Why PDO Thread Lifts Are So Effective

Most people find themselves at some point or another standing in front of a mirror wondering when and how their skin changed. Although the wrinkles, lines, sags, and jowls gradually happen over years of living, they seem to appear overnight. 

Fortunately, you have options that can help restore a more youthful look, including dermal fillers and BotoxⓇ, both of which deliver excellent results with minimal commitment. But if your skin problems run to seriously loose and droopy skin, only two options fit the bill. One of them is a surgical facelift, and the other is a PDO thread lift.

Led by Halle Friedman, RN, our experienced medical team at Robert Andrews Laser & Medical Aesthetics specializes in helping our patients fight aging and gravity through advanced technology and state-of-the-art treatments. One of our most effective options for lifting your facial features without going under the knife is the PDO thread lift. Here’s what you need to know.

A word about surgical facelifts

A traditional surgical facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a tried and true procedure, but it’s important to know what’s involved. 

First, an incision is made along your hairline, in front of your ears, and along the lower edge of your scalp. This allows access to the underlying fat and connective tissues. Excess skin is removed and the muscles and remaining skin are repositioned and held in place with permanent sutures.

As with any surgical procedure, a facelift comes with certain risks, including infection, bleeding, scarring, clotting and healing issues, and negative reaction to anesthesia. You can expect a couple weeks of downtime and a few months for complete healing.

PDO thread lifts give surgical facelifts a run for their money

Like surgical facelifts, PDO thread lifts tighten your face and restore your youthful look with strategically placed stitches, but that’s where the similarity ends. 

Made of polydioxanone (PDO), the sutures used in this treatment actually got their start in cardiovascular surgery decades ago. Now, they’re FDA approved for aesthetic techniques, including PDO thread lifts. 

How a PDO thread lift works

To administer your PDO thread lift, we first numb the area so you stay completely comfortable. Then we place a single sterile PDO thread into a cannula, a type of hollow needle. Next, we insert the thread into the dermis, the middle layer of your skin. We repeat this process, placing the threads in strategic locations based on your aesthetic goals and our pre-procedure consultation with you. Finally, we pull the threads to tighten and lift your skin and secure them in place. 

Bonus benefit of PDO thread lifts

After we place the PDO sutures, your body responds to them by increasing its production of collagen to “heal” the tissues in the area. Collagen production is the main goal of all skin-rejuvenating treatments. This essential protein gives your skin and connective tissues their strength and resilience; the more you have, the fuller, smoother, and younger your skin looks.

Plays well with others

The lifting effects of your PDO thread lift can last 1-3 years before your body eventually absorbs them. But you don’t need to rely on PDO threads alone to maintain your younger look. Botox and dermal fillers work well with your newly tightened skin and can complement your PDO thread lift either simultaneously or as a way to extend the time between your PDO thread lifts. 

How to decide if a PDO thread lift is right for you

When you’ve decided you’re ready for a change, the hard part is over. Although the myriad anti-aging options can seem overwhelming, our experienced team is here to help you navigate through your choices and make the right decision. 

To learn more about the PDO thread lift and whether you’re a good candidate for this nonsurgical treatment that helps you fight the signs of aging and gravity, contact our office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and schedule a consultation with one of our specialists today.

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