PDO threads are made of polydioxanone (PDO), which is an absorbable material that has been used in surgery for many years. It has been proven to be safe in heart surgery for over 35 years.
Research has shown that PDO stimulates neocollagenesis, which encourages the production of new collagen in the skin while the body naturally absorbs the threads in several months.
The PDO thread can be used as a mesh to remove wrinkles or thread in the lift. A lifted appearance can be seen immediately following the treatment; however, the results will improve in the following days and weeks as the PDO stimulates neocollagenesis, which in turn produces collagen. The overall texture of the skin is improved; it becomes thicker, tighter and firmer and other skin issues like open pores, fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed away as well.
Different lengths of thread are used for different areas of the face. Short strands of threads can be used to treat fine lines around the eyes, while thicker strands can be injected into the cheek area or jaw line. It is used to correct drooping cheeks, sagging jawline and neck folds. Since it’s performed in under one hour with minimal breaks, this has become a favorite with people who have mild to moderate skin changes that do not need surgical procedures yet.
The PDO threads can rejuvenate nearly any area of the body. What areas can a PDO Thread Lift improve?
What Are Most Common PDO Thread Lifts in Face and Neck?
A PDO thread lift is among the most popular nonsurgical procedures performed besides the recent new energy devices to subtly lift, tighten, and rejuvenate loose, sagging skin. The most common requests of PDO thread lift are facial rejuvenation. Thread lifts are widely considered a minimally invasive alternative to a surgical facelift. The effects from a thread lift are temporary and more subtle than those produced with a facelift. Yet improvement in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity can be seen at the end of the procedure and improved further gradually, as the procedure stimulates natural collagen production over time.
PDO threads are made from naturally dissolving materials that require no removal. In most cases, PDO threads are entirely absorbed by the body about six months following the procedure. PDO thread lift results may last 18–24 months. New cog or smooth threads may be inserted to maintain the lifted, tightened appearance of the treated area.
For more information about secondary appointments following your PDO treatment, please contact us.
Before patients receive treatment, they are typically advised to avoid medications or food that might increase bleeding or bruising, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, omega-3 fatty acids, green tea, and green tea extracts.
The procedure takes about 30 minutes to 60 minutes depending on how many areas will be treated. Because of the number of threads inserted, most people will need local numbing medicine. For those who have low pain tolerance, antilytic medicine could also be used.
In general, however, clients between 35 to 55 years of age who have mild-to-moderate skin sagginess, wrinkles, and lines in the forehead, face, and/or neck are typically good candidates for this procedure. For people who have advanced wrinkles, severe tissue laxity or thinned skin other treatment may be better options. This procedure is ideal for patients who want to avoid surgical incisions, the lengthy recovery of traditional facelifts.
Thread lifts have a much lower risk of complications than cosmetic surgery procedures, including facelifts. Patients who choose a PDO thread lift have a reduced likelihood of experiencing scarring, severe bruising, and bleeding. Though rare, the following minor complications may occur.
Recovery from a thread lift is typically minimal. Patients may experience minor swelling and discomfort for the first 24–48 hours after the procedure, which can easily be managed by pain medication or cold compresses. Patients are encouraged to apply arnica for swelling and bruising. Be sure to avoid any strenuous activity for several days. Patients should avoid rubbing or stretching their face as much as possible for at least one week after the procedure to prevent accidentally dislodging the inserted threads. For 1–2 weeks following a PDO procedure, patients should avoid sleeping on your side or stomach, intense activities and exercise. Patients can return to work the next day after the procedure.
If you are interested in having the procedure done, please contact us to set up a free consultation with Dr. Yuan.