The PDO threads are a treatment that is rapidly growing in popularity in Australia and around the world. Threadlifts are useful for patients wanting improvement in wrinkles and skin laxity, but who aren’t ready for surgery.
Originally developed in Russia and then having been further improved and popularised in Europe, the US and more recently, East Asia (especially South Korea). Infinity has the latest TGA-approved threads available in Australia.
PDO Threadlifts – Q & A:
PDO, or polydioxanone, is a biocompatible product commonly used in surgery. PDO does not remain permanently in the skin and will be reabsorbed over about 4 to 8 months. PDO is broken down in the body ultimately ending up as water and carbon dioxide.
Monofilament threads (monos) are thin lengths of PDO (around as thick as a hair) that are loaded onto a thin needle which are inserted into the skin. The needle can hold single flat threads, threads wound in a spiral (tornado) or multiple threads braided together. The more PDO material in the thread, the more collagen stimulation we can expect. Mono threads are usually completely absorbed by about 6 months.
Cog threads are thicker lengths of PDO that are loaded onto a cannula which is then inserted into the skin. These threads have little cogs on them that engage the skin and can lift up sagging skin of the cheek, jowl or brow when the thread is pulled upwards. As they are stronger than mono threads, cogs can obtain more lifting and contouring. Cog threads are usually fully absorbed between 6 months to 9 months.
PDO has been shown to stimulate new collagen in the skin. Common treatments such as laser, peels, RF, HIFU or even PRP treatments, cause a wound healing response and a stimulus for new collagen at one point in time. In contrast, PDO threads have an advantage as they can stimulate collagen over a long period of time (at least 6 months).
For most people the effect lasts 1-2 years* (at bottom of page *note results vary from person to person)
This will depend on the number of threads. Typically a full face of threads requires about 45 minutes
Pain is minimal – topical local anaesthetic is applied before the procedure, supplemented with local anaesthetic injected just beforehand.
Bruising and swelling are common after the procedure, with other problems being uncommon – there is much less risk of complications such as scars and nodules that are seen with the older types of threadlifts.
Most people need to take a few days off due to swelling, with bruising often lasting a week or so.
Most people can return to work and sport by 7-10 days, although the skin stays red for weeks – you need to apply makeup to disguise this. It is important to wear sunscreen and avoid significant sun exposure for at least one month after Profractional laser resurfacing to minimise the chance of pigmentation change after the procedure. Medical grade skin care both before and afterwards will also minimise this risk and help achieve the best possible result.
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