Did you know that wrinkles start developing around the age of 25? For many, the idea of getting old and wrinkled can be troublesome, but fortunately, there are ways in which you can age with grace. One of the ways you can do this is with PDO threads.
You might have heard of traditional facelifts, Botox, and other treatments to make the face look younger, but what about skin tightening with PDO threads? How do threads work, and how well do they actually work? Keep reading and learn more about this alternative to a facelift and the benefits it has to offer.
What Are PDO Threads Exactly?
Many people don’t like the idea of getting a facelift because it is such an invasive procedure and involves a longer downtime. More and more people are starting to turn towards PDO threads because it is a much less invasive procedure. Threads of polydioxanone (PDO) are unique when it comes to skin lifting because they are a type of dissolvable suture.
There are also different types of thread lifts that function to treat different kinds of skin problems. For example, some thread lifts may be better to lift sagging skin, while others may be best for simply rejuvenating the skin. Whatever the case, PDO threads function to make your skin look better and younger than ever before.
PDO threads are actually not new in the world of cosmetics. They have been around since the 1980s, and they have only improved upon themselves and their methods since then. These threads are unique not only because they dissolve on their own but also because they are very beneficial to skin cells once they start to dissolve.
In particular, the very presence of a PDO thread stimulates fibroblasts in the skin. Fibroblasts are special cells that produce collagen. If you don’t know, collagen is perhaps the most important anti-aging component of all time.
Collagen naturally occurs in your skin, and it acts much like a support structure for your skin cells. Without collagen, your skin would start to become thin and saggy. This is actually what happens as people get older.
Every year after the age of 25, people start to lose about 1% of collagen. As people get older, this loss of collagen will result in a loss of skin elasticity and strength, which, in turn, results in saggy skin and wrinkles. By stimulating your body’s collagen production with PDO threads, you can imagine that your skin would start to look better and more youthful.
In particular, your skin should be slightly thicker and more elastic than it usually is. This will smooth out your complexion and give your face a tighter look. However, in addition to stimulating your body’s collagen production, PDO threads can also physically pull your skin using small hooks.
In a way, this is much like getting a mini-facelift, but it is far less invasive. But what should you expect from the procedure, and does it hurt?
The PDO Thread Procedure and Recovery Process
Before the procedure, you will talk with your provider about the procedure and its results. Your provider will likely ask if you are on any medications that increase your risk of bleeding, such as aspirin. When it’s time for the procedure, he or she will inject a local anesthetic into your skin so you won’t feel any discomfort during the procedure, although you may feel some pressure or tugging.
You will rest in a reclined chair, and they will disinfect your face. This will reduce the risk of infection. Then, your he or she will make a small incision on your face.
The placement of the incision will depend on what part of your face you want to be lifted. Then, the provider will insert a small cannula into the incision, anchor a PDO thread under your skin, and then remove the cannula. Part of the thread will remain outside of the incision so that the provider can manipulate the thread and the part of the face it’s attached to.
For example, the provider may anchor the thread to another location on your face, such as in your hairline, so no one will be able to see it. This will lift your skin. Once the provider is done doing this on all the necessary parts of your face, the provider will close up the incisions, and you will be free to go home.
Because a thread lift is not a very invasive procedure, there is not much downtime afterward. For a day or two, you will likely have some swelling and slight pain around the treatment areas. However, these side effects are normal, and they should not stop you from going about your daily life.
For about one or two weeks, you will want to avoid touching or rubbing your face. This is important because these actions could change the position of the PDO thread and ruin your results. You should also try sleeping on your back since sleeping with the side of your face on a pillow could also dislodge the thread.
After about two weeks, your face should be completely healed, and you can enjoy the results of the procedure.
What You Need to Know About PDO Threads
If you’re looking for a good alternative to a facelift, PDO threads may be the perfect solution. PDO threads function to tighten and lift the skin in several ways. In particular, these threads stimulate collagen production in the skin.
More than that, these threads also pull and lift your skin in a similar way as a facelift. If you’re interested in this procedure, don’t hesitate to contact us here.