About PDO Threads

PDO (Polydioxanone) threads are a popular non-surgical option for facial rejuvenation. They are used in thread lift procedures to lift and plump sagging skin. PDO is a biocompatible material made of a dissolvable complex sugar that has been widely used in medicine for sutures. Once placed, the threads naturally dissolve within your body over a period of 6-9 months, but their effects can last up to two years, thanks to the production of collagen. There are two main types of PDO threads: smooth threads and barbed threads.

Smooth Threads

1. Structure

Smooth Design: As the name suggests, smooth threads don’t have any barbs or cogs. They are long, thin threads that are inserted under the skin.

2. Function

Collagen Stimulation: Smooth threads work by stimulating collagen production. Collagen is a crucial protein for skin elasticity and firmness.

3. Application

Volume and Structure: Smooth threads are often used to provide structural support to the tissues, adding volume and lifting effect to the treated area.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles: They are suitable for treating fine lines and wrinkles, especially in areas where the skin needs a subtle lift.

4. Treatment Areas

General Lift: Smooth threads are commonly used for general facial rejuvenation, addressing sagging skin, and improving overall skin texture.

5. Results

Gradual Improvement: Results are not immediate, as the full effects develop over time due to collagen stimulation. The gradual improvement provides a natural-looking outcome.

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Barbed Threads

1. Structure

Barbed or Cogged Design: Barbed threads have tiny barbs or cogs along their length, resembling tiny hooks that catch onto the skin tissues.

2. Function

Immediate Lift: The barbs on these threads provide an immediate lifting effect by physically lifting and repositioning sagging tissues.

Collagen Stimulation: Similar to smooth threads, barbed threads stimulate collagen production for long-term results.

3. Application

Lift and Hold: Barbed threads are often used for more significant lifts, addressing moderate to severe sagging in areas like the midface and neck.

Reshaping: They can be used to reshape and redefine specific facial features.

4. Treatment Areas

Specific Sagging Areas: Barbed threads are particularly effective in areas with noticeable sagging, such as the jowls or neck.

5. Results

Immediate and Long-Term Effects: Barbed threads provide an immediate visible lift due to their design, and collagen stimulation contributes to long-term improvements.

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In summary, smooth threads are often used for subtle lifts and overall facial rejuvenation, while barbed threads are employed for more pronounced lifting effects in specific areas with noticeable sagging. The choice between the two depends on individual goals and the extent of facial sagging that needs to be addressed.

What To Expect

1. Consultation: Your journey begins with a consultation where your provider will listen to your concerns and formulate a plan based upon your unique anatomy, skin type, and goals. Your provider will also determine if you are a suitable candidate for PDO threads.

2. Prep: Before the procedure, your provider will cleanse the treatment area to ensure it's free from oils and makeup. A local anesthetic will be applied to minimize discomfort, and the specific areas for thread placement are marked.

3. Thread Insertion: PDO threads, either smooth or barbed, are then inserted under the skin using a very fine needle. Various thread lengths cater to specific facial regions. Delicate, short strands are used to address fine lines encircling the eyes, whereas thicker threads are used to lift the cheek area or jawline.

4. Duration: The entire procedure typically takes about 1 to 2 hours, depending on the areas being treated.

5. Discomfort: Some discomfort or mild pain may be experienced during the procedure, but the local anesthetic helps to minimize any pain.

6. Recovery: Following the procedure, you may experience swelling lasting up to 1-2 weeks, along with temporary bruising or redness. Recovery is comparatively brief compared to surgical facelifts, allowing most individuals to resume normal activities within a day or two, with strenuous activities avoided for a short period.

7. Results: While some immediate results may be visible, the full effects of the PDO thread lift become more apparent over time as collagen production is stimulated. The results are generally more subtle and natural-looking compared to traditional surgical facelifts. 

8. Follow-Up: Your provider will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and address any concerns or questions you may have.

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