Are signs of aging starting to creep up on you? Does lifting and firming your face with the help of an easy treatment performed in our office sound appealing? At Beautique Medical Anti-Aging in Knoxville, TN, we can use PDO threads to smooth away lines and crepey skin and rejuvenate your appearance.
How Often Should You Get PDO Threads?
Patients who undergo this treatment enjoy long-lasting results. You’ll notice some lifting and tightening almost immediately, and because this treatment stimulates collagen production, your skin will keep improving in appearance in the weeks to come. A follow-up treatment every 12 months is the best way to maintain your results.
If you’re interested in having additional threads placed, perhaps to treat a different part of the body, we can make a recommendation about the timing of that treatment.
What Are PDO Threads?
This PDO threads involves the placement of threads beneath the skin in a way that helps tighten and lift loose skin, giving the patient a more youthful look. These threads, which are essentially strands of surgical suture material, support the skin from beneath. Once in place, they can help smooth over lines and wrinkles, get rid of crepey skin, and lift areas that have begun to sag.
And because these threads kickstart collagen production, this treatment also spurs your skin to do the work of renewing itself. Over time, your skin will become plumper, firmer, and healthier as collagen levels build. The threads will eventually dissolve once they’ve done their work and your body has replenished its collagen levels.
What Can Threading Treatments Help With?
Threads can be used all over the face to restore youthful contours and ease signs of aging. They can be used to tackle forehead creases, soften the lines that sometimes develop on either side of the mouth, and tighten up the jowls. Threads are also a great way to smooth over fine lines and lift cheeks that have begun to flatten.
Although threads are most frequently used on the face and neck, they have also been used to treat the upper arms, abdomen, knees, thighs, buttocks, chest, and even the armpits.
When Should I Start Threading Treatments?
Because every patient ages differently and has different concerns, there is no perfect age for starting threading treatments. The best time to start is when you’re bothered by signs of aging and want to be proactive about fighting them. It’s also generally a good idea to go ahead and start threading treatments if you’re concerned about wrinkles and loose, crepey skin. If you wait until the skin conditions worsen, a more aggressive approach may be needed to address your concerns.
Why Are Threading Treatments So Popular?
Patients love this treatment because it can non-surgically turn back the clock. This treatment is also highly convenient. It can be performed in less than an hour and doesn’t require any downtime. That means you can get right back to your regular schedule after your appointment. There’s a lot to like about threading treatments.
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
Threading treatments are simple and straightforward. We’ll begin your appointment by cleaning and numbing the skin in the treatment area. We may also make a few marks on your face that we’ll use as guides during your treatment. We’ll then inject the surgical suture material just below, and parallel to, the surface of your skin. The line of suture material that is left beneath the skin becomes a thread that tightens up your face.
The injection process is very similar to that of a dermal filler.
Will I Have to Do Anything Special to Prepare?
During the week or two leading up to your treatment, it’s a good idea to avoid any new products or new treatments that could potentially irritate your skin. If you take blood-thinning medication, we’ll ask you to stop taking that two days before your appointment. We also recommend that you refrain from alcohol the day before treatment.
Will I Experience Any Discomfort?
No. The great thing about this treatment is that it is pain-free. We will anesthetize your skin beforehand, and you’ll be comfortably reclined during your appointment.
Can I Really Get Right Back to My Schedule Afterwards?
Yes. Patients who have this treatment can get right back to their daily routine, even reapplying moisturizer and makeup if they wish. During the first week after your treatment, you should avoid touching, rubbing, or pressing the injection site.
What Advantages Are Associated With PDO Threads?
PDO threads are available in several different textures, each of which can be used to address a different cosmetic concern. Barbed threads, which have small nodules on them, are an excellent option if the patient wants to focus on lifting sagging skin. Corkscrew-shaped threads are often used to build volume and contour in the face. And smooth threads can be placed in different directions depending on the patient’s goals.
The number of threads used can also be varied to achieve different results. This is not a one-size-fits-all treatment, and after meeting with you and learning more about your cosmetic concerns, we can design a treatment plan that will best meet your needs.
Most patients notice some improvement almost right away. This is because the presence of the threads beneath the skin will have an immediate lifting effect. But because this treatment also encourages collagen development, your skin will continue to improve during the weeks following your appointment, and the results will appear completely natural.
