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PDO Threads

      PDO Thread lifts used to involve surgery and became associated with undesirable side effects such as infections and thread breakage. However, the thread lift procedure has radically changed. Most thread lifting procedures today are non-invasive. While there are many different types of thread lifts, the PDO thread lift is amongst the most popular today. The threads are made in South Korea, and is one of the most commonly performed skin lifting procedures today.


What is the PDO Thread Lift?

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

      • Instant Skin Lifting through mechanical effects
      • Cellular Renewel, through Collagen stimulation to improve skin texture, fine lines and elasticity
      • Skin Tightening, by contracting fat tissue


Is thread lift treatment painful?

      Depends on individual pain tolerance (it can be different with different day of the cycle, recent stress etc) and the type of threads use. Most patients tolerate the procedure comfortably, we don’t need pain relief (the size of needle is similar to anti wrinkle injections). For lifting threads – there is a pulling up sensation which is usually due to changing balance (homestasis) of the face tissues to a more lifted level. we can use local anaesthetic, particularly it’s advised for the 1st time procedure as it’s usually more uncomfortable than subsequent ones.

Please note that more anasthetic used – more swelling and prolongation of downtime will be.


How long does it lasts?


      • on the type of threads (less invasive tend to last less, but less side effects and downtime)
      • on lifestyle (more age facilitating activities – faster person will age
      • things like stress (that’s what we can see is a biggest trigger of aging),
      • smoking, poor diet, lack of sleep, genetics etc,
      • general health (chronic and inflammatory conditions tend to age people faster as well we lead to less collagen stimulation by PDO threads),
      • genetics and how person maintains their health and beauty.

      Thread lift has accumulative effect, similar to filler and other cosmetic procedures – more is done  – more lift we can achieve with a smaller amount and  collagen has been supporting structures.

      1st time PDO threadlift tend to last not too long – may be as short as only 6 or 8 months, up to a year.

      2nd threadlift tend to last longer – around a year. Particularly bone structure and skin tightness are factors helping better lift and longevity.



      For lifting theads: Like any other facelift procedure, there is downtime, particularly for the 1st time – please, always discuss with your cosmetologist/doctor and do not plan anything significant in the next 2 weeks.


Is PDO Thread Lift Safe?

      This treatment is surprisingly safe. Compared to fillers, the side effects are, in fact, much milder. Because PDO threads are inserted via needles and not surgery, and are absorbed in 6-8 months, many of the side effects associated with older thread lifting procedures, such as infection and thread breakage are also minimised.

      Depending on the types of threads used and areas treated, bruising may or may not 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 – an resolves in a few days.

      Some side effects are related to the technique of insertion, and the types of threads used. These include surface depressions, thread migration and even extrustion, facial assymetry, prolonged pain, and prolonged dimpling. PDO threads are not created equal.

      Finally, more serious side effects, though rare, can occur. These include infection, nerve damage, formation of nodules, and damage to the salivary ducts. The face has a very complex anatomical structure. Intimate anatanomical knowledge is required to perform a PDO thread lift well, and to avoid serious side effects.

      The side effects are mostly manageable – removal of threads may be required in cases such as migration and extrusion. There is no scarring after removal, and the problems resolve completely.