What are PDO Threads?
PDO is an absorbable suture material that can be placed in the face using a tiny needle or cannula to trigger volume and re-position fat that has fallen over time which gives a tired look to the face. They can also be used on the submental (double chin) region, neck, and other body areas.
PDO has been used in general surgery for its strength and predictable healing properties for the last 40+ years. PDO threads will dissolve in 6 months and have tissue effects that last 12 months or longer.
Who Can Perform PDO Thread Lifts?
Physicians, NP’s, PA’s, and RN’s have all trained in PDO Thread Lifting and are practicing in the USA and around the world. Plastic Surgeons and Aesthetic Providers alike have made this the fastest growing new aesthetic service. Most of these providers already offer Dermal Fillers, Botulinum Toxin, Microneedling, and other laser/light face treatments. PDO Threads offer a unique enhancement to all of these procedures,
Your local state/country will determine the scope of practice ultimately for these procedures, so check with your local licensing board.
Uses for PDO Threads
Smooth threads can work with dermal filler or PRP, or be used in place of dermal filler to trigger volume and condition loose and atrophic skin creating a firmer, tighter look by generating new tissue. Smooth threads often cost less for the patient than dermal fillers with longer lasting effects.
Barbed threads are stronger PDO material that grabs fat and re-positions it against gravity to help relieve the double chin, jawline/jowls, naso-labial folds, marionette lines, and even create lifts to the forehead and other body areas.
Become a Thread Lift Provider in 3 Steps
STEP 1: Online Training
PDO Threads have extensive world-wide use since 2014. In order to use them optimally, one needs to know the history and the existing literature on PDO Threads. A good online CME-accredited training course will cover all of this in advance of any live training date. How do threads work? How do they dissolve as they generate new tissue? How to avoid injury to vessels and nerves in the face?
How to choose the correct patient and plan the treatment? How to use threads in addition to dermal fillers and PRP to optimize results? These are important didactics that anyone serious about learning PDO Thread Lifting needs to know in advance. All training options listed here include an 8 CME credit online component you can watch at your own pace prior to any live hands-on training.
Step 2: Narrated Case Videos
No other minimally invasive aesthetic procedure has so many interesting technique varations than PDO Threads. Training in PDO Threads must include narrated recorded cases showing wide variety of techniques to help round out your education.
Most importantly, this should all be done prior to doing your first case. This breadth of knowledge will allow you to get the most out of your first hands-on proctored case and ask all the right questions that will prepare you to do successful cases on your own for years to come.
Once you complete the online portion and watch the narrated cases, you are now fully pre-qualified to do your hands-on training at any of our partner CME-accredited centers.
STEP 3: Hands-On Training
Finally, small-group hands-on training with an experienced instructor will allow you put your new skills to work on your very own patient.
- Plan your procedure on your very own patient
- Mark and prep
- Place smooth threads
- Place barbed threads
- Learn how to adjust barbed threads for the final symmetric result