By Nadiv Shapira, MD, FAC, FACPh
- Are you starting to see the signs of aging?
- Are you developing wrinkles or folds around your mouth, cheek, jowls, or neck?
- Are you nervous that you are going to look “fake?”
- Do you want to avoid “going under the knife?”
If so, PDO Threads may be the answer for you!
What Are PDO Threads?
PDO Threads are absorbable sutures that are threaded underneath the skin through a delicate cannula aimed to lift the skin and induce collagen production.
While the threads get absorbed over time, they stimulate collagen synthesis that further lifts and improves your youthful and natural appearance. PDO (polydioxanone) sutures have been used for decades in surgery, as an alternative to permanent sutures. Their strength and capacity to induce collagen prompted their use in anti-aging applications and are now approved by the FDA.
A Contouring Lift
They produce excellent results for those seeking a non-invasive, anti-aging procedure. Some PDO threads have tiny, barb-like protrusions that can be used to suspend and lift the skin. These threads anchor onto loose tissue, and the thread is lifted upwards to achieve an instant, rejuvenating and contouring effect.
Lips, Eyes, Even Knees!
Small spiral-shaped threads are utilized to enhance your lip border for that extra luscious lip. In addition, there are smooth threads that help to thicken and rejuvenate the skin. These threads improve skin texture and help fine lines and thin “crepey” skin to look smoother and younger; ideal for crow’s feet around the eyes, “smoker lines” around your lip, the lines around your neck, or on the loose skin above your knees.
Threads – Effective For:
- Redefining the contour of the face
- Reducing the look of a round shape face
- Reducing wrinkles
- Lifting sagging skin
- Enhancing the volume of the lips
- Stimulating collagen production
Insertion of PDO threads is a 60-90 minute office procedure. It is not usually painful, but to insure your comfort we administer ProNox, the new combination of oxygen and ‘laughing gas’ (nitrous oxide). You will be able to drive right after the procedure and resume everyday activities. You should wait a couple of days before you do strenuous exercise and you might feel swelling or tightness in your skin for about a week.
Threads Are Used For:
- Forehead (Brow lift)
- Upper and lower cheeks
Results Last Years!
You will notice immediate lift after placement. Results will continue to improve over 3 months when new collagen forms around and between the inserted threads. By months 4-6 the threads will be safely absorbed, but collagen production will continue to provide further lifting and tightening.
A recent study by The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery showed that by month seven, the collagen present in the treated area increased by 100%. Results can last from one to two years, but “touch ups” may be needed.
As seen in the Woman’s Journal
July 1, 2021