By Ana Dominguez, Nurse Practitioner
For people looking for a facelift without surgery, PDO thread lifts are the answer. A thread lift is a great solution for sagging skin! Although they are used mostly in the cheeks, PDO thread lifts can be successfully used to perk up skin in the nasolabial folds (the parentheses between nose and lips), eyebrows, the jaw line and the forehead. In the hands of a talented practitioner, PDO thread lifts can even boost the buttocks and lift sagging skin above the elbow or knee.
What Is a PDO Thread Lift?
PDO thread lifts use absorbable filaments, akin to dissolving sutures, made from polydioxanone. They come in different shapes and lengths depending on the need. A PDO thread lift will make your face firmer, tighter and more youthful in appearance. Once placed, they help stimulate the production of collagen for longer-term results. The threads are usually about 50% absorbed after just two weeks! The procedure has almost no down time and can last up to 18 months, depending on the level of sagging beforehand.
Used since the 1980s, PDO threads are reliable, safe and tested. Like other minimally invasive facial rejuvenation procedures, like Botox and PRP facials, the demand for PDO thread lifts is on the rise.
What Can a PDO Thread Lift Do For YOU?
As mentioned above, PDO thread lifts are great for perking up skin on the face and neck, as well as other areas of the body. They will make your skin appear firmer and more youthful without the pain or downtime of a traditional facelift. The results are more subtle than surgical measures but can restore elasticity and firmness. The amount of restoration possible depends on the initial condition of your skin. Many patients choose PDO thread lifts to prevent – or delay – the need for a surgical lift.
The convenience, long lasting results and short recovery team make PDO thread lifts more appealing than traditional options for many people. PDO thread lifts offer those benefits with less risk of scarring, bleeding or severe bruising than other options as well.
Are You a Good Candidate for a PDO Thread Lift?
PDO thread lifts are the most effective for patients who are 55 or younger without an excessive amount of loose skin. Most patients who choose thread lifts are in their late 30s to mid-50s. Older patients who don’t want a traditional surgical lift can get some benefits from PDO thread lifts, but the results won’t be as dramatic.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, PDO thread lifts are not the right choice for you. People who take blood thinners for other health conditions should talk to their doctors before scheduling a thread lift.
Like any other medical procedure, you should take some precautions before the thread lift procedure and then take care afterward.
Things to Do Before PDO Thread Lift Treatment
- Avoid smoking and all kinds of alcohol at least one week before the procedure; they can dehydrate the skin and affect the anesthetic step.
- Avoid consuming omega fish oils, vitamin E, chili, ginseng, garlic, krill, and other such supplements at least two days before the treatment. It is best to avoid green and ginger teas as well as they can stimulate circulation and cause unwanted bleeding.
- NSAIDS, including aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen sodium must be avoided as they can cause bleeding, unwanted side effects and complications.
- Avoid performing high-intensity exercises and going to a sauna or steam room for several days before your procedure. Both can negatively impact skin
Things to Do After PDO Thread Lift Treatment
PDO thread lift treatment has a minimal recovery time, but you can do a lot to enhance your recovery and get the best possible results.
If you experience nausea after the thread lift procedure due to anesthesia, try sipping small amounts of water or ice chips. Go easy!
- If you experience slight bruising or swelling, apply ice in the treated area for a few minutes, four to five times during the day for the first week.
- Restrict facial movements for one day. Rest!
- Do not perform any strenuous activity or heavy lifting for three weeks. That will help the threads take hold better.
- Take pain meds after the procedure.
- Avoid aspirin for the first two weeks after the treatment.
- Avoid applying makeup or facial cream for at least 48 hours.
- Do not drink with a straw for at least a week. Your diet should focus on liquids or soft foods for at least a week.
- Avoid chewing gum for at least two weeks.
- Experiencing slight discomfort in the first two days after the procedure is normal, it will gradually reduce.
- Try keeping your head elevated for a week.
- Don’t pull your facial skin, massage, scrub or exfoliate the skin for at least three weeks. You are also not supposed to wash or touch your face for at least 12 hours.
- Follow the care guidelines the practitioner gives you regarding the incision wounds.
- It is recommended that you sleep on your back to prevent any swelling. Avoid straining or placing pressure on your face as it may result in threads misalignment.
- Avoid getting any dental treatment for at least two weeks after getting the PDO thread lift.
In case of unusual pain or swelling, it is important to consult your practitioner to get the appropriate treatment immediately.
How Often Can You Get a PDO Thread Lift?
A PDO thread lift can last from 6 to 18 months, depending on the age of the patient and the condition of the skin. Taking supplements like collage won’t help.
Treatments can be done with either smooth or knotted threads. Smooth threads are best for rejuvenating skin by stimulating collagen production. Knotted threads, either cog or screw, have a different effect. Cog threads have little “barbs” that provide support and lift the face. Screw threads are intertwined and help restore volume to sunken parts of the skin.
Combining PDO with micro needling, Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers will get the best results for most patients.
Ana Dominguez is a nurse practitioner with extensive research in patient care, procedures and research. Her background includes time at medical spas and general medical facilities. A native of Cuba, Ana has been practicing medical care for 25 years and is a specialist on PDO thread lift procedures.