Polydioxanone (PDO) thread lift is a procedure that uses a dissolvable suture to tighten and lift your skin. It’s a less invasive procedure than facelift surgery and can often be performed in under 45 minutes without needing to go under a scalpel.
PDO threads have been used in surgeries since the 1980s. They’re made from a colorless polyester that breaks down in your body after about 6 months. The presence of these sutures in your skin triggers cells in your body called fibroblasts to produce more collagen. Collagen is the protein that gives your skin its structure and elasticity. Loss of collagen is one of the main causes of aging skin.
PDO threads can be further divided into three categories:
PDO Thread Lift addresses concerns such as:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Deep nasolabial fold
- Facial or neck skin laxity
- Acne scarring
- Cellulite dimpling
- Breast lift
PDO thread lift shows immediate improvements in skin sagging after the procedure. The lift effect is noticeable anywhere from 6 months to a year or longer. The increased collagen and elastin produced continue to show past this point.
In a study published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal, a surgeon with 16 years of thread lift experience says he has seen results last anywhere from 1 to 9 years. Younger people tend to have results that last 3 to 4 years. People with poor skin volume or elasticity tend to only see benefits for 1 to 2 years. To increase effect thread lifts are commonly used together with other anti-aging procedures such as dermal fillers.