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Frequently Asked Questions

What are PDO Thread Procedures?

PDO Thread Procedures are minimally invasive procedures that are offered as an alternative to the extensive surgical intervention of a traditional face lift. It works by using tiny polydioxanone (PDO) threads beneath the surface of the skin to gently pull soft tissues into a desired position where they are anchored by the thread. Over time, the body naturally dissolves the thread, without lengthy surgical recovery and downtime.

Are PDO Thread Procedures right for everyone?

When considering which patients might be the best candidates for PDO thread procedures, it is good to consider how to manage expectations. Patients with extensive loose or sagging skin, significantly damaged skin, and persons who have already undergone facial reconstruction or plastic surgery procedures may experience less-than-ideal results. However, those who are generally in good health and who maintain a steady weight are typically excellent candidates. Because it is a minimally invasive procedure, patients who cannot undergo general anesthesia and those who either bruise or scar easily may enjoy the benefits of PDO thread procedures despite not being candidates for more extensive surgical approaches.

Which areas can be treated?

PDO threads are versatile – and Medyglobal America PDO threads come in a variety of designs to suit different applications and desired results. They are appropriate for use all around the face and neck. Some of the most popular applications and best results can be seen when treating wrinkles, frown lines, and worry lines on the forehead; sagging eyebrows; frown lines and smile lines between the mouth and nose; sagging jawline and neck; and other fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.

How does treatment work?

Following an initial consultation with the patient, we recommend creating a visual plan for thread placement. Then, simply select a thread type that best suits the need for a particular area. Some areas may need more anchoring or tensile strength. Others may need to be virtually invisible in working with thin or delicate tissues. It is common and encouraged to use multiple different thread designs for larger treatment areas to optimize results. 

The procedure for placing Medyglobal America PDO threads is similar across all product designs. A numbing cream is applied to the skin. Then, the blunt-tip cannula-mounted thread is inserted in the desired area. Skin is gently massaged or positioned over the threads as needed. Over the next few weeks, the body begins to break down and absorb the threads through natural body processes.

What is the recovery time for the procedure?

One of the most exciting benefits of PDO Thread Procedures with Medyglobal America PDO is that you can offer your clients the ability to walk out of your office the same day without stitches or bandages. There is actually no clinical downtime associated with the procedure, and most patients can resume normal day-to-day activities immediately or within 24 hours.

Are there any risks or side effects associated with Medyglobal America PDO?

Because there is no surgical cutting or general anesthesia required, PDO thread procedures with Medyglobal America PDO comes with minimal risks. The most common side effects are bruising and swelling, which are temporary. Some patients may experience dimpling of the skin, which can often be managed with gentle repositioning and/or removal of the thread as necessary.

When will patients start seeing results and how long do results last?

The vast majority of patients can see visible results the same day as treatment. This is because Medyglobal America PDO threads provide instant visual results to selected tissue. Fine lines and minor sagging is often virtually eliminated as soon as the procedure is complete. More pronounced sagging or wrinkling will continue to improve in the 2 to 4 weeks following treatment as patients recover and any minor procedural swelling has subsided.  

Some patients and practitioners prefer to administer treatment in multiple sessions, which means full results will be realized upon completion of the final procedure. In all cases, results typically last 1 to 2 years depending on the patient and the procedure can be repeated and/or supplemented with fillers or other sub-dermal treatments as necessary to further enhance results.