What Are PDO Threads?
PDO threads are dissolvable sutures made of polydioxanone or PDO, a synthetic biodegradable polymer, which is highly versatile and has been used in surgical applications for many decades.
Non-surgical procedures, such as PDO threading, lift, tighten, contour and volumize areas of laxity, irregular texture and sagging skin have been steadily growing in popularity in the world of aesthetic medicine. These threads are carefully inserted under the skin in strategic areas to provide lift, contour, smoothing and tightening of the cheeks, jowels, neck, and other areas, thereby restoring a more youthful appearance. PDO threads naturally dissolve within the body by hydrolysis over a period of 6 months. However, they promote regenerative changes in the skin during that time by stimulating collagen, increasing microcirculation, and promoting tissue adhesion. Consequently, the amazing cosmetic results that are achieved can typically last 12-15 months or more.
PDO Lifting Threads are used to Lift Areas of the Face & Body. PDO Smooth & Twist Threads tighten & smooth skin. They also make a great combo treatment.
A thread lift is a minimally-invasive procedure done to correct sagging eyebrows and eyelids, aging neck tissues, and deep furrows between the nose and corners of the mouth, or “nasolabial folds.” They can also define the jawline and reduce the submental (double chin) area. It can add volume while elevating certain areas of the face and jowls.
Smooth & Twist Threads
These are smaller threads that are used to smooth & tighten skin. These are great for crepes skin, deeper lines & wrinkles, necklace lines, undereyes & décolleté.
PDO Threads can be used in a variety of areas to lift, contour, smoothen, texture and volumize skin. Common areas include cheek and jawline lift, necklift, neck rings, chin fullness, browlift, lip lines (smoker’s lines), and numerous areas for fine lines, wrinkles, skin pore and scar tissue attenuation.
They can be used on the body to tighten skin & improve texture as well. Some common areas: Cellulite Dimples, Inner Thighs, Knees, Abdomen, and Arms.
For the thread lift procedure, a small amount of local anesthetic is injected to numb the skin. A small needle is then inserted to create an entry point in the skin and then removed. The PDO thread is attached to a blunt-tip cannula, which is then inserted through the entry point and carefully advanced underneath the skin to the appropriate position. The thread is then engaged and the cannula is withdrawn leaving the PDO thread anchored in place. A 30-50% lift can generally be achieved with some of the lift occurring immediately and the rest occurring over the ensuing 3-6 months from collagen stimulation, increased microcirculation and tissue adhesion. The office treatment generally takes 30-60 minutes to perform and does not involve any surgery. The procedure is generally well-tolerated although some degree of discomfort, swelling, bleeding and bruising may be experienced. Post-treatment care instructions are provided to our patients afterwards.
Most patients who receive a thread lift are between ages 35 and 45 and desire a facelift but do not have the amount of time off needed for recovery or who cannot afford the standard facelift. Younger candidates may experience sagging in the cheeks and brows caused by weakened muscles. A thread lift is a great alternative to the standard facelift for those with minimal signs of aging such as a more prominent jaw, slight bags under the eyes, and some sagging in the midface. Patients experiencing a relapse from a previous neck lift or facelift may consider a thread lift to rejuvenate their results.
The recovery time can be as little as two to three days. Most patients have mild swelling & possible bruising after the treatment. During the recovery period physical activity should be limited as much as possible to reduce the risk of the threads slipping out of place.
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