Loose, sagging skin on the mid and lower face can make anyone feel self-conscious. The natural aging process makes many changes to our appearance, including changing the youthful elasticity of the skin. But luckily for you, with a treatment like PDO threads, you can achieve a long-lasting lift so you can effectively rewind the clock on your skin. Learn more about this alternative facelift treatment before you contact Beautique Medical in Knoxville, TN to schedule your first appointment.
How Do PDO Threads Work?
PDO threads or polydioxanone threads work by physically lifting and tightening your skin. Not unlike a facelift, these threads tighten your skin to reduce the appearance of skin laxity, fine lines, and wrinkles. The threads used for your treatment are similar to the medical-grade threads that are used to close surgical incisions in the body.
PDO threads are injected into the body through a hollow cannula. As the thread is pulled through the skin, it catches on loose skin tissue and anchors the skin into a higher, tighter position. Your body responds to the threads by increasing collagen production, which also helps tighten the skin and corrects the appearance of lines or wrinkles. Over the course of several months, the threads are naturally broken down and absorbed by the body.
How Long Do Results Last?
You will see the initial results of your treatment very quickly after your treatment. Most people will notice a visible improvement in the appearance of their skin even during the healing process. These results will gradually improve as your skin produces more collagen in response to the presence of the threads. Most of the time, your full results will develop within about one to two months of your treatment.
Your results should last for at least one to three years. Naturally, the longevity of your results will depend on how long your skin can maintain high collagen production. Younger people may have longer-lasting results simply because the collagen in their skin will take more time to break down. But in general, you can expect your results to last for over 12 months.
Are These Results Comparable to a Facelift?
A thread lift is considered an effective alternative to a facelift for people who have mild to moderate skin laxity. If you do not wish to undergo invasive surgery, then this treatment is an ideal anti-aging therapy for you.
While a traditional facelift is time-consuming and involves a lengthy recovery time, a thread lift can correct your areas of concern in only an hour and does not have any significant recovery restrictions. Better yet, because a thread lift can last for a year or more, you may be able to use this treatment to significantly slow down the aging process.
Where Can You Use This Treatment?
A thread lift treatment is designed to be used on the mid and lower face to correct the appearance of sagging skin, but this treatment can be used virtually everywhere on the face. It’s common for this treatment to correct sagging jowls, drooping eyebrows, glabellar lines, nasolabial folds, and sagging skin on the neck or beneath the chin.
That said, many patients also use this treatment to correct sagging skin on other areas of the body. It’s not uncommon to use this treatment on the abdomen, arms, chest, thigh, buttocks, knees, or even the armpits. Virtually any area of the body with sagging skin can be improved with PDO threads.
Is This Treatment Safe?
Yes, a thread lift is a safe treatment. Not only are the threads used for this treatment well-tolerated, but they naturally increase collagen production and are considered an ideal alternative non-surgical treatment. PDO has been safely used in medical settings for years without any concerns. Plus, the method of this treatment does not run the risk of scarring the skin.
Can You Use Thread Lift With Other Treatments?
Yes, you can absolutely combine this treatment with other cosmetic treatments, including facials, chemical peels, and other injectables. A thread lift can lift moderate sagging skin from the lower layers of the skin, but this may not correct superficial concerns like dry skin, dark spots, or sun damage. Fortunately, thread lifts are very compatible with other cosmetic treatments. If you would like to combine your treatment with others, please let us know so we can help you build a treatment plan that works for you.
Will You Need a Consultation?
Yes, you will need a consultation before you can have a thread lift. Although PDO threads are compatible with the human body, a consultation will allow us to assess whether or not this treatment is an ideal solution for your aesthetic concerns. During your consultation, we examine the condition of your skin, particularly any areas of sagging or wrinkles.
We will discuss your general medical history, supplements and medications, and previous cosmetic treatments during your consultation. We will also go over the reasonable results you should expect from this treatment. Together, we will create a treatment plan that will achieve all of your aesthetic goals.
How Should You Prepare for Your Treatment?
You will need to follow any preparation instructions we give you for at least one week before your treatment. This may include temporarily discontinuing blood-thinning medications and supplements, avoiding tobacco and alcohol consumption, and stopping the use of any retinol products. By following these instructions, you will ensure that your skin is prepared for the healing process after your treatment.
What Should You Do After Your Treatment?
The most important rule you will need to follow after your treatment is avoiding touching your face. This means no rubbing, scrubbing, or pressing on any area where threads have been inserted so you do not disturb the threads. Other than this rule, you may need to avoid hot water, excessive heat, and sweating for at least a few days after your treatment.
Most patients are able to return to their normal activities shortly after their treatment – sometimes even as soon as the same day. Ultimately, how soon you go to work will depend on your own level of comfort.
What Are the Benefits of a Thread Lift?
A thread lift is a safe alternative to a facelift thanks to the non-invasive nature of the treatment. Because the treatment is non-invasive, it’s generally very comfortable and quick to complete. Most patients won’t even have a recovery period. But what are some other benefits of this treatment?
One of the golden keys of this treatment is the fact that the PDO threads are absorbed slowly by the body. The slow breakdown of the threads ensures that your body will produce collagen for a long time and that your body will continue to produce collagen even after the threads have been absorbed. The fact that the results are gradual also means that nobody will realize you’ve had any cosmetic treatments done unless you tell them.
This treatment is highly customizable. With a thread lift, you can choose which areas of the face and body you would like to improve. This is important since no two people have the same aging process or aesthetic goals. By customizing your treatment, you can more easily achieve your aesthetic goals. The ability to customize your treatment also means that you can easily combine this treatment with other cosmetic treatments, such as dermal fillers, to correct other superficial concerns.
Many Good Candidates
Many people are good candidates for this treatment. Generally speaking, all people who have mild to moderate skin laxity on the face or body can use this treatment. These threads are non-toxic and well-tolerated by the body, so there is no risk of allergic reactions. As long as you want to improve your appearance by reducing sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles, you are likely a good candidate. The only people who may be disqualified from this treatment are women who are currently pregnant.
Look Your Best
If the natural aging process has made you feel self-conscious about loose skin on your face or body, you should be happy to learn that there is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment that can help you restore the youthful tightness of your skin.
A PDO thread lift is an ideal treatment for most people with mild signs of visible aging. If you think this long-lasting treatment may be an ideal match for your aesthetic concerns, please contact Beautique Medical in Knoxville, TN to schedule your consultation appointment today.