PDO Thread Lift
BEAUTIFY INJECTABLE BOUTIQUE med spa is one of the only places in South Carolina to offer this new PDO absorbable Thread Lift procedure to our clients. The PDO Thread Lift procedure will safely and instantly lift up loose skin on the face, neck and the body with minimal downtime for most patients.
Thread Lift is one the most effective ways to lift the loose skin without surgery or dermal fillers. As we age, the effects of gravity become more noticeable on our faces due to loss of collagen, especially as our facial support structure weakens and we lose facial fat. The areas that are often affected are the eyebrows, areas around the eyes, the cheeks, the jowls and the neck.
In the past, most people would look into plastic surgery to get a facelift as there weren’t very effective noninvasive treatments to lift the loose skin especially jowls. However, now there is an effective nonsurgical option that can lift and contour and suspend the sagging tissues on the face, neck and the body, especially for those that need only minimal to moderate rejuvenation or for those that do not wish to undergo surgical intervention and results can last years!
PDO threads are hypodermic needles preloaded with a synthetic PDO absorbable suture. PDO (polydioxanone) sutures are surgical sutures that are used to perform various surgeries. All sutures are FDA-approved and are one of the safest materials that can be used in the body. Your skin will fully absorb the thread within 4 to 6 months without leaving any scar tissue and then the body will build collagen around it.
While the sutures are underneath the skin, however, your skin gently reacts to the skin creating an “inflammatory response” to produce collagen to create a longer-lasting result. This principle is how a lot of aesthetic procedures (such as fractioned lasers, skin tightening treatments and microneedling) work.
Who Is A Good Candidate For PDO Thread Lift?
For the right candidate, the Thread Lift can provide a pleasing, natural rejuvenation of the face with the benefit of no general anesthesia, rapid recovery and very minimal cost compared to a surgery of a facelift or a necklift. Thread Lift may be combined with other, more minor surgical procedures, such as Botox, Injectable Fillers, or chemical peels.
Good candidates for thread lifts include:
People with minimal signs of aging who need a small lift. Good candidates are those patients who are starting to see some droopiness of the brow, cheeks, jowls and would like to see a lift effect, but do not want the risk, scars, or recovery of a real browlift, facelift, or other surgical operation.
People who do not wish to undergo a surgical facelift or necklift for various reasons.
Which Areas Can Be Treated With PDO Threads?
Most popular treatment areas are the brows, cheeks (midface), and jowls. However, Thread Lift can be performed virtually anywhere on the body.
How Is The PDO Thread Lift Done?
The areas to be treated will be numbed with topical and sometimes local anesthetic.
The areas to be treated are then cleansed and marked.
The threads are then inserted under the skin in precise locations using a small hollow needle to lift and support droopy elements without removing any skin or introducing filler. The inserted thread is then able to grasp onto the droopy skin and soft tissue to help reposition the skin. This procedure requires no cuts or incisions.
With the lift effect secured, the hollow needle is twisted then is removed without leaving any scars.
Depending on the desired effect of the lift, few to several PDO threads will be used.
The PDO thread remains underneath the skin and is left there. Different PDO threads and lengths will be used depending upon the area(s) you need lifted.
What Are PDO-Lift And PDO-Smooth Techniques?
There are 2 different types of PDO threads and techniques.
Lift Threads: These sutures are used for the PDO-Lift technique. These threads have tiny barbs on the entire length of the thread to gather tissue to lift the cheeks, jowls and sagging skin of where the threads are placed. This technique produces a more dramatic and immediate result for those who want it. The skin will then build new collagen which will secure the lift and give the lift a longer lasting result of up to 2 years.
Smooth Threads: These threads are used for the smoothing technique. These threads are smaller than the barbed threads and are smooth (no barbs on the thread). These threads are placed under the skin vertically and horizontally to create a smooth look like a filler. This smooth area will serve as the foundation for new collagen production in the skin. The results appear naturally and gradually to improve fine lines and to firm the skin over time.
What Is The Recovery After A Thread Lift?
Pain can be usually managed with acetaminophen (Tylenol) and/or NSAIDS like ibuprofen (Advil). You may have mild swelling and bruising for few days like you would after filler. Icing the treated area as well as topical arnica is recommended for the first few days. We recommend avoiding strenuous activity for few days as well.
What Kind Of Results Can Be Expected After The PDO Threads? How Long Does The Results Last?
The result of the PDO Thread Lift is immediate and even more noticeable after 1-2 weeks when all the swelling and potential bruising has resolved. The results will continue to enhance over the next few weeks and months as your skin produces even more collagen over the next several months which will also make the results of the thread lift last longer than the life of the threads. More threads can always be inserted in the future to continue to improve the results and prolong the results even more. If you choose to have a more intensive surgical procedure or facelift at a later point, this can be done without any problems as the PDO sutures will be absorbed completely without leaving any kind of scar tissue.
What Are The Side Effects Of PDO Thread Lift?
Like any procedure using a needle, there is a chance of bruising and swelling or infection. The bruising and swelling is minimal and resolve in less than a week. There is some post-op discomfort which usually resolves quickly. If the PDO threads, for some reason, become visible underneath the skin or migrate, it is best to let them dissolve overtime even though it's a annoying, it's not permanent and the threads will dissolve.