PDO threadlifts: a better option
Age happens. Skin loses its elasticity in all the wrong places. And you just don’t look like “you” anymore. So what to do? You’ve already ruled out a surgical facelift because of the risks, cost or long recovery time involved. And dermal fillers just aren’t doing the trick. So what’s the next step? Did you know that there is now a minimally invasive procedure that provides the skin lifting and rejuvenation you are looking for without the risk and long drawn out recovery required for surgical facelifts? Welcome to a minimally invasive procedure called the PDO Threadlift.
The skinny on the PDO Thread Lift
The PDO Thread Lift is a minimally invasive that can be performed on the face, neck, or jowls. Threads that have small cones/graspers on them are passed under the skin using a large needle. The cones grab hold of the underside of the skin and gently pull it to re-suspend the skin in a lifted, more youthful position.
The benefits of the PDO Threadlift procedure are:
Instantly lifted skin
Improved skin texture
Smoothing of fine lines
The threads, made of Polydioxanone (PDO), are absorbed by the body about 6 months after the procedure which means that this procedure has a much lower risk of infection than old-school face lifts.
A positive side effect of the procedure is that the lifted facial contours will remain for about 3-6 months after the threads have dissolved due to cellular rejuvenation effects. This happens because your skin cells are stimulated and they produce new collagen and new blood vessels which improves skin microcirculation. The PDO threads also cause your fat tissue to contract, producing a skin tightening and facial slimming effect.
How is PDO Thread Lift Done?[Text Wrapping Break]First the skin is numbed using local anesthesia. After the skin is thoroughly numbed the PDO threads are inserted into different layers of the skin using sharp or blunt tip needles. The excess threads are then trimmed.
The procedure only takes 15-30 minutes depending on what areas are being treated. There can be some discomfort during the procedure.
The types of PDO threads
Basically, PDO threads can be divided into three categories: floating, non-barbed threads and barbed threads. These categories can then be broken down into sub-categories that include: unilateral, bilateral, z-type, cutting barbs, and molding barbs. Other names that you may have heard used when referring to PDO threads are: “double screw”, “tornado”, or “heart barbs”.
PDO threads also come in different thickness and length which affect their quality, tensile strength, effectiveness, and treatment price.
Because of the large number of options available it is best to allow your doctor to choose which threads are best for your specific skin lifting and rejuvenation needs.
Areas of treatment
Although the cheeks and lower face show the best results from the procedure, the PDO thread lift is a very versatile treatment and can be used on most of the areas of the face including the:
- Under-eye area
- Crow’s feet
- Nasolabial folds
- Naso jugal folds
- Wrinkles around mouth
- Jaw line
What to do before and after
Avoid alcohol, supplements such as Vitamin E, Omega Fish oils, and gingko for 1-2 days before and after the procedure.
Avoid going to the steam room, sauna, or engaging in heavy exercise after the procedure.
Do not undergo any dental treatment (which requires you to open your mouth excessively) for two weeks after the treatment.
Sleep on your back to allow the swelling to subside and to avoid putting pressure on your face as this might cause misalignment of the threads.
The results of the PDO thread lift
The skin lifting results are immediate as the threads provide support to lift skin to its new position. At first your skin may look slightly tighter than the final result but it should relax into a more natural position in about a week.
The effects that come from cellular regeneration and fat contraction will be noticeable in 1-2 months at which point you will notice better skin texture, firmer and smoother skin.
Nine months after the treatment the threads will have fully dissolved. You will continue to see the results for many more months.
Suitable Candidates for the PDO Threadlift
The PDO Thread Lift is an effective non-surgical facelifting treatment suitable for anyone looking to improve the appearance of sagging skin.
If you are willing to undergo some injections and want to attain an immediate lift of the facial contours without undergoing a facelift surgery then this treatment may be the solution.
Possible Risks and Side Effects
Many of the side effects associated with older thread lifting procedures, such as infection and thread breakage, minimized because PDO threads are inserted using needles and not surgery and are absorbed in 6-8 months.
Your doctor’s training and expertise in the procedure is extremely important in ensuring minimal side effects from your procedure.
Some mild swelling and soreness can be expected for 3 to 5 days after the procedure. You may also experience a sensation of tightness (mild) for up to 2 weeks. Any mild dimpling that occurs should resolves within a few days.
Depending on the types of threads used and areas treated you may also experience
Serious side effects are rare but can include:
formation of nodules
damage to the salivary ducts
A PDO thread lift procedure can cost anywhere from $1500-$4500.
Are you looking for are an instant lift to the skin on the face? Improved skin texture? Tighter skin? Say good-by to sagging facial skin and hello to the PDO Threadlift. If you’re ready to make an appointment we’ve got you covered.