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PDO Thread Lift

Until recently, the only way to address problems caused by facial skin laxity – such as jowls and drooping cheeks – was facelift surgery. After all, while skin resurfacing treatments can help to restore some degree of firmness, once loose skin is present, only a scalpel can truly remove it.

However, while the approach of relying on injectable compounds and skin resurfacing until facelift surgery becomes absolutely necessary works for many patients, not everyone is willing or able to have surgery. If you’re in this group, you’ll be happy to know that a new type of procedure has been developed to fill in the gap between noninvasive facial rejuvenation and facelift surgery – the thread lift.

What is a thread lift?

A thread lift is a type of procedure wherein temporary sutures are used to produce a subtle but visible “lift” in the skin. Instead of removing the patient’s loose facial skin surgically, the cosmetic surgeon simply suspends it by stitching up portions of it. This has the effect of pulling the skin back slightly and therefore lifting and tightening the face. In addition to being ideal for lifting the skin, threads combat aging in another way: by provoking the body’s “healing response” and causing the body to direct large surges of collagen to treated areas. This is important because of the vital role collagen plays in the aging process.

Collagen helps support “growth factors” that greatly influences the condition of our skin. In addition to being used for wound healing, collagen helps to keep our skin strong, voluminous and supple. As we get older, our bodies gradually produce less and less collagen, which leads to an 80% reduction in skin thickness by about age 70. This loss of volume and strength is a large factor in the creation of excess skin and wrinkles. As the skin grows weaker, it’s no longer able to support the tissues beneath it adequately, meaning that gravity pulls it downwards and stretches it. Infusing the skin of the face with fresh collagen when the signs of skin laxity are still mild can help to both reduce looseness (by thickening and hydrating the skin) and prevent it from getting worse (by strengthening the skin).

In other words, this process provides ongoing and progressive rejuvenation for the facial tissues. Patients who have a thread lift for the purpose of stimulating collagen will notice a gradual improvement in their skin’s tone and firmness. While their threads are in place, the body’s healing response will be constantly activated because the body will want to “heal” the sutured areas and expel the sutures. The body is biologically programmed to react this way when it senses any foreign object present within the dermis. Fortunately, because the threads placed under the skin during a thread lift are so small, the patient will not feel any of this happening. Most people cannot feel their sutures at all once the skin has healed around them.

What is PDO Thread Lift?

A PDO thread lift is designed to subtly lift the facial features to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while encouraging collagen production for more volume in the treated areas. PDO threads come in a variety of textures for customized treatments.

  • Quick Procedure
  • Immediate Improvement
  • Minimally Invasive
  • Collagen Production

About the Procedure

Thread lifts have become a minimally invasive alternative to the facelift for patients who are not ready to undergo more aggressive treatment options. Although the effects from a thread lift will be temporary and not as dramatic as a facelift, improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles can be seen gradually as the procedure stimulates natural collagen production.

PDO sutures are a type of material used for thread lifts. PDO, which stands for polydioxanone, is an absorbable polymer that is flexible and durable for minimally invasive thread lifts. PDO thread lifts, sometimes referred to as PDS thread lifts, come in a variety of textures. There are three main textures of PDO sutures: mono, cog, and screw threads. Mono threads are singular, smooth sutures that are anchored to the face that provide a small lift to the face. Cog threads have a barbed texture that provide better lift and increased collagen production. Screw threads have 1-2 intertwined threads which provide volume to the treated area. For patients who only desire skin tightening and rejuvenation, mono threads may be sufficient. Patients who desire more lifting and volume will better benefit from textured cog or screw threads.

Before treatment, the patient’s skin will be marked for insertion and direction of the inserted threads. Once marked, the insertion points will be throughly anesthetized. Multiple threads can be inserted through the same point in the skin. PDO threads are attached to a long cannula. The cannula will be pushed through the tissue beneath the skin. When the thread has reached its predetermined end point, the thread will be released and the cannula removed. This process will be repeated until the desired lift has been achieved, with as many 1-15 threads inserted depending on the treatment area and concern being addressed. Any extra thread will be trimmed. The threads will be massaged to ensure the tissue is smooth and no dimpling is present.

Recovery is minimal after a PDO thread lift procedure. Most patients are able to resume normal activity within 1 week postoperatively.

The goal of a PDO thread lift is to reposition facial and neck tissues to restore and rejuvenate youthful proportions and appearances to the face.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for a PDO thread lift is experiencing early signs of aging such as mild wrinkling and sagging skin. Candidates desire a minimally invasive procedure with little downtime.

Concerns

PDO Thread Lift addresses concerns such as:

  • Jowls
  • Fine Lines & Wrinkles
  • Nasolabial Folds

Before Treatment

  • Avoid blood thinning medications
  • No alcohol for 1 week prior
  • No smoking 1 week before

During Treatment

  • Local anesthesia
  • Needles are inserted into the area to be lifted
  • Threads are inserted through the needles
  • Barbs along the thread act as cogs to grasp, lift and suspend the skin.
  • Needle is withdrawn and tissue is ‘gathered’ over the thread
  • Excess thread is cut

IMMEDIATELY AFTER TREATMENT

  • Discomfort
  • Do not touch or wash face for 12 hours
  • Limit motion for 24 hours

1-7 Days after treatment

  • Non-strenous activities can be resumed in 1 day
  • Eat soft food or drink liquids for 7-10 days
  • Resume normal activities as tolerated

1-3 WEEKS AFTER TREATMENT AND BEYOND

  • Full activity can be resumed in 1 week
  • Avoid strenous activity for 2-3 weeks

RESULT NOTES

  • Improvement noticeable immediately
  • Results improve over time as collagen production is encouraged
  • Maintenance treatments every 18 months

BEFORE AND AFTER

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