PDO ThreadsPocatello, ID
Thanks to recent technological advances in medical aesthetics, you can now get the results of a facelift with a less invasive procedure: the PDO thread lift. This procedure uses a dissolvable suture to lift and tighten the skin. As an added advantage, most PDO thread lift procedures can be performed in less than 45 minutes without a scalpel.
PDO threads are available at Luxe Medical Aesthetics in Pocatello and the surrounding area. We can help rejuvenate your appearance. Call us today at (208) 782-4928 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Understanding PDO Threads
According to Healthline, PDO threads are a biodegradable polyester suture used to rejuvenate the skin. As stated earlier, the procedure is relatively less invasive than a facelift. It can usually be performed in under 45 minutes without a scalpel. PDO threads are also typically better at rejuvenating the skin than lifting any sagging skin.
There are other types of thread lifts, such as polylactic acid (PLA) and polycaprolactone (PCA) thread lifts. These techniques are newer than PDO threads, which have been in use for over thirty years. PDO threads take approximately six months to break down in the body. However, once they are present in the body, they stimulate collagen production for increased skin structure and elasticity.
How PDO Threads Work
There exist three types of PDO threads: PDO cog threads, PDO mono threads, and PDO screw threads. PDO cog threads use barbs that latch into the skin to lift parts of the face, while PDO mono threads use smooth structures to stimulate collagen production and rejuvenate the skin. PDO screw threads use one or two intertwined threads to restore volume.
As stated by a 2017 study, PDO threads are mainly effective in helping skin appear tighter and more structured. Effects typically last for around a year, after which the sutures begin to dissolve. A secondary rejuvenation effect, however, may last for a minimum of three years after the procedure.
What Happens During a PDO Thread Lift
Each thread lift procedure may vary depending on the targeted area and the provider's preferences, but the basic technique is usually the same. Patients will need to sit in a reclining chair in the procedure room, and a member of the team will prep the skin with alcohol and a topical anesthetic. The professional will then use a thin needle or cannula to insert the threads underneath the skin.
A PDO thread lift can take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. After the threads have been inserted, the professional will remove the insertion tool, and it is not uncommon for the patient to feel tightening or light pressure under the skin. However, the procedure will be completed within a few minutes of the needles being removed, at which point the patient will be free to exit the premises.
Areas Targeted by PDO Threads
PDO threads can treat most aging areas of the face. These most commonly include the:
As PDO threads are so low-risk, they are also commonly combined with other non-surgical procedures, such as ultherapy and dermal fillers, for even more stunning results. PDO thread lift results are immediately apparent, and they may last anywhere from one to nine years.
Potential Complications of PDO Threads
Since PDO thread lifts are much less invasive than traditional facelifts, they have a much lower risk of complications. In other words, they have a much smaller chance of bleeding, scarring, or severe bruising when performed by a trained professional. Furthermore, when complications do occur, they tend to be minor and can be easily corrected. Potential complications may include the following:
- Hair loss
- Minor bruising
- Snapping of threads
- Visible sutures (especially in people with thin skin)
It is important to remember that the above list is not exhaustive and that each patient responds differently to the procedure.
Recovering from PDO Threads
As they are relatively non-invasive procedures, PDO thread lifts require minimal recovery time. Though some swelling and bruising are to be expected during the first day or two, most patients can return to their daily routines immediately. Patients should avoid touching or rubbing their face as much as possible for a week after the procedure. This prevents any accidental dislodging of the thread.
Patients may also be advised to refrain from pursing their lips, smoking, or drinking through a straw for the first several weeks. They may also want to avoid intense exercise, saunas, and sleeping on their side for the first week or two. We also recommend sleeping while propped up on a pillow to avoid rolling onto the face accidentally.
Call Us Today
PDO thread lifts can help rejuvenate your appearance. We at Luxe Medical Aesthetics can help. Call us today at (208) 782-4928 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are PDO threads painful?
Though they are minimally invasive, PDO thread lifts still cause micro-injuries to the skin. Consequently, we will provide you with a local anesthetic before your procedure to minimize any discomfort you may experience.
Do different PDO threads bring about different results?
Yes. Different types of PDO threads come in various lengths, shapes, and thicknesses. Each affects the end result by way of cost, efficacy, tensile strength, and cost.
Are PDO threads safe?
Yes. PDO threads are typically considered low-risk procedures with minimal downtime when performed by a trained professional. Still, they do not come without side effects. Some common ones include bruising, redness, and swelling.
Can I return to work right after getting a PDO thread lift?
Since PDO thread lifts can be completed in such a short amount of time and require little recovery time, they are a popular "lunchtime procedure." While many patients decide to return to work right after their treatment, the decision is ultimately up to you.
What can I do to prepare for a PDO thread lift?
We will provide you with detailed information on how to prepare for your procedure. However, it is important to let us know of any medications or supplements you are currently taking well ahead of the procedure. If possible, avoid any stressors, inflammatory foods, and alcohol the night before treatment. You should also stop taking blood-thinning medications a week before the procedure.
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