PDO Thread Lift
Combat the signs of aging in the lower face & neck
PDO Thread lift is a non-surgical skin tightening and or skin lifting procedure that utilized hypodermic needles pre-loaded with an absorbable PDO suture to tighten the skin and lift the skin instantly and over time by stimulating new collagen formation. PDO stands for PolyDioxanOne. It is a synthetic absorbable surgical suture composed of polydioxanone. PDO sutures are used to perform cardio-thoracic surgery (such as open-heart surgery). It’s one of the safest materials to be implanted in the body.
Your skin fully absorbs PDO threads within 4 to 6 months and won’t leave you with any scar tissue. This treatment can be used on the face, and in various areas of the body where the main objective is creating a lift or tightening rather than restoring volume.
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How does PDO thread work?
CONTROLLED HEALING -in medical terms “Selective Inflammatory Response” is the principle behind a lot of aesthetic procedures (such as Fractional Laser, Chemical Peels & Micro-needling). Our skin is very good at repairing itself, and by inserting PDO threads, we make it ‘heal’ itself by creating new collagen, naturally! PDO skin tightening is fully absorbable, but that doesn’t mean your skin won’t react to it. During the 4 to 6 months needed to fully absorb the PDO suture, your skin is also repairing itself around it, creating new collagen for a tighter, smoother complexion. It is “controlled healing” occurring underneath the skin. NO CUTS OR INCISIONS!
What are the benefits of PDO threads?
- Nonsurgical, safe, in-office procedure using topical or local anesthetic
- No incision. No scars
- Immediate lifting
- Progressive restoration of collagen (neocollagenesis)
- Improved skin quality
- Natural-looking results without the possible ‘stretched look’ of a surgical face-lift
Who is ideal for PDO thread lift?
- Men and women 30 – 65 years old
- Mild sagging of cheeks, jowls or neck
- Good skin quality
- No history of previous facial surgery
Who is it not ideal for PDO thread lift?
- Excessively thin or severely saggy, heavy skin
- Prior facial surgery/ face lift(s), or previous cheek/chin implants
- Severely sun damaged, hyper-pigmented skin
What areas are commonly treated with PDO threads?
- Jowls and down turned lip corners
- Crow’s feet
- Vermillion Border of top lip
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Upper Cheeks
- Jowl area
Are PDO threads safe?
Polydioxanone (PDO) is an extremely safe material and is used regularly in heart surgery, which encourages cell cohesion. PDO is a re-absorbable sterile thread, obtained through the polymerization of p-dioxanone. PDO is safe to use and does not produce allergic reactions, skin rejection or side effects. PDO produces fibrosis in the surrounding area, giving rise to the creation of type II and type I collagen.
How is PDO procedure done?
The process of PDO thread placement is straight forward, and mimics that of dermal facial filler injections. A topical numbing cream is first applied and the threads are then inserted just underneath the skin with a tiny needle or blunt cannula (about the size of a sewing needle). The area requiring correction and the amount of laxity present determines the number of threads needed. The procedure is quick (30 – 40 minutes), virtually painless, and with short recovery.
How long do PDO thread lifts last?
Outcomes last about 12 – 15 months. Results are immediate for tissue lifting. Since collagen must be induced when using smooth threads, results for wrinkle reduction will require about six to twelve weeks to be fully appreciated.
PDO thread lift complications/side effects
Most common side effects are localized tenderness, swelling and bruising for a few days after the procedure. As with any procedure that breaches the skin barrier, infection is possible but unlikely. Occasionally sutures may become visible or skin irregularities (tissue ‘tenting’) occur however this is easily corrected.
PDO Mesh or PDO Lift
There are two types of procedures with PDO Threads:
PDO Mesh, consists of creating a mesh under the skin (i.e. 2 sutures inserted vertically & 3 sutures horizontally). Sort of like a #hashtag, or a net. These sutures will serve as the foundation for our new collagen production. The Nova Mesh tightens the skin naturally from within. Results appear naturally, without any drastic change!
PDO Lift, is utilized to produce a more dramatic lift and immediate result. The PDO sutures have “barbs” or “cogs”, which provide a grip underneath the skin. Sutures are inserted the same way, except they can be pulled in 1 or 2 directions, creating an instant skin repositioning. Just like the Nova Mesh, the skin will then build new collagen, which will secure the lift!