Smooth, youthful, radiant skin is a universal desire transcending age, gender, and ethnicity. However, our skin loses elasticity and firmness as we age, resulting in sagging, wrinkles, and fine lines. While many treatments are available to improve the appearance of aging skin, the PDO thread lift is a minimally invasive technique that has gained popularity in recent years.
But what exactly is the PDO thread lift, and how can it improve your skin? This article will explore the science behind PDO thread lifts, their benefits for skin rejuvenation, and what to expect during a procedure.
What Is PDO Thread Lift
The PDO thread lift is a minimally invasive aesthetic approach that uses polydioxanone (PDO) threads to lift and tighten drooping skin on the face and neck. PDO threads are absorbable sutures used for many years in various medical procedures, including cardiology and ophthalmology. The threads are inserted into the skin, activating the body’s natural healing response, stimulating collagen production, and promoting skin rejuvenation.
The PDO thread lift is a secure and practical alternative to surgical facelifts, which require anesthesia, lengthy recovery time, and potential complications. Unlike surgical facelifts, PDO thread lifts are performed under local anesthesia and take only around 30 to 60 minutes to complete. The procedure is minimally invasive, and patients can return to regular activities immediately after the treatment.
How PDO Thread Lifts Work
To understand how PDO threads work, it’s essential first to understand the skin’s structure. The skin comprises three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous tissue. The dermis is the skin layer containing collagen and elastin, which provide structural support and elasticity.
When inserted into the skin, PDO threads create a physical barrier that triggers the body’s natural healing response. The threads stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which then work to tighten and lift the skin. Over time, the threads dissolve, but the newly formed collagen and elastin remain, providing long-lasting results.
Different types of PDO threads are available, each with its own mechanism of action. Mono threads are single threads inserted into the skin and used for mild skin tightening. Screw threads, however, have a spiral shape, providing more significant lifting and tightening. Finally, cog threads have tiny barbs or cogs that anchor them in the skin and give the most significant lifting and tightening.
The PDO thread lift is a versatile treatment that can be customized to meet each patient’s unique needs. The number and type of threads used depend on the patient’s age, skin quality, and desired results.
Advantages Of PDO Thread Lifts
The PDO thread lift offers many advantages over other skin rejuvenation treatments. Here are some of the top benefits:
- Non-surgical: The PDO thread lift is a non-surgical procedure that does not necessitate incisions, general anesthesia, or significant downtime. Patients can return to their daily activities immediately after the treatment.
- Minimally invasive: While inserting threads into the skin, it is minimally invasive and typically only requires local anesthesia.
- Natural results: Unlike other treatments, such as dermal fillers or Botox, the PDO thread lift provides natural-looking results. The threads lift and tighten the skin without adding volume or altering the shape of the face.
- Long-lasting: The results of a PDO thread lift can last up to two years, making it a cost-effective treatment option.
- Versatile: The treatment can be customized to each patient’s individual needs, using different types and numbers of threads to achieve the desired results.
- Stimulates collagen production: The threads stimulate collagen production, which tightens and lifts the skin and improves skin texture and tone.
- Safe: PDO threads are absorbable and have been used in medical procedures for many years, making them a safe and well-established treatment option.
What To Expect During A PDO Thread Lift Procedure
Before the procedure, the patient will consult with the treating physician to discuss their desired results and any concerns. Once a treatment plan is established, the patient will arrive for the procedure, typically taking 30 minutes to an hour.
The first step in the procedure is to clean and numb the treatment area. Local anesthesia is applied to lessen discomfort during the process. Once the area is numb, the physician will make small incisions in the skin where the threads will be inserted.
The threads are inserted into the skin using a fine needle or cannula. The physician will gently guide the threads to the desired location and adjust them to achieve the desired lifting and tightening effect. Once the threads are in place, the physician will trim any excess thread and close the incisions with adhesive strips or sutures.
How Long Till You Notice Results
Immediately following your PDO thread lift procedure, you may notice that your skin looks and feels tight and uncomfortable. Don’t worry; this is normal and results from the threads being newly inserted and adjusted to lift and tighten your skin.
However, after a few weeks, the threads will begin settling into place and integrating with the surrounding tissues, resulting in a more natural and uplifting appearance. During this time, following proper aftercare instructions, such as avoiding strenuous activities, wearing sunscreen, and sleeping with your head elevated, is essential to allow the threads to settle correctly.
Depending on the individual’s metabolism, PDO threads are made from a biodegradable material that will break down within six to twelve months. As the threads break down, the body will absorb them, leaving behind a new collagen matrix that supports the skin’s structure and provides a long-lasting lifting and tightening effect.
If you want a non-surgical way to lift and tighten your skin, consider the PDO thread lift procedure at KOCO Medical Aesthetics. Our team of experienced medical professionals has helped countless patients achieve their desired results with this safe and effective treatment.
Don’t wait any longer to attain the youthful, rejuvenated appearance you dream of. Schedule an appointment today to know more about the PDO thread lift procedure and how it can benefit you. Our team will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals. Contact us today!