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PDO Threads

PDO Threads

Dr. Roberto Penne-Casanova, MD has been providing our Guests with amazing results from PDO Thread Lift. They can be used anywhere on the body to lift and contour the skin. In fact, he is now training other physicians on his techniques to obtain the best possible outcomes! Schedule your complimentary consultation now. Be ready for the next BIG event in your life without surgery!

Areas of Treatment

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Benefits of Treatment

How it Works

PDO threads have been used for decades, although they only recently became a widely used cosmetic treatment. Historically, medical practitioners used these threads as sutures during surgery. That’s because they can be safely absorbed by your body over time. Unlike the PDO threads used for surgical sutures, Dr. Roberto Penne-Casanova, MD primarily uses PDO threads that have directional barbs or twists along them. He places these threads wherever your skin needs a lifting and tightening effect. He uses a specialized cannula to place the thread in the desired location. Once in place, the barbs or twists anchor the thread, ensuring that it can lift your skin to the desired location. But that’s not all. The placement of the thread itself triggers your skin to produce collagen, the protein that keeps your skin smooth and tight.  As your skin slowly absorbs the thread in the coming months, it’s replaced by a new network of collagen. This means the results from a PDO thread lift can last approximately 18 months or more.

Restore the V-Shape

A beautiful and healthy face has a “V-shape”. With the ageing of tissues and the action of gravity, this “V-shape” diminishes or inverts. The idea behind the NovaMesh and the NovaLyft technique is to either create a scaffolding in order to support the tissues and keep them in the “V-shape” or where necessary to delicately lift the tissues and reposition the skin to recreate the “V-shape” where it’s been lost.

Although Novathreads can be inserted almost anywhere, even in the body, one area where they are especially effective is the neck and jawline. The lower third of the face is challenging to treat effectively with botulinum toxin or injectable fillers, which are most effective in the upper and middle third of the face, respectively.

PDO Threads

PDO are hypodermic needles preloaded with a synthetic PDO absorbable suture. PDO (polydioxanone) sutures are surgical sutures that are used to perform cardiac surgery. All sutures are FDA-approved and PDO sutures are one of the safest materials that can be used in the body. Your skin will fully absorb the PDO within 4 to 6 months without leaving any scar tissue.

While the sutures are underneath the skin, however, your skin gently reacts to the skin creating a “selective inflammatory response” to produce collagen to create a longer-lasting result: This principle is behind a lot of aesthetic procedures (such as fractioned lasers, skin tightening treatments and microneedling). Our skin is excellent at repairing itself, and by inserting the PDO underneath the skin to lift the loose skin, the skin will heal itself by creating new collagen naturally!

The Process:

Initial Consultation

An initial consultation appointment is required to determine whether this treatment is right for you by examining your skin condition and discussing your expectations and appearance goals. We will also gather some medical information, including your basic medical history, what current medications or supplements you’re taking, any previous cosmetic treatments, and if you have any drug allergies. Additionally, we may take a photo for reference in planning your custom treatment that will stay in your medical file.

Initial Consultation

Pre-Treatment Instructions

You will be given a set of specific instructions to follow prior to your treatment. It is very important that these instructions are followed to ensure no unintended side effects develop from the treatment. Examples of some pre-treatment instructions include:

  • Avoid retinol-based products
  • Do not use blood-thinning medications
  • Do not use tobacco or smoke for 1 week
  • Temporarily stop taking fish oil, vitamin E, and ginseng
  • Drink plenty of water

Please keep in mind, these are just examples. Your list of instructions will be specific to your needs based on your health and may include a temporary altering of your diet. At this time, we will likely ask you to arrange for transportation the day of your treatment appointment.

Pre-Treatment Instructions

Step 1 - Numbing

On the day of your procedure appointment, after a face cleanse to rid any excess oil and dirt, numbing agents will be applied to the areas that are to be treated. For some patients, a combination of a local anesthetic and a topical numbing cream may be used to ensure your comfort throughout the entire treatment process. There will be approximately 10 to 20 minutes of waiting while the numbing agents take effect before going on to the next steps.

Step 1 - Numbing

Step 2 - Marking

The precise treatment areas may be marked on your face using a temporary pen. If so, the pen marks are removed easily, and we will take care of them near the end of your appointment.

