What Are the Benefits of a PDO Thread Lift?
Wrinkly skin is often the most obvious sign of aging skin. A thread lift works to tighten the skin, smoothing out wrinkles. This can help improve skin firmness and create a more youthful appearance. Smooth threads can be inserted all over the face, including the vermillion border around the lips, to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
PDO thread lifts often use molded threads to lift many facial areas, including the brows, midface, and jawline. When these tissues are lifted, you will be left with firmer, tighter, and more youthful contours. This minimally invasive technique allows you to address and correct unwanted facial sagging without undergoing a facelift.
A thread lift stimulates collagen and elastin—the essential proteins that act as building blocks in your tissues—so that your skin continues to tighten long after the threads are inserted. Even after the threads have dissolved, the increased collagen levels will extend the quality of your results.
How Is a Thread Lift Performed?
It is important to avoid anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen before your thread lift, as it may interfere with your recovery. Following these instructions will help ensure your safety during and after the procedure.
Steps of a Thread Lift
Local anesthetic will be used at the start of the procedure to ensure your comfort. There are no incisions necessary in this procedure. Small insertion site is created and cannulas are used to insert the PDO (polydioxanone) threads into the soft tissues of the face.
These threads are then pulled, which tightens the underlying soft tissue. The helically molded barbs on these threads act as an anchor, keeping the soft tissues in place.
PDO threads are known for their ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production, which allows the strength of your tissues to gradually improve for longer-lasting results.
Since a thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure, there is little to no downtime necessary. You will be able to drive yourself home after the procedure, and there is no need for a caregiver. Most patients resume normal activities and return to work immediately following the procedure; however, you will want to wait seven to 10 days before returning to strenuous exercise.
Thread lift patients may experience bruising, swelling, and minor discomfort. Over-the-counter pain medication, such as TYLENOL®, may be used to remedy these.
Since there are no incisions made, there is no scarring associated with a thread lift.
The cost of your PDO thread lift varies depending on your specific needs and the number of threads used. A consultation with Folsom Plastic Surgery at Dr. Mabourakh’s office will help determine the cost of your treatment.
Very little pain is associated with a thread lift procedure. You may feel some discomfort immediately following the procedure, but over the counter pain medication can be taken to combat this.
Thread lift results with PDO are typically seen immediately and improve over time. Since collagen and elastin production is increased, results may continue to improve for up to a year. It is important to take care of your skin to optimize and preserve your results. It is recommended to moisturize often and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the potential complications of a thread lift in the Sacramento area?
A thread lift is a generally safe procedure with low risk involved. However, some risks come with any procedure. These risks include:
How long does a thread lift procedure take?
The length of your thread lift procedure will depend on your specific needs and the extent of the correction needed. Generally, a thread lift procedure takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Am I a candidate for a thread lift?
A thread lift is a safe procedure that can be performed on many different skin types and ages. Typically, thread lift patients are between 30 and 55 years old. You may be a good candidate for a thread lift procedure if you:
- Are in generally good health
- Have realistic expectations of your results
- Have mild to moderate signs of aging skin
To determine if a thread lift is right for you, schedule a consultation with Folsom Plastic Surgery at Dr. Mabourakh’s office.
Can a thread lift be combined with any other procedures?
Speak with Folsom Plastic Surgery at Dr. Mabourakh’s office to determine which procedures are right for you.
Is a thread lift permanent?
The results of a thread lift do not last as long as the results of a facelift. A thread lift is recommended for those with the need for moderate correction. Typically, PDO threads are dissolved over a period of six to eight months; however, the increased collagen levels usually maintain result quality for an additional three to six months.
PDO thread lifts can be repeated as necessary.
Can a PDO thread lift be used for body contouring?
Yes, PDO sutures can also be used as a method for body sculpting of the abdomen, thighs, and knees.