Is there a way to get the results of a facelift without having to have facelift surgery? Modern cosmetic treatments have opened many doors for patients with novel treatment methods, such as radiofrequency or ultrasound. But did you know that there is another treatment that works as a shortcut for a facelift? At West End Dental and Facial Esthetics in Lubbock, TX we know that patients want to avoid unnecessary surgery, which is why we are proud to offer the PDO Thread Lift!
What Happens in a PDO Thread Lift?
A PDO Thread Lift is a type of minimally invasive, non-surgical skin tightening treatment that mimics the results of a facelift, but without the surgery and extended recovery period. There are a few different kind of thread lifts, but the one used for the mid-face region from the cheeks to the chin utilizes a specific type of thread.
PDO, also known as polydioxanone, is a type of thread used in cardiovascular surgeries that stimulates the body’s natural regenerative properties. Overall, as a treatment, a thread lift using PDO is an innovative solution that bypasses the need for invasive surgery.
But what happens during this treatment? There are several steps that are involved before, during, and after this treatment. Let’s break down the steps you can expect to take when you see this treatment at our office.
You will need to attend a consultation appointment so we can determine if this treatment is right for you. We will determine your qualifications for this treatment by examining the condition of your skin as well as discussing your expectations for treatment and your overall appearance goals.
We will gather some necessary medical information, such as your general medical history, your current medications and supplements, any cosmetic treatments you have had in the past, and any drug allergies you may have. For reference, we may take a photograph for your medical file to use for planning your specific treatment.
We will give you a set of instructions to follow in preparation for your treatment. It is very important to follow these instructions to ensure that there are no unintended side effects from the treatment. Some of these pre-treatment instructions may include:
- Avoid blood-thinning medications
- Temporarily stop taking vitamin E, fish oil, and ginseng
- Do not smoke or use tobacco for 1 week
- Drink adequate water
- Do not use retinol-based products
We may provide you with additional instructions specific to your health needs and concerns. Some of these instructions may include temporarily tailoring your diet to avoid foods high in sugar, salt, and spice. We may also ask that you arrange for transportation on the day of your appointment.
Step One: Numb
On the day of your appointment, we will cleanse your face of excess dirt and oil, and then we will apply numbing agents. For most patients, we use a combination of a topical numbing cream and a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort for the duration of the treatment. We allow about 10 to 20 minutes for the numbing agents to take effect before moving on to other steps.
Step Two: Mark
We will use a temporary pen to mark your face at the precise areas of treatment. We mark the face for strategic placement of the PDO threads, which minimizes the number of threads that need to be inserted into your skin to produce desired results. The marks are easy to remove, which will be done at the end of your appointment.
Step Three: Thread
Once you are fully prepped for the treatment, we will then begin inserting the threads. PDO threads are inserted into the sub-dermal layers of skin via a thin, hollow cannula which contains the polydioxanone thread.
Inside the skin, the thread grasps at loose tissue and is then repositioned to lift the skin tighter as we remove the needle. This portion of the treatment can take about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the amount of work done.
After your treatment is complete, we will provide you a set of post-treatment instructions to follow. These instructions will help you through recovery to ensure that you respond favorably to the treatment. Some post-treatment instructions may include:
- Take pain medication as prescribed
- Eat light meals or liquid diet
- Do not chew gum
- No strenuous activity
- Limit sweating and heat or sun exposure
- Keep head elevated
- Do not drink or use tobacco products
- Stop taking certain supplements
- Avoid blood-thinning medications
- Limit facial movements
- Avoid touching or rubbing the face
- Do not wear make-up or facial creams
We may provide you with additional instructions, such as directions on how to use cold compresses and ice the face. Please follow these directions as closely as possible so that your results from the treatment are optimal.
The recovery period for this treatment is about 2 weeks, although the majority of your limitations will apply to the first 24 to 72 hours following treatment. During your immediate recovery period, you can expect temporary soreness or swelling of the face, which will fade within the week. One important part of your recovery period is to make sure your head is elevated at all times, which means no bending over or straining your muscles.
You will notice some results during your recovery period, such as a more plump texture to your skin and a reduction of wrinkles. However, results for this treatment get better with time. After about 4 weeks, you will be able to fully enjoy the results of this treatment, including a visible difference in skin texture, diminished fine lines and wrinkles, and elevated skin laxity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are There Different Types of PDO Thread Lifts?
