A PDO thread lift is a revolutionary new treatment in the world of aesthetics, but PDO threads themselves have been used safely for decades for various applications. Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are medical grade absorbable threads (thinner-than-hair) that lift and tighten sagging skin tissues. These threads are implanted into the subcutaneous layer of the skin using small needles or cannulas. Once the threads are inserted, the skin looks rejuvenated, filled and lifted. There are several types of PDO threads, and each serves its own unique purpose. Depending on your aesthetic goals, your PDO provider may use one or many thread types during your anti-aging treatment.
A PDO thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure that helps tighten a person’s skin. Without the need for big incisions, unlike most facelift procedures, PDO thread lifting uses small needles to insert fine threads under the skin. First, it mechanically results in instant skin lifting. Second, it contracts fat tissue to result in instant skin tightening. Third, it promotes collagen production and neovascularization to renew your skin at the cellular level. All of this works together to give you enhanced skin texture, fewer fine lines and wrinkles and more elastic skin.
Because a PDO thread lift is so versatile, it can treat virtually any area of the face. These include the; neck, jowls, jaw line, nasolabial folds, eyebrows, cheeks, marionette lines.
The cheeks and the lower face/neck region are the most commonly treated. The cheeks and lower face are great regions to treat because they lend themselves so well to synergistic skin lifting treatments like Ultherapy.
Both PDO barbed thread lifts and soft thread lifts lift the skin. However, the distinctions between the two anti-aging treatments are important. PDO thread lifts are far more effective due to the nature of the treatment. Soft thread lifts produce a volumizing effect by compressing the skin tissue. Moreover, PDO thread lifts are made of polydioxanone and use barbs to lift the skin. Contrastingly, soft threads are made up of PLLA threads and use cones to lift sagging skin.
One of the best things about this treatment is it only takes 15 to 30 minutes. After that, you’re free to go back to work or whatever else you had scheduled for the rest of your day. Before treatment starts, we will apply a topical numbing agent and local anesthetic to the treatment site. The needle used during this treatment is so fine it will not cause any pain. However, we provide anesthesia to ensure you feel no discomfort during the treatment. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, your treatment will begin. The PDO threads are inserted via blunt tip needles, called cannulas, or sharp-tipped needles. Once inserted into the appropriate layer of skin, they act as anchors as the skin is lifted upwards. Then, the excess threads are cut off.
A PDO thread lift treatment is completely safe. It is approved by the FDA for safety and efficiency. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of treatments have been performed and there are no reports of allergic reactions, sensitivities to the threads, or serious side effects or risks.
Since PDO thread lifts are non-invasive, there isn’t a lot you need to do to prepare. However, there are some precautionary measures you can take to ensure the best results from your treatment. Here are things you should avoid one to two days before treatment: alcohol, Omega fish oil supplements, and blood thinners such as a NSAID.
There are not a lot of special after-care requirements to this treatment. However, you should hold off on any dental treatments for the first four weeks after your PDO thread lift, and the day of avoid alcohol, exercising, and blood thinning medications. Minor inflammation and bruising may occur in the first few days, but they usually resolve after two weeks. Lastly, you’ll want to sleep on your back for the first couple of weeks. This ensures you don’t put too much pressure on one side of your face
The PDO threads dissolve after six to nine months. However you can expect the effects to last up to two years, thanks to the production of new collagen.