Many people who think about a facial refresh but don’t want to undergo surgery often consider brow lift treatments. What is a polydioxanone (PDO) thread lift? It’s a non-surgical facelift that uses dissolvable sutures to lift and tighten the skin. Gravity happens to all of us, but a PDO thread lift can help to combat the inevitable effects of aging.
The way it works is pretty simple. Originating in South Korea, the PDO thread lift uses sutures with molded barbs that lift sagging skin to the desired area and then anchor it into place. This treatment instantly lifts the skin and tightens fat tissue, encouraging collagen production. Conveniently, this type of lift requires only local anesthesia, leaves minimal scarring, and most patients recover very quickly. In fact, many patients can go back to work or return to their scheduled activities the same day.
If you’re considering undergoing a PDO thread lift procedure to freshen your face (or having a fox eyes procedure), it’s important to know what to expect before, during, and after the treatment. While this type of brow lift is minimally invasive, there are a few precautions to take. Talk with a practitioner at Colorado Skin & Vein to find out if a PDO thread lift is right for you.
What to Expect from a PDO Thread Lift Treatment
Before undergoing any procedure, it’s important to talk with the practitioner about what to expect from the treatment, including potential outcomes. If you are undergoing a PDO thread lift, there are a few important questions to answer, even though the treatment is quite simple. Here are a few typical questions from brow lift patients:
Am I An Ideal Candidate for a PDO Thread Lift?
Over time, our skin loses collagen and starts to age, resulting in sagging skin. If you are an adult who has noticed sagging skin in the neck, jowls, or jawline, or you have noticed crow’s feet or marionette lines or sunken cheeks, then you are ready for a thread lift treatment. Importantly, a PDO thread lift works best if you have maintained the same weight for at least three months, have a healthy diet, and get plenty of exercise.
What’s the Time Commitment for a Typical Treatment?
While many types of facelifts take anywhere between two to four hours, PDO thread lifts are much less time-consuming. In fact, the typical treatment only takes about 45 minutes, depending on the number of areas targeted. This includes the time it takes for the local anesthesia or numbing agent to take effect, as well as the threading procedure.
What Results Should I Expect?
Most patients notice a lifting of the skin immediately after the procedure ends. Also, they may notice visible changes in the contours of the jawline and cheeks, as well as reduced lines and wrinkles in the face and neck. Also, because the treatment encourages collagen production, firmer and smoother skin will be even more visible in the weeks and months following the lift. Importantly, results tend to last anywhere between nine months to a year post-treatment.
Do I Need to Devote Any Time to Recovery?
While recovery depends on each person’s response to treatment, the general answer is no. There is no downtime required after a thread lift. Most people who undergo treatment return to their regular schedules the same day. However, it’s important to remember to sleep on your back for at least two weeks following the procedure and avoid making dental appointments or doing any activities that require you to leave your mouth open for extended time periods. Additionally, your physician can advise you of when it’s safe to resume an exercise routine, so always consult with your doctor after treatment to answer any questions.
If you are looking for a minimally-invasive way to get younger-looking skin instantly, consider a PDO thread lift treatment. If you have any questions about lifts and other aesthetic procedures, get in touch today to learn more.