What are PDO threads?
PDO threads are fine needles that contain threads made of Polydioxanone (PDO) which are inserted into your skin and removed to leave behind the thread in the skin which then stimulates collagen production and growth. They are used to strengthen and tighten the skin, improve skin elasticity and smooth fine lines. They can also be used to add volume to an area.
When can someone benefit from threads?
Threads can be used for patients whom have had dermal filler and are at optimal volume, as well as being used simultaneously with filler. If you have an overall youthful complexion, such as only having lines around your nasolabial & marionette areas of your face, threads are a good option in comparison with filler as there is only so much filler you can add before it start to get too bulky. For patients whom are not a candidate for tear trough filler but have fine lines under the eyes, threads can be a good substitute for the area to stimulate collagen production and improve fine lines as a result.
What is the difference between mono threads and double screw threads?
Mono threads are smooth, tiny threads that are implanted into the skin and released, leaving the thread in the body which can help to stimulate collagen. Double screw threads are wrapped around the needle to create a twist in the thread, and this twist creates a larger inflammatory response than the smaller mono threads, which results in a higher amount of collagen being produced. Double screws are a good option where a stronger hold is needed, such as above the eyebrows or in nasolabial folds.
What areas can they be used for?
Threads can be used all over the face, including:
- Tear troughs
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines
- Forehead lines
- Brow lift
- Cheek crepiness/accordion lines
- Cheek hollowing
- Oral commissures
- Nasolabial folds
- Perioral lines
- Chin & neck lift
They can also be used on other areas of the body, including:
- Butt lift
What can I expect during treatment?
The treatment area will be numbed prior to the threads being inserted using a medical grade topical local anaesthetic. The process of inserting & removing the threads however is relatively quick.
Can I get dermal filler or anti-wrinkle injections with threads?
Yes, threads can be used simultaneously with dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections and PRP treatments. You can also get dermal filler or anti-wrinkle in the same appointment as threads. If we are performing a brow lift with threads, we recommend treating the area together with anti-wrinkle injections so that optimal results can be achieved.
How long will it take to heal?
There is little to no downtime with threads and post treatment you are able to continue with your normal routine. You may experience minor bruising, redness and swelling which is a similar experience to dermal filler treatments.
When will I see results?
Along with other skin treatments that stimulate skin cell and collagen production (e.g. PRP), threads also depend on your body’s own ability to grow collagen. The collagen reproduction cycle is normally 12 weeks and this is the same time frame that it can generally take for you to see results. As with PRP treatments, the results vary depending on the individual and how your body reacts to the threads.