PDO Threads | Innovations in Aesthetics
If you’ve been paying attention to new arrivals in the aesthetics marketplace, then you have likely already heard of the use of PDO Threads for facial lifting, volumizing and contouring. While PDO threads are not inherently new, they have undergone an evolution in the aesthetic industry.
Threads first hit the aesthetics world in 1999 with the introduction of APTOS threads, the first barbed sutures for facial descent. APTOS’s threads are permanent and made from polypropylene, the world’s second most widely produced synthetic plastic. Although complex in placement, and not without the risk of complication, these threads are still being used today. Conversely, Contour brand’s polypropylene threads had significant complications and were withdrawn from the market in 2007.
Science has improved substantially in the last 10 years, especially in aesthetics, making procedures and materials safer than ever before. Today, the most common threads in use for facial aesthetics are the PDO Silhouette and PDO Threads. These threads are made from polydioxanone and dissolve over time. The greatest difference between the Silhouette and the PDO threads is the degree of difficulty in placement—both products offer great results counteracting the effects of aging on facial descent, but PDO Threads are much easier to insert.
These threads are a mechanical means of lifting tissue that also create non-surgical collagenesis. Patients see immediate results post-procedure and an increasing effect months later as their body reacts to the threads and collagen grows around them. The results of a thread lift are similar to a non-surgical face lift, which explains all the hype. Patients are going crazy over these threads!
The technique of PDO Thread insertion is taught over a four-hour training session with hands-on practice using models. All providers should be adept at injectables prior to training. Proficiency using micro-cannulas is a huge benefit to providers learning PDO Thread placement, as the threads are “pre-loaded” in a blunt tip cannula, making the insertion processes similar. There is far less trauma to facial tissue and vasculature with PDO Thread than Silhouette. All of PDO Thread barb 3 threads are placed via cannula, which nearly eliminates the possibility of bruising entirely.
Pacific Northwest Aesthetics Academy offers regular training in PDO Thread insertion. If you’re ready to advance your practice and start offering PDO Thread treatment to your patients contact PNAA directly at 503-354-7120.