At some point, many adults look in the mirror with a bit of frustration. While we’ve come into an era in which aging gracefully actually allows for some fine lines, wrinkles, and other conditions, we may never fully embrace a world without various beauty treatments. If you’re riding that line of wanting to look like your younger self but don’t want surgical facial rejuvenation, you may love what you’re about to read. At our Cincinnati office, Dr. Krummen helps patients in your shoes by inserting durable yet imperceptible threads. The PDO Thread Lift may be your ideal beauty solution.
What Is a PDO Thread Lift?
The PDO Thread Lift is a sophisticated nonsurgical lifting technique that has been carefully developed to achieve optimal results. While this treatment may not mimic what a facelift can do, it has proven itself a formidable rival to surgery. The way that the PDO Thread Lift works is by stabilizing the skin and underlying tissue higher across the mid face. This is possible because the biocompatible threads are specially designed to adhere to surrounding tissue as they are placed in an upward pattern. Some PDO threads are barbed and some are not. Each patient may benefit from a particular type of thread, which is discussed during their consultation.
Because the PDO Thread Lift is not a surgical procedure and requires no incisions or tissue trimming, the procedure can comfortably be performed with a local anesthetic. Minor injections and a topical cream may be used in tandem to numb the skin and underlying tissue. This initial step can take about 20 minutes to allow the anesthetic to take full effect. Once numbing is achieved, the doctor may mark the face using a temporary surgical pen. The marks plot the placement of the threads to achieve the desired outcome.
Threading takes from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the area or areas treated. PDO threads are commonly used to lift only the brow area. Treatment may also be performed as a type of nonsurgical facelift, focusing on the lower regions of the face. To rejuvenate appearance, the doctor inserts PDO threads using a fine, hollow cannula. This passes through the subdermal layers, grabbing loose tissue as it goes. When the needle is removed, the skin is higher and tighter. Recovery after a PDO Thread Lift is brief. While full healing happens over a two week period, the majority of swelling and activity limitations resolve in two to three days. Results can last years.