Thread lifting is a minimally invasive technique for facial rejuvenation. Various devices for thread lifting using polydioxanone (PDO) are popular in aesthetic clinics in Korea, but there have been a few studies regarding its use.
To describe PDO thread and techniques adopted to counteract the descent and laxity of the face.
A retrospective chart review was conducted over a 24-month period. A total of 31 thread lifting procedures were performed. On each side, 5 bidirectional cog threads were used in the procedure for the flabby skin of the nasolabial folds. And, the procedure was performed on the marionette line using 2 twin threads.
In most patients (87%), the results obtained were considered satisfactory. Consensus ratings by 2 physicians found that objective outcomes were divided among “excellent,” “good,” “fair,” and “poor.” Texture wise, the outcome ratings were 13 as excellent and 9 as good. Lifting wise, ratings were 11 as excellent and 6 as good. The incidence of complications was low and not serious.
Facial rejuvenation using PDO thread is a safe and effective procedure associated with only minor complications when performed on patients with modest face sagging, fine wrinkles, and marked facial pores.
*Department of Dermatology, Arumdaun Nara Dermatologic Clinic, Seoul, Republic of Korea;
†Department of Dermatology, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea;
‡Department of Plastic Surgery, Gold Plastic Surgical Clinic, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Hwa Jung Ryu, MD, PhD, Department of Dermatology, Korea University Ansan Hospital, College of Medicine, Korea University, 516 Gojan-dong, Ansan, Gyeonggi-do 425-707, Korea, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Supported by a Korea University Grant.
The authors have indicated no significant interest with commercial supporters.