What is a PDO thread?
A thread lift is a procedure that uses a dissolvable suture to tighten and lift your skin. It’s a less invasive procedure than facelift surgery and can often be performed in under 45 minutes without needing to go under a scalpel, making it a very popular treatment in the aesthetics doctor’s office.
Polydioxanone (PDO) thread lifts use a biodegradable polyester suture. They’re best suited for rejuvenating your skin (MONO threads) while some newer types of thread lifts are better at lifting sagging skin (COG or BARBED threads).
Let’s take a look at what makes a PDO thread lift different from other thread lifts and what you can expect during the procedure.
What makes PDO threads different?
PDO threads are one of three types of sutures commonly used in thread lift procedures. The other two types are made from polylactic acid (PLA) and polycaprolactone (PCA).
PDO threads have been around the longest of the three and have been used in surgeries since the 1980s. They’re made from a colorless polyester that breaks down in your body after about 6 months.
The presence of these sutures in your skin triggers cells in your body called fibroblasts to produce more collagen. Collagen is the protein that gives your skin its structure and elasticity. Loss of collagen is one of the main causes of aging skin.
PDO threads can be further divided into three categories:
PDO mono threads.
These are smooth sutures that help rejuvenate your skin by stimulating collagen production and improving the architecture of the skin.
PDO cog threads.
These threads have barbs that latch into your skin like small fishhooks, to provide support and lift parts of your face.
PDO screw threads.
Made up of one or two intertwined threads, these are used to help restore volume to sunken parts of your skin.
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Duration of Results
PDO threads are versatile, they can treat virtually any area of the face. The commonest areas treated are:
- Under the chin (”double chin”)
- Jaw line
- Nasolabial folds
- Crow’s feet
- Undereye area
- Marionette lines
Cog threads can be used to perform a non-surgical face lift. The results last around 2 years.
How long the PDO threads last depends on a number of factors, including the thickness of the threads, the quality of the threads and your body’s rate of metabolism. However, most of our clients find that the beneficial and rejuvenating effects of the treatment last around 18 months – 2 years, even though the suture material will have dissolved in half of that time.
The aftercare for this treatment is minimal. We advise to avoiding makeup or strenuous exercise for the first 48 hours after treatment and to avoid washing the treated area for 12 hours immediately after your treatment.
PDO thread lifting treatment is very effective in the hands of experienced facial aesthetics doctors and tend to result in minimal side effects, other than mild swelling and bruising which is common with all facial aesthetics treatments.