Have you started to notice early signs of aging on your face? Would you like to revitalize your appearance by fighting back against crow’s feet, crepey skin, and sagging? PDO Threads, a treatment offered by Complete Care Clinic in Paris, TX, offers several benefits to patients concerned about aging skin. This minimally invasive treatment can help you turn back the clock, achieving results that are similar to a surgical facelift.
What Are the Benefits of Treatment With PDO Threads?
It Can Lift and Tighten Skin
This treatment places threads made of surgical suture material just beneath the skin. These threads lift and support the skin from beneath, giving it a tighter, smoother appearance. And once they are in place, the threads encourage collagen production, which further plumps and rejuvenates the skin. After about six months, the threads will dissolve, leaving the newly created collagen in place. Because of its ability to lift and tighten skin, this treatment is sometimes referred to as a thread lift.
It Can Comprehensively Improve Skin
The versatility of this treatment means it can be used to address a variety of cosmetic skin concerns. The threads come in varying textures, and we can place them in different ways depending on what the patient is hoping to accomplish. We can design a treatment plan that will smooth crepey skin, soften facial lines and folds, restore volume in the cheeks, or define a jawline that has begun to sag.
This treatment is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and it’s more than a wrinkle buster. It’s a nice option for patients who want to comprehensively improve the look of their face, as well as for those who want a custom approach to rejuvenation. Although most thread lifts focus on the face and neck, these threads can also be used to tighten the skin in other parts of the body, including the thighs, arms, and abdomen.
It Offers Natural Results
Patients who undergo a thread lift usually see improvement in their skin right away, because as soon as the threads are in place they provide immediate support. But it can take several months for the body’s collagen production to gradually ramp up. That means your final results will develop gradually over the six months after treatment. You’ll never look as though you suddenly went and had work done. Rather, you’ll gradually start to take on a more relaxed, youthful look.
You’ll Look Refreshed, and Younger
Patients love the way this treatment helps them turn back the clock. Once you’ve undergone a thread lift, you’ll look more rested, relaxed, and refreshed. You’ll also look younger. Your friends will think you’ve discovered the Fountain of Youth.
The results from a thread lift can last up to 18 months, which is longer than some other cosmetic treatments. That means you won’t have to worry about frequent maintenance sessions. You can schedule a follow-up treatment once your results begin to fade if you want to preserve your new look.
Treatment Is Convenient
One of the advantages of this treatment is that it’s a no-hassle way to noticeably improve the look of your skin. A thread lift is performed in the comfort of our office during a single appointment. You won’t have to worry about anesthesia or incisions. You also won’t have to set aside time to recover. Once your appointment is complete, you’ll be able to jump right back into your normal schedule.
It’s a Safe Option
The threads placed beneath the skin are made of polydioxanone, a suture material that is frequently used in cardiovascular surgery. The FDA approved PDO Thread treatments in 2018, and this technique has been widely and safely used ever since. This treatment is an effective option for patients with all skin types and tones.
What Can I Expect From Treatment?
During your appointment, we’ll start by cleansing the skin that will be treated and applying a numbing cream. We’ll also review what you’re hoping to accomplish with you, and we may make a few light marks on your skin that will serve as reference points for us.
The polydioxanone will be injected with a hypodermic needle in a way that leaves a trail of the material just below the skin and parallel to its surface. This line of suture material is considered the thread. For most patients, we place several threads on each side of the face.
Are There Any Special Post-Treatment Requirements?
Once your appointment is complete, you’ll be able to return immediately to your regular schedule. There’s no need to set aside time to recover. The only special step you’ll need to take is to treat the area where the threads were placed with extra care for a few weeks. You’ll want to refrain from manipulating, rubbing, or stretching it. And certain cosmetic services, such as chemical peels, should be postponed for a couple of weeks.
What Type of Threads Will Be Used?
Once we’ve had a chance to evaluate your skin and talk with you about what you’re hoping to accomplish, we’ll be able to make a recommendation about the number and types of threads that will be best for you. Threads are available in several different textures and can be used to achieve different cosmetic goals. For some patients, we recommend a combination of threads.
