PDO threads is a procedure that uses dissolvable polydioxanone (PDO) threads that have been used in medicine for many years. In the cosmetic industry they are used for non-surgical face and neck lifts, as well as facial rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction. The threads provide an instant lift, but also stimulate the production of new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin, for maintaining youthful looking skin. An immediate lift can be seen, however the results improve over 2 to 3 months as the collagen is produced.
The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic (cream or injection) and takes around 30 minutes.
The procedure involves one to three pin picks at the sides of the face, through which the needle is then passed. You will feel a pushing sensation until the needle arrives to its target location. The thread then grips to the skin, is pulled back, and tied to stay in place.
Popular areas for lifting include: eyebrow lift, cheeks, jawline and jowls, downturned mouths, and neck lift including double chin.
There should be minimal interruption to daily life. The side effects include minimal redness for some days, risk of bruising, and possible pain and pulling sensation for the first one or two weeks.
Important aftercare instructions include no facials or saunas for two weeks, and avoid opening the mouth widely for one month. For this reason, ideally any dental appointments should be carried out before, rather than after the thread procedure
The results usually last between 6 months and 1 year, according to the amount of loose skin the thread has to lift. The looser and heavier the skin, the more threads are needed and more frequently.
The advantage of this procedure is that no surgery is required, it is extremely safe, it is fast, and with minimal downtime.