PDO (Polydioxanone) threads are synthetic absorbable suture material used in cardiac and pediatric surgeries for over 50 years. The threads, when placed in areas of skin laxity in a matrix like pattern, provide a subtle instant lift followed by collagen induction via a “selective inflammatory response.” This leads to collagen and new blood vessels being laid down around the thread matrix for approximately 12 weeks, rejuvenating and tightening the area. The threads themselves dissolve over a 6-9-month period, leaving the collagen behind. The results last for up to 2 years. The procedure is performed under topical anesthesia or nerve blocks for sensitive areas can be performed at an additional cost. Please read the frequently asked questions for more information.
PDO Matrix Prevent
Choose this option if you are not quite showing the signs of aging but want to keep the collagen content of your skin intact, to delay the onset of aging. Less than 100 threads of varying size and type are used.
Cost: $1499 (Free Lips Bonus*)
PDO Eye (Crow’s Feet & Tear Trough)
Choose this option to improve the appearance of Crow’s feet and the tear trough. Various sizes and types are placed in these areas. This can be combined with PRP for dark circles and eye bags. Ask for pricing in the combo procedures. IPL is also offered at the clinic.
PDO Lips/ Smoker & Marionette Lines
Choose this option if you’d like to enhance your lips or get rid of smoker’s and marionette lines. Threads of varying type and size are placed around the Vermilion border of the lips. Overtime, collagen forms, enhancing the lips. Unlike dermal fillers, the results are natural. Repeat treatments maybe needed for desired result. Can combine this treatment for smoker’s lines and marionette line improvement for an additional cost. For sensitive patients an oral nerve block can be used.
Cost: $199/ $499.
Nerve Block: $50
Choose this option to sharpen your jawline or tighten sagging skin below your chin. Threads of varying size and type are placed along the jawline and beneath the chin for a subtle lift and tightening of that area.
PDO Body (Décolletage, Arms, Buttocks, Knees)
Choose this option if you want to tighten, subtly lift and improve skin on various areas of your body. Areas typically covered at Décolletage, Arms, Abdomen, Buttocks and Knees. Threads of varying size and type are placed inside the skin. A great option after weight loss to tighten loose skin tissues.
Cost: $15 per Thread (estimate)
Frequently Asked Questions
PDO or Polydioxanone Threads are absorbable suture material that have been used in cardiac and pediatric surgeries for over 50 years. They are one of the safest materials to be implanted into the body.
Usually patients from age 25-65. The results of the procedure depend on how well your body makes collagen and as you grow older, your body’s ability to make collagen decreases. PDO threads are unsuitable for patients with bleeding disorders, some auto-immune diseases, uncontrolled diabetes. Dr. Goyle will go over your medical history thoroughly to make sure you are a good candidate for this procedure.
The treatment takes from 30 min to 90 min depending on the area. This does not include the 30-45 min of time for the topical anesthetic to kick in.
Results may last up to 2 years depending on the patient and the patient’s lifestyle.
PDO threads of various shapes and sizes come preloaded onto hypodermic needles or cannulas. The area to be treated is numbed by applying a topical anesthetic or nerve blocks. The threads are then inserted into the skin in a mesh like pattern. The PDO Threads trigger a “foreign body reaction” that causes special cells called Fibroblasts to get activated. These cells lay down collagen and elastin (the proteins responsible for keeping the skin youthful and firm) around the matrix. New blood vessels also form in that area. This process goes on for around 12 weeks. The PDO Threads are dissolved and removed by the body in 6-9 months, leaving the collagen matrix behind.
Yes! This is a great alternative to dermal fillers and Botox.
Some swelling and bruising can be expected in this procedure as the skin is punctured and penetrated multiple times with the threads. This usually resolves within a few days to weeks depending on the patient.
Usually 1 but if the wrinkles or skin damage need more correction, more treatments may be recommended. If you want to increase the fullness of your lips over time, more than 1 treatment about 6 weeks apart is recommended.
You may see some immediate subtle lifting, but results take at least 4-6 weeks. Collagen keeps building over 12 weeks so you may see continued improvement over a 12-week period.