The combined effects of aging, gravity, and genetics leave many people with fine lines, wrinkles, and mildly drooping skin by the time they’re in their 30s. Facelifts were once the only option for tightening up loose skin on the face, but today, several non-surgical options can also minimize these common signs of aging.
At ReVive RX Med Spa in Kansas City, MO, we can provide results that rival those of a facelift using a non-surgical technique known as a PDO thread lift. Keep reading to learn more about PDO thread lifts and what they can do for you.
What Is a PDO Thread Lift?
A thread lift is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses very thin sutures to gently lift sagging skin and hold it in place. A PDO thread lift simply refers to a thread lift that uses PDO threads as the suture material.
PDO thread lifts are ideal for treating mild to moderate signs of aging and may not be appropriate for individuals with advanced signs of aging.
How Do PDO Threads Work?
Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are ultrathin biodegradable polymer threads. These threads have been used in medical settings for decades. During a thread lift, we strategically place the threads under your skin using a very fine needle.
As we guide the PDO threads into place, they grip onto underlying tissue to create a subtle lifting effect. Next, we finish by anchoring the sutures in place and removing the needle. The result is a more refined and youthful appearance with no visible threads.
Depending on what signs of aging you hope to treat, we can use a PDO thread lift to target various areas of your face, including your:
Once the PDO threads are in place, you don’t have to worry about coming back to have them removed. Your body will slowly reabsorb the sutures.
6 Things a PDO Thread Lift Can Do for You
A thread lift is a very versatile procedure with many benefits and uses. Six of these are highlighted below.
1. Tighten and Lift Sagging Skin
As you age, your skin loses a lot of its elasticity, which causes a droopy or saggy appearance. A PDO thread lift will gently lift the skin around your upper or lower face to create a more toned and youthful appearance.
2. Smooth Out Fine Lines and Wrinkles
We can strategically place PDO threads to address some of the most common — yet bothersome — lines and wrinkles that appear with age. Thread lifts can minimize the appearance of:
- Crow’s feet
- Nasolabial folds
- Smile lines
- Marionette lines
- Forehead wrinkles
PDO threads can also minimize the appearance of wrinkles and folds below your chin or on your neck.
3. Improve the Appearance of Your Jawline
If your jawline has become undefined due to loose or sagging skin, a PDO thread lift can help define your jawline and improve the natural contours of your face. Many people find that a sharper jawline makes their face appear fuller and younger.
4. Minimize the Appearance of Submental Fullness
Loose or sagging skin below your chin can create the illusion of submental fullness — also known as a “double chin.” PDO threads inserted under your chin can tighten up the area and create a slimmer profile.
Combined with the other effects of PDO thread lifts, this creates an overall smoother, better defined, and younger-looking version of yourself.
5. Provide a Non-Surgical Alternative to Face and Neck Lifts
For many people, facelifts alone are not enough to treat all the areas they’re concerned about. That’s why facelifts are often combined with neck lifts to create a seamless transition from face to neck. However, both of these procedures are invasive and require significant recovery time.
PDO thread lifts provide comparable results to face and neck lifts without the need for any anesthesia or incisions. The procedure itself is much shorter than traditional plastic surgery measures. Additionally, no downtime is required after a PDO thread lift, and initial results can be seen soon after.
6. Stimulate Collagen Production for Long-Lasting Results
One of the biggest benefits of PDO threads is that they stimulate your body to produce new collagen as they dissolve. Collagen plays a major role in the appearance of your skin and the formation of wrinkles. As such, increased collagen levels can significantly improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles long after the sutures dissolve.
Your body will likely reabsorb the PDO threads within six to nine months, but since they are so good at boosting collagen levels, their anti-aging effects may remain for up to two years.
What Else Can PDO Threads Do?
We can use several different types of PDO threads to address specific cosmetic concerns you share with us. In addition to providing non-surgical facelifts, PDO threads can be used to minimize the appearance of acne scars and add volume to specific areas of the face.
We can also use PDO threads to provide a subtle lift to your lips to improve their overall shape and appearance.
Experience the Benefits of PDO Threads
At ReVive RX Med Spa in Kansas City, MO, we are eager to help you achieve your cosmetic goals with a PDO thread lift. We encourage you to come in for a consultation so we can discuss your expectations and develop a customized treatment plan that will address all of your cosmetic concerns.
If you’re ready to experience the benefits of PDO threads, contact us today to schedule your consultation.