providing cutting-edge, state-of-the-art anti-aging solutions to his clients in the Boston and greater Worcester areas. His training includes a demanding 4-year Harvard residency at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary in Boston, where he honed his abilities in the complex area of face, neck and head surgery. Dr. Fechner combines extensive knowledge and skill with a sophisticated artistry that yields natural-looking outcomes tailored to each client’s unique needs.


Dr. Frank Fechner

428 Shrewsbury Street,Worcester, MA 01604

Fax: (508) 754-4222 Tel: 508-306-8363

428 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604


On behalf of the entire team at Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, we would like to take a moment to say thank you again for your loyalty and support during this unprecedented time. The past several months have been unlike anything we've ever experienced, and we're working hard to evolve so that we can continue to provide you with the patient experience you have come to expect from our practice.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa has taken extreme precautionary measures, in addition to following the most up to date CDC recommendations and state guidelines to maximize the health and safety of our patients, staff and facility. Our surgical center and medical spa remain committed to providing the best patient care, and we are actively working to take all necessary precautions as we plan to safely re-open our practice. Please help us continue to protect the health and well-being of our patients and workplace by cooperating with all of our precautionary measures and protocols against COVID-19 at your next appointment, or as you plan for your surgery.



As a fully accredited surgical facility, Fechner MD has always observed the highest level of safety and sanitation. In fact, as a surgeon, Dr. Fechner is an expert in infection control. We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible for our patients to safely return for surgical and medical spa treatments alike.

  • Our accredited practice is exclusively reserved for our patients and staff.
  • Our facility is in a single, free standing building only occupied by our practice. This allows us to limit foot traffic to our patients and staff only.
  • Our staff work only at our facility and all travel in private transport. All of us are otherwise self-isolating at home.
  • We closely monitor our staff for symptoms and elevated temperature daily.
  • We sterilize all our instruments in house further reducing potential exposure.
  • We have PPE to meet our needs.
  • All our staff members will be using appropriate PPE including N95 masks and protective facei shields, goggles and head coverings.
  • We have purchased and installed air scrubbers throughout the facility to clean the air while the practice is open to patients.
  • We have purchased and installed ozone generators designed to sanitize the air in the facility at the end of each day.
  • We have purchased and installed touchless hand sanitizer units throughout the building.
  • We have purchased and installed plexi-glass protective shields in the reception area to provide a protective barrier for staff and patients.
  • Our staff continues to adhere to social distancing guidelines within our facility.
  • We have implemented a stringent survey and testing protocol for staff and patients.
  • We have implemented a virtual check in/ check out process for our patients.
  • We have ensured that there is minimum interaction of patients with other people while in the office.
  • We will continue to offer virtual consults and virtual follow up visits.
  • We provide you with a touchless payment system.

The upgraded work flow and safety protocols we have implemented at Fechner MD far exceed those being recommended by any government agency.



Fechner MD will adhere to all local, state, and government mandates. We expect to cautiously resume medical spa and injectable treatments during Phase 2 of the Massachusetts phased reopening. We are awaiting a definitive date from Governor Baker. Cosmetic surgery is expected to resume during Phase 3 of Governor Baker’s plan. We ask for your patience and understanding as our staff is working diligently to reschedule all surgeries and procedures affected by our closure. Please understand that in order to open and adhere to Massachusetts guidelines, we will need to limit the number of staff and patients we have in our building and extend the time between patient appointments in order to sanitize rooms. This means we will have fewer available openings for procedures. In order to maximize our provider appointments, we will continue to hold consultations virtually rather than in person, with a few exceptions (body contouring, Instalift, vein treatments).



  • We will do our best to accommodate your preferred appointment date and time, but we very much appreciate your flexibility during this unprecedented time.
  • When booking your appointment, we will ask for your payment information to be securely stored in our payment system. The card you provide will be the card used to pay for your services. This will allow for a touchless checkout.
  • Required forms and documents will be sent to you electronically two days prior to your scheduled appointment via our new patient app, Touch MD. Touch MD will allow you to receive, review and sign documents directly from your personal cell phone.
  • One hour prior to your appointment, we will send you the Covid-19 Wellness Screening document to be completed via Touch MD. This must be completed prior to entering the building.



  • When you arrive for your scheduled appointment time, we ask that you park and remain in your car. Please send us a text message or call to let us know that you have arrived for your appointment.
  • When your provider is ready for your treatment, she will call or text you to let you know you may proceed to our vestibule.
  • Please leave your coat and personal belongings in your car.
  • Please do not bring along family or friends, unless you require physical assistance. They will not be allowed entry to the building.
  • Please wear your mask prior to entering the building and throughout your appointment. Should your mask need to be removed for treatment, your provider will let you know when to safely remove it.
  • Your provider will greet you at the door and will take a no contact temperature reading. *Any patient with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be asked to leave the building and their appointment will be rescheduled a minimum of 14 days later.
  • You will be escorted immediately to a treatment room. Our waiting room will not be open during this time.
  • After your procedure or treatment the provider will collect payment via our secure payment system with the information you provided at booking.
  • Your provider will book a virtual follow up appointment with you, if necessary, and will escort you to the exit.


We thank you in advance for your patience throughout this time, and we look forward to seeing you here again as we begin to resume business operations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa at (508) 754-4000 and our team will gladly assist you. Thank you!

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