Fillers or a Thread Lift: Which one is better?

Fillers or a Thread Lift?

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Looking to get a facial lift? There are two main types including dermal fillers and PDO threads. Both dermal fillers and PDO (Polydioxanone) lifts have their advantages, but when it comes down to which procedure could be considered better, the answer depends.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are great for soft tissue augmentation which in other words means that it improves the appearance of fine lines or soft wrinkles. As people grow old, their Hyaluronic Acid concentrations steadily decrease which is why the skin becomes less elastic with age. Dermal fillers aim to fix this issue by adding more hyaluronic acid back into the skin. 


Some of the benefits of these types of fillers include that fact that they are

And most importantly, they are long lasting and natural looking. Even within the category of dermal fillers, there are those that have high elasticity, and those with low elasticity. High elasticity fillers aid more in lifting tissue, and essentially sculpt facial features. They are firm and function in volumizing, compared to low elasticity fillers which are softer and more flowy. Low elasticity fillers provide a much softer contour and are spread further within the skin than high elasticity fillers. Either way, all fillers last for about a period of 18 months and are cost effective.


So then, what is PDO?


PDO lifts are ideal for an age demographic between the ages 30 and 65. Essentially, this procedure makes the connective tissue within the skin much stronger, and sometimes utilizes mesh techniques in order to create the perfect lift. PDO itself is very similar to threads that are used in surgical stitches, which means that the technology being used is already very familiar. It is an ideal treatment for skin tightening and shaping the face.


This procedure works primarily by encouraging collagen growth over a long period of time, which means that the area will be continually improving on itself. This procedure has a large variety of advantages including;

Not only does it rejuvenate skin, but just like dermal fillers, it contours and tightens skin as well as reduces pore sizes. The procedure itself takes no more than 30 minutes to perform, and just like dermal fillers has a short recovery time.

So which one should I choose?

If you are looking for immediate results, then dermal fillers may be the right procedure for you. As PDO works in part with collagen production, it takes longer for the results to be fully visible. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a much longer lasting solution, PDO would be the right solution for you, as it lasts for a period of 12-18 months, whereas dermal fillers last for just 6-9 months. With dermal fillers, there is more variety depending on the intensity of facial contouring you prefer, whereas in PDO there are not as many sub-options.


At the end of the day, it is important to contact your skin doctor and ask them which procedure may be right for you.

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