PDO Thread Lift: Everything You Wanted to Know
Loose or sagging skin is one of the most obvious signs of age. The skin loses its laxity over time, resulting in drooping cheeks or jowls. Skin resurfacing treatments or injectables may help restore some firmness.
However, people usually turn to plastic surgery to achieve their desired firmness. Fortunately, there is another option for those who do not want to go through surgery.
A PDO Thread Lift Procedure
A polydioxanone (PDO) thread lift is a cosmetic procedure using sutures to lift and tighten skin. It is less invasive than a facelift and is usually completed in less than 45 minutes.
The dissolvable sutures that help lift sagging skin are made from biodegradable polyester. The procedure produces a visible but subtle lift as the surgeon stitches portions of the skin instead of removing it.
Increased Production of Collagen
As people age, the body produces less collagen. It results in thinner, weaker skin prone to wrinkles and sagging. Apart from lifting the skin, a thread lift also increases collagen production.
Inducing the body’s healing response causes large amounts of collagen to be directed to the area. Collagen is vital for combating the aging process and supports the production of ingredients that influence the skin condition. Collagen helps keep the skin supple, hydrated, strong, and voluminous.
Benefits of Getting a Thread Lift
There are several reasons why people choose to get a thread lift instead of a facelift. Benefits of the procedure include:
Low-risk, minimally-invasive skin rejuvenation
Reduced recovery time. Most patients can return to work soon after the procedure
It does not require general anesthesia
It produces immediate results
No risk of scarring, bleeding, or severe bruising
Reduced risk of complications or side effects.
Easier to perform and more affordable than facelifts
Ideal Candidates for Thread Lift
Ideal candidates for the procedure are individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity. The results of the treatment are visible but slight. The sutures lift the face a few millimeters, creating a subtle and more natural result.
The best candidates are patients in their late 30s to early 50s. Patients with severe laxity should consider getting a facelift. Older patients who cannot get a facelift for medical reasons may benefit from a facelift.
PDO Thread Lift Recovery
Recovery from PDO thread lift is fast. You may experience slight bruising and swelling for one or two days, but you can return to your daily routine immediately. Avoid rubbing your skin the first week after the procedure.
You should also avoid smoking, drinking, using a straw, or pursing your lips for the first few weeks. Avoid sleeping face down, and use a pillow to prop your head. Avoid vigorous exercise or visiting saunas during the recovery period.
It is possible to get a thread lift alongside other nonsurgical cosmetic procedures such as Ultherapy®. It can be combined with Kybella® or skin rejuvenation treatment. This can help create more noticeable and long-lasting results.
For more on PDO thread lift, visit The Center of Cosmetic and Family Dentistry at our Destin, Panama City Beach, or Navarre, Florida offices.
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