What are PDO threads?

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PDO threads are a treatment that is rapidly growing in popularity in Australia and around the world. Originally developed in Russia and then having been further improved and popularised in East Asia, Europe and the US,
cosmetic MD has the latest TGA-approved threads available in Australia.

What are PDO threads?

cosmetic MD, we use two basic types of PDO threads - monos and cogs.

Monofilament threads (monos) are thin lengths of PDO (around as thick as a hair) that are loaded onto a thin needle which are inserted into the skin. The needle can hold single flat threads, threads wound in a spiral (tornado) or multiple threads braided together. The more PDO material in the thread, the more collagen stimulation we can expect. Mono threads are usually completely absorbed by about 6 months.

Cog threads are thicker lengths of PDO that are loaded onto a cannula which is then inserted into the skin. These threads have little cogs on them that engage the skin and can lift up sagging skin of the cheek, jowl or brow when the thread is pulled upwards. As they are stronger than mono threads, cogs can obtain more lifting and contouring. Cog threads are usually fully absorbed between 6 months to 9 months.

What can PDO threads do for me?

A PDO threadlift treatment can help improve skin quality (smooths and rejuvenates) and tighten sagging skin on the face, neck and body (arms, abdomen and buttocks). Depending on what we want to achieve, we will use monos, cogs or combinations of threads.

As a general rule, mono threads are suitable for younger patients who are not yet sagging and want to maintain their skin quality. We may also use mono threads to help tighten the skin in some areas or to prepare the skin to receive cog threads in older patients.

Cog threads are generally suitable once there are signs of sagging skin, such as the jowls, for patients from their 30s onwards.

We can also use PDO threads for nose enhancement and even subtle breast lifting!

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