How Long Do PDO Threads Last?

Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are a minimally invasive way to lift certain face and body areas, providing a non-surgical alternative to surgical lifts on the face, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. While PDO threads can create results that last for a long time, they don’t last forever. The biocompatible threads eventually dissolve, and the results do, too. However, PDO threads are favored for their longevity over other methods, like Botox. So, how long do they really last you?

What are PDO Threads?

PDO threads are a type of suture made from polydioxanone, a biocompatible material commonly used in plastic surgery. Unlike traditional facelifts involving surgical procedures, PDO threads are inserted beneath the skin’s surface to lift and tighten specific areas without extensive downtime. The threads also stimulate collagen production, ideally promoting long-lasting results even after the threads have dissolved.

Durability of PDO Threads

PDO threads are designed to dissolve over time. They last from a year and a half to two years. However, the longevity of PDO threads can be influenced by various factors, including your lifestyle, age, skin condition, and metabolism.

Benefits of PDO Thread Lifts

A PDO thread lift gives patients multiple benefits in one treatment. PDO threads can effectively address various signs of aging, including sagging skin, wrinkles, and overall skin laxity. By lifting and tightening specific areas, such as the jawline and cheeks, PDO threads can provide a more rejuvenated and youthful appearance.

In addition to the near-immediate lift seen, they stimulate lasting collagen production. PDO threads are also minimally invasive, require little downtime, and come with none of the risk associated with a surgical risk – and they can be used on the face, neck, abdomen, thighs, and buttocks.

Risks and Side Effects

As with any cosmetic treatment, PDO thread lift procedures are associated with potential risks and side effects. Common side effects of PDO threads may include temporary discomfort, swelling, and bruising at the thread insertion sites.

You may also experience infection, bruising, and the rare occurrence of thread migration. Your aesthetic provider will discuss potential side effects with you before your treatment so you can know what to expect and make an informed treatment decision.

Comparing PDO Threads with Other Facial Rejuvenation Methods

PDO threads vs. Injectables

PDO threads provide a distinct mechanism of action from Botox and hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. PDO fillers stimulate collagen production for a more natural and long-lasting rejuvenation effect. Notably, some dermal fillers also stimulate collagen production for longer-lasting results. However, the most commonly used dermal fillers(HA fillers) and Botox do not do this and require more frequent touch-ups.

PDO threads vs. Surgical lifts

Surgical lifts are very invasive, involve going under general anesthesia, and always include a longer recovery time. PDO thread lifts offer a less invasive approach with minimal downtime, making them a favorable option for individuals seeking facial rejuvenation without extensive recovery periods.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the results of PDO threads similar to those of a traditional lift?

The results of PDO threads may not be as dramatic as those achieved through a surgical lift. However, they provide noticeable lifting and tightening effects over a long period of time. Discuss what you can expect from your aesthetic provider.

How often will I need maintenance?

Unfortunately, PDO threads don’t last forever. Your aesthetic provider can best advise you on when to get another treatment, but you can expect to have anywhere from 18 to 24 good months with a set of PDO threads.

Can I get other treatments with PDO threads?

Definitely! Injectables and treatments like microneedling are popular with PDO threads. A short-term injectable may even be a good way to bridge the gap between two PDO treatments.

Rejuvenate Your Skin with PDO Threads

PDO threads are a minimally-invasive, fairly long-lasting treatment for skin laxity, and they stimulate new collagen production for long-term skin firming. If you think PDO threads may be right for you, contact Beyond Skin Aesthetics today to learn more.