As we age, gravity takes a toll, and your natural production of collagen reduces. This along with prolonged sun exposure and give unwanted effects on your skin. Perhaps you’ve wondered if it’s time to have a facelift — but the thought of undergoing surgery is daunting and you’re not sure if your wrinkles and sagging skin are bad enough to warrant an invasive procedure. While a facelift can have transformative results, it isn’t right for everyone. Fortunately, there is a minimally invasive alternative to facelift surgery for patients who are not ready for more aggressive options.
A PDO thread lift utilizes tiny threads to tighten, lift and contour the face. The result is more youthful contours and defined facial features. The experienced practitioners at Peninsula Glow Medical Spa in Monterey, CA, have years of training performing this procedure and can expertly revive your appearance with a nonsurgical PDO thread lift. If you’re interested in learning more about this revolutionary treatment, please schedule a consultation by calling (831) 233-3143.
A PDO thread lift is designed to reduce wrinkles in the face and encourage collagen production, creating a more youthful appearance. The thin threads are made of polydioxanone (PDO), an absorbable polymer that’s flexible and durable. When these threads are anchored to facial skin and fat tissues, they provide structural support, creating a noticeable lifted effect. The threads are inserted under the skin via a small cannula, which prevents any surrounding tissues from being damaged during the process. The number of PDO threads used depends on the patient’s desired degree of improvement. Once inserted into tissues beneath the skin, the threads are massaged to ensure a smooth appearance and avoid dimpling.
PDO threads are available in three main textures — smooth, twist and cog — but come in a variety of other textures, offering substantial customizability. Smooth threads are singular and smooth and provide a small lift. Twist threads are composed of a twisted thread around the needle that allows for a greater degree of lift and collagen production. Cog threads have a barbed surface that offers a substantial lift, while also increasing collagen production.
Patients seeking more significant lift and more dramatic results may find twist or cog PDO thread lifts particularly beneficial. For patients who desire subtle improvements, a smooth PDO thread lift is recommended. During an initial consultation, our nurse practitioner will discuss your concerns and goals and help you choose the right thread for your needs.
The PDO thread lift is an effective, minimally invasive treatment that can be performed safely on nearly anyone experiencing early signs of aging. Thread lifts achieve the best results for patients with mild to moderate wrinkles and skin laxity, who are not ready to commit to invasive surgeries. However, the treatment can also be used as a touch-up for patients who have already undergone facelift surgery and notice wrinkles redeveloping.
Candidates are typically in the age range of 30 to 70 and healthy enough to use local anesthesia. Patients are advised that, while a PDO thread lift can improve your appearance by resolving aging concerns, it cannot match the dramatic results of a facelift or other invasive treatments. Having realistic expectations about what PDO thread lift can do for you is essential. Our practitioners will go over the procedure with you and ensure you understand what results you can reasonably expect.
On the day of your thread lift, you will receive local anesthesia to numb the area. Our practitioner will begin the treatment by marking your skin to indicate the best insertion sites and the direction the threads will move through the tissues. Then, they will insert a cannula with the PDO thread into the tissues beneath the skin. When the thread reaches its predetermined point, they will release it and remove the cannula. The threads attach themselves to underlying tissues and are pulled back to create a lifting effect. The threads are left beneath the skin and will gradually dissolve over time leaving behind collagen rich tissue.
Multiple threads may be inserted into one point in the skin, depending on how much lift is needed. Each PDO thread lift treatment is customized based on the patient’s individual goals. Typically, a PDO thread lift treatment lasts between 30 to 60 minutes, but it can go on longer if more threads are used or more areas are treated.
PDO thread lift is a quick procedure that requires approximately 24 hours of downtime. Recovery is generally comfortable, and patients can return to work or other activities after one day. You may experience facial soreness, bruising or swelling immediately after treatment. These are normal, manageable side effects and usually fade within a few days to two weeks.
You will notice results immediately after your thread lift treatment. Once the threads are in place and pulled back, they provide an immediate boost, relieving your skin of wrinkles and signs of sagging. PDO threads that stimulate collagen production provide additional improvements over time. Optimal results are attained after continuous collagen stimulation, usually after one to two months.
After about six months, the PDO threads will be fully absorbed by the body. The results of the treatment will last for one to two years. Subsequent treatments are recommended every six to nine months to sustain your results.
PDO thread lifts are an excellent option for patients who are wary of going under the knife or have moderate concerns that don’t require surgical intervention. If you’re a resident of Monterey, CA, or surrounding communities, and you’re looking for a way to address early signs of aging, a thread lift is one of the most effective ways to minimize facial lines and lift loose skin without surgery.
Schedule a consultation today with one of our expert providers to see if you are a good candidate for the PDO thread lift. Peninsula Glow Medical Spa can be reached online or at (831) 233-3143.
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