How Long Do PDO Threads Last?

It can be distressing to notice signs of aging, particularly in the face. Wrinkles and sagging are a natural part of growing older, but there are a few treatments that can help minimize these signs of aging and help the skin look its best. Beverly Hills Sculptress in Beverly Hills, CA offers several aesthetic treatments like PDO threads, Kybella, chemical peels, IV Therapy, and laser skin resurfacing to help restore sagging, wrinkling, and aging skin to a healthy and youthful state.

How Long Do PDO Threads Last?

While the PDO threads, or polydioxanone threads, themselves will dissolve six to nine months after placement, the results from this treatment will generally last between twelve and twenty-four months! However, the amount of time these threads last will depend on their thickness, their quality, and the body’s rate of metabolism.

What Are PDO Threads? 

Polydioxanone threads are medical-grade threads which can be inserted into the body. These threads can help lift and tighten the skin as well as work to promote collagen and elastin production in the skin. Polydioxanone threads are thinner than a strand of hair and safe.

Polydioxanone is a synthetic, absorbable polymer. It is flexible, colorless, and durable, making it a great choice of material for thread lifts. It has a crystalline structure and is biodegradable.

Are There Different Types of Polydioxanone Threads?

There are a few varieties of polydioxanone threads that can be used for collagen stimulation or lifting. The three types of polydioxanone threads can be used independently or in combination with each other. It all depends on each person’s individual skin goals.

Barbed PDO Threads

Barbed polydioxanone threads are slightly thicker than smooth polydioxanone threads and have barbs that allow the thread to latch onto the tissues better during the implantation process. They do not need an anchoring point. These threads can lift the skin more easily and efficiently in order to create elevated and fuller cheekbones as well as more definition in the jawline. They can also help improve the appearance of sagging skin and help stimulate collagen production.

Smooth PDO Threads

Smooth polydioxanone threads can also be called mono threads. These threads can create a mesh beneath the skin to help tighten the skin. This will also recruit the cells responsible for producing collagen and elastin.

Inserting smooth polydioxanone threads into the skin can help smooth wrinkles and fine lines, add volume, and improve skin tone. While smooth PDO threads are a great choice for increasing collagen and elastin production, the other types of threads are better suited for lifting the skin.

Screw PDO Threads 

In a screw thread, one thread is wrapped around the needle which will be inserted into the skin. This can give more volume to a sunken area of the skin. A multi screw thread has two threads that are intertwined around the inserting needle and provide a more powerful result than a screw thread with just one thread.

How Does This Treatment Work?

In the PDO process, polydioxanone threads lift the underlying tissues of the skin. This physically tightens the skin, but the presence of the polydioxanone threads in the body also triggers an increase in the body’s production of structural proteins such as elastin and collagen. This will result in skin with better texture, fewer wrinkles and fine lines, and less sagging.

What Does Elastin Do for the Skin? 

Elastin provides the skin with its ability to stretch, contract, or expand and then bounce back to return to its original position. Dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles which may appear when someone smiles, frowns, or squints and then disappear once their facial expression changes, will begin to set in and become permanent wrinkles if there is no longer enough elastin present in the skin.

As people age, their body will begin to produce less elastin and the skin may begin to sag and develop spots or wrinkles. The skin’s aging process can be sped up through experiencing repeated or prolonged exposure to the sun and its harmful ultraviolet radiation, repeating certain facial expressions, or being exposed to pollutants like cigarette smoke or city smog.

All of these can reduce the body’s natural production of elastin which can result in saggy skin. With a lack of elastin, the skin will no longer be able to bounce back to its original shape and position. Wrinkles may set in and the skin will start to look older.  

What Does Collagen Do for the Skin? 

Collagen helps give the skin strength, plumpness, and firmness. These all help skin look youthful and healthy. Collagen is an essential part of the skin as it makes up around eighty percent of the protein in the dermis and forms fibroblasts. Fibroblasts support wound healing and can synthesize more collagen.

In the mid-twenties, the body’s natural production of collagen will start to decline by one to two percent each year. As collagen production diminishes with age, exposure to the sun, or exposure to pollutants, the skin will begin to lose its strength and firmness. The skin will become weaker and may develop wrinkles, sag, develop fine lines, or look older.

What Are the Benefits Of Receiving a PDO Thread Lift? 

