A PDO thread lift is often considered a non-surgical facelift since it can lift sagging skin on the lower face and neck. PDO threads, or polydioxanone threads, are made from a synthetic biodegradable material that dissolves naturally in the body. These threads stimulate the body’s natural healing response and the production of new collagen. Collagen and elastin are two important proteins in the skin that give it elasticity, firmness, and volume.
As we age, collagen production slows down and the skin loses elasticity, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles. By immediately pulling up sagging tissues and stimulating collagen production, a PDO thread lift can give you immediate and long-lasting results that slow down the skin’s aging process.
Your PDO Thread Lift Treatment
At the start of your PDO thread lift, your skin will be cleansed and a local anesthetic will be injected into the treatment area to make your treatment more comfortable. PDO threads are inserted under the skin through a hollow needle called a cannula. These threads have tiny barbs that hook into the deep facial tissue and lift them up to tighten the skin and redefine your facial features.
Who Can Benefit from a PDO Thread Lift?
Men and women with mild to moderate skin laxity who are bothered by sagging skin and wrinkles are the best candidates for the PDO thread lift. PDO threads can be inserted into the cheeks, eyes, jaw, and neck. Since PDO threads are made with a biocompatible material, almost anyone who wants to rejuvenate their youthful appearance without surgery can benefit!
Results and Recovery
A PDO thread lift requires minimal downtime and recovery. You will not have to worry about general anesthesia or scarring – two potential complications with a traditional facelift. However, your face will feel numb for a few hours because of the local anesthetic so please avoid eating hot foods until the numbness has worn off.
Mild swelling and bruising is also common and can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen and ice packs. Please avoid strenuous activity, sleeping on your side, and direct heat for 1-2 weeks since these activities can worsen swelling and slow down the healing process.
As new collagen grows, results will gradually improve for several weeks following your thread lift. Most patients will see the final results at about 3 months. The threads will safely dissolve in about 4-6 weeks but you can expect the results to last for about 6-12 months.