PDO or Polydioxanone Thread Lift is a procedure that makes use of dissolvable sutures to lift and tighten your skin. The procedure is less invasive than facelift surgery and takes less than 45 minutes. The biodegradable polyester suture is used in Polydioxanone thread lifts. Some new thread types lift sagging skin better.
How are Polydioxanone threads different than PLA and PCA threads?
Polydioxanone, PLA [polylactic acid], and PCA [polycaprolactone] are the sutures used in the thread lifting procedures. Since 1980, the colorless PDO threads are used in surgeries that dissolve in the body within six months. These sutures trigger fibroblast cells to generate more collagen responsible to offer the skin structure and elasticity. Lack of collagen causes aging skin.
PLA and PCA sutures are new and last longer in the body and stimulate collagen levels. PLA takes 12 months to dissolve, while PCA takes a maximum of 15 months. Each suture type is suitable for a specific function.
Types of polydioxanone threads
- PDO mono threads are smooth.
- PDO cog threads have barbs for support to lift face parts.
- PDO screw threads involve intertwined threads suitable for restoring volume in sunken areas of the face.
If you reside around Colorado then approach the trained cosmetic experts at the Body Massage Wellness Spa in Downtown, Denver to consult if the PDO thread lift procedure is appropriate for your face or not.
Which facial areas can thread lifts treat?
The common areas for thread lifts are –
- Nasolabial & naso jugal folds
- Marionette lines
- Crow’s feet
Thread lift results are not extreme like facelift surgeries.
How to prepare for the thread lift treatment?
There is not much to prepare but some precautionary guidelines are given to ensure the best treatment results. You need to avoid the following things a couple of days before the treatment date.
- Omega fish oil dietary supplements
- Saunas & steam rooms
- Vitamin E
- Chinese medicine
- High-intensity workouts
What to expect during treatment?
Before treatment – A topical anesthetic agent is applied to the site. The needle used is fine and does not cause pain but numbness ensures that there is no feeling of discomfort.
During treatment – As soon as the anesthesia effect takes place, the PDO threads via blunt tip needle [cannulas] are inserted up to an appropriate layer. They play the role of anchors and lift the skin upwards. The extra thread is then cut off. The thread chosen will depend on the aesthetic goals.
How soon will the results be seen?
Sin lifts and contour effects are instantly visible after the process. Your skin will look tight as soon as you walk out of the clinic. The dissolving rate of the PDO sutures will depend on several factors like thread thickness, quality, and metabolism of your body.
In general, the PDO sutures dissolve within 6 to 9 months. The final result will be noticed within a couple of months. Age factor defines how quickly the body starts to produce healthy collagen to fill the wrinkles and fine lines.