The effects of gravity are inescapable, as are the age-related changes that occur in the body. Together, these two factors alone can result in weakened, sagging skin. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Krummen has seen the benefits of procedures like facelift surgery time and time again. Still, there must be options aside from the surgical lift. In our Cincinnati office, that option is the nonsurgical PDO thread lift.
What is a Thread Lift?
Thread lifts are not new. They were first introduced many years ago but never quite took hold. Over time, technique and technology improved to create a reliable nonsurgical lift. The PDO thread lift is a minimally-invasive process performed in the office in under an hour. Patients are pre-treated with a local anesthetic that numbs their skin and underlying tissue. While the numbing medication is taking effect, Dr. Krummen may mark the area or areas she will treat. Threads are selected based on the size of the treatment area and are inserted into subcutaneous tissue in the appropriate position to lift the skin upward and slightly outward.
PDO threads are biocompatible polydioxanone suture material, which has a long history of clinical use. Cosmetically, PDO threads have been used to lift the brows, the lower face and jawline, arms, breasts, and buttocks. When inserted beneath the skin, the suture material stimulates collagen production that continues for up to several months. The threads themselves gently adhere to the tissue around them, repositioning the skin to look smoother, firmer, and younger. Threads absorb in four to six months.
Could a Thread Lift be Right for You?
If you wish to revitalize your appearance without undergoing more extensive surgery, you may be a good candidate for the PDO Thread Lift. It is important to consult with an experienced surgeon who can discuss with you what a thread lift may accomplish based on the condition of your skin and underlying tissue. While PDO thread lifts are reliable, there are limitations to what can be achieved using this technique. Our goal is always to achieve the best outcome possible using the most appropriate technique. In some cases, surgery may be the more beneficial option.