Polydioxanone threads, commonly referred to as PDO threads, have been known in medicine since the 1980s as absorbable surgical sutures. Recently, however, they have been actively used in aesthetic medicine and occupy one of the first places in a number of modern technologies to fight the signs of aging.
Polydioxanone threads have become a response to the trends and directions of development, which require stimulating the natural protective and regenerative mechanisms of the skin instead of masking aesthetic defects.
PDO threads have a revitalizing, tightening effect and stop the aging process of the skin. Due to the active stimulation of the body’s elastin and collagen production, polydioxanone threads inserted under the skin provide support for aging, sagging skin for a long time. Importantly, PDO threads do not add volume to the facial tissues and provide excellent results in difficult areas where treatment with botulinum toxin and/or hyaluronic acid is not sufficient.
Polydioxanone threads were used as a self-absorbable surgical suture material in the most critical areas: when creating dermal and subcutaneous sutures in plastic surgery, ophthalmology, urology, gynecology. Recently, they have also been used in aesthetic medicine.
Just a few years ago, scientists from South Korea discovered that combining PDO thread with acupuncture strengthens the muscles and tendons of the body. Previous clinical trials have shown that such manipulations, in response to the presence of certain foreign bodies, stimulate collagen production (a protein responsible for skin tone and elasticity) and elastin (a protein responsible for skin firmness and elasticity). This process begins about 14 days after insertion of the thread PDO into the skin and lasts up to 9 months, that is, until complete absorption. After this time, the polydioxanone threads dissolve, and the products of their decomposition, that is, carbon dioxide and water, are completely inert to the body.
New collagen is formed in the skin vector along the thread, becoming an excellent basis for maintaining the skin of the face and neck from sagging and aging. The aesthetic effect provides long-lasting results up to about 2 years.
In aesthetic medicine, polydioxanone threads are most often used to correct the jawline and facial contours. However, they can be used not only for rejuvenation and facelift but also for the elimination of the signs of aging and other skin imperfections on the abdomen, décolleté, elbows, buttocks, knees, chest.
Indications for using PDO threads on the face:
Indications for using PDO threads on other parts of the body:
There are very few contraindications to the use of this type of thread treatment:
At first, it should be noted that the procedure is practically painless and lasts from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the number of threads installed. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia or without anesthesia. After possible anesthesia, the doctor marks the points of insertion of the threads and the direction of their location under the skin. Then the needles are inserted into the subcutaneous tissue in order to obtain a beautiful and high-quality effect that excludes the deterioration of the skin tone.
After the treatment, there may be slight redness or bruising on the skin, which disappears quickly, usually after a few days. The aesthetic effect is immediately visible. However, the process of neocollagenesis (the creation of new collagen) will only begin after 14 days, and only then do the true effects appear. The absorption process of the PDO thread usually takes up to 9 months. The PDO thread lift provides long-lasting results that last up to 2 years.
According to many doctors, PDO thread anti-aging treatments are the method of the future. This procedure is minimally invasive, painless, and completely safe. Therefore, women are increasingly choosing a facelift using PDO thread instead of plastic facelift surgery.
The advantages of the non-surgical PDO thread lifting technique are convincingly characterized by lifting properties, improved skin condition and appearance, and the fact that they do not increase the volume in the treated area.
PDO threads also stimulate the body to produce natural collagen and elastin proteins, which are responsible for the firmness, elasticity, and tone of the skin. You can even say that they naturally rejuvenate the skin and restore its beautiful, healthy, and youthful appearance.
Among the dozens of modern treatments for facial rejuvenation, PDO thread lift is one of the most popular and in-demand since it is a fast and effective way to relaunch and boost the inner processes of collagen and elastin production, tighten the skin, lift the facial contours, improve the tone and complexion. This treatment is fast, safe, has a minimal recovery time, and provides long-lasting aesthetic effects with no risks for health. There is no wonder thousands of women and men worldwide prefer PDO thread lift over facelift surgery. Consult your cosmetology or dermatology doctor to make sure this treatment may be right for you, and there are no health conditions that may become contraindications.