As we age, our facial tissue loses volume, PDO threads are absorbable sutures comprised of a component called polydioxanone (PDO). When inserted, the threads provide lift to loose and sagging tissue. After placement, the threads dissolve over a 4-6 month time span, during which the PDO is triggering collagen production. Polydioxanone is a synthetic non-animal based polymer that is biodegradable.
As we age, our facial tissue loses volume and elasticity, leading to poor contoured cheeks and jaw lines, as well as jowling. PDO threads have the ability to lift tissue through the cheeks and jawline, minimizing unwanted jowling and contouring facial structure.
Neck tissue can reveal an individual’s age just as much as the face can. Fine lines and wrinkles in the neck can be treated using PDO threads. The threads are inserted to tighten neck tissue and smooth the appearance of unwanted fine lines and wrinkles.
Loose and sagging skin above the knee is a common complaint that is frequently untreated. PDO threads are capable of lifting and tightening the tissue above the knee, providing a more smooth and natural appearance.
Stubborn inner thigh tissue can be a problem, even for those who work out regularly. PDO threads can be used to lift inner thigh tissue, revealing a smoother and slimmer leg.
PDO threads are used to lift and contour the buttocks tissue. The threads are placed in a specific manner to provide a figure you desire. In addition, the PDO threads collagen production will help smooth and improve the appearance of unwanted cellulite.
Sun damage and aging traumatizes our skin, particularly on the chest. This damage leads to skin with poor texture, laxity and wrinkles. PDO threads stimulate collagen production in order to tighten and smooth the appearance of aging damage on the chest.
Hands reveal age almost as much as facial appearance. Overtime, sun damage and dehydration results in wrinkled and poorly textured hands. Placement of PDO threads can provide a smooth and youthful appearance to the hands.
Polydioxanone is a synthetic non-animal based polymer that is biodegradable. There are two types of threads: lifting and meshing. Lifting threads are lined with small projections called “barbs” that latch into the subcutaneous layer to support tissue against gravity. Meshing threads do not contain barbs, and are simply inserted for the purpose of smoothing the texture of the skin. As PDO threads dissolve, the polydiaxone triggers collagen synthesis, amplifying the lifting and smoothing.
There are many body regions in which PDO threads are successfully used. Most commonly treated is the lower face in order to minimize jowling, structure the jaw line, and lift the cheeks. Another frequently treated area is the neck, to improve laxity, resulting in a more defined profile appearance. PDO threads can also be used in the arms, buttocks, tissue above the knee, as well as the hands and feet.
The amount of threads necessary will depend on the severity and area of treatment. An individual’s first treatment will require more threads, but as time goes on, less can be used in order to maintain appearance.
Often times results are seen immediately following the procedure. The PDO threads completely absorb within 4-6 months, during which they are stimulating collagen production, continuing to improve appearance. With this robust collagen production, results often last up to a year. Additional threads can be added later on to enhance your original results and slow down the aging process.
There is typically mild pain and discomfort after the procedure, which can be managed with the use of acetaminophen (Tylenol), icing, and Arnica for a few days post procedure. Bruising and swelling are common for the first 48 hours. Generally, side effects resolve within a week. With proper placement and aftercare, risk for infection and extrusion of the thread are minimal. If for any reason the thread has dislodged itself, you should not attempt to remove it, contact your provider, as it can easily be removed.