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What it is | Benefits and Risks |Treatment Areas |Procedure & Aftercare

Imagine getting a facelift with zero downtime, reversing the signs of aging, and resuming office quicker than a salon visit without breaking the bank.

Sounds unreal?

I won’t burst your bubble; it really is possible!

PDO thread lift is the infamous non-invasive procedure that can help you achieve similar results to a facelift at minimal cost with no surgery or downtime.

PDO threading is a relatively pain-free procedure. Your doctor may use a topical numbing cream, no anesthesia, and you are in and out the door in less than an hour. If you’re worried about incisions or visible scarring, there are none, and you can resume normal activities almost immediately.

The top A-listers who’ve gone on to endorse this skin tightening and lifting procedure, like Beauty queens such as Huda Kattan and Jaclyn Hill, the beauties with sculpted cheekbones and cat eyes like Eva Mendez & Gwenyth Paltrow, have given a significant boost to the trend and popularity in the good books of cosmetic procedures.

What makes PDO threads a better option?

PDO threads are a colorless polyester that breaks down in your body approximately after six months.

These sutures can trigger skin cells called fibroblasts to produce more Collagen. Loss of Collagen is a leading cause of aging skin, and PDO threads enable our skin to restore this protein in areas where the skin starts to sag.

Upcoming and better options to lift sagging skin, like PLA (polylactic acid) and PCA (polycaprolactone) threads, are also gaining traction because of their longer-lasting nature.

The difference is that while PDO threads are better at repositing and revitalizing tissue, PLA and PCA threads are better at lifting sagging skin parts. Curious about PLA and PCA threads? Stay tuned to my blogs!

If you’re considering the treatment, you will notice improved skin laxity and visible, tightened skin. Your skin will continue to boost Collagen and Elastin production as long as the threads last!

PDO threads treatment areas can include:

  • Neck
  • Jowls
  • Jawline
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Crow’s feet
  • Under eye area
  • Eyebrows
  • Cheeks
  • Marionette lines

One of the best things about this procedure is it takes a maximum of 30-45 minutes, and you can go back to the rest of the day as usual. You may experience slight bruising or numbness at the very most, nothing a casual walk to the cafe or your office can’t handle! A topical numbing cream is applied to make the whole process pain-free.

The procedure

I’ll likely advise you to avoid alcohol and tobacco 4-5 days prior to your procedure, along with:

  • Advil
  • ibuprofen
  • aspirin
  • omega-3 fatty acids
  • green tea

may increase the chances of bruising.

On the day of the procedure, I consult my patients regarding potential complications and recovery. I’m sharing some general guidelines that will prepare you beforehand;

  1. As you sit on a comfortable chair, your surgeon will disinfect your face/neck with alcohol and apply a local anesthetic.
  2. They will then make a small incision with a needle.
  3. The thread will be anchored into place.
  4. Excess thread is cut and made sure that it’s secure.

You’ll be free to go home shortly after the procedure. Since polydioxanone comes from a surgical source, it’s a long-established fact that there is minimal risk of an allergic reaction, and the treatment is safe for every skin type and skin tone.

What Do I Need to Do After Treatment?

There are only a few special after-care requirements for this treatment. However, you should hold off on dental treatments for the first two weeks after your PDO thread lift. Holding your mouth open for an excessive period can affect the results of your treatment. Moreover, you’ll want to sleep on your back for the first couple of weeks, ensuring you don’t put too much pressure on one side of your face.

Some of these post-treatment directions (follow for ten days at least) may include:

  • Discontinue blood-thinning medications
  • No alcohol consumption
  • Do not rub, scrub, or massage skin
  • Gently wash skin with non-exfoliate cleansers
  • Avoid Retinol products
  • Refrain from stepping into direct sunlight or excess heat, and avoid sweating.
  • If stepping out, wear SPF 30+

Still Curious About PDO Threads?

If you would rather discuss your aesthetic goals in person, consult Dermatology Associates today, where my team and I will help you decide which areas require treatment and the best way to achieve your desired skin.

The catch

A PDO thread lift is a cheaper and faster alternative to facelift surgery, but the results aren’t as dramatic and don’t last as long. But if you are not ready for the surgical version yet and you’ve undergone your first Threadlift procedure, get an examination done in 6 to 9 months to see how well your skin has adapted to the process and how soon you might need another.


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