The PDO thread lift is a great option for patients dealing with wrinkles and sagging skin who are not yet ready for or may not be good candidates for, a more invasive facelift surgery.
As we age, our bodies naturally reduce their production of collagen, an important protein that affects the appearance and strength of our skin. With reduced collagen comes less volume in the skin, the main cause of wrinkles. Until a few years ago, surgery was the only permanent solution. Now, patients can enjoy results similar to a traditional facelift without surgery – thanks to PDO thread lifting.
A PDO thread lift uses temporary sutures, or threads, to improve the appearance of lax skin in two ways – by lifting the skin internally and promoting collagen production.
PDO is short for Polydioxanone. This biocompatible substance was approved by the FDA in 2004 and has been used safely in orthopedic and cardiovascular surgery for several years. PDO material is specially designed for safe re-absorption by the body, allowing the threads to dissolve over time without leaving scar tissue.
PDO threads are embedded in very thin needles, or cannulas, which are inserted under the skin. As the needle is removed, the PDO thread remains, providing structural support to lift the skin almost instantly. Skin is subtly pulled back and tightened by the threads, creating a noticeable lift.
The threads also trigger the body’s natural healing response, creating new collagen in and around the treated area. This results in ongoing improvement to the skin’s firmness and tone, as collagen grows between the threads and provides even greater lift. As the threads dissolve, the collagen remains, and the effects can be seen for up to 2-3 years after treatment.
One of the major advantages of a thread lift over a traditional facelift is the reduced recovery time. Facelift surgery requires patients to be heavily sedated, and the aid of a caretaker is often necessary for several days afterward. One or two weeks away from work and other commitments may also be needed after facelift surgery. With a thread lift, on the other hand, patients receive only local anesthesia, and most are able to return to work the next day.
The minimally invasive thread lift also has less risk of complications, scarring, and bruising than a traditional facelift. Plus, because it is easier to perform, a thread lift is often more affordable than a traditional facelift.
There are different techniques and types of threads available, such as barbed or twisted threads designed to provide greater support and smooth threads designed for maximum collagen stimulation. PDO thread lifting may also be combined with other rejuvenation treatments such as BOTOX® or dermal fillers to achieve stronger results.
PDO thread lifting is an excellent option for lifting and tightening areas such as the neck, cheeks, jowls, and eyebrows. Thread treatment is customizable depending on each patient’s needs, and the doctors at Midwest Anti-Aging and Med Spa are highly trained to help determine which type of treatment will provide the desired results. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
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