Frequently Asked Questions
The use of PDO threads in aesthetics is new, but PDO threads themselves have been used safely for decades for various medical reasons, like treating gynecological disorders or dissolvable sutures following surgical procedures. PDO, or polydioxanone threads, are placed just under the skin begin to dissolve after 2 weeks and will likely completely dissolve after about six to nine months. As they dissolve they cause your body to produce collagen. There are 2 types of PDO threads that we use: barbed and smooth. When used as an aesthetic treatment, barbed threads mechanically lift the skin giving the appearance of a face lift. PDO threads also contracts fat tissue to result in instant skin tightening and promotes collagen production and neovascularization to renew your skin at the cellular level. All of this works together to give you enhanced skin texture, fewer fine lines and wrinkles and more elastic skin. We especially take advantage of this process with the use of smooth PDO threads.
What areas can be treated?
Because PDO threads are so versatile, it can treat virtually any area of the face, including areas that may be more dangerous to treat with dermal filler. These include the:
- Jaw line
- Naso jugal folds
- Nasolabial folds
- Crow’s feet
- Undereye area
- Marionette lines
Who can get PDO Threads?
If you’re looking to correct uneven pigmentation, lines, wrinkles, gaunt facial features or skin laxity of the face, you are a good candidate for a PDO threads. You are a particularly good candidate for this treatment if you want an instant facial lift but don’t have the time or money to commit to a traditional facelift.
What should I do before my treatment?
Since PDO thread are minimally-invasive, there isn’t a lot you need to do to prepare. However, there are some precautionary measures you can take to ensure the best results from your treatment. Here are things you should avoid one to two days before treatment:
- Omega fish oil supplements
- Chinese medicine supplements
- Vitamin E
- High-intensity workouts
- Steam rooms and saunas
DAY OF TREATMENT
How long does the procedure take?
One of the best things about this treatment is it only takes 15 to 30 minutes to perform. After that, you’re free to go back to work or whatever else you had scheduled for the rest of your day.
What can I expect before my treatment?
Before treatment starts, we will apply a topical numbing agent and local anesthetic to the treatment site. The topical numbing agent takes about 30 minutes to work. The needle used during this treatment is so fine it will not cause any pain. We still provide local anesthesia to ensure you feel no discomfort during the treatment.
What can I expect during my treatment?
Once the anesthetic has taken effect, your treatment will begin. The PDO threads are inserted via blunt tip needles, called cannulas, or sharp-tipped needles. Once inserted into the appropriate layer of skin, they act as anchors as the skin is lifted upwards. Then, the excess threads are cut off.
What should I expect after PDO Threads?
There are not a lot of special after-care requirements to this treatment. However, following the precautions below will optimize your results:
- Avoid any dental treatments for 2 weeks (holding your mouth open for an excessive period of time can affect the results of your treatment)
- Don't rub your face vigorously while cleansing it or applying moisturizer for at least 2 weeks
- Try to prop your head up slightly at night so that you don't roll over directly onto your face while sleeping. Sleeping on your back will ensure that you don't put too much pressure on one side of your face
- Avoid radiofrequency (RF) treatments, laser treatments, and IPL treatments for 10 weeks after your thread lift
How long do the results last for PDO threads?
How long the PDO threads last depends on a number of factors, including the thickness of the threads, the quality of the threads and your body’s rate of metabolism. However, most of our clients find that the threads have dissolved within six to nine months.
How soon will I see results?
Some results of the treatment, such as skin lifting and some of the contouring effects, are visible immediately after treatment. In fact, your skin may look tighter when you walk out of our office than it will a week later.
When will I see the final results?
The final results of your PDO thread lift will be seen within one to two months of your treatment. How long it takes you personally depends a lot on your age. Your age is one of the leading factors in how quickly your body produces new, healthy collagen. Collagen is the protein responsible for plumping up your cheeks, filling in fine lines and smoothing out wrinkles.
How many treatments will I need?
Most of our clients enjoy satisfactory results after just one treatment. Come in six to nine months after your first treatment so we can determine if you need a follow-up treatment. After that, you shouldn’t need another treatment for three years.
To ensure a safe recovery, you can follow your procedure with the Beauty Sutra Skin care products below
Daily Replenishing SPF 30+ 1.7 fl oz / 50 ml
Broad Spectrum SPF 30+
Chemical-free tinted moisturizer with zinc and titanium plus antioxidants to protect against damaging UVA/UVB rays and prevent future damage. Anti wrinkle peptides help to firm skin. May be used as a makeup primer or lightweight foundation.
- Chemical-free to calm skin and lessen redness
- Effective anti-wrinkle ingredients smooth skin
- Paraben-free, non-comedogenic
- Safe for all skin types including sensitive skin, and pre-and post-laser and other cosmetic treatments
7.5% Transparent Zinc Oxide: provides chemical-free protection from damaging UVB (burning) and UVA (aging) rays while also calming skin that is red, post-procedure, irritated, or sun-damaged.
2.56% Titanium Dioxide: chemical-free, physical block from UVB (burning) and UVA (aging) rays.
Firming Peptides: powerful rejuvenating peptides work as collagen and elastin boosters to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and minimize signs of aging.
Aloe Vera: calms inflammation and redness, while soothing and moisturizing skin. It has multiple antioxidant benefits as well as skin softening, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
How to Use
Apply liberally and evenly 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply at least every 2 hours. Use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Children under 6 months of age: Ask a doctor.
