PDO Threads are non-surgical skin tightening treatments that lift loose skin to help you achieve a fresher and younger look. There is minimal downtime, no need for any painful incisions or cuts, and none of the risks associated with a surgical facelift.
PDO Thread Lifts target the deeper layers of the skin. Advanced polydioxanone protein is connected to helically moulded barbs that anchor the sagging tissue. When the thread is lifted, the skin appears tighter and firmer. The increase in blood flow and the boost to collagen synthesis add to the rejuvenation. Known as the non-surgical facelift, results from PDO Thread Lift treatments can last for up to 12 months.
Matrix PDO Threads are one of the most exciting and versatile treatments for skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles. Matrix PDO Threads use an absorbable polymer to stimulate fibroblasts at the cellular level, boosting natural collagen production to tighten and thicken the skin. The PDO Mono threads or double screw threads act as a support structure for your skin, enabling the body to create new stronger fibres as the polymer is absorbed.
The procedure can treat visible signs of ageing and skin laxity on the face, neck, chest, arms, abdomen, buttocks and above the knees. Matrix PDO Threads results typically last for 6 – 12 months.
What Are PDO Threads?
PDO Threads are non-surgical cosmetic treatments that tighten and firm the skin to address sagging and other visible signs of ageing. Both Matrix Threads and PDO Thread Lift treatments can provide a great improvement to skin texture. Skin appears tighter and smoother, with increased collagen and elastin production providing a long-lasting reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
How Do PDO Threads Work?
PDO Thread treatments are performed in clinic by our experienced doctor-led team. A topical numbing cream is applied to minimise any discomfort before a cannula is used to insert the threads into targeted areas of the skin.
The PDO Thread material is made from polydioxanone, an absorbable polymer that has been safely used in surgical procedures for decades. Once the thread has been strategically placed, your practitioner will tighten the threads to lift and rejuvenate the area.
Results improve in the weeks following treatment, with the full effects visible around 8-12 weeks post-procedure. The collagen-boosting effect can last for up to 12 months, with skin appearing smoother, firmer, and fresher.
Which Areas Can Be Treated?
The most common areas for PDO Thread treatments are around the eyes, lower face, cheeks, and neck. PDO Threads can be used to treat:
- Crow’s Feet
- Nasolabial Folds
- Smile lines
- Marionette Lines
In some cases, PDO Threads can also be used on areas of the body to enhance skin texture and firmness. PDO Threads are often combined with other cosmetic treatments like Ultherapy and Anti-Wrinkle Injections to achieve a more dramatic anti-ageing enhancement.
When Will I See Results?
You can expect to see results from PDO Threads within 8-12 weeks of treatment. The threads are absorbed over time, but the collagen-stimulating effect produces anti-ageing results and enhanced skin texture for up to 12 months. Many clients return to the clinic for a follow-up PDO Threads treatment after one-year to maintain the skin tightening effect.
What to Expect After PDO Threads?
There is little to no downtime following a PDO Thread treatment. You may experience some mild bruising and redness for the first couple of days post-treatment, but you can immediately return to work and social activities. Your practitioner may recommend avoiding strenuous exercise and alcohol consumption for 24 hours after your procedure.
It’s also advisable to avoid any other cosmetic procedures or dental treatments for around 5 days following PDO Threads.
How Long Does a PDO Threads Procedure Take?
Most treatments only take around 30 minutes. The duration of the appointment can vary depending on the area being treated. Unlike a traditional surgical facelift, there is no extended downtime or painful side effects. You can go back to your regular routine as soon as you leave the clinic.
Are PDO Threads Painful?
PDO Thread treatments are not painful. But you may experience some discomfort as the threads are applied and pulled into place. A topical numbing cream is applied before treatment to minimise any discomfort.
You may also experience some tenderness and mild bruising for the first couple of days after your treatment.
What Age Should I Have PDO Threads?
This type of non-invasive cosmetic treatment is suitable for men and women that want to improve the appearance of sagging or crepey skin. Most clients are aged 30+ and want to achieve skin tightening results without the risks and downtime of a surgical facelift.
If you have severe skin laxity, you may benefit more from a surgical facelift. Alternatively, your clinician may recommend combining PDO Threads with other non-invasive treatments.
The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for this treatment is to book a free consultation with our medical team here at b clinic.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Most people are delighted with the results of a single treatment. The skin thickening effect and healthy collagen synthesis are long-lasting. Your practitioner may recommend that you book a free consultation around 9 months after your initial procedure to see if a follow-up treatment is required.
Possible Risks and Complications
There are much fewer risks and side effects associated with PDO Threads than with a surgical facelift. However, as with all cosmetic injectables, there is a risk of temporary bruising, swelling, and discomfort around the treatment area.
Rare complications can include infection, bleeding, and unwanted dimpling on the skin’s surface. There is also a risk of the thread snapping in the days following the procedure.
It’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your practitioner and choose a clinic with experienced medical staff to perform the PDO Threads treatment.
How Much Do PDO Threads Cost?
The cost depends on the type of PDO Threads and the size of the area being treated. Matrix PDO Threads start at $250, and a PDO Thread Lift starts at $2400. Book a free consultation to find out if you are suitable for this procedure and receive a complimentary treatment plan based on an expert assessment of your skin concerns.