Smooth PDO (polydioxanone) thread, St Albans

What is Smooth PDO thread?

Smooth PDO (polydioxanone) thread consists of a fine needle with an absorbable polydioxanone suture. Polydioxanone suture has been used in soft tissue approximation and has a 30-year long safety track record for use in orthopaedic and cardiovascular surgery and for wound closure. It is completely absorbed by the body through hydrolysis and causes minimal tissue reaction and tissue trauma.

How does Smooth PDO thread work?

Insertion of multiple smooth PDO threads creates a support network for skin tissue. This provides an immediate visible tightening effect whilst stimulating natural collagen production within the skin. This not only stimulates skin rejuvenation, brings vitality, elasticity and brighter skin tone but also improves the appearance of acne scar, minor wrinkles, nasolabial folds, and saggy skin. The embedded threads are gradually absorbed over a period of 3-4 months via biological hydrolysis. The result is more long-lasting than other injectable treatment with minimal side effects and downtime.

What can I expect when having Smooth PDO thread treatment?

Topical anaesthetic cream will be applied for about 20 mins to treated area prior to treatment to ensure minimal discomfort. The treatment will take about 15-20mins, depending on number of threads and treatment area. Bruising, swelling and small lumps can occur, which are normal reactions to treatment. They should be resolved in about 2 weeks.

Where can I get more information about Smooth PDO thread treatment?

The Smooth PDO thread procedure will be performed by Dr Stephen Lai or other qualified practitioners at St Albans Clinic. Before booking the procedure, you will be assessed to confirm your suitability and will be informed about the treatment plan and cost involved. The procedure will take about 30-40 mins which includes preparation and treatment time.

Western Skin Institute also offer acne and rosacea treatment, skin checks and specialist general surgical services.