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 PDO thread lifting! 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 lift 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, a Novathread is used, which is simply a hypodermic needle that is prepared with the PDO thread. Your physician will gently inject the threads into the treatment area where the threads are able to adhere to soft tissue to lift the area. Then, the Novathread is removed, leaving the PDO thread safely secured beneath the skin and leaving your treated area scar-free and noticeably lifted!

Depending on the degree of lift desired by the patient, the number of threads used will vary. The threads will safely be absorbed into the skin after four to six months.

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 who do not wish for the cost, recovery time, risks and scars associated with traditional surgical operations, 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 Novathreads. PDO threads are expertly placed and guided to provide a lift to the skin. Once the thread is in position and the necessary degree of lift has been reached, the thread is passed through the skin once more, and the extraneous thread is 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 compliment their tightened, lifted skin!  

How Long Do PDO Threads Last?

PDO threads will dissolve eventually and are typically entirely absorbed after six months. However, through continual collagen treatment, this area will remain smooth and healthy for several years. New threads may be inserted to maintain the lifted, tightened appearance of the treated area.