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What is PDO threading

The PDO Thread Lift is a treatment which lifts and tightens sagging skin tissue, using threads made of Polydioxanone (PDO). The threads are introduced into the deeper layers of the skin. Once introduced, the threads produce 3 effects in the skin:

  • Instant Skin Lifting through mechanical effects

  • Cellular Renewal, through Collagen stimulation, and help to improve skin texture, fine lines, and elasticity

  • Skin Tightening, by contracting fat tissue

About 6 months after the procedure, the PDO threads will disappear through simple hydrolysis (they are absorbable). The lifted facial contours will remain for about 3-6 months more, due to the cellular rejuvenation effects. Your skin cells are stimulated to produce new collagen, and new blood vessels to improve skin microcirculation. At the same time, the PDO threads cause the fat tissue to contract, producing a skin tightening and facial slimming effect.

Which areas can Pdo threads be used?

PDO threads can be used for lifting, rejuvenation (improving skin texture and wrinkles), volumizing, and even reducing fat. Different threads are used for different purposes. Every injector’s technique is different, and the possibilities are endless

All areas of the face:

  • Under-eye area

  • Eyebrows

  • Crow’s feet (wrinkles around eyes)

  • Cheeks

  • Nasolabial folds

  • Naso jugal folds

  • Wrinkles around mouth

  • Jawline

  • Jowls

  • Neck

What are the benefits of Pdo threads?

The PDO Thread Lift procedure is designed according to what we want to treat, and which areas we want to concentrate on. For example, for lifting, I use a combination of barbed threads of different thickness and lengths, inserted in 3-4 entry points. The treatment can also be designed according to your lifestyle needs – if you can take more swelling, I will insert more threads, and vice versa.

Preparation is needed for Pdo threads?

PDO threads come in different thickness and length. These all affect their quality, tensile strength, effectiveness, and of course, price of your treatment. Your Injector may choose to use different threads for you, depending on your skin lifting and rejuvenation needs. I will not describe the different threads in detail here as it is very much a professional discussion – these are details that will be well planned during your consultation. 

How are Pdo threads inserted?

PDO Thread Lift is a minimally invasive procedure. After numbing and infusion of local anesthesia, the PDO threads are inserted via sharp or blunt tip needles (called cannulas) into different layers of the skin. Once inserted, the threads anchor the skin and lift it upwards. The excess threads are then cut off. Depending on the areas treated, the procedure takes 15-30 minutes. There may be some discomfort during the procedure, but because of the improved techniques & pre procedural numbing, my clients are experiencing less and less pain.

What can I anticipate before/after treatment?

  • Like other treatments involving injections, avoid alcohol, supplements such as Vitamin E, Omega Fish oils

  • Avoid going to the steam room, sauna, and engaging in heavy exercise such as High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

  • Following 2 weeks after the PDO Thread Lift, you are also discouraged from undergoing any dental treatment (which requires you to open your mouth excessively.)

  • You are also advised to sleep on your back to allow the swelling to subside and to avoid the putting pressure on the face that might cause misalignment of the threads.

  •  Compared to fillers, the side effects are, in fact, much milder (fillers can even cause skin death and blindness). Because PDO threads are inserted via needles and not surgery and are absorbed in 6-8 months side effects are minimized. 

  • Depending on the types of threads used and the areas treated, bruising may occur.

  • Expect some mild swelling and soreness for 3 to 5 days after the procedure and a sensation of tightness (mild) of up to 2 weeks.

  • Temporary mild dimpling of the skin can also occur – and resolves in a few days.

 PDO threads are not created equal – and your injector’s training in the procedure is also extremely important in ensuring a good outcome with minimal side effects from your procedure.

The face has a very complex anatomical structure. Intimate anatomical knowledge is required to perform a PDO thread lift well and to avoid serious side effects.

Why get PDO threads?

The PDO Thread Lift is an effective non-surgical facelifting treatment that is suitable for anyone looking to improve the appearance of sagging skin. This treatment is suitable for someone willing to undergo some injections, and who want to attain an immediate lift of the facial contours without undergoing facelift surgery. It is best suited for men and women who are unwilling to tolerate the long downtime of a facelift surgery but want to look refreshed and lifted – naturally.

Proactive maintenance

Your skin is immediately lifted after a PDO thread lifting procedure, as the threads provide support to lift skin in its new position. You may look slightly tighter than the final result, but in about 1 week, you will begin to look much more natural.

The restorative effects kick in after 1-2 months – you will notice better skin texture, firmer and smoother skin. Your doctor may concentrate more on either skin rejuvenation or skin lifting during your procedure. Depending on the technique and which is used, the results will vary from person to person.

In about 9 months after the treatment, the threads would have dissolved, but the results will continue for many more months. I recommend repeating the procedure 6-9 months after the first procedure, to allow for a long-lasting result of up to 3 years.

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Nova Threads are the PDO threads The Injector Room uses

PDO threads are used for more than just your nonsurgical facelift, elbow lift, butt lift, knee lift, breast lift, the possibilities are endless.