Thread Lifts, or PDO (Polydioxanone) Threads, provide a mild lift by tightening and lifting the face in a single treatment using a dissolvable suture. PDO Threads are a popular way to achieve a desirable lift and shape. This is due to the fact that Thread Lifts are far less invasive than a facelift and are typically completed in under 45 minutes. Another reason people prefer Thread Lifts over other procedures is that the results are immediate and there is a lower risk of complications, such as bleeding, scarring, or severe bruising.
What is the Process of a Thread Lift?
- The specialist will begin by numbing the skin in the desired area with a local anesthetic.
- They will then insert small hallow needles called cannulas under the skin where the threads will go. Cannulas are used to guide the threads into place.
- Once the thread is anchored into place, they will pull out the cannula.
- To wrap up, they will cut the thread and make sure that it’s secure in its place.
The threads are textured filaments that grab and hold the underside of your skin, instantly giving your face a lifted look. After the initial process, your body’s natural healing response will begin. The threads will be treated like an injury, which will encourage the body to make more collagen where the threads are. As you age you lose collagen, which is the protein in your skin that makes it appear full and plump; so the threads promoting the production of collagen is a great thing. This impressive procedure is a perfect solution to sagging jowls and tightening wrinkles.
How to Prepare for a Thread Lift:
Prior to the procedure, you’ll typically be advised to avoid alcohol and tobacco for at least 5 days before the procedure. They will also ask that you avoid Advil and Ibuprofen, omega-3 fatty acids, green tea, or anything else that may raise the risk of bleeding or bruising.
How to Proceed After a Thread Lift Procedure:
A PDO Thread Lift requires very little recovery. There may be some bruising and swelling for up to 48 hours after the procedure, but there is no downtime. To avoid dislodging the thread, you will want to avoid rubbing your face as much as you can for a week after the procedure. Other things to watch out for are sleeping on your side, having your face squished against the pillow, and exposing your face to direct sunlight or a sauna.
How Long Will a Thread Lift Last?
Someone experiencing a PDO Thread Lift can expect to see results immediately after and for up to a year after the procedure. You will typically begin to see a decline in results after about 6 months, however, everyone’s skin is different and that could depend on skin volume and elasticity.
What are the Different Types of Threads?
Different threads are used to achieve different results. You and your specialist will determine which thread is suitable for you during your consultation. Smooth threads can complement, or be used instead of, botox and dermal fillers. For a heavier lift, the barbed threads will be more effective.
Why Get a Thread Lift?
A PDO Thread Lift is a very minimally invasive procedure that is a heck of a lot less expensive than a surgical facelift. Thread lifts are fairly painless, with no downtime. Another advantage of PDO Threads is the immediate results, along with the little risk of complications.
PDO Threads are a beneficial and effective way to maintain confidence and keep your skin looking tight and plump. The most commonly treated areas are around the jaw, cheeks, neck, and eyes.