While loose skin and wrinkles are a natural part of aging, you don’t have to settle for looking anything less than your best. With PDO threads, your skin can get the long-lasting lift it needs without expensive, invasive surgery. PDO thread lifts are just one of the many exceptional services offered at Beautique Medical in Knoxville, TN.
What Are PDO Threads?
PDO threads (short for polydioxanone threads) are made of proteins thinner than a strand of hair. The “Medithreads” used during this treatment are held to the highest standard and have been co-developed by engineers, specialist medics, surgeons, dermatologists, and medical researchers.
When these threads are injected into your skin, you can expect to see two benefits. First, your skin will appear tighter and smoother as the threads create a mini-facelift effect. Second, your body responds to the presence of the threads by increasing collagen production over time. This means that even after the threads naturally disintegrate about six months after injection, the benefits of the treatment can last well over a year.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
Originally, these threads were designed to lift and smooth the nasolabial folds, lips, eyelids and surrounding area, glabella, smoker’s line, brows, and general facial profile. In addition, however, many patients have seen success when using threads in other areas of the body. These include the abdomen, arms and hands, neck and chest, thighs and buttocks, and even the armpits and knees.
Because the threads trigger collagen production, they can be injected almost anywhere to give a long-lasting lift. Repeated treatments are considered safe and may help continue heightened collagen production, and treatment can be combined with many other skin-nourishing sessions to help you achieve your ideal image.
How Does a Thread Lift Compare to a Facelift?
In the past, the only effective way to combat sagging skin was with facelift surgery. This procedure is both expensive and time-consuming and, while results are more permanent, it comes with all the risks associated with surgery. A thread lift is a less intensive process for those who are concerned about minor skin laxity, wrinkles, and fine lines.
In addition, PDO threads help stimulate your body’s natural collagen production–which begins to decrease naturally with age–to help extend the benefits of treatment and give you smoother, healthier skin.
One of our doctors will help you determine whether you may be an ideal candidate for a thread lift. However, the majority of patients find that this treatment addresses their image concerns and boosts their confidence without putting their lives on hold for invasive surgery.
How They Work
Before you can begin your journey to more youthful skin, you’ll sit down with one of our doctors to discuss your areas of concern and how a PDO thread lift can address signs of aging. The doctor will examine your face and any other areas of your body that may benefit from treatment.
The doctor will explain the process of injecting the threads, what to expect after treatment, and the results you can anticipate. In addition, the doctor can answer any questions you may have about the treatment process.
Once you have been recommended for treatment, you can begin preparing. While you will be given specific instructions for your case, it’s a good idea in general to avoid any new treatments or products which may irritate the skin in the target area for one to two weeks before your PDO thread lift.
For two days before treatment, avoid blood-thinning medications, and avoid alcohol the day before to reduce your risk of bleeding more heavily than normal during injections.
Our doctor will ensure that you’re comfortable with a topical or injectable anesthetic before beginning treatment. Once the target area is numb, the doctor will follow a grid injection pattern to maximize the lift of the threads. Each thread will be injected with a special hollow needle and will automatically attach underneath the skin. Immediately after treatment, you should be able to notice that your skin is tighter and that the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and loose skin is improved.
For the first week, you should avoid touching, rubbing, or pressing the injection sites to avoid disturbing the threads. Thanks to the simplicity of this treatment, most patients are able to return to their normal schedule with zero downtime.
You should begin to notice your skin continuing to tighten and appear more healthy within a week or so thanks to the collagen production stimulated by the threads.
After the first two to three months, you should see your areas of concern greatly improve thanks to the lift of the threads and the increased collagen production. This will continue as the threads dissolve around six months after injection.
For up to 15 months after injection, your body will continue to produce collagen, rebuilding your skin’s structure and reducing the signs of aging. Most patients find that repeating treatment about one year after their initial injection helps maintain their ideal image and keep their skin looking at its best.
Consider Threads Today
If you’re discouraged by loose and sagging skin, you aren’t alone. Join the many people who have found lasting success with PDO threads and watch this treatment turn back the hands of time.
To learn more, contact Beautique Medical in Knoxville, TN to schedule an initial consultation. We can help you understand if this is right for you, and we look forward to serving you!