What is a PDO Thread Lift Procedure?
Traditionally, most people would look into plastic surgery to get a facelift as there weren’t very effective noninvasive treatments to lift the loose skin. However, now there is an effective nonsurgical option that can lift and contour and suspend the sagging tissues on the face, neck and the body, especially for those that need only minimal to moderate rejuvenation or for those that do not wish to undergo surgical intervention. The PDO Thread Lift Procedure safely and instantly lifts up loose skin on the face, neck and the body with minimal downtime.
A Thread Lift is one the most effective ways to lift the loose skin without surgery. As we age, the effects of gravity become more noticeable on our faces, especially as our facial support structure weakens and we lose facial fat. The areas that are generally affected are the eyebrows, areas around the eyes, the cheeks, the jowls and the neck. The result is a longer, more square-shaped and older-looking face.
The idea behind the PDO thread lift is to either to create a scaffolding in order to support the tissues and keep them in the “V-shape” or where necessary to delicately lift the tissues and reposition the skin to recreate the “V-shape” where it’s been lost.
Although Novathreads can be inserted almost anywhere, even in the body, one area where they are especially effective is the neck and jawline. The lower third of the face is challenging to treat effectively with botulinum toxin or injectable fillers, which are most effective in the upper and middle third of the face, respectively.
What Are Novathreads And How Do They Work?
Novathreads are hypodermic needles preloaded with a synthetic PDO absorbable suture. PDO (polydioxanone) sutures are surgical sutures that are used to perform cardiac surgery. All sutures are FDA-approved and PDO sutures are one of the safest materials that can be used in the body. Your skin will fully absorb the Novathread within 4 to 6 months without leaving any scar tissue.
While the sutures are underneath the skin, however, your skin gently reacts to the skin creating a “selective inflammatory response” to produce collagen to create a longer-lasting result: This principle is behind a lot of aesthetic procedures (such as fractioned lasers, skin tightening treatments and microneedling). Our skin is excellent at repairing itself, and by inserting the Novathreads underneath the skin to lift the loose skin, the skin will heal itself by creating new collagen naturally!
Who Is A Good Candidate For A PDO Thread Lift?
People who do not wish to undergo a surgical facelift or necklift for various reasons such as not wanting a prolonged recovery of a stand facelift or do not wish to spend money on an expensive facelift.
People with minimal signs of aging who need just a small lift. Good candidates are those patients who are starting to see some droopiness of the brow, cheeks, jowls and/or neck and would like to see a lift effect, but do not want the risk, scars, or recovery of a real browlift, facelift, or necklift operation.
People who have had some relapse from a previous plastic surgery procedure such as a facelift or neck lift.
Which Areas Can Be Treated With The PDO Threads?
Most popular treatment areas are the brows, cheeks (midface), jowls, and the upper neck. However, Thread Lift can be performed virtually anywhere on the body, such as to lift loose skin on the upper arms, stomach, thighs and around the knees.
How Is The PDO Thread Lift Performed?
The areas to be treated will be numbed with a topical anesthetic.
The threads are then inserted under the skin in precise locations using a small hollow needle to lift and support droopy elements without removing any skin. The inserted thread is then able to grasp onto the droopy skin and soft tissue to reposition the skin. This requires no cuts or incisions. It’s purely done by injections.
With the lift effect secured, the hollow needle is removed without leaving any scars.
Depending on the desired effect of the lift, several to many sutures will be used.
The PDO suture remains underneath the skin. Different sutures and lengths will be used depending upon the area(s) you need lifted.
Arnica is to be taken the day before your appointment (take as recommended on the back of the bottle) and the morning of your appointment, we have found that there is much less bruising and swelling even with lip injections, thus a more favorable outcome with less down time! Arnica is a naturopathic anti-inflammatory that helps with swelling and bruising. You will also need to make sure you are not currently taking antibiotics and have been off of them for 10 days prior and are not taking any Ibuprofen product or blood thinners, do not stop taking any medications without consulting your Doctor first. Please make sure you are not currently pregnant or nursing and come in to your appointment with a clean face to eliminate any bacteria and the risk of infection. If you have currently received any dental work please wait 2 weeks before treatment and let our front desk team know if you are prone to cold sores or fever blisters prior to treatment. Children are also not allowed in our treatment rooms for safety of the child, patient and provider and children cannot be left un-monitored in the lobby during treatment. Do not wear makeup on the day of your procedure and please come to the appointment with a clean face or come early to remove your makeup. Please arrive 10 minutes early for paperwork and eat high protein meals prior to your appointment. No ALCOHOL, FISH OILS, ASPIRIN, IBUPROFEN, ADVIL, MOTRIN or other over the counter blood thinners for 7 days prior to injections. If you are on blood thinners for medical reasons, let us know ahead of time. If you have any questions regarding these, please reach out to our front desk team.
Considering a PDO Thread Lift Procedure? Please contact Cosmos Medspa today to learn more about this skin rejuvenation procedure or to set up a consultation.