What is PDO Thread Lift?
PDO Thread Lift is a procedure that is an alternative to a surgical facelift. A PDO threading procedure can give you immediate lifted results without looking overdone or too filled out, offering a minimally invasive alternative to a traditional facelift procedure. The procedure was developed to help create natural looking results for mildly sagging skin, which occurs with the aging process, weight loss, and hormonal imbalances. The procedure is known for smoothing out skin, as well, which is ideal for those who are looking for a firmer, more youthful appearance.
Reasons for a PDO Thread Lift
A PDO Thread Lift procedure can be performed for a variety of reasons, but the reason that many primarily seek out the procedure is due to a mild sagging of the skin in the face, neck, and jaw areas. A PDO Thread Lift not only lifts the skin, eliminating sagging and crepey skin, but it also firms and tightens, reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and other imperfections.
Some women may have had a bad reaction to fillers, making a PDO thread lift a better option, since nothing is directly injected into the skin. This can help smooth out skin and stimulate collagen production without the use of traditional fillers.
Some women opt to have a PDO Thread Lift procedure done because it lasts much longer than traditional filler procedures. In fact, a PDO Thread Lift can last up to two years, where many fillers may last for as little as six months. This makes a PDO Thread Lift a much longer lasting procedure.
Locations a PDO Thread Lift Procedure Can Be Done
A PDO Thread Lift procedure can be performed on several areas of the face, eliminating lines, wrinkles, and crepey skin. It is typically performed on the following areas on the face:
- Crow’s Feet
- Smoker’s lines
- Nose tip lift
- Marionette and jawline
- Sleeping wrinkles
Other areas the PDO Thread Lift procedure can be done are:
- Neck lift
- Hands (perfect for older hands with wrinkles and lines)
These are the most common locations on the face and body where a PDO Thread Lift procedure can be done. Most individuals who seek out a PDO do so to help with sagging and crepey skin on the face area, such as the cheeks and jaw area. However, as you can see, it can be performed on other areas, including hands and neck.
How is a PDO Thread Lift Procedure Performed?
PDO Thread Lift procedures are done using polydioxanone sutures, which are dissolvable and absorbed by the body. This material can help to hold facial skin up into position until they dissolve, by which time collagen production will have increased, giving your skin a firmer appearance for up to two years.
When a patient first goes in for a PDO Thread Lift, the skin will first be numbed to ease any pain or discomfort. This can be done using local anesthesia or a topical numbing cream, depending on the location and the patient’s pain tolerance.
Next, the doctor performing the procedure will take a special device and insert barbed PDO threads into the designated areas of the face, neck, or brow through small holes poked into the skin with a hollow needle. After the threads are in place, they are positioned where they need to go and attach themselves to the tissue under the skin, instantly giving you a lifted look.
The PDO Thread Lift procedure varies in the amount of time needed to complete it based on the amount of skin to be lifted, but on average you can expect the procedure to take from thirty minutes up to two hours, with one hour being about average.
Is Anesthesia Needed for PDO Thread Lifting?
When it comes to PDO Thread Lifts, general anesthesia is not needed; this makes the procedure an easy one for lunch breaks or busy afternoons when you still have other things to do. Because only local anesthesia is needed, the area being treated will be numb, so you will feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure itself. It allows the patient to remain awake and alert during the thread lift. The patient will have an easy time returning to daily activities after the procedure finishes up, as well, without the downtime that accompanies general anesthesia.
What to Expect After a PDO Thread Lift
The PDO Thread Lifting procedure is not as complicated as a traditional facelift, making it ideal for those who lead busy lifestyles. The procedure itself does not take long and can be finished in under two hours, but you may be wondering what you should expect after the PDO Thread Lift procedure.
Immediately following your PDO Thread Lift, you may notice that your skin has a bit of redness, especially where the sutures were placed under the skin. The redness is normal, as is some inflammation and even a bit of swelling and bruising. You may also feel a bit of pain at the site where the sutures entered, but this pain should subside within a few days, and can be treated with over-the-counter medications and ice.
Some patients may find that they have a few lumps at the site where the threading was done, which are parts of the sutures not engaging the way it should. If the lump does not subside within a week, they can be fixed easily.
Another great thing about PDO Thread Lifting is that even after your treatment, you will see your skin continue to improve for weeks and months, thanks to the increased production of collagen in the skin.
Recovering After a PDO Thread Lift
Recovery from a PDO Thread Lift is not a complicated recovery, and most times the swelling and redness subside after only three or four days. There may be some slight bruising and swelling in the area for a few days, and the site may itch, but this is normal and should resolve itself.
Most individuals who receive PDO Thread lifting find that they are able to resume their normal daily activities immediately after receiving the threading treatment. Other patients find that a day or two of rest and recovery is exactly what they need. Either way, by the end of the first week after your threading, you will find that you feel better, and your skin will look wonderful, too. In fact, your skin will continue to improve.
Risks of Getting a PDO Thread Lift Procedure
A PDO Thread Lift procedure is a safe procedure that has minimal downtime and is a great way to make your skin look youthful, minimize sagging and fine lines, and lift the face. This procedure does not have many side effects or risks. Since only local anesthesia is administered to the site before the procedure, there is no need to worry about general anesthesia and the side effects from that, making the threading even more appealing.
Like any medical procedure, however, there are a few things to watch out for. While this is a minimally invasive procedure, if you notice you have any swelling, redness, itching, or burning at the site where the threads were inserted, and it persists for over a week, calling your doctor to discuss options is vital. While those side effects are common for the first week, if they do not subside, it can indicate infection. Here are more signs to watch out for after your PDO Threading Lift:
- Irritation at site of threading
- Pain that doesn’t go away within a few days
If you believe you may have an infection after a PDO facial thread lift, it is important for you to contact your doctor immediately. Complications from this procedure are very rare.
Why Choose Dr. Ghozland for your PDO Thread Lift?
Dr. Ghozland has been an amazing pioneer in women’s reconstructive and cosmetic procedures for over ten years. With the latest technology in his hands, procedures have never been easier, more effective, and safer. Dr. Ghozland is known for his specialty in minimally invasive surgeries and procedures, and offers amazing care from your initial consultation to your follow-up appointments after.
The amazing staff at the office of Dr. Ghozland will help you feel relaxed, comfortable, and answer any questions that you may have regarding your procedure. They are knowledgeable and friendly, and will help you with any issue that may arise, or walk you through your procedure before it begins. The calm and safe environment will help ease anxieties, helping you feel relaxed and at ease.
Next Steps to Book Your Appointment
If you would like to learn more about PDO Thread Lifting in Los Angeles, call the office of Dr. Ghozland at (310) 393-9359. to schedule a consultation. Here you can learn more about the procedure, what it entails, and have any questions you may have answered. From there, you will have the chance to schedule your next appointment if you find that you are an ideal candidate for this procedure.