Step 2 - Marking

Step 3 - Threading

After the threads are mapped out and numbing agents are active, the threading process will begin. The PDO thread is contained in a thin, hollow cannula and inserted into the skin’s sub-dermal layers. The thread grabs at loose tissue inside the skin and is repositioned as the needle is removed, which lifts the skin tighter. Depending on how much work is to be done, this part of the treatment may last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.

Step 3 - Threading

Post-Treatment Instructions

Once treatment is finished, you will be given post-treatment instructions to help you through the recovery process and ensure you react positively to the treatment. Examples of post-treatment instructions include:

  • Avoid any strenuous activity
  • Do not apply make-up or facial creams
  • Take prescribed pain medication
  • Eat very light meals or adopt a liquid diet
  • Do not chew gum
  • Limit sun exposure and heat to avoid sweating
  • Keep your head elevated
  • Limit your facial movements
  • Do not drink alcohol or use tobacco products
  • Avoid certain supplements
  • Stop taking blood-thinning medications
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your face

Again, these are just examples of the kind of instructions you may receive. Additional instructions may be provided, including directions for using ice and cold compresses on the face. It is important to be as strict as possible with the instructions you are given so that your treatment results are optimal.

Post-Treatment Instructions

Recovery Period

The recovery period for a PDO thread lift is approximately two weeks; however, the majority of your restrictions and limitations will apply during the first 24 to 72 hours immediately following treatment. During this time, temporary soreness or face swelling can be expected, and it will fade quickly within the week. One essential part of the recovery period is keeping your head elevated constantly. This means no straining your muscles and no bending over.

Recovery Period

Treatment Resuts

During the first part of your recovery period, you will start to notice that your skin has a plumper texture and a reduction in wrinkles. As time goes on, results will continue to get better. It will take approximately four weeks to fully enjoy procedure results, including diminished wrinkles and fine lines, elevated skin laxity, and a noticeable difference in skin texture

Treatment Resuts
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Most popular treatment areas are the brows, cheeks (midface), jowls, and the upper neck. However, Thread Lift can be performed virtually anywhere on the body, such as to lift loose skin on the upper arms, stomach, thighs and around the knees.

Pain can be usually managed with acetaminophen (Tylenol) and/or ibuprofen (Advil). If stronger pain medicine is desired, it can be prescribed by our physician. You may have mild swelling and bruising for few days. Icing the treated area as well as arnica is recommended for the first few days. We recommend avoiding strenuous activity for few days.

Like any procedure using a needle, there is a chance of bruising and swelling. However, in most people, the bruising and swelling is minimal and resolve in less than a week. There is some post-op discomfort which usually resolves quickly in most patients. If the sutures, for some reason, become visible underneath the skin or migrate, it can be easily removed if necessary and new threads can be placed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Originally Contour threads received FDA approval in early 2006 which was quickly revoked due to the nature of the threads permanence. These threads were not “absorbable” and could not be removed once they were inserted. EuroThreads uses a biodegradable suture that has been FDA approved for decades in cardiovascular surgery. In 2015, the FDA approved the same suture for aesthetic treatments. Thread lifting can be used for treatments to the face, neck and body.

Yes, the use of PDO and PLLA threads have been FDA approved as a medical device for use in soft tissue approximation where the implantation of surgical sutures is appropriate.

At Blue Halo Med Spa we want our guests to be as comfortable as possible while receiving treatments.  For this reason, topical numbing, lidocaine injections, and Pronox (a form of laughing gas) is offered at no additional cost to our Guests to make treatments more comfortable.

EuroThreads are individual biodegradable, surgical sutures that are pre-inserted into a needle or cannula.

A single thread is inserted into either a needle or a cannula during the manufacturing process and then sterilized. A single needle or cannula (thread) is individually inserted into the dermis and upon removal, the thread is left in place. The thread is either left in place to promote collagen production or is pulled in an intended direction to produce an appearance commonly associated with lifting.

Slight chance of infection or bruising at injection site. Possible but rare chance for thread extrusion.

Oncology patients or patients with Keloid tendency, bleeding disorders, acne are some conditions that PDO threads are not recommended.

Yes, there are no contraindications that prevent the use of neurotoxins and fillers with EuroThreads.  Both neurotoxins and fillers take some time to produce the desired result so this could change or negatively augment any threading results. It is recommended to let the neurotoxins and filler set in before inserting EuroThreads. This will ensure that the patient has the best opportunity to get the maximum effects from both treatments.

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