PDO (Polydioxanone) threads are absorbable sutures that were initially developed for use in cardiac surgery procedures. PDO threads have received FDA clearance and are now recognized as a safe, minimally-invasive alternative to traditional aesthetic procedures such as full face, jaw, brow, and neck lifts.
A PDO thread lift is a procedure which uses threads to lift and tighten sagging skin. Once inserted into the skin, the threads provide an instant “lift” of the surrounding skin, and stimulate collagen production to improve skin texture, fine lines and the function of elastin, the main protein constituent of elastic connective tissue in skin. PDO threads are used for two main purposes—to lift sagging skin and to add volume to tissues—and use different thread applicators and thread weights accordingly.
The primary benefit to PDO threads over traditional facelifts are lower costs, no scarring, healing time, and invasiveness.
How is it done?
A PDO thread lift using is a safe and minimally invasive procedure using up to four types of threads: “barbs”, “hooks”, “monos”, and “screws”. Barbs and hooks are used to lift the skin, while monos and screws are used to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, including under the eye and the nasolabial folds. These threads can also be used to plump lips and reshape the nose. Longer barbs can be used for sagging skin found around the stomach, arms, legs and buttocks.
Most facial treatments typically take between 30 minutes to an hour, and simple individual areas can take between 5 to 15 minutes. Minimal pain is usually reported from the procedure, and a local anesthetic is typically used to alleviate discomfort. Lifting is instantly observable after the treatment, although optimal results are usually seen within 2-3 weeks. Threads will dissolve within 3-6 months, depending on the type of threads used, but neocollagenesis can continue for up to 18 months after the procedure as tissue constituents grow around the lattice created by the thread.
In addition to facial treatments, PDO threads are also used for body lifts, with minor differences in the type (and lengths) of the threads involved.
Are there side effects?
When performed correctly, typical, minimal side effects may include redness, mild swelling, bruising and soreness for the first few days after the procedure, although for many, there is little to no downtime reported. In some cases, additional side effects have been reported, but these cases are rare
Can PDO Threading be combined with other treatments?
Yes. PDO thread lifting is routinely used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation procedures—including fillers, injections and resurfacing techniques—as part of patients’ physician directed anti-aging protocol. The threading procedure typically involves a brief recovery period and is used by many dermatological surgeons and other anti-aging specialists in conjunction with other minimally invasive therapies such as Botox and Dysport.
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