PDO Thread Lift

Many surgical procedures that serve to make skin look younger are scary for patients in concept. Whether it be an injection, or simply rubbing off skin during microdermabrasion, the process always causes some redness and pain, and requires a little to a lot of downtime before patients can get back to normal life. A minimally invasive procedure that works similarly in how it creates younger skin is the PDO thread lift.




Now, before understanding how the PDO thread lift works, a quick review on skin aging is probably useful. With age, the density of elastin and collagen in the skin decrease. Collagen makes up most of a person’s skin, and thus is vital as a structural protein not only there, but also in muscles and bones. Elastin, as it’s named, is responsible for the skin’s elasticity. When we’re young, we can furrow our brow, or smile, and when we stop, our face goes back to its normal position. It's the effect of these two proteins that allows this snap-back property of the skin. The body produces less and less of these proteins with age, however, so the snap-back effect goes away and the grooves from smiling and raising eyebrows don’t go away anymore. While this decrease is natural with age, other factors such as smoking and sun damage also speed up this ‘aging’ of the skin. 

The PDO thread lift uses needles loaded with polydioxanone (PDO) threads. The needles pierce the skin and insert the threads, which lift the loose skin immediately. The small sutures made by the needles cause a mild healing response from the body, resulting in increased production of collagen and other fibers that contribute to the skin’s elasticity. Why polydioxanone? These threads that create a controlled healing response inside the dermis naturally dissolve over 4-6 months, so no measures need to be taken after the treatment. The results last much longer than the threads, as well. Due to the sustained collagen production, results last for over a year.

 

What’s also special about this procedure is that PDO is biodegradable, so in 4-6 months the chemical is absorbed by the body and disposed of naturally. Because of this, compared to fillers, PDO threads have a low probability of any side effects, and in those rare cases side effects are mild and last only a few days to a week. The PDO thread works best for people looking for mild to moderate adjustments to loose skin, as well as those who want to avoid a full facelift due to the cost or downtime. While it’s most commonly used on the face, PDO threads are versatile, and can be used on the skin of the stomach, thigh, or limbs.

 

If you have any questions about this treatment, or want to schedule an appointment, call our office at (609) 587-9944 or e-mail us at info@sleep-wellness.org.

 

References:

 

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14764172.2017.1400167

 

https://europepmc.org/abstract/med/8316422

 

https://in.pinterest.com/pin/523402787938208396/

 

http://mi-seoul.com/thread-lift/

Author
Tirtho Banerjee Tirtho Banerjee is a Johns Hopkins undergraduate studying to become a doctor. He believes medicine should be available to everyone and hopes that educating the public is the first step to realizing that.

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