PDO Thread Lift
Aging doesn’t just cause a few wrinkles to appear around the eyes, nose, and mouth. As we age, the decline of collagen that supports the skin leads to tissue laxity that ultimately changes the shape of the face. A youthful face that is well-supported by a strong collagen matrix typically has more width at the forehead and temple area and narrows at the jawline and chin. With age and the degradation of collagen, the shape of the face may appear rounder or more square with a softer jawline and flatter cheekbones.
Historically, facial aging has been corrected with facelift surgery. More recently, advances in non-surgical techniques have made it possible for individuals to rejuvenate their facial aesthetic using injectables and other modalities. In our Cincinnati office, patients may consider a facial refresher with the PDO thread lift.
What is PDO Threading?
A PDO thread lift is a non-surgical treatment that addresses sagging skin and tissue using dissolvable threads. These threads affect the skin in four important ways:
- Immediate tissue lift through the mechanical repositioning of superficial tissue.
- Renews the collagen matrix that supports taut skin by inducing production and remodeling in the dermis.
- Improves skin elasticity and texture through increased neovascularization, or improved circulation.
- Tightens the skin by promoting fat and collagen contraction.
What are the Benefits of PDO Threading?
One of the primary advantages of PDO threading is that treatment does not require anesthesia or a lengthy recovery. For that reason, this procedure is often referred to as a lunchtime lift or lunchtime treatment. The minimally-invasive nature of PDO threading translates into lower risks compared to surgical lifting.
What are PDO threads made of?
PDO threads are polydioxanone sutures. These sutures have been used in surgery for several years. They are FDA-approved and considered one of the safest types of suture to be used in the human body.
What Areas Can Be Treated with PDO Thread Lift?
PDO threads are safe for insertion almost anywhere in the body. For cosmetic improvement, this technique is especially beneficial in the neck and jawline. Additional areas of use include the mid-face and brows.
Who is Good Candidate For a PDO Thread Lift?
Adults who are concerned with the loss of elasticity and firmness in their skin and who prefer a non-surgical approach to facial rejuvenation may be good candidates for a PDO thread lift. This treatment may not be appropriate for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or those who have active skin inflammation in the treatment area.
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for a PDO thread lift is to schedule a consultation in our Cincinnati office. Here, Dr. Krummen can discuss your concerns and observe them in person. At this appointment, we gain the necessary information to develop the most appropriate treatment recommendation for your personal needs and goals.
How is a PDO Thread Lift Performed?
Treatment includes the following steps:
- A topical numbing cream is applied and left on the skin for a few minutes to desensitize the treatment area.
- The skin is marked to delineate where threads will be inserted and in which direction.
- A tiny hollow needle is used to insert the threads beneath the skin. As the thread moves through the dermis, it adheres and gently repositions the tissue around it. One or more threads may be inserted to achieve the desired result.
- Once the tissue has been lifted, the needle is removed. No incisions are needed so no stitches or sutures are placed.
What Results Can I Expect from a Threadlift?
Patients can expect to see immediate results after their thread lift. The outcome of treatment becomes more visible over 1 to 2 weeks as swelling subsides. Further improvement occurs over the months following treatment due to a marked increase in collagen production and remodeling beneath the skin.
How long does a PDO thread lift last?
PDO threads are dissolvable, but the process occurs over approximately 6 months. As the threads are in their process of dissolution, the fibroblast cells in the dermis are regenerating the collagen matrix with healthy new protein. The collagen remodeling that occurs during this time extends the results of the initial procedure up to another 6 months. Patients appreciate the skin-smoothing and tightening effects of treatment for a total of 9 to 12 months.
Which Treatments Work Well With a PDO Thread Lift?
Non-surgical thread lift can be safely combined with injectables like Botox and dermal fillers during the same appointment. Microneedling may be performed a week or longer after the initial lift procedure to further enhance collagen production and cosmetic results.
Is Threadlift Treatment Safe? What are the Possible Side Effects?
The PDO thread lift is a safe and effective procedure after which patients typically encounter minimal pain. Dr. Krummen may prescribe pain medication, though many patients are able to maintain comfort using only over-the-counter medications. Common side effects after treatment include minor bruising and swelling that decreases over 24 to 48 hours. Each may be mitigated with ice and, if so desired, arnica gel. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for a few days to avoid prolonged swelling.
Schedule Your Threadlift Today!
We are pleased to offer patients the option of innovative non-surgical facial lifting using PDO threads. To learn more about this treatment and determine if it is appropriate for you, contact our Cincinnati office at 513.985.0850 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Krummen today.