Type of Threads
Rejuvenation Threads include Monos, Doubles, Triples, and Spirals (Screw Threads), Double Spirals (Tornado Threads), and other smooth threads. Rejuvenation PDO Threads are used when the main goal is to improve skin quality rather than lifting, but strategically inserted they will provide a small amount of lift via skin tightening as well as facial contouring. Although they can be used in strategic locations all around the face, typical treatment areas include a sagging jawline, neck sagging, tear troughs, the corners of the mouth, and the forehead. A typical treatment would involve anywhere from 10 – 20 rejuvenation threads per treatment area.
- A Mono PDO Thread is a single filament smooth PDO Thread folded in half.
- A Double PDO Thread is two smooth PDO filaments twisted around each other and folded in half.
- A Triple PDO Thread is three smooth PDO filaments twisted around each other and folded in half.
- A Spiral (or Screw) PDO Thread is one or two smooth filaments that are intertwined and wrapped around the needle.
- A Double Spiral is two smooth PDO filaments twisted around each other and around the needle.
- Spiral PDO Threads are particularly good at providing good volume restoration to sunken areas of the skin and gives immediate structural support.
Lifting threads are also known as Cog Threads and are the most dramatic treatment option for PDO threads but is also the most difficult and managing patient expectations is critical. Lifting threads have barbs, also known as cogs along the length of the thread with the aim of affixing the skin in a position to give the appearance of a minor facelift. Make no mistake though, PDO thread lifts are not capable of the same outcome as a proper facelift by a skilled surgeon. The amount of lift provided from a Cog PDO Thread treatment is typically only a few centimeters and results are not permanent. Typically, depth of placement for a Cog PDO Thread is the subcutaneous tissue and the effect is twofold with an immediate lift due to the barbs being activated and hooking into the underside of the skin and long-lasting effect due to the gradual metabolism of the thread which leads to skin rejuvenation. Cog PDO Threads are commonly used to lift the cheeks helping to correct nasolabial folds, along the jawline to reduce the appearance of jowls, in the neck to help correct sagginess, and in the nose for safe and effective non-surgical rhinoplasty. Usually, 1-5 Cog PDO Threads will be placed in a treatment area.
- There are many types and sizes of Cog PDO Threads but Intraline focuses on the most effectively used types for classic multiple point lifting and non-surgical rhinoplasty.
- The Intraline Dimension 360 threads are made by cutting cogs in a spiral pattern into a mono PDO filament.
- Our newest Cog PDO Thread is the Dimension 720. It is a molded Cog PDO Thread. Our molded technology allows the thread to maintain its integrity of shape and provides four times the strength of non-molded threads.
- Nose Threads are short, spiral barbed PDO Threads used in the treatment of Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A PDO THREAD?
An Intraline PDO Thread treatment uses the highest quality CE market PDO (Polydioxanone). Threads which are specially designed for accurate insertion and effective dermal retention providing optimum results. Polydioxanone (PDO) has been used in medicine for over 30 years as sutures in both Cardiovascular and Orthopedic surgery due to its high degree of safety, predictability and reliability. PDO Threads are surgical threads made from Polydioxanone which is a colorless, crystalline, biodegradable synthetic polymer. Polydioxanone, the material in which the Threads are made up, once inserted into the skin tissue ultimately lift, tighten and rejuvenate the overall appearance of the skin.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PDO THREAD TREATMENTS?
The Intraline PDO Thread Treatment is designed to combat facial ageing, skin stress, asymmetry and other related concerns. Once inserted, the Intraline PDO Threads will form part of an integrated support structure for the tissue of the face and body due to collagen synthesis which biologically rejuvenates the quality of the skin and slows down the ageing process. Specifically, PDO Threads:
- Improved skin laxity and reduced pore size, enhancing overall skin tone.
- Stimulation of the hypodermis, which increases the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA), while accelerating skin metabolism.
- Collagen regeneration accelerates over time, improving the appearance of wrinkles and folds, enhancing elasticity and brightening the patient’s complexion of ageing skin.
- Improved blood and lymph circulation. The results show a significant improvement in the complexion and skin texture, providing a more relaxed, rested appearance.
