What Are PDO Threads?
PDO stands for polydioxanone, which is a synthetic fiber material that has been used safely for several years in biomedical applications such as absorbable skin sutures. PDO has been observed to act as a frame or scaffold to stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis around them. It is a new cutting-edge procedure to treat aging, sagging, wrinkly skin. It is also used as a preventive measure to keep skin from sagging and aging. Although PDO threads are absorbed by the body over a few months, the new skin structures created by them will lift sagging tissue for 2-3 years.
Multiple PDO threads are strategically placed into the hypodermis using sterile acupuncture needles.
The PDO thread lift is a treatment that lifts and tightens sagging skin tissue, using threads. The threads introduces them into the deeper layers of the skin. Once introduced, the threads produce 3 effects in the skin:
- Instant Skin Lifting through mechanical effects
- Cellular Renewal, through collagen stimulation which improves skin texture, fine lines, and elasticity
- Skin Tightening, by contracting fat tissue
What Exactly is a Thread Lift?
A thread lift is a type of procedure where temporary sutures are inserted to produce a subtle but visible “lift” in the skin. Instead of removing the patient’s loose facial skin surgically, the doctor simply suspends the skin with the PDO threads. This has the effect of pulling the skin back slightly and therefore lifting and tightening the face. In addition to being ideal for lifting the skin, threads combat aging in another way: by provoking the body’s “healing response” and causing the body to direct large surges of collagen to treated areas. This is important because of the vital role collagen plays in the aging process.
Collagen helps support “growth factors” that greatly influence the condition of the skin. In addition to being used for wound healing, collagen helps to keep our skin strong, voluminous and supple. As we get older, our bodies gradually produce less and less collagen, which leads to an 80% reduction in skin thickness by about age 70. This loss of volume and strength is a large factor in the creation of excess skin and wrinkles. As the skin grows weaker, it’s no longer able to support the tissues beneath it adequately, meaning that gravity pulls it downwards and stretches it. Infusing the skin of the face with fresh collagen when the signs of skin laxity are still mild can help to both reduce crepe thin (by thickening and hydrating the skin) and prevent it from getting worse (by strengthening the skin).
PDO threads provide ongoing and progressive rejuvenation for the facial tissues. Patients who have a thread lift for the purpose of stimulating collagen will notice a gradual improvement in their skin tone and firmness over time. While their threads are in place, the body’s healing response will be constantly activated because the body will want to “heal” the areas where the threads were placed. The body is biologically programmed to react this way when it senses any foreign object present within the dermis. Fortunately, because the threads placed under the skin during a thread lift are so small, the patient will not feel any of this happening. Most people cannot feel their sutures at all once the skin has healed around them.
Frequently Asked Questions About PDO Threading
- Q: How do the PDO threads dissolve?
A: Polydioxanone is absorbed by the body through hydrolysis. This takes 4-6 months to achieve.
- Q: Does it hurt?
A: There are no incisions or cutting for this procedure, only injections. A topical anesthetic cream is applied to the skin of the injection site to numb and minimize any discomfort for the patient. Numbing medicine may also be injected into the skin if the patient desires.
- Q: What areas can be treated?
– marionette lines
– crow’s feet
– nasolabial folds
– the whole face
- Q: How long does it take to do the treatment?
A: The PDO thread lift is a quick procedure. The length of treatment time depends on the area and can be anywhere from 30-60 minutes.
- Q: What can I expect?
A: The results are an immediate lifting effect, but optimum results will be seen around 3 months post-procedure.
- Q: How long does it last?
A: The PDO thread lift will last 2-3 years, even after the threads/sutures dissolve and get absorbed.
- Q: Is there downtime?
A: There is no actual downtime with the PDO thread lift. A patient can resume their normal daily activities right when they leave the clinic if they wish. Mild swelling and bruising are always possible side effects with any injectable procedure.
- Q: What are the costs?
A: The costs vary greatly to each patient’s specific needs and area to be treated. Your doctor can calculate how many PDO threads are needed and a quote can be given only at that time. Please call the office to discuss pricing.
- Q: Can I have other procedures done after or with the PDO threads?
A: The PDO thread lift may be combined with Botox and fillers, especially to amplify the effect. RF microneedling or skin laser resurfacing can be done about 4 weeks after the threads are placed. Dermalinfusion can be done about 2 weeks after the threads are placed.
Always talk to your doctor about what is best for you. This treatment is great for men and women. We look forward to guiding you on your aesthetic journey. Vanity is sanity!