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What Are PDO Threads or Thread Lifts?

Thread Lifts or PDO Threads is a procedure in which absorbable sutures (PDO or Polydioxanone) are placed in the subcutaneous tissue. Depending on the suture used (barbed vs smooth) this will create an instant lifting of the skin as supported by the barbs or stimulate collagen production in the case of smooth sutures.  These sutures will remain in place for roughly 6 months at which point they’ll be dissolved. Fortunately, due to collagen production from the PDO threads you can expect results to remain for roughly 1 months, though individual results can vary.


2 Types of PDO Threads Used:

As mentioned earlier, there are 2 types of PDO threads, barbed or smooth. Barbed PDO threads are use the small barbs to grab and lift the tissue where they are placed. Smooth threads are used to stimulate collagen production and are used to treat superficial wrinkles. 

PDO Threads

Where can PDO threads be placed? 

They can placed in the face to lift drooping cheeks or jowls. However, threads can also be placed to lift the neck, abdomen or buttocks. Potentially   the threads be placed anywhere to help stimulate collagen and tighten any mild skin laxity. 


What can you expect from your PDO lift? 

Immediately after thread placement you will notice a subtle lifting of the skin. The results will continue to improve over the next few weeks as collagen is stimulated.


Who should have  PDO threads?

PDO threads are not for everyone. They are best for patients who have some MILD skin laxity, (typical age ranges 30-60s) and those unwilling have traditional facelift or cannot tolerate extensive downtime associated with a traditional facelift.


What to expect after PDO placement? 

Shortly after the procedures you’ll be able to go home. Some mild swelling, bruising, or discomfort can be expected and generally any discomfort if well treated with Tylenol. 

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