PDO thread lifting, also known as polydioxanone thread lifting, is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that aims to lift and tighten sagging or aging skin. It involves the use of absorbable threads made of a biocompatible material called polydioxanone (PDO).
During a PDO thread lifting procedure, the threads are inserted into the skin using a fine needle or cannula. The threads have tiny barbs or cones along their length, which provide traction and anchor the threads in place once inserted. This helps to lift and reposition the skin, providing a subtle lifting effect.
The procedure is typically performed on areas of the face and neck that are prone to sagging, such as the cheeks, jowls, eyebrows, and neck. It can also be used to enhance the appearance of other areas of the body, such as the breasts or buttocks.
The PDO threads have two main effects on the skin. Firstly, they create an immediate lifting effect, repositioning the sagging tissues and restoring a more youthful contour. Secondly, the threads stimulate the production of collagen, a protein that provides structural support to the skin. Over time, as the threads dissolve, the newly formed collagen helps to improve skin elasticity and firmness, prolonging the effects of the treatment.
PDO thread lifting is considered a minimally invasive procedure, as it does not require large incisions or general anesthesia. It is typically performed in a clinic or medical spa setting and can be completed in about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the area being treated.
After the procedure, some mild swelling, bruising, or redness may occur, but these side effects are temporary and generally subside within a few days. The results of PDO thread lifting are usually visible immediately, and they continue to improve over the following weeks as collagen production increases. The effects can last for several months to a year, depending on various factors such as individual skin characteristics and lifestyle factors.