A PDO thread lift is a form of facelift that involves the use of thin threads that are implanted into the skin through an injection process. With the threads in place, the production of collagen is increased which tightens the skin. This smoothes out the wrinkles and creases that have formed over time. The threads used in a PDO thread lift degrade and are absorbed into the body much like stitches or surgery sutures that dissolve when they are left in place. By the time the threads have dissolved, the skin has started to tighten and draw together, eliminating wrinkles and sagginess.
A PDO thread lift can be used anywhere a conventional form of lift is used. In most cases, the PDO thread lift is used to eliminate sagging jowls on the face and can even be used to perform breast lifts. Because the threads are injected with the use of small needles, there is no need for an incision, which results in minimal scarring. The amount of lift needed will determine how many threads will be used and where they will be located during the procedure. A PDO thread lift is ideal for procedures on the face and neck because of the minimal amount of scarring. Side effects may also be reduced if a patient is in good health and heals quickly.
The side effects associated with a PDO thread lift include soreness throughout the procedure area, bruising, redness, swelling, and an increased risk of infection. Because the threads are "injected" into the body, the risk of infection is still a complication that must be dealt with. Keeping the injection area clean, boosting the immune system with nutrient rich foods, and avoiding the urge to touch the procedure area will reduce the risk of infection. If the side effects that appear immediately after the procedure do not dissipate within one or two days after the procedure, the patient will want to report them to the doctor so they can be evaluated.