POLYDIOXANONE(PDO) collagen threading
A thread lift is a procedure that uses a dissolvable suture to tighten and lift your skin. It’s a less invasive procedure than facelift surgery and can often be performed in under 45 minutes without needing to go under a scalpel.
Polydioxanone (PDO) thread lifts use a biodegradable polyester suture. They’re best suited for rejuvenating your skin while some newer types of thread lifts are better at lifting sagging skin. The presence of these sutures in your skin triggers cells in your body called fibroblasts to produce more collagen. Collagen is the protein that gives your skin its structure and elasticity. Loss of collagen is one of the main causes of aging skin. Recovery from a PDO thread lift is minimal. You may have some swelling and bruising for the first 24 to 48 hours but you can return to most of your daily routines right away.
What can I expect?
The exact procedure your surgeon will follow can vary. In general, it will probably look something like this:
As you sit in a reclined seat, your surgeon will disinfect your face with alcohol. They’ll apply a local anesthetic with a needle under your skin.
Your surgeon will make a small incision with another needle and then insert a device called a cannula into the small hole.
Your surgeon will anchor the thread into place and pull out the cannula.
They’ll finish by cutting the thread and making sure it’s secure in place.
You’ll be free to go home shortly after the procedure.
Common side effects
Minor complications occur in 15 to 20 percent of procedures but are usually easily corrected. Potential complications include:
- visible sutures (especially in people with thin skin)
- minor bruising
- snapping of threads
- accumulation of blood (hematoma)
- dimpling (orange peel-like skin texture)
- hair loss
- salivary gland injury