At our office, we use two varieties of PDO threads for our treatments. The types of threads used for your treatment will depend on your particular needs and goals for treatment. We will help you determine if barb threads or smooth threads are the best choice for your treatment.
Barb threads have tiny barbs on them that latch onto the tissue and produce more dramatic results. Barb threads are usually used for patients who are looking for immediate improvements in their appearance and who have moderate or severe skin concerns. Barb threads create micro-injuries within the sub-dermal layers that encourage the production of new collagen and elastin, which makes the results of this treatment last longer.
Smooth threads are thinner and more closely resemble sewing thread. Smooth threads are used both horizontally and vertically when inserted, creating a mesh within the skin to act as structural support for new collagen. Smooth threads are ideal for patients who have mild or moderate skin concerns and generally produce results that appear gradually.
Are Results Permanent?
The results for this treatment are not permanent. Unlike a traditional facelift surgery, this treatment does eventually fade over time, which means you will eventually need to have this treatment or another treatment to maintain results.
How Long Do Results Last?
Although this treatment is not permanent, the results do last for a long time. On average, the results of this treatment can be enjoyed for 2 to 3 years. For cosmetic treatments, this is considered very long-lasting results. In contrast, most dermal fillers last an average of 4 months at a time.
Can You Extend Results?
The length of time you can enjoy the results of this treatment depends on your age and how quickly your body responds to the treatment. When the PDO threads are eventually absorbed into the body, the remaining collagen production will eventually slow again. You can extend results by making healthy lifestyle choices, using the right skincare products, and using additional treatments that are compatible with this one.
Is This Treatment Safe?
This treatment has FDA approval for the treatment of correcting skin laxity in the mid-face. Clinical trials have found this treatment to produce reliable and efficient results.
Can I Combine PDO Thread Lift With Other Treatments?
This is a treatment that is highly compatible with several other treatments. Here are a few of the treatments that are most commonly combined with this one:
Dermal fillers, particularly those used on the cheeks, hollows beneath eyes, eyebrows, and chin are easily combined with this treatment. Dermal fillers work by helping boost the production of collagen within the skin, which elevates skin volume. Dermal fillers can also be used to enhance the shape and fullness of the lips.
Neurotoxin injectable treatments, such as Botox, are used to relax the facial muscles of the skin, which smooths out skin texture and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Neurotoxins are most commonly used on the forehead and between the eyebrows.
Energy-based skin resurfacing treatments can be used to address superficial skin concerns such as sun damage, dark spots, pigmentation, broken capillaries, acne scarring, rough skin, and dry skin. Skin resurfacing treatments typically use radiofrequency, which can help exfoliate the top layer of skin and stimulate the production of collagen within the skin.
Chemical Peels and Facials
Chemical peels and facials are treatments that also address superficial skin concerns, particularly scarring, uneven skin tone, and uneven skin texture. Chemical peels are ideal for patients who have mild skin concerns, while facials can be used for virtually all patients to rejuvenate the appearance of skin.
Other Thread Lifts
There are other types of thread lifts that can be done in conjunction with this one. A thread lift on the eyebrow can correct a sagging brow, while a thread lift on the neck can redefine the jaw and tighten loose skin on the neck.
What Are the Benefits of a PDO Thread Lift?
There are many benefits to this treatment that prospective patients find appealing. For example, the longevity of the treatment means that you can enjoy the results worry-free for more than 2 years at a time.
Another benefit is the fact that this is not a surgical procedure, which means the 2-week downtime is minimal compared to how long the recovery period is for a traditional facelift. Finally, this is a treatment that stimulates and sustains collagen production for several years, meaning the results are gradual and natural-looking.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Most patients who are interested in this treatment make good candidates. We determine your qualification for this treatment based on the condition of your skin, your general health, your lifestyle habits, and your aesthetic goals. You may be a good candidate if you want to:
- Correct skin laxity
- Reduce wrinkles
- Diminish fine lines
- Improve overall appearance
- Enjoy long-lasting results
- Avoid surgery
Perfect Your Appearance With a PDO Thread Lift!
Who said that the only way to have a facelift was through surgery? The breadth of modern cosmetic treatments means that you have many options available to you. If you want to perfect your appearance with PDO Thread Lift, contact West End Dental and Facial Esthetics In Lubbock, TX to schedule your consultation today!