Greater Self Confidence
Many of our patients find that this treatment not only addresses their concerns about their image but also boosts their self-confidence. If you’re discouraged about signs of aging, this treatment can help you feel great about yourself again.
Because it can usually be performed in less than an hour and doesn’t require patients to schedule any downtime, this treatment can easily be worked into a busy schedule. And because threading offers results that last much longer than some other cosmetic treatments, you won’t have to worry about frequent maintenance appointments.
This skin rejuvenation treatment, which was approved by the FDA in 2018, can be safely performed on patients of all skin types and tones.
Am I a Good Candidate?
The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for threads is to schedule a consultation with our practice. During this appointment, we’ll evaluate your skin and talk with you about the type of cosmetic improvement you’re seeking. We’ll work with you to determine if threads are a good option for you. There are several signs you may be a good candidate.
You’re in Good General Health
The best patients are in good overall health and are not pregnant or breastfeeding.
Your Skin Is Beginning to Age
Many patients who seek out threading treatments have taken good care of their skin over the years, but it’s normal for collagen levels and the natural fat beneath the skin to decline with age. Certain lifestyle choices, like smoking and excessive sun exposure, can also begin to take their toll on the skin. If your skin is beginning to show signs of age, this treatment can help.
Your Skin Is Free of Inflammation
The skin in the area you wish to have treated should be healthy and free of infection or inflammation. If your skin is broken or badly irritated on the day of your treatment, we may ask you to reschedule.
You’re Seeking Broad Skin Rejuvenation
Patients who seek out threading are generally in search of more than a wrinkle-buster or a spot treatment. Instead, they want to comprehensively beat back signs of aging. One of the big advantages of this treatment is that it can lift and tighten skin while also smoothing over wrinkles and crepey areas. Threads offer a multi-faceted approach to de-aging the skin.
You Want Improvement but Not Surgery
If you want to tone and tighten your face or neck, but you’re not interested in an expensive and invasive surgical facelift, a threading treatment can be a nice option. Some patients don’t have cosmetic concerns that are great enough to merit a facelift, and others aren’t surgical candidates for a variety of reasons. Threading treatments are a no-hassle option.
You’re Realistic About the Outcome
Ideal threading candidates understand that while this treatment can noticeably improve the look of the skin, the results will be less drastic than surgery.
PDO Threads Q&A
How Can I Tell How Many Threads I’ll Need?
You don’t have to decide on your own how many threads, or which types of threads, you’ll need. We can help make that determination with you once we’ve had a chance to evaluate your skin. If you’re bothered by signs of aging, the best thing to do is schedule a consultation so that we can work with you to determine the best approach.
What Are the Threads Made Of?
PDO threads are made of polydioxanone. This suture material is often used in cardiovascular surgery.
How Long Will It Take for My Threads to Dissolve?
Most threads dissolve anywhere from six to nine months after your treatment.
Will My Threads Be Visible When They’re in Place?
Your threads will not be visible. The only thing that will be visible after your treatment is firm, healthy, younger-looking skin. Patients with thin skin occasionally report that they can feel the threads when pressing on the treatment area, but because the threads eventually dissolve, this issue resolves itself over time.
Can Men Take Advantage of This Treatment?
Yes. This treatment is effective for both men and women.
Can Threading Treatments Be Combined With Other Cosmetic Services?
Yes. Patients often combine threading treatments with dermal fillers, botulinum toxin injections, and other cosmetic services. Once we’ve talked with you about your concerns and goals, we can design a complete treatment plan that may include more than one type of treatment. We can also advise you on the timing and scheduling of various treatments.
How Long Have Threads Been Around?
Threading treatments have surged in popularity in recent years. Today’s threads are far different from the threading treatments that debuted back in the 1990s. Those early threads stayed permanently in place and never dissolved. But those threads tended to tighten the look of the face too much, and their permanent nature led to complications. The threads we use today offer natural, great-looking results.
Are You Ready to Give PDO Threads a Try?
Are you ready to tighten up that loose skin and smooth over lines and deep facial folds? PDO threads is a minimally invasive treatment that can help you turn back the clock and achieve healthier and more youthful skin. There’s no downtime and no discomfort. What are you waiting for? Call Beautique Medical Anti-Aging in Knoxville, TN, and schedule your consultation today!