A Nonsurgical Alternative to a Facelift
PDO threads are among the latest aesthetic treatment options for nonsurgical skin lifting and tightening. Threads themselves, however, have been used for decades to address other medical concerns, such as suturing minor surgical incisions or treating certain gynecological disorders. But once it was discovered PDO threads could provide substantial skin lifting and tightening through a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, it was a game changer for medical aesthetics. In fact, until PDO threads came along, the most effective way to address facial skin laxity was with a surgical facelift.
How does a PDO thread lift work?
A PDO thread lift is a minimally invasive technique that utilizes ultra-thin threads of polydioxanone (PDO) strategically inserted under the skin to gently reposition tissue in a targeted area to increase volume and improve elasticity. These temporary sutures are used to produce a subtle yet visible “lift” in the skin.
A highly trained provider simply suspends your skin by stitching up portions of it with the PDO threads. The threads also stimulate the body’s healing response and causes large surges of collagen directed to treated areas. Collagen plays a vital role as one of the main building blocks of youthful looking skin. Over time, the threads dissolve but leave smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin behind for you to enjoy for months on end.
How do PDO threads compare to a surgical facelift?
While a PDO thread lift won’t produce results as dramatic as a surgical facelift, it can provide very noticeable outcomes for people with mild to moderate skin laxity. Targeted treatments may help resolve issues of concern to address signs of aging generally experienced by people in their 30s to mid 50s. Advanced signs of aging may require more invasive procedures, such as a facelift, to address your concerns (generally for people 55 and older). Eman Dahmani, APRN, CRNA, will go over your individual aesthetic goals during your consultation to determine the best aesthetic route for you.
Where can PDO threads be used?
PDO threads are very versatile and can be used on virtually any areas of the face where you’d like to see a improvement. The most common areas include:
- Crow’s feet or undereye area
- Nasolabial folds
- Nasojugal folds
- Marionette lines
- Jaw line/Jowling
- Neck laxity
Typically, the cheeks and lower face/neck regions are most commonly treated with PDO threads.
What can I expect during a PDO thread lift?
Prior to your procedure, Eman will evaluate your areas of specific concern and then create a customized treatment plan. A local anesthetic will be administered to ensure your comfort, then the PDO threads will be precisely inserted in strategic areas with sutures that begin the lifting process. Depending on the area being treated and the degree of laxity, the procedure generally takes about 45 minutes from start to finish. Following a brief recovery period, you’ll then be able drive yourself home.
What are the results of PDO threads?
You may notice some lifting immediately after treatment, which improves over the next few days as the healing process takes place. Since collagen production is also a focus of treatment, you’ll also likely experience gradual skin improvement in the weeks following your PDO thread lift. In many cases, results can last up to 18 months or more.
While a thread lift can certainly produce noticeable results, they generally only lift the treated area by a few millimeters. That translates into a more subtle, natural looking outcome compared to more invasive procedures. Therefore, thread lifts are generally best suited for patients with mild to moderate signs of skin laxity rather than advanced signs of aging.
Are there any side effects associated with a PDO thread lift?
A PDO thread lift has a much lower risk of complications as compared to a surgical facelift procedure. When performed by a trained professional, there is little risk of scarring, substantial bruising, or bleeding from a PDO thread lift. In the days following your treatment, however, there may be some initial mild redness and soreness. Other minor side effects may include:
- Mild bruising
- Sutures becoming visible
In the days following your procedure, you’ll be instructed to avoid scrubbing your face, putting pressure on the treated area, or applying moisturizer. You’ll also be advised to prop your head up at night and sleep on your back for about a week. Eman will go over all post-procedure aspects of your treatment during your private consultation.
What’s my next step to getting PDO threads?
To learn more about PDO threads and find out if they are your best bet in meeting your aesthetic goals, reach out to us today to schedule a private consultation by calling (248) 955-3535 or click here to schedule online.