The innovations in the field of PDO Thread Lifts within the last years are making it an effective and easy option for those who want to lift tissues or correct deep lines and folds but are not ready for a big surgery. This treatment also allows for correction at the more subtle stage of aging when surgery perhaps would not be a consideration at all.
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What is PDO Thread Lifting?
PDO Thread Lift treatments are an effective cosmetic technique that lifts and tighten sagging skin tissues by inducing collagen production. It involves the implantation of fine, absorbable polydioxanone threads (similar to those used in medical suturing) into the subcutaneous layer of the skin using small needles. These threads remain implanted in the skin causing micro-injuries that stimulate collagen synthesis and tissue contraction. After six months, the threads will be absorbed into the body leaving new collagen in their place.
The procedure is usually carried out using local anaesthetic, and takes between 45 and 60 minutes depending on the treatment area. Side effects are minimal but may include swelling and bruising that lasts 2-3 days, and patients can continue with normal activities immediately after.
PDO Thread Lift treatments can be used on the cheeks, brow, jawline, neck, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, arms, thighs and abdomen. The lifting effect is at its peak after 6 months when collagen has formed around the threads, and lasts between 2-3 years.
PDO Thread Lift addresses concerns such as:
Recovery is minimal after a PDO thread lift procedure. Most patients are able to resume normal activity within 1 week post-treatment.
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.
THE SKINNY - ON PDO Thread Lift Treatments
AVG. RECOVERY - 3 days
PERMANENCE - Temporary
SURGICAL? - No
COST - $700 - $4500 (determined during Consultation)
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 thoroughly anesthetized. Multiple threads can be inserted through the same point in the skin. PDO threads are attached to a long cannula, which 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 and then the threads will be massaged to ensure the tissue is smooth and no dimpling is present.