Exploring PDO Threads: Answering Your FAQs

By: Dr. Mariano Busso


Are you eager to learn more about PDO threads and their potential benefits? In recent times, PDO threads have gained significant attention for their capacity to rejuvenate and elevate sagging skin, presenting a non-surgical alternative to traditional facelifts. Nonetheless, there can be misconceptions and outdated information circulating, leading to confusion among individuals. As a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist, I understand that PDO threads often raise numerous questions. In this blog post, we'll delve into some of the frequently asked questions about PDO threads to offer you a comprehensive understanding of this innovative cosmetic procedure.

Why Are Some Doctors Hesitant About Threads?

In the past, many doctors were understandably skeptical about the effectiveness of PDO threads. The early generations of threads did have some limitations, creating a questionable reputation. However, it's important to emphasize that we are now in a different era of PDO thread technology, and I share the optimism of many doctors when it comes to the latest advancements. 

The latest generations of threads are proving to be highly effective, capable of holding up to 1 kilogram of linear tension. This means they can provide better support and lift to the tissues they are used on. Moreover, they are absorbable, meaning that over time, the threads are naturally broken down and absorbed by the body. This quality reduces the risk of long-term complications and the need for thread removal procedures. Alongside improved technology, our techniques have improved significantly, leading to more precise and effective results.  So, to put it simply, today's threads work wonders.

Can You Be Treated with Fillers and Threads in a Single Session?

One common query is whether we can combine fillers and threads during a single session. The answer is a resounding yes, but there's a caveat to keep in mind. While they can be done together, it's crucial to avoid direct contact between fillers and threads. 

Hyaluronic acid, found in fillers, can cause the PDO threads to break down faster than they normally would if they were placed in without the fillers nearby, through a process called hydrolysis. This process can potentially reduce the longevity of the PDO threads and their effectiveness. So, while it is indeed possible to have both fillers and threads done during a single session, it’s crucial to ensure that there is no direct contact between the two.

What is The Optimal Thread Vector?

There are a variety of PDO thread techniques with differing vectors, but which offers the best results? Firstly, think of a vector as a direction or path along which we place the PDO threads in your skin. When we talk about the "optimal vector," we mean the best direction for inserting these threads. 

Vertical vectors are the preferred choice. Why? Because gravity, the force responsible for the downward pull, acts vertically. Imagine it this way: gravity is the force that is constantly pulling everything downward, including your facial tissues. When we use threads in a vertical direction, we work with gravity instead of against it. Horizontal vectors may not provide the same sustainable results, and corrections tend to be less enduring.

Can Threads Lift Breasts?

The short and straightforward answer is that threads are not a suitable option for breast lifts. Breasts tend to require a significant degree of support and lift due to the weight and size. Threads simply cannot withstand the necessary tension to lift the breasts evenly. Another critical factor is the lack of appropriate techniques for using threads in breast lifting. Unlike facial and neck areas, where we have well-established techniques for thread placement, the breast area poses unique challenges and threads are not designed to address these challenges effectively. Therefore, threads are not a suitable option for breast lifts.

Do Fox Eyes Work?

Lastly, let's address the "fox eyes" trend and why, in my professional opinion, it might not be the best choice for everyone. The “fox eyes” trend is a technique that aims to create a lifted and elongated appearance of the eyes, similar to the almond-shaped eyes of a fox.  

One key concern with this trend is that the results tend to be short-lived. Cosmetic procedures often involve an investment of time and money, so it’s essential to consider the longevity of the results.  Another common issue is that immediate post-procedure results often include significant folds. These folds can be quite noticeable and may not align with the desired aesthetic outcome. For these reasons, I do not recommend pursuing the "fox eyes" technique.

In summary, we've delved into the realm of PDO threads, addressing your most pressing inquiries and considerations. I hope these answers help clarify some common questions surrounding PDO threads. Should you require personalized advice or seek further information, our dedicated team is readily available to assist you. Your satisfaction and well-being are our top priorities.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.