Daily Replenishing is suitable for all skin types, including Fitzpatrick Skin Types 5 and 6.
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (7.5%), Titanium Dioxide (2.56%) FDA-approved chemical free, physical block from UVB (burning) and UVA (aging) rays
Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, C13-16 Isoparaffin, C12-14 Isoparaffin, Aluminum Hydroxide, C13-15 Alkane, Isostearic Acid, PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, Iron Oxides, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein (Colhibin), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein (Elhibin), Perfluorodecalin, Aloe Vera Gel, Sorbitan Oleate, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance.
Chamomile Facial Cleanser 6 fl oz / 180 ml
For Normal to Sensitive Skin
Gentle gel cleanser formulated to replenish moisture and nourish skin while removing impurities. Chamomile and ginger essential oils calm and soothe skin, helping to reduce redness and irritation. Algae peptides firm and smooth skin texture, while brown algae extract clears away pollution and makeup.
- Replenishes moisture.
- Excellent for pre- and post- procedure use.
- Ideal for sensitive, post procedure, red or irritated skin.
- Contains no pore-clogging ingredients.
- Softens appearance of fine lines and helps smooth skin texture.
- Sulfate-free: formulated with non-irritating and non-comedogenic ingredients that will not cause redness or acne breakouts.
Algae peptides: This botanical extract from the Hawaiian sea produces a moisture surge as it firms and smoothes skin texture.
Chamomile and Ginger Essential Oils: These ultra-soothing botanicals calm and soothe your skin, helping reduce redness and irritation.
Panthenol: Vitamin B5, a skin conditioning nutrient that softens and smoothes.
How to Use
Gently massage small amount onto damp face and neck twice daily. Leave on for 10 seconds. Rinse thoroughly with tepid water. Follow with exfoliator and/or treatment serum.
Water (Aqua), Sodium Cocoyl Wheat Amino Acids, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Ahnfeltiopsis Concinna (Red Algae) Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Oil, Phenoxyethanol.
Vita Soothe 1 fl oz / 30 ml
Protective Replenishing Serum
Antioxidant replenishing serum restores skin’s biodentical glycolipids and vitamins E and F. Contains strongest antioxidant, Lipochroman® to help correct and protect skin from environmental aging. Provides instant glow and smoother, plumper skin.
- Helps correct dull rough skin while you sleep.
- Reduces visible signs of aging.
- Provides antioxidant and moisturizing nutrients to brighten and help rejuvenate your skin's texture.
- Excellent for red and overly-dry acneic skin.
*Results May Vary For Each User
Lipochroman®: The only double action antioxidant to protect skin from both nitrogen and oxygen free radicals, this anti-pollution ingredient is also the strongest antioxidant made. It is eleven times stronger than Idebenone.
Vitamin F (Linoleic and Linolenic Acids):Omega-6 essential fatty acids that replenish moisture so that dull, rough skin softens and firms with continued use. Excellent for acneic skin since acneic skin is deficient in Vitamin F.
Vitamin E (Tocopherol Acetate): A form of Vitamin E that is 20 times stronger as an antioxidant and is the only antioxidant that protects skin from Nitrogen free radicals caused by environmental pollutants.
Lipids: Help to trap moisture into skin by mimicking the silky molecules found in baby skin that prevents water from escaping from skin surface.
How to Use
After cleansing, apply to face (and neck) twice daily. Follow with moisturize.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Dimethiconol, Glyceryl Linoleate (Vitamin F), Glyceryl Linolenate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Lecithin, Glyocolipids, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Phenoxyethanol.
Oxygen Lift Mask 1.7 fl oz / 50 ml
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Revitalizing Skin Treatment
Hydrating mask with Vitacell® enhances skin vibrancy and firmness. Provides instant and long-term improvement. Excellent hydration for post procedure, air travel, and mature and hormonal skin.
- Boosts skin hydration to visibly lift and plump.
- Imparts velvety texture and healthy radiance.
- Dramatically helps improve skin tone & elasticity.
- Replenishes moisture immediately after a peel or microdermabrasion, or when dehydrated from climate or travel.
Vitacell®: Botanical yeast complex helps boost the skin’s oxygen uptake, imparting a brighter, firmer, and more youthful appearance.
Glycerin: This emollient helps skin maximize moisture level by absorbing moisture from the air and attracting water to the skin, promoting healthy skin moisture.
How to UseAfter cleansing, apply to face, neck, and back of hands. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse thoroughly with tepid water, or leave on overnight. Suitable for daily use. Avoid hairline and eyebrows as product may lighten hair.
IngredientsWater, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Yeast Extract, Hydrogen Peroxide, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol.
Vitamin K Creme 1 fl oz / 30 ml
Vitamin K helps prevent and heal bruises. Diminishes facial redness and improves the appearance of dark undereye vascular circles.
- Great pre- and post-op to help visibly minimize bruising
- Helps boost healing of bruises
- Helpful for decreasing the appearance of dark eye circles
- Reduces skin redness
- Minimizes appearance of Purpura
Vitamin K: Important for healing and healthy blood capillary formation.
Lecithin: Water binding agent derived from plant cells.
Glycerin: This emollient helps skin maximize moisture by absorbing moisture from the air and attracting water to the skin.
How to UseTwice daily, apply to problem areas including dark circles, red patches, and pre- and post-surgical regions.
IngredientsWater, Squalene, Polysorbate-20, Phytonadione, Glycerin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Lecithin, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 5, Yellow 6.