Non-Surgical Face Lift – PDO Thread Lift
A beautiful and healthy face has a “V-shape”. With the aging of tissues and the action of gravity, this “V-shape” diminishes or inverts. The idea behind the PDO thread lift is to either to create a scaffolding in order to support the tissues and keep them in the “V-shape” or where necessary to delicately lift the tissues and reposition the skin to recreate the “V-shape” where it’s been lost.
What is the PDO Thread Lift?
The PDO Thread Lift is a treatment which lifts and tightens sagging skin tissue, using threads made of Polydioxanone (PDO). The threads are introduced into the deeper layers of the skin. Once introduced, the threads produce 3 effects in the skin:
This procedure has been dubbed a “lunchtime lift” because it’s quick, with minimal downtime, especially compared to a surgical facelift. It may also be referred to as a PDO (which stands for polydioxanone, a dissolvable material also used in sutures) thread lift.
About 6 months after the procedure, the PDO threads will disappear through simple hydrolysis (they are absorbable). The lifted facial contours will remain for about 9-12 months more, due to the cellular rejuvenation effects. Your skin cells are stimulated to produce new collagen, and new blood vessels to improve skin microcirculation. At the same time, the PDO threads cause the fat tissue to contract, producing a skin tightening and facial slimming effect. A year later additional threads can be placed to maintain the lift.
Who is a good candidate?
This lift is an option for someone in the mid 40’s or 50’, who has lax but not severely sagging skin or jowls and does not have very thin skin.
How is PDO Thread Lift Done?
PDO Threads are inserted into the skin via housing needles called cannulas, in a sterile procedure. There are different types of threads: smooth (for scaffolding and collagen build up), and barbed (for skin lifting).
A PDO Thread Lift is a minimally invasive procedure. After numbing and injection of local anesthesia, the PDO threads are inserted via sharp or blunt tip needles (called cannulas) into different layers of the skin. Once inserted, the threads anchor the skin and lift it upwards. The excess threads are then cut off.
Depending on the areas treated, the procedure takes 15-30 minutes. There is only minor discomfort during the procedure while injecting local anesthesia.
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