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What Gauge of PDO Threads is Used for Different Thread Lifts?

PDO thread lifting is considered a minimally invasive procedure and can be done in as quick as 45 minutes, without having to undergo plastic surgery. These PDO lifting threads come in different gauges, with varying lengths for different uses. One particular use of PDO threads is for thread lifts, which has steadily been popular for some time now.

So what gauge of PDO threads are used for what specific purpose of thread lifts? PDO mono threads with gauges ranging from 26-31G and have lengths of 12-60mm are used primarily for skin rejuvenation and skin tightening. PDO cog threads have sizes of 26-31G with lengths ranging from 25-60mm mainly used for skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, and moderate lifts. PDO screws serve a similar purpose as PDO cogs, but with sizes of 26-31G and lengths ranging from 50-90mm.

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Which PDO Thread is Used for What Thread Lift?

PDO threads can be divided into 3 types: PDO mono, PDO cog, and PDO screw threads. These are used for different purposes depending on the goal of the thread lift.

PDO ThreadSize / LengthPurpose
PDO Mono Threads26-31G / 12-60mmRejuvenation
Skin tightening
Small Lift
PDO Cog Threads26-31G / 25-60mmRejuvenation
Skin tightening
Moderate Lift
PDO Screw Threads26-31G / 50-90mmRejuvenation
Skin tightening
Moderate Lift

The Different Types of PDO Threads

PDO mono threads are barbless and smooth. When used, they are inserted and anchored on either the scalp or face, to tighten the skin. They provide a small amount of lift, and are mainly used for skin rejuvenation and skin tightening. The smooth threads make it possible for gentle and minimal abrasions to the skin.

PDO cog threads are barbed threads, which help with sagging skin tissue as they are hooked onto the skin allowing tighter and more moderate lifts. Oftentimes, these are used for facelift surgery. These barbs act as additional support as compared to the PDO mono threads.

PDO screw threads are also barbed threads that have intertwined and screw-like threads that also act as additional support for more moderate lifts on sagging tissue. Like the PDO cog threads, these are used for facelift surgery.

Medical professionals are capable of determining the proper type of PDO thread for a patient's needs. There are multiple factors that are considered for this decision.

Size, Length, Barb Density, and Angle of Barbs and its Uses

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PDO threads are differentiated by their thickness or gauges. Different gauges of these PDO threads are available and will determine their size, length, angle of barbs, and barb density. Longer PDO threads allow for a stronger hook onto the skin tissue to hold the skin better. But if they’re too long, they may run the risk of breaking.

In addition, they may also lose strength by becoming more flexible which will make it more difficult for the skin lift to stay. If barbs are too short, they may not be able to hook onto the skin properly. The size and length of these threads are determined by what the patient’s end goal is for their skin.

Barb density is also a factor in the use of PDO threads. Higher density barbs allow for easier hooking onto the skin. Lower density barbs are used for lighter skin lifting and if the patient's goal is minimal skin rejuvenation.

Additionally, barb angles are also key to how much the PDO threads can hold onto the skin tissue. Too small of an angle can mean a weaker hold of the PDO thread onto the skin, and too large of an angle can cause the PDO thread to break under tension.
It’s best to consult with your medical professional as they can properly determine the gauge of PDO threads to be used for your specific goals.

Skin Lift vs Skin Rejuvenation

In determining which thread is to be used for the patient, it’s important to know the goal of the procedure. The 2 main purposes of PDO threads are skin lifting and skin rejuvenation. The three types of PDO threads can provide varying results, which is why it’s important to use the right thread for the right procedure.

Skin lifts are aimed toward the physical lifting of the tissue to prevent sagging. PDO mono threads are unsuitable for this as the hairless and smooth threads are inserted superficially under the skin. They can show slight firming and lifting that improves skin elasticity, but they cannot provide as powerful skin tissue lifting as PDO cogs or PDO screws.

Skin rejuvenation involves more collagen production. Introducing PDO threads into the skin stimulates the body for more collagen production around the affected areas, creating a more suitable environment for the skin to heal and regenerate with new, healthier, and more elastic skin.

Collagen production is the main cause of cellular regeneration and regrowth in affected areas. All types of PDO threads promote skin rejuvenation from collagen stimulation when administered.

Mono-directional vs Bi-directional Threads

Another factor in considering what PDO thread a patient needs is the thread's mono-directional vs bi-directional properties. To achieve a powerful lifting effect, bi-directional threads are used as they can immediately anchor tissue into place to prevent movement due to the two-way direction of the barbs. Mono-directional threads have to be anchored on separate ends in order to achieve stability.

Possible Side Effects of PDO Thread Lifting

PDO threads have a lower risk of side effects and serious complications compared to facial surgeries. Minor complications can happen around 15 to 20% of the time, oftentimes on facial skin. Some of these side effects to look out for include:

  • Scarring
  • Bruising
  • Visible sutures
  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Hematoma
  • Breakage of threads

If any of these occur, it’s best to seek medical attention in order to manage these complications to prevent permanent damage.

Results and Duration of PDO Thread Lifts

PDO thread lifting provides immediate results with skin tightening and lifting. There’s a noticeable difference in the improvement of skin sagging. PDOs are absorbable threads that disappear on their own over time. Lasting effects include skin rejuvenation due to more production of collagen. Effects can last around 3 to 4 years for younger people with more elastic skin and around 1 to 20 years for older people with poorer skin volume and elasticity.

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Different types of PDO threads with varying sizes and lengths are used for different purposes of thread lifts. Numerous factors also have to be considered in determining the appropriate PDO thread for a patient, and only qualified medical professionals have your best interests. Dr. V Medical Aesthetics is a trusted medical spa in Pensacola, FL. We have the technical expertise to assess your situation and provide you with the best recommendations.

PDO threading is among the many services we offer, and our team of professionals together with our state-of-the-art facilities can help you meet all your l aesthetic needs. Check out more of our services here.


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