PDO stands for polydioxanone–a synthetic fiber material that has been used safely for several years in biomedical applications such as absorbable skin sutures. PDO has been observed to act as a scaffold to stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis around them and is the new cutting-edge procedure to treat sagging, aged skin. Although PDO threads are absorbed by the body over a few months, the new skin structures created by them will lift sagging tissue for 2-3 years.
Multiple PDO threads will be strategically placed into the hypodermis using sterile acupuncture needles. The threads will act as a frame for new collagen and elastin to lift the sagging tissue.
How do the PDO threads dissolve?
Polydioxanone is resorbed by the body through hydrolysis. This takes 4-6 months to achieve.
Does it hurt?
There are no incisions or cutting for this procedure, only injections. A topical anesthetic cream is applied to the skin of the injection site to numb and minimize any discomfort for the patient.
What areas can be treated?
How long does it take to do the treatment?
The PDO thread lift is a quick procedure. The length of treatment time depends on the area. Anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour.
What can I expect?
The results are an immediate lifting effect, but optimum results will be seen around 3 months post-procedure.
How long does it last?
The PDO thread lift will last 2-3 years.
Is there downtime?
There is no real downtime with the PDO thread lift. A patient can resume their normal daily activities right when they leave the clinic if they wish. Mild swelling and bruising are always possible side effects with any inectable procedure.
What are the costs?
The costs vary greatly to each patient’s specific needs and area to be treated. Your doctor can calculate how many PDO threads are needed and a quote can be given only at that time. Depending on the treatments, costs range from $1600–$5000.
Will I need Botox if I do a browlift?
The PDO thread lift may be combined with Botox and other skin rejuvenating treatments.