- The activation of the circulation and lymph channels help mobilize and eliminate fatty deposits.
- The implanted threads stimulate the macrophagues. The stimulation of these cells result in a reduction in inflammation and a stimulation of the immune system, which aids in natural healing.
HOW DO PDO THREAD’S WORK?
The treatment method is based on implanting the biodegradable, absorbable and nonallergenic medical “sutures”, otherwise known as threads into the skin that stimulate collagen production. The PDO Threads are slowly broken down and bio-absorbed naturally in the skin tissue over a four to six-month time period. Intraline PDO Threads have a powerful dual effect. The first is to provide immediate tightening of the skin. The second is to stimulate your body’s own ability to generate collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA). Collagen is a protein responsible for the tension and firmness of skin. Elastin is responsible for skin firmness and elasticity. HA causes the skin to rehydrate. Stimulating HA growth, resulting in improved skin moisture and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. An Intraline PDO Thread treatment is clinically proven to tighten, rejuvenate and restore sagging and loose skin, ultimately enhancing the integrity and appearance of the skin.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A PDO THREAD TREATMENT?
The best candidates are men and women who are experiencing the appearance of drooping brow, lines to the forehead, skin laxity or skin sagging to the mid or lower face, visible jowls and loose skin to the neck and other areas of the body. he Thread treatment is intended for men and women age 30 and above.
WHEN WILL I NOTICE THE RESULTS?
The Intraline PDO Thread treatment results will depend on the patient’s age, lifestyle, medical background and skin quality. You will notice some visible results immediately after treatment, however results will improve over of a period of 2 to 6 weeks as the Intraline PDO Threads will stimulate the body’s natural ability to produce new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA).
HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS OF MY PDO THREAD TREATMENT LAST?
The Intraline PDO Threads will gradually bio-absorb over a 6 month period leaving your skin younger and more radiant, lasting on average for 12-18 months. For longer lasting results it is recommended to have additional threads injected at regular intervals after the initial treatment. Your clinician can advise you on the appropriate timing for additional injections.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR A PDO THREAD TREATMENT?
Generally, we recommend speaking with your clinician on specifics of before treatment care. However, we have created a list of best practice here.
- Avoid taking any anti-inflammatory medications for 24 hours
- Avoid taking Vitamins C & E for 10 days
- Do not exercise for at least 24 hours
- Do not drink alcohol for at least 24 hours
- The Intraline PDO Thread treatment must be carried out by a qualified and trained medical
- If you are having a treatment prior to an event, discuss your scheduling needs with your
practitioner to allow for sufficient recovery time
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY TREATMENT?
Come prepared to your appointment by following any instructions provided to you by your clinician during your consultation. Your clinician will clean the injection site thoroughly. You can expect to experience some mild discomfort at the injection site during your treatment, but most sensation will be numbed by the use of local and/or topical anesthetic which will be applied prior to your treatment. Threads are inserted through needles, if barbed threads are used these cogs or barbs will grasp, lift and suspend the skin. Needles are withdrawn and tissue is gathered over the threads. The excess thread is cut at the end of the treatment.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER MY TREATMENT?
You can expect to feel some mild discomfort at the injection site after the treatment. Your clinician will provide you a list of “Do’s and Don’ts” for post-treatment care which will be outlined in the aftercare card. Follow these instructions carefully to avoid excess bruising and swelling, and to guarantee the best possible results. In order to maximize results and decrease recovery time it is essential that you read, understand and follow the Intraline PDO Thread aftercare leaflet provided by your clinician.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME FOR AN PDO THREAD TREATMENT
The Intraline PDO Thread treatment is a minimally invasive procedure and requires little recovery time. Side effects may include bruising, swelling and mild discomfort. Your practitioner may advise you to take medications (pre or post treatment) to reduce the chances of infection or complications.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OR POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS OF A PDO THREAD TREATMENT?
- Threads become visible underneath their skin shortly after the procedure
- Lack of sensitivity or numbness in the treated area, which usually subsides within weeks of the procedure
- Infection in the treatment area, however this is a less frequent complication.
We recommend that all patients interested in a PDO Thread lift source a clinician that has professional and accredited PDO Thread Training to avoid risks or complications.