It Is a Minimally Invasive Treatment With Little to No Downtime

While other treatments may require surgery and extended downtime, receiving a polydioxanone thread lift does not. It is a minimally invasive treatment so most people can continue with their day and normal activities after attending their appointment.

Since PDO threading does not require surgery, it also does not require general anesthesia, which can strain the body. General anesthesia also comes with a variety of potential risks and complications like nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, sore throats, pain, blood pressure changes, and allergic reactions.

Those with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney problems, a lung condition, obstructive sleep apnea, or a condition that causes seizures will generally have a higher risk associated with receiving general anesthesia.

It Uses Safe, Biodegradable Threads

One huge benefit of using polydioxanone threads is that they are biodegradable so there is no need to schedule an appointment to take them out. The process of hydrolysis, or the chemical breakdown of a compound thanks to its reaction with water, occurs naturally and gradually once the threads are introduced to the body.

Polydioxanone threads are very safe. They have been used for sutures following medical surgeries for many years and have more recently been used safely in cosmetic surgeries. This treatment process has been approved by the FDA for both safety and efficiency and no allergic reactions to polydioxanone threads have been reported.

The Threading Process Is Quick

Getting the polydioxanone threads inserted into the body is a quick process and usually takes between fifteen and thirty minutes. Local anesthesia is injected to numb the area before small, careful injections are made in the skin. The threads are then drawn through these spots and lift the skin to provide an immediate lift and tightening of the skin.

It Does Not Hurt 

For most people, PDO threading does not hurt. It’s a minimally invasive treatment and the threads are usually inserted into a layer of skin with few nerve endings. The local anesthesia ensures that people don’t experience pain, though they may experience a slight pinch when the threads are inserted.

It Can Brighten Skin Tone 

PDO threading can brighten the skin’s tone and give it a more radiant appearance. Thanks to the body’s healing process which is triggered by the threads, the production of collagen and elastin increases, and the skin can become brighter.

It Can Treat Static Wrinkles

While other treatments like Botox only work on dynamic wrinkles, or those caused by muscle movement, polydioxanone threads can be used to treat static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are caused by sagging or the loss of plumpness in the face and often appear in the cheeks, neck, and jowl areas. Polydioxanone threads can be used effectively in any part of the face and neck to treat both dynamic and static wrinkles.

Polydioxanone threads can help improve the appearance of glabellar lines, nasolabial lines, lines above the lips, marionette lines, bands in the neck, sagging jowls, and loose skin above the knees and inner thighs. Immediately, the skin is tightened and lifted, but the benefits continue as the body begins to increase its production of collagen and elastin and skin becomes stronger, plumper, and more elastic.

It Can Help Reduce Pore Size 

Receiving a polydioxanone thread lift can also help reduce the size of enlarged pores. This process will stimulate cell renewal and increase the body’s production of collagen and elastin. The new cells and the increase in collagen and elastin will result in rejuvenated and healthier-looking skin, which can help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, resulting in a smoother skin tone and improving the overall texture of the skin.  

It Can Treat Acne Scars

A polydioxanone thread lift can help minimize the appearance of acne scars. Acne scars are often a result of inflamed blemishes caused by enlarged skin pores. Pores can be clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. They swell, and the follicle wall can break. In an attempt to heal, the body may end up producing the wrong amount of collagen. If too much collagen is produced, a raised acne scar will appear. If too little collagen is produced, depressions and pits will form.

This process can help reduce the appearance of acne scars because it encourages a healing response in the body and will increase collagen production. The new collagen and the new skin cells will reduce the appearance of discoloration and can help smooth the skin’s uneven texture, reducing the difference between the areas with raised acne scars, the areas with depressions, and the unchanged areas. The old skin cells will be replaced with new ones that are more uniform in color and will create a more even skin surface.

It Can Be Customized 

Another benefit of receiving polydioxanone thread lifts is that they can be highly customized. The threads can be used in whichever locations need them and using different types of threads can result in different degrees of lift, tightening, and cellular rejuvenation. Thinner, smoother threads work best for promoting collagen and elastin production, restoring volume, and rejuvenating the skin while thicker threads are great for lifting sagging skin.

PDO threading can also be combined with other treatments like dermal fillers to maximize the lifting and smoothing effects on the skin.

Find Out More 

If you have any more questions and would like to find out more about PDO threads and how this treatment can help you tighten loose and sagging skin or combat wrinkles and folds, please contact the Beverly Hills Sculptress in Beverly Hills, California.