About PDO Thread Lift
With loss of volume and a weakened facial and body support structure, the aging skin begins to appear longer as the skin’s tissues loosen. Most conventional means of lifting the face and body involves surgery, the PDO thread lift is a non-surgical minimally invasive procedure that safely and effectively lifts and contours loosened skin on the face, neck, jawline, abdomen, arms, buttocks, breasts, knees and more using biodegradable absorbable material called PDO (polydioxanone) sutures that induce neocollegensis.
Thread lifts offer many benefits including the following:
- Rejuvenates and makes skin look more rested and firm
- Allows a more defined facial contour
- Achieves a youthful look without scarring and the need for general -anesthesia
- A quick and effective solution for a wide range of aging problems
- Minimizing the appearance of acne scars
Candidates For A PDO Thread Lift
Thread lift treatment can provide a natural, pleasing rejuvenation without anesthesia or significant downtime. Ideal candidates for this procedure have qualities such as:
- The onset of moderate signs of aging, including sagging cheeks, brows, and jowls.
- Good skin elasticity and firmness.
- Relapse from previous facial plastic surgery.
- Generally good health and realistic expectations of the nonsurgical face lifting treatment.
Preparing For Your PDO Thread Lift
There are no strict guidelines for patients undergoing a thread lift. Our primary concern is to minimize the risk of bleeding, bruising, and swelling. Patients may prepare by avoiding alcohol and medications or supplements that thin the blood. Examples include vitamin E, ibuprofen, and aspirin.
How Long Does The PDO Thread Lift Treatment Take?
We may set aside approximately 2 hours for thread lift appointments. The procedure itself may take only 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the number of threads we are inserting. However, we allow enough time to prepare the skin, administer the numbing medication, and observe the initial results before releasing the patient.
PDO Thread Lift Results
The results of a thread lift are immediately visible, though they are somewhat obstructed by minor swelling. This should resolve within a few days, after which the lifting effects of the inserted threads are more obvious. Remembering that the threads provoke collagen production, patients can also look forward to further improvements as the skin’s foundation is remodeled naturally.
Are Results of PDO Thread Lift Long-Lasting?
The lifting and firming effects of a thread lift can last 2 to 3 years. Every person may experience aging at a different rate. Good skin care habits and sun avoidance combined with healthy dietary choices all influence how the skin ages. As the face begins to show the signs of aging, more threads can be inserted to combat this. Patients may also transition from a nonsurgical PDO thread lift to a surgical facelift at some point if they wish to obtain more dramatic and longer-lasting results.
Will I Need Follow-Up Treatment After a PDO Thread Lift?
There is no follow-up to a thread lift because the filaments that are inserted will dissolve naturally over time; they do not need to be removed. Some people choose to enhance the effects of their thread lift with other forms of follow-up, such as RF microneedling or injectable wrinkle-reducing treatments. As needed, the PDO thread lift procedure can be repeated to maintain aging skin.
When Can I Return To Normal Activities After My PDO Thread Lift?
Aside from limiting physical activity that increases the heart rate, there are no restrictions after a thread lift. Patients may return to work as soon as they feel comfortable doing so. Some degree of swelling is to be expected after a thread lift. The degree of swelling may vary from person to person. Patients may wish to take a day or two off work to observe how noticeable the side effects of the thread lift may be.
Doctors recommend that patients take at least one week off from exercise after a PDO thread lift. Exercise increases the heart rate, which then increases blood flow through the skin. After a thread lift, this can inhibit optimal healing by worsening swelling. Exercises such as strength training that may cause a person to move or strain the muscles in their face may need to be avoided for 4 weeks after treatment to ensure the threads are not disturbed while integrating into superficial tissue.
Do PDO Thread Lifts Hurt?
Injections of lidocaine are administered before the thread lift procedure begins. Patients may feel a slight sting during this step. Once injections are finished, the insertion of threads should not be felt as anything more than slight pressure or tissue manipulation. After the numbing analgesic wears off, patients can expect to feel tight and sore, depending on the location and number of threads that have been inserted. During recovery, an over-the-counter pain reliever can help soothe discomfort.