Gone are the days where skin laxity can only be addressed by facelift surgery. For patients looking for a noninvasive approach to rejuvenation without surgery, say hello to the PDO thread lift! This procedure utilizes sutures to suspend and lift the facial skin. These sutures or “threads” also work to initiate collagen production to the skin which promotes healing properties that create youthful skin. Our dermatologists in Gainesville, FL are always happy to assess your skin and provide optimal skin care services. Call today to book your consultation!
How Do PDO Threads Work?
Overall, thread lifts are a much easier solution for mild-to-moderate skin laxity than a facelift. This procedure will visibly raise the skin by several millimeters, creating a natural lift. The sutures utilized during your procedure are comprised of synthetic PDO (polydioxanone). This suture type is both absorbable and approved by the FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration). Note that PDO sutures are widely considered one of the safest materials used for medical, cosmetic and aesthetic procedures. For Gainesville thread lifts, we use Miracu PDO threads — FDA-approved absorbable surgical sutures. Miracu PDO threads are individually packaged for assured sterilization, have flexible needles for reduced trauma to tissues, and feature the widest selection of threads for all face, neck, and body types. Your physician will gently insert the PDO threads under the skin and into the hypodermis, providing an immediate smoothing and lifting effect in the treatment area.
The threads dissolve naturally over the course of several months, during which the threads synthesize new collagen and elastin production in the treated area. Depending on the degree of lift desired by the patient, the number of threads used will vary. Most PDO thread lift procedures require only an hour to perform.
What Areas Are Treated?
This procedure safely provides skin tightening qualities to the brows; cheeks; neck; beneath the chin; lips; nasolabial folds; marionette lines; and décolletage. During the consultation, your Gainesville dermatologist will assess the areas you are concerned with to determine if the area will be adequately addressed by a PDO thread lift.
What Are The Risks?
This non-surgical facelift is relatively easy to perform and carries little discomfort and recovery time. However, there are a few risks to be aware of. As this procedure does utilize a needle, there is a chance of temporary bruising and/or swelling at injection sites. Note that bruising and swelling are typically slight and resolve within a week or less. Patients may experience discomfort after their procedure but this will also quickly resolve. In the rare event that sutures become visible beneath the skin or move positions, they can be easily removed and replaced with new sutures.
Who Is A Candidate For PDO Thread Lifts?
While candidacy is determined during consultation, individuals experiencing the following are typically ideal candidates.
- Slight signs of aging
- Minimal-to-moderate skin droopiness
- Relapse of results after facelift or neck lift
- Individuals that seek to avoid the cost, downtime, risks, and scars associated with traditional surgical procedures, such as a mini facelift, brow lift, facelift, or neck lift
What To Expect At Your Appointment
Upon arrival at our Gainesville dermatology office, the treatment area will be sanitized, prepped, and anesthetized before inserting the Miracu PDO threads. PDO threads are expertly placed and guided to provide a lift to the skin. Once the threads are in position and the necessary degree of lift has been reached, the threads are passed through the skin once more, and the extraneous threads are cut away. Patients may experience normal swelling and discomfort which can easily be managed by pain medication. Patients may wish to ice the area and apply arnica to mitigate swelling and bruising. Be sure to avoid any strenuous activity for several days.
How Long Do PDO Threads Take To Work?
Patients will notice full results around three weeks post-procedure. During this three week span, the skin has repositioned and collagen has flooded the area as it is the body’s natural injury response. Therefore, patients will have a radiant, youthful glow to complement their tightened, lifted skin!
How Long Do PDO Threads Last?
PDO threads will dissolve eventually and are typically entirely absorbed after six months. Through continual collagen treatment, this area will remain smooth and healthy for several years. PDO thread lifts with Miracu PDO threads yield results which typically last 18-24 months. New threads may be inserted to maintain the lifted, tightened appearance of the treated area.