PDO Thread Lift
Face Lift & Acne Scar Treatments
With loss of volume and a weakened facial support structure, the aging face begins to appear longer as the skin’s tissues loosen. Most conventional means of lifting the face involve surgery, the PDO thread lift is a non-surgical minimally invasive procedure that safely and effectively lifts and contours loosened skin on the face, neck, and jawline using biodegradable absorbable material called PDO (polydioxanone) sutures that induce neocollegensis.
Thread lifts offer many benefits including the following:
- Rejuvenates and makes skin look more rested and firm
- Allows a more defined facial contour
- Achieves a youthful look without scarring and the need for general -anesthesia
- A more affordable option or alternative to a full facelift
- A quick and effective solution for a wide range of aging problems
- Minimizing the appearance of acne scars
What is a PDO Thread Lift?
PDO (Polydioxanone) threads are absorbable sutures that were initially developed for use in cardiac surgery procedures. PDO threads have received FDA clearance for soft tissue approximation and are now recognized as a safe, minimally-invasive alternative to traditional aesthetic procedures such as full face, jaw, brow, and neck lifts.
A PDO thread lift is a procedure which uses Polydiaxanone threads to lift and tighten sagging skin. Once inserted into the subdermal layer of the skin, the threads provide an instant “lift” of the surrounding skin, and stimulate endogenous collagen production to improve skin texture, fine lines and the function of elastin, the main protein constituent of elastic connective tissue in the skin.
The primary benefit to PDO threads over traditional facelifts is reduced costs, scarring, healing time, and invasiveness.
How is it done?
A PDO thread lift is a safe and minimally invasive procedure using different types of threads: “barbs”, “smooths”, and “twists”. Barbs are used to lift the skin, while smooths and twists are used to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, including under the eye and the nasolabial folds. These threads can also be used to plump lips and reshape the nose.
Facial treatments typically take between 30 minutes to an hour, and simple individual areas can take between 5 to 15 minutes. Minimal pain is usually reported from the procedure, and a local anesthetic can be used to help avoid discomfort. Lifting is instantly observable, although optimal results are usually seen 2-3 weeks after the treatment. Threads will dissolve within 3-6 months, depending on the type of threads used, but neocollagenesis can continue for up to 18 months after the procedure.
Are there any side effects?
PDO thread lifting procedures should always be undertaken by a qualified medical professional. When performed correctly, typical, minimal side effects may include redness, mild swelling, bruising stinging and soreness for the first few days after the procedure, although, for many, there is little to no downtime reported. In some cases, additional side effects have been reported, but these cases are considered to be rare. These possible side effects can range anywhere from bleeding, allergic reactions, pigment changes, asymmetry, dimpling, bumps, nodules to damage to deeper structures.
Can PDO thread lifting be combined with other therapies?
Yes. PDO thread lifting is routinely used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation procedures—including fillers, injections, and resurfacing techniques—as part of patients’ physician directed anti-aging protocol. The threading procedure typically involves a brief recovery period and is used by many dermatological surgeons and other anti-aging specialists in conjunction with other minimally-invasive therapies such as Botox® and Dysport®.