As we age, our faces lose that beautiful V-shape that makes us look young and healthy. Moreover, wrinkles become more prominent, and our skin becomes saggy. As a result, many people turn to the facelift. However, if you are not too keen on going under the scalpel, a PDO threads treatment might be the perfect solution.
What Is a PDO Threads Treatment?
A PDO (Polydioxanone) thread lift is a procedure that uses a polyester suture to lift and tighten the skin. There are also two other types of sutures: PLA and PCA. However, PDO threads have been used the longest.
PDO threads consist of biodegradable polyester sutures that naturally dissolve in your body after six months. While the suture is under the skin, it triggers the body to repair the affected area and produce more collagen. Collagen is the protein that gives the skin elasticity and structure.
Three Textures of PDO Threads
There are three main textures of PDO threads:
- PDO mono threads. Singular, smooth sutures that help rejuvenate your skin by stimulating collagen production and providing a slight lift.
- PDO cog threads. Cog threads have barbs that latch into the skin to provide better support and lift parts of the face.
- PDO screw threads. These threads consist of one or two intertwined threads that restore volume to saggy parts of the skin.
Patients who desire only to tighten and rejuvenate the skin should choose PDO mono threads. On the other hand, those who want more volume and better lifting should opt for cog or screw threads. Depending on your goal, your doctor can use one or many thread types during the treatment.
Areas To Treat With PDO Threads
PDO threads can be inserted practically anywhere in the body: face, arms, stomach, thighs, and area around knees. However, the most popular areas are cheeks, brows, jowls, and neck.
PDO threads are particularly effective on the neck and jawline. This is excellent news, considering botox and dermal fillers work best on the two upper thirds of the face. Also, PDO threads combine well with other cosmetic treatments, such as dermal fillers or ultherapy.
Efficacy of PDO Threads
You will start noticing the results of the PDO thread lift immediately. In other words, your skin will look tighter and more contoured right away. Usually, you can see the final results about two months after the procedure. However, your age will determine how quickly your skin produces collagen, and therefore, how soon the results will appear.
As mentioned above, the thread dissolves in 6–9 months. This rate depends on the type and quality of threads, as well as your body’s metabolism. Furthermore, most people need only one treatment and can see its effects for up to three years.
Side Effects of PDO Threads
Only 15–20 percent of patients experience minor side effects. Potential side effects include:
- visible sutures (happens to people with thin skin)
- minor bruising
- snapping of threads
Side effects usually disappear on their own in the days after the procedure or can be quickly resolved. However, it’s always good to consult with your practitioner.
The Cost of PDO Threads Treatment
As with any aesthetic procedure, the cost will depend on where you live, the practitioner’s experience, and the extent of the procedure. Generally, the price can range from 500$ to 5000$.
PDO threads treatment is an excellent option for people who want to achieve the facelift effect without surgery. The procedure uses dissolvable sutures that help the skin tighten and rejuvenate.
Moreover, PDO threads can be inserted anywhere in the body. However, they work best on the neck and jawline. The results from PDO threads treatment are temporary and can last for up to three years.