Discover the Benefits of PDO Threads by V Soft Lift®

May 2022

Why PDO Threads are an Excellent Alternative to a Facelift

Looking for a light lift to your face or tightening but unsure about pursuing a facelift procedure? PDO threads are a great, less invasive alternative to a facelift to help the appearance of sagging skin.

At our Macedonia, Ohio practice, Optima Dermatology is now offering PDO thread lifts by V Soft Lift®, an FDA-cleared company that provides a trusted and effective palette of threads for facial rejuvenation, lift, volume, and support.

What Are PDO Threads?

PDO refers to polydioxanone, a polymer used in medical sutures that the body safely absorbs over time. PDO threads have been trusted to both lift and smooth skin on the face and neck for many years. And because the threads are biodegradable and dissolvable, they will break down naturally in the body, leaving behind new production of collagen and elastin that gives skin a firmer, more lifted appearance.

How Do PDO Threads Work?

PDO threads work by causing an increase in blood flow to the area in which they are placed , creating collagen, elastin and hyaluronic production and, in turn, rejuvenating the firmness and radiance of the skin.

PDO threads serve two primary purposes – to lift and to smooth. Each outcome requires a different technique depending on your skin condition and the results you are looking to achieve.

Below, we explain both the lifting and smoothing techniques and how the threads and the treatments differ in order to create the desired effect.

How Do PDO Threads Create Lifting and Smoothing?

For the lifting technique, the needle, called the cannula, is inserted under the skin. The PDO threads are inserted  and released once the needle is removed. The thread then causes an increase in blood flow to that area and begins to produce collagen and elastin. After 6- months, the thread is fully absorbed leaving new collagen in its place, and leaves skin with a firmer more lifted appearance.

For the smoothing technique, several smaller PDO threads are inserted under the skin in a hashtag pattern to ensure uniform collagen production. The thread will increase blood flow to the area and create new collagen and elastin production. The thread is then absorbed over 3-6 months leaving a new production of collagen in its place and skin is left with a noticeably smoother and more radiant appearance.

The smoothing threads can also be used in conjunction with other treatments such as Botox or dermal filler for even stronger results.

What Can I Expect From a PDO Thread Lift Treatment?

A PDO thread treatment typically takes less than an hour with minimal downtime. For a lifting treatment, the effects of a thread lift are visible immediately and continue to improve over time. The results from a smooth thread treatment take more time, about 4-6 weeks after treatment. For a smooth thread treatment, a series is usually recommended for best results.

Recovery varies by patient and treatment. You may experience some bruising or swelling, and most patients are able to return to normal activities right away. We do recommend avoiding rubbing your face or any activities that involve tightening the face, as well as vigorous activities.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a PDO Thread Lift?

Because PDO threads are versatile and can be used for a variety of skin smoothing, rejuvenation, and tightening, many patients are excellent candidates for this treatment.

Some common areas/reasons for PDO thread treatment include:

  • The glabellar lines between the eyes and eyebrows
  • Acne scars
  • Radial lip lines
  • Lip border definition
  • Necklace lines
  • Nasolabial indentations on either side of the mouth
  • Chin and neck tightening

In order to determine if PDO threads are right for your skin condition and goals, please schedule a consultation with Shelley Plescia, our Medical Aesthetics Provider in Macedonia, OH, accepting patients from the Cleveland area.

Our team of expert dermatologists and medical aesthetic providers are highly skilled, with advanced training and experience in a range of procedures and treatments. Our team also values exceptional patient care above all else, so you’ll know you’re in good hands.