PDO threads: Most thread lift procedures make use of PDO threads. They have been around for the longest period of time and have been used in surgery for years. They are composed of a biodegradable polymer and dissolve within the body in 4-6 months. The procedure results can last for an additional 15-24 months, and they generally create type 1 collagen. Dissolving threads stimulate collagen synthesis, which enhances youthful appearance. Many choices of PDO thread are available for use, and closing the correct thread for your client may not be that easy. Usually, PDO threads are excellent for repositioning and rejuvenating, therefore, better suited towards younger clients.
PLLA threads: PLLA threads are composed of lactic acid derived biocompatible polymer and are used in various treatments. PLLA benefits include the ability to regenerate collagen over a longer period of time when compared to PDO threads. When inserted into the skin, this thread forms type 1 collagen with a very minimal (if any) inflammatory response. They last for 12 months within the skin.
PCA threads: PCA threads are not used as often as the PDO or PLC threads, but they last up to 2 years and create type 1 and 3 collagen. They are the newest threads, and they are composed of caprolactone (bio-absorbable monofilament). The structure within the PCA thread is more robust and therefore takes much longer to break down. It is highly potent at stimulating collagen and hyaluronic acid. Even once dissolved, collagen production can last for another year. These treads provide a small amount of lift and rejuvenation. These threads provide a larger amount of lift when compared to PDO and PLLA threads and are better suited to older clients who need a small to moderate amount of lift.
Combining treatments provides a treatment pathway more suited to many clients expectations. From PDO threads, chemical peels, dermal filler through to IPL all benefit from paring with skin boosters. Training with A.T.A.I opens your career to a world of options.