PDO Thread Lift
A PDO thread lift is designed to subtly lift the facial features to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while encouraging collagen production for more volume in the treated areas. PDO threads come in a variety of textures for customized treatments.
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About the Procedure
Thread lifts have become a minimally invasive alternative to the facelift for patients who are not ready to undergo more aggressive treatment options. Although the effects from a thread lift will be temporary and not as dramatic as a facelift, improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles can be seen gradually as the procedure stimulates natural collagen production. PDO sutures are a type of material used for thread lifts. PDO, which stands for polydioxanone, is an absorbable polymer that is flexible and durable for minimally invasive thread lifts. PDO thread lifts, sometimes referred to as PDS thread lifts, come in a variety of textures. There are three main textures of PDO sutures: mono, cog, and screw threads. Mono threads are singular, smooth sutures that are anchored to the face that provide a small lift to the face. Cog threads have a barbed texture that provide better lift and increased collagen production. Screw threads have 1-2 intertwined threads which provide volume to the treated area. For patients who only desire skin tightening and rejuvenation, mono threads may be sufficient. Patients who desire more lifting and volume will better benefit from textured cog or screw threads. Before treatment, the patient's skin will be marked for insertion and direction of the inserted threads. Once marked, the insertion points will be throughly anesthetized. Multiple threads can be inserted through the same point in the skin. PDO threads are attached to a long cannula. The cannula will be pushed through the tissue beneath the skin. When the thread has reached its predetermined end point, the thread will be released and the cannula removed. This process will be repeated until the desired lift has been achieved, with as many 1-15 threads inserted depending on the treatment area and concern being addressed. Any extra thread will be trimmed. The threads will be massaged to ensure the tissue is smooth and no dimpling is present. Recovery is minimal after a PDO thread lift procedure. Most patients are able to resume normal activity within 1 week postoperatively.
The goal of a PDO thread lift is to reposition facial and neck tissues to restore and rejuvenate youthful proportions and appearances to the face.
What to Expect
A PDO thread lift is designed to lift the face to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while encouraging collagen production. PDO threads come in a variety of textures for customized treatments. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a PDO thread lift.
- Avoid blood thinning medications
- No alcohol for 1 week prior
- No smoking 1 week before
- Local anesthesia
- Needles are inserted into the area to be lifted
- Threads are inserted through the needles
- Barbs along the thread act as cogs to grasp, lift and suspend the skin
- Needle is withdrawn and tissue is 'gathered' over the thread
- Excess thread is cut
Recovery after a PDO thread lift is minimal. Most patients are able to return to work and most normal activity 1 day after the procedure with only minor discomfort. It is common for patients to experience minor inflammation and bruising which typically resolves within 1 week.
The ideal candidate for a PDO thread lift is experiencing early signs of aging such as mild wrinkling and sagging skin. Candidates desire a minimally invasive procedure with little downtime.
Not Recommended For
A PDO thread lift procedure is not recommended for patients with more severe signs of aging or loose facial skin who would better benefit from a more invasive facelift procedure.
Side effects from a PDO thread lift may include soreness, swelling, bruising, and minor puckering of the skin. If the threads are placed in the appropriate deep tissue layer, you should not feel the threads after the inflammation goes down in about five to seven days. If you still feel the threads after a couple of weeks, it may mean the threads were placed too superficially. Regardless of where they are placed, the threads will dissolve in about six months at which point you will no longer feel them.