Threads that are long and smooth, particularly when placed in different directions in a mesh-type pattern, can serve as a scaffolding of sorts that collagen can grow on. Smooth threads, which are also referred to as mono threads, also work well when they are placed along with textured ones.
Threads designed with a spiral that mimics a corkscrew are often used when the patient wants to restore volume in cheeks that have begun to flatten or in other parts of the face. By filling out parts of the face that have begun to flatten with age, a patient can regain youthful contours.
Barbed threads, which have a cogged, noduled surface similar to barbed wire, are an ideal choice for patients looking to lift skin that has begun to sag. The nodules on these threads hook into the skin from beneath and can be used to lift it.
Am I a Good Candidate?
If you’re interested in learning more about PDO Threads and finding out if you’re a good candidate, you’ll want to start by scheduling an initial consultation at our practice. During this appointment, we’ll evaluate your skin and talk with you about your concerns and goals. We’ll work with you to determine if this is the right treatment for you, and we’ll make a recommendation about the threads we’ll use. There are several signs you may be an especially good candidate.
You’re Frustrated by Signs of Aging
Many thread lift candidates come to us because they’re looking for help in rejuvenating skin that has begun to age. They’re not concerned about one or two specific wrinkles, but they’ve started to notice generalized signs of aging, from fine lines to sagging skin. These subtle signs of aging can creep up on us as collagen levels and facial fat both begin to decline. This treatment helps brighten and revitalize your skin.
Your Skin Is Generally Healthy
The skin where you’re hoping to have threads placed should be healthy and free of irritation and infection. During the two weeks before a thread lift, it’s a good idea to avoid any skin products or treatments that might irritate your skin. Avoiding excessive sun exposure is also a good strategy.
You’re in Good Overall Health
We don’t perform this treatment on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. It’s also not suitable for patients with an autoimmune disease.
You Have Realistic Expectations
The best patients understand this treatment and are realistic about the results it offers. Although most patients are thrilled with what this treatment can accomplish, the results are generally more subtle than what can be achieved through plastic surgery or another more invasive approach.
PDO Threads Q&A
Will I Be Able To Feel the Threads Once They’re in Place?
Patients who have thinner skin can sometimes feel the threads if they press the treatment area. However, the threads eventually dissolve, so this issue will resolve itself. And the threads will not be visible once they are in place, even in patients with thin skin.
Is This Treatment Suitable for Men As Well as Women?
Yes. We understand that men are concerned about aging skin as well. This treatment is a safe and effective option for both male and female patients.
Will I Need To Do Anything Special To Prepare for This Treatment?
We recommend that patients refrain from taking blood-thinning or blood-clotting medications during the two days leading up to their treatment. Avoiding alcohol consumption the night before your treatment is also a good idea. Ideally, the patient will have no inflammation in his or her body at the time of the thread lift, so try to avoid any physical or emotional stressors before your appointment.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
Thread lifts can usually be performed in less than an hour.
What’s the Best Age To Have This Treatment?
Everyone ages at a different pace and the signs of aging begin to bother patients at different points. It’s not uncommon for thread lift patients to be between their forties and sixties, but there really is no magic age at which to start this treatment. The right time to start treatment is whenever you’re starting to be bothered by aging skin.
Can PDO Threads Be Placed Under the Eyes?
Yes. Threads can be placed in the area beneath the eyes to combat volume loss and under-eye hollows.
How Painful Is This Treatment?
The needle that is used to place the threads is extremely fine, so it doesn’t cause any discomfort. We also apply a numbing cream at the start of treatment, which ensures that the patient is comfortable.
Can This Treatment Be Paired With Other Cosmetic Services?
Yes. Many patients opt to incorporate thread lifts and other cosmetic services into a broad anti-aging regimen. Dermal fillers in particular pair nicely with thread lifts. If you’re considering booking multiple services, we can make a recommendation about how best to schedule various treatments to maximize your results.
Rejuvenating Aging Skin Has Never Been Easier
Aging gracefully doesn’t mean you have to put up with fine lines, crepey skin, sagging, and other cosmetic concerns. It’s possible to take control of the aging process and put your best face forward, no matter what stage in life you’re at. And this revolutionary treatment can help you do just that. Call Complete Care Clinic in Paris, TX, and schedule your PDO Threads consultation today.