PDO (polydioxanone) is a synthetic fibre widely used in areas of medicine such as general surgery, gynaecology, urology and cardiology. Unlike old surgical threads, they are fully absorbable by the tissue after a period of time.
In aesthetics, the threads help to lift sagging skin as well as stimulate new collagen. The skin becomes tighter and firmer. The treatment improves skin elasticity and hydration.
Another interesting effect of the threads are their ability to induce lipolysis (fat cell death) which is quite effective in treating facial and body stubborn fat areas.
The main indications for PDO Thread Lift are:
The area of skin to be treated is first numbed using a topic anaesthetic cream. Then the PDO thread is inserted into the skin through a very fine needle or cannula depending on the individual’s requirements. The procedure takes from 15 to 40 minutes and there are no cuts or incisions so the patient can come back to normal daily routine straight after the treatment.
The effect is instant, but it improves over a period of 2-6 months as new collagen grows between the threads and gives a further lift and tightening of the skin. The PDO threads gradually dissolve over 6 months but the resulting lift remains for about 2 years depending on the patient’s age, the quality of skin, degree of sagging and the number of threads used.
The treatment is a very safe procedure and complications are extremely rare. There might be some temporary swelling and bruising. This usually passes within a couple of days. Patients may feel slight tightness or a pulling sensation following the treatment which subsides over a few weeks.