PDO threads are absorbable synthetic fibres that are threaded under the skin using small needles – a technique that is similar to those employed by medical professionals to sew soft tissue together. It takes approximately 200 days for the PDO (polydioxanone) threads to dissolve once they have been implanted. This procedure lifts and tightens the skin over time by inducing collagen production, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance. Cosmetic application of PDO threads was first developed in Korea, where it has now become one of the most popular facial aesthetic treatments.
PDO threads can be used to:
The majority of patients can undergo treatment with PDO threads, but we will confirm this is the case for you during your initial consultation. Treatment is not suitable for patients who:
The procedure is carried out with a local anaesthetic, but it can be uncomfortable for some patients. Careful application of techniques ensures you are unlikely to experience any pain.
We will arrange a consultation, where you will be asked to complete a medical form and your photograph will be taken. Treatment will be explained to you in detail so as to provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you might have. Your aesthetic goals and how realistic these will be to achieve will be discussed with facial aesthetics expert, Dr James Littler, who is a highly experienced member of our team.
Treatment is not typically provided on the same day as the consultation, so a second appointment will be scheduled for another day that is convenient for you. When you attend the practice for the procedure, we will ask you to fill out a consent form to confirm you are happy to proceed.
Treatment will begin with a thorough cleanse of your skin to remove any dirty or make-up. James will anaesthetise the areas that are to be treated, before inserting the threads.
If the PDO threads are used to lift the skin, there will be an immediate effect, which should be evident over the course of 3 to 4 months, as new collagen is produced and fibrous tissue continues to form. This instant result will give way to a delayed lift effect, which should last for up to 12 months.
If the PDO threads are used to rejuvenate the skin, there will be no lift effect and it may take between 4 to 6 weeks before you notice an improvement in the overall condition of your skin.
We recommend that repeat treatment is carried out a year apart.
You might experience some degree of bruising, swelling and asymmetry. Your skin may also pucker and bunch as it is lifted, but it is better not to correct these issues, as they typically subside within 2 weeks for an optimal result.
The costs of PDO threads used to rejuvenate skin start at £500, while PDO threads used to lift the skin start at £1000.
Looking amazing for your age is worth every penny.