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One hour later: The Facelift Without The Surgery. PDO Sutures. Not ready to undergo aggressive treatments like surgery? Although the effects from a thread lift will be temporary and not as dramatic as a facelift, improvement in the appearance of sagging jowls, fine lines and wrinkles can be seen immediately and the procedure stimulates natural collagen production.
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.
Before treatment, the patient's skin will be marked for insertion and direction of the inserted threads. Once marked, the insertion points will be thoroughly anesthetized. Multiple threads can be inserted through the same point in the skin. As many 1-15 threads inserted depending on the treatment area and concern being addressed. Any extra thread will be trimmed. The threads will be massaged to ensure the tissue is smooth and no dimpling is present.
Recovery is minimal after a PDO thread lift procedure! Most patients are able to resume normal activity within 3 days postoperatively.
The goal of a PDO thread lift is to reposition facial and neck tissues to restore and rejuvenate youthful proportions and appearances to the face.
PDO Thread Lift addresses concerns such as:
What to Expect
A PDO thread lift is designed to lift the face to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while encouraging collagen production. PDO threads come in a variety of textures for customized treatments. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a PDO thread lift.
Recovery after a PDO thread lift is minimal. Most patients are able to return to work and most normal activity 1 day after the procedure with only minor discomfort. It is common for patients to experience minor inflammation and bruising which typically resolves within 1 week.
The ideal candidate for a PDO thread lift is experiencing signs of aging such as sagging jowls, mild wrinkling and sagging skin. Candidates desire a minimally invasive procedure with little downtime.
Not Recommended For
A PDO thread lift procedure is not recommended for patients with severe signs of aging or loose facial skin who would better benefit from a more invasive facelift procedure.
Side effects from a PDO thread lift may include soreness, swelling, bruising, and minor puckering of the skin.
For a full face lift effect with ongoing results, many doctors pair thread lifts with other collagen-boosting treatments. If you’re interested in a dramatic effect, Dr. Larsen can inject Sculptra Aesthetic, a filler made with poly-L-lactic acid, which also stimulates your own collagen over the next three to four months, at the same time. The thread lift provides the structure, and then you can fill the inside, giving you an amazing facelift without the down time.
For Best Results Before The Procedure:
No alcohol 1 week prior
Avoid blood thinning medication
No smoking 1 week before