Threads are a type of dissolvable suture that can be placed in specific areas of the face or neck to tighten and lift sagging skin without surgery.
PDO Threads are made of Polydioxanone (PDO), which is a biodegradable polyester suture. PDO threads have been used in surgeries since the 1980’s and are FDA cleared for non-surgical face tightening.
PDO Threads come in 3 different types, each with its own unique purpose.
Smooth threads help rejuvenate the skin by stimulating collagen formation.
Barbed threads act like tiny fish hooks to latch onto tissue to lift and support areas of sagging skin.
Screw threads are spiral shaped threads that add volume to regions of the skin that are sunken.
THREAD LIFT TREATMENT BEFORE & AFTER
Threads work by stimulation of new collagen formation. Collagen is the most abundant protein of the skin that gives support. Threads are dissolvable sutures that gradually get replaced with collagen as they absorb, thereby adding structure to areas of the skin that are depleted.
A medical provider will use a cannulated needle to place threads within the dermis along specific vectors that lift the skin.
Recovery from threads is minimal, and most will be able to return to daily routines immediately. Potential side effects would be swelling, bruising, hematoma, thread breakage, visible sutures, or skin dimpling.
Longevity of threads can depend on which type of thread is being used, and the age of the patient.
PDO Threads will have immediate results, and can last 6 month to 1 year before returning to baseline. Younger patients tend to have longer lasting results, while older patients tend to have less due to lower skin volume and elasticity.
Depending on your goals, threads may be a good option to achieve a lifted appearance without surgery.