PDO threads, which have been used in medicine for almost 40 years, are smooth and twisted threads that serve various purposes. They are considered one of the safest body implants, as they are dissolvable and may already be present in your body if you have had dissolvable stitches. PDO threads stimulate collagen and elastin production in the skin while being absorbed by the body over a period of 4-6 months. Collagen and elastin act like a scaffolding under the skin, providing strength and support against the signs of aging, and the results can last for 12 to 16 months.
PDO threads are commonly used in PDO lifting threads, which are designed to reposition the skin with the help of barbs or cones. These threads are placed in the fat layer and lifted to stimulate new collagen production while providing structural support. They are ideal for patients with good skin quality and mild to moderate sagging, such as mild nasolabial folds or marionette lines with healthy skin.
PDO smooth threads, on the other hand, are painless and glide effortlessly under the skin. They are specifically designed to stimulate collagen and provide support without lifting or moving the skin. These threads are typically used in multiple sessions, targeting specific areas like crow's feet, cheek lines, frown lines, and nasolabial folds. Patients may need to come in for 3-5 sessions every 4-6 weeks to achieve desired results.
PDO threads can also be used in combination with other treatments, such as Botox, to improve deep crevices between the eyebrows that may not fully disappear with Botox alone. The coiled shape of PDO twist threads offers a greater surface area, leading to improved collagen production and more dramatic results. However, using PDO twist threads for skin treatments requires more skill and may cause some discomfort. An experienced professional can make adjustments to ensure patient comfort.
In addition to facial treatments, PDO threads can also be used in other body parts like arms, legs, and stomach to address skin laxity and acne scars. They are particularly effective in defining and volumizing the lip border when used as lip fillers.
Overall, PDO threads are versatile and effective in stimulating collagen and elastin production, providing support to the skin, and addressing various aesthetic concerns in a safe and minimally invasive manner when performed by a qualified professional.