As we age, our skin loses elasticity and fat, leading to loose skin, fine lines, and a more square-shaped face. In the past, people seeking treatment for signs of aging went under the knife for a facelift surgery.
The surgery is very effective, but some people are not willing or able to have an invasive procedure to remove loose skin. Thankfully, PDO threads provide a non-invasive option to lift sagging skin on the face and neck without surgery.
What is PDO threading?
Polydioxanone (PDO) treading is an effective and noninvasive technique to lift and smooth loose skin. The procedure only takes around 30 minutes, and you’re free to leave right after.
Doctors use PDO threads to seal surgical incisions, and your skin dissolves them in about six to nine months. But within the past twenty years, plastic surgery innovators in South Korea began using them for orthopedic and cosmetic treatments with shining success. The minimally invasive threads have since gained popularity in common aesthetic practice.
How does a PDO thread lift work?
The technology of a PDO thread lift allows an aesthetician to tighten sagging skin, and stimulate collagen and elastin production. An aesthetician uses needles to strategically insert threads that pull back the skin and gently lift and tighten the face and neck. A thread lift also stimulates your body’s natural collagen production as a healing response to the treated areas. As most know, collagen production combats signs of aging.
There are two types of threads used for a thread lift: smooth threads and lifting threads. Smooth threads will smooth out skin texture by filling in wrinkles and lines. Lifting threads lift sagging skin to improve skin firmness. Both threads increase collagen production in the treated areas.
Minimally invasive, PDO threading naturally rejuvenates facial tissues and provides a gradual and long-lasting improvement to skin firmness.
What is a PDO lift or PDO smooth thread procedure?
Threads can be placed through the cheeks, brow, and forehead area, and around the neck to give the same benefits as a surgical facelift. To complement the thread lift, Hyaluronic acid can also be added around the treatment area to add further volume and elasticity to the face.
Before the treatment, the aesthetician will apply topical and local anesthetic to numb your face. As a non-invasive facelift, there’s no need for general anesthesia. Technological improvements make this procedure manageable with local anesthesia for minimal discomfort.
During the treatment, the surgeon will outline the placement path of the thread to create the best lift for the patient’s facial tissues. Then, they will lift the skin by making small punctures where the thread will be placed.
Once placed, the threads will grasp the loose skin to reposition and tighten the skin, reduce lines and wrinkles for full facial rejuvenation.
Altogether, the procedure usually lasts for about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of areas being treated.
After the treatment, your aesthetician will advise you to sleep on your back and avoid drinking through straws or smoking for the first couple of weeks to make sure the threads don’t break.