PDO (Polydioxonone) Threads are an effective cosmetic technique used to lift and tighten sagging skin by physically lifting the tissue, while simultaneously inducing collagen production.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
PDO threads are synthetic, absorbable sterile surgical sutures composed of Polydioxanone. PDO sutures/threads are commonly used during open heart and thoracic surgery and have been found to be one of the safest materials to be implanted in the body. When placed under the skin, PDO threads produce controlled fibrosis in the surrounding area, and this gives rise to the creation of collagen networks. After 4 to 6 months the body fully absorbs the suture without leaving any scar tissue.
Once implanted into the skin, the threads produce an immediate and visible lifting effect. The lifting effect continues over the next 2 to 3 months as new collagen is produced around the threads. Over time, the threads are broken down and reabsorbed by the body; however, the new collagen produced due to the threads aids in maintaining long lasting results. The new collagen production created by the PDO threads also improves skin texture, laxity, and overall complexion.
Common areas of treatment include:
- Crow’s feet
- Jowls and jawline
- Vertical lip lines
The longevity of the results varies from person to person due to each person’s skin and body health, age, genetics, and many other factors. We will be better able to provide the duration of the effect after a thorough consultation that examines skin laxity, heaviness and the required number of threads. The results typically last around 6 months to 2 years. More threads can be inserted after the initial treatment to maintain and even improve their effects.
The results from PDO Threadlifts are never as good as the results one can achieve from a surgical face lift or a neck lift. If you have moderate to severe sagging, you should consider the latter. However, if you have mild sagging of the areas discussed, you may be a good candidate for this minimally invasive procedure that involves no cutting, surgery, or general anesthesia.
Many people see some minor results immediately after the procedure. However, the best results are seen 2 to 3 weeks after the procedure, as this gives the tissues time to form the collagen and fibrous connective tissue needed to tighten, firm, and create volume in the deep tissues.
Most people can return to normal activities the next day. Mild swelling and bruising can occur, and cover-up make-up may be necessary for a few days or weeks. Strenuous exercise is not recommended since straining right after the procedure may move the threads. It is recommended to keep a rested face for at least 24 to 48 hours.
Only an office visit is needed to do the PDO Threadlift treatment. The small threads are inserted into your facial skin in strategic areas, depending on the need for lifting versus stimulation of collagen and tightening. A local anesthetic in a few strategic areas may be necessary, but many people complete the procedure without any anesthesia or numbing agents. Needles with the threads are inserted into the skin, the needle is then withdrawn and the threads remain under the skin to work their magic. The procedure is completed in 45 minutes or less.
PDO sutures are made of an absorbable material that has been used for years in other parts of the body. There has never been a problem with the use of this material over the years. Rarely are there any allergic reactions to the material. The sutures dissolve over the next 4 to 6 months, leaving no residual material present because they are broken down by a process called hydrolysis (they turn into water). The new collagen and fibrous tissue that have formed around the sutures then continue to hold the skin up and tighten the skin.
PDO Threadlift treatment is not recommended for use in pregnant or lactating women, anyone with a history of an allergic reaction to the medical device or any of its active ingredients (Polydioxanone), as well as anyone with infected or inflamed skin, bleeding disorders, or individuals with a tendency to produce excessive scarring such as keloids and/or hypertrophic scars, unrealistic expectations, excessive skin laxity, autoimmune diseases, vascular disease, and other conditions that cause delayed healing.
The PDO Threadlift is an effective non-surgical face lifting treatment that is suitable for anyone looking to improve the appearance of sagging skin. This treatment is suitable for someone who is willing to undergo some injections, and who wants to attain an immediate lift of the facial contours without undergoing a facelift surgery. It is best suited for men and women who are unwilling to tolerate the long downtime of a facelift surgery but want to look refreshed and lifted.
The vast majority of patients do not experience any side effects. Common and minor side effects include local irritation, bruising at the injection sites, suture extrusions, and temporary dimpling of the skin. Occasionally, a suture can show itself just below the skin. Most of these potential problems resolve over the following weeks to months after the procedure as the PDO threads break down and dissolve.
Rare side effects include infection, scarring, serious allergic reactions, anesthesia reactions, skin pigment changes, and damage to nerves and deeper structures.
This is not a complete list of side effects. Please contact us immediately if you experience any rare and/or unforeseeable side effects after your treatment.
Each individual has different needs. Here at Infinite Medical Spa pricing for PDO Threadlift treatment is calculated by “area and number/type of threads used.” Contact us today for a consultation.