Thread Lift In a Nutshell.
PDO Thread lift works in this really fascinating way that is two-fold. The threads that are inserted just below the surface of the skin actually lift and reposition your skin with tiny barbs that are on them, picture tiny hands holding up your skin. The thread lifts then stimulate the natural production of collagen in your body. Because the threads are something foreign that your body doesn’t recognize, your body automatically kick starts its wound healing response, which stimulates the production of collagen. Collagen is key to keeping our skin firm, smooth, and generally healthy looking.
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. Research has confirmed that PDO relaxes tendons and muscles, whilst a foreign body reaction improves the blood flow to the area stimulating collagen synthesis (the production of new collagen in the skin).
Who is it for? Anyone looking to:
• Create a brow lift
• Lift the mid face, also known as a “pony tail lift”
• Improve eyelid heaviness
• Create an almond shaped eye
• Improve jowling and sagging of the skin
• Add definition to the jawline
• Tighten skin on the neck
• Stimulate collagen production
The PDO thread lift procedure itself involves the implantation of fine, absorbable polydioxanone threads, similar to those which are used in medical suturing, into the subcutaneous layer of the skin using tiny needles. Their placement causes a series of microinjuries that trigger the body to produce greater amounts of natural collagen and elastin in order to repair the microscopic damage that occurs. The threads remain in place for around 6 to 8 months, after which time they are absorbed into the body, leaving new collagen in their place.
There are several different types of thread that can be used. Which will be recommended for you, will depend on the areas that you are targeting with the treatment and the type of improvement you are hoping to achieve. For example, cog threads are most commonly used to lift sagging tissue around the jaw and neck in order to improve the patient’s profile. Meanwhile, screw threads can be used for plumping and adding volume to deficient areas, such as the cheeks, as well as lifting.
PDO therapy can be successfully used on various areas of the face including the cheeks, brow, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, jawline and neck. It can also be used on the body, arms, thighs and abdomen.
Precisely how long a PDO thread lift will take will depend on the area being targeted, but in most instances, it can be carried out in between 45 and 60 minutes. Including preparation and the time following treatment, you can expect the entire appointment to last a maximum of 2 hours.
The procedure itself is minimally invasive and does cause micro-injuries to layers within the skin. As such, patients are given a local anaesthetic before their treatment which will ensure that they remain comfortable and relaxed throughout.
A great benefit of a PDO thread lift is that the side effects are minimal. You may notice a little swelling and bruising that lasts for a few days, after which time it should fade. There is no downtime and you can get back to your usual routine right away.
It is important for patients to be aware that the results of a PDO thread lift are progressive. This is because they rely on the body’s natural production of collagen which takes time, rather than administering man-made versions into the skin. The lifting effect of PDO therapy reaches a peak at around 6 months post-treatment, after which time new collagen and elastin will have formed around the threads to tighten the skin and make the area look firmer, smoother and more youthful. The effects of treatment can potentially last between 2 and 3 years, after which time further treatment may be necessary to maintain your results.
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For more information about PDO thread lifting, or to schedule your consultation, please contact our Perfect Image Medical Spa® in Rancho Cucamonga today.