If you are concern about sagging skin in your face and you use your index fingers to pull up your cheeks or jaw ever so slightly and wondered “Why can’t it be as easy as this?” then a PDO thread lift may be the procedure for you.
When we are young, our faces have a “V-shape,” with high, lifted foreheads and eyes, tapering to a sleek jaw and neckline. As we age, gravity pulls a predominance of tissue downward and the “V” becomes inverted. A thread lift can either create a scaffolding to support the tissues and keep them in the “V-shape” or delicately lift them to recreate that youthful “V.”
PDO threads can be used to treat multiple areas at the same time. It can be used to create jaw and neckline lifts, cheek and mid-face lifts, and brow, eyelid lifts and finally fox eyes (the hottest trend at the moment) . However, the exact treatment will vary by individual need and anatomy.
PDO threads will hold the skin in place and will also stimulate collagen to rejuvenate skin for up to 12 to 15 months. In most cases, the procedures only take about 30 minutes. There is no incisions at all.
The threads are made from polydioxanone (PDO). Polydioxanone has been used in biomedicine for many years, particularly in cardiothoracic surgery. It is fully absorbed within 4 to 6 months and does not create any scar tissue. After your skin has been prepared through numbing and marking insertion points, the whole needle is inserted fully into the skin, then pulled out. The PDO thread is left in place, creating an instantaneous, gentle, but quite dramatic lift.
In addition to being swift procedures that can be accomplished in an afternoon, PDO thread lifts have very little to no downtime. There may be slight bruising, redness, soreness, swelling or discomfort. These should resolve within hours to days and can be controlled with ice packs, sleeping with your head elevated, and over-the-counter painkillers. You should also refrain from excessive head and neck movements, tanning, high-impact sports, saunas, dental surgery, and facials for two to four weeks following thread lift treatment.