PDO Thread

"At Artistry Wellness Hawai ‘i we offer HD-PDO to tighten, lift and restore collagen and youth.

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Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DOES HD-PDO THREADS WORK?

The HD-PDO thread lift procedure itself involves the implantation of fine, absorbable polydioxanone threads, similar to those which are used in medical suturing, into the subcutaneous layer of the skin using tiny needles. Their placement causes a series of microinjuries that trigger the body to produce greater amounts of natural collagen and elastin in order to repair the microscopic damage that occurs. The threads remain in place for around 6 to 8 months, after which time they are absorbed into the body, leaving new collagen in their place.

WHAT AREAS CAN HD-PDO THREAD LIFT TREAT?

HD-PDO threads can be successfully used on various areas of the face including the cheeks, brow, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, jawline and neck. It can also be used on the body, arms, thighs and abdomen.

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?

Precisely how long a PDO thread lift will take will depend on the area being treated and number of threads being inserted. In most instances, it can be carried out in between 45 and 60 minutes. Including preparation and the time following treatment, you can expect the entire appointment to last a maximum of 1 hour.

DOES THE PROCEDURE HURT?

The procedure itself is minimally invasive and does cause micro-injuries to layers within the skin. As such, patients are given a topical anaesthetic 30 minutes before their treatment which will ensure that they remain comfortable and relaxed throughout. Ice pakcs and tactile stimulaors are also used to ensure comfort throughout the procedure.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS?

A great benefit of a HD-PDO thread lift is that the side effects are minimal. You may notice a little swelling and bruising that lasts for a few days, after which time it should fade. There is no downtime and you can get back to your usual routine right away.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE THE EFFECTS?

It is important for patients to be aware that the results of a HD-PDO thread lift are progressive. This is because they rely on the body’s natural production of collagen which takes time, rather than administering man-made versions into the skin. The lifting effect of HD-PDO therapy reaches a peak at around 6 months post-treatment, after which time new collagen and elastin will have formed around the threads to tighten the skin and make the area look firmer, smoother and more youthful. The effects of treatment can potentially last between 2 and 3 years, after which time further treatment may be necessary to maintain your results.

Your Visit

BEFORE YOUR VISIT

One Week Prior 

  • Avoid taking medications or supplements that thin the blood—Aspirin, Fish Oil, Vitamin E, and any NSAID’s (Non Steroidal Anti inflammatory agents such as Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Naproxen). Please consult with your primary care physician/practitioner prior to discontinuing any medications. 

 

2 Days Prior

  • (Optional) You may start pre-treating with Arnica. It may help to lessen bruising and/or swelling.

 

24 Hours Prior

  • Do not drink alcohol. 

  • Avoid caffeine.
     

  • Plan your appointment well in advance and make sure you are not attending a party or a wedding venue for at least 2 weeks

  • If you develop a cold / flu, cold sore, blemish, or rash, etc. in the area to be treated prior to your appointment, we recommend that you please reschedule your appointment until it resolves.

DAY OF YOUR VISIT

  • Please arrive at the office with a "clean face"—makeup-free and washed

  • A topical anesthetic or "numbing cream" may be applied to the treatment area to maximize your comfort. Please arrive on time as this process may take anywhere from 15-30 minutes. 

  • Hydrate.

AFTER YOUR VISIT

  • Apply the home care system recommended by your Provider.  

  • Apply cold compresses or ice to reduce swelling.  

  • Do not tan. Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher at all times.  

  • Avoid swimming, Sunbaths, Steam or Sauna.  

  • Avoid facials, face massage, endermology, microdermabrasion for 1 month. 

  • Do not touch, scratch, or constantly rub your skin.  

  • Do not overstretch skin in the treatment area by taking large bites (e.g. apples, large burgers, crusty french breads, etc).

  •  Avoid exercise for 7 days, and alcohol and NSAIDs for 3 days after treatment.

Warning: If excessive swelling or signs of infection occur, please contact the office immediately. (Moderate swelling immediately post treatment is normal). Signs of infection include: 

  • Drainage that looks like pus

  • Increased warmth and/or redness around the treatment area 

  • Significant tenderness or pain around the treatment area 

  • Fever - Temperature of 100.5F or greater