Do PDO Threads Really Work

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Do PDO Threads Really Work?

The words cosmetic therapy often conjure images of scalpels, stitches, and swelling. But what if we said you can address skin laxity and sagging with a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment that takes just about an hour to complete? We’re talking about the PDO thread lift, an updated version of the treatment made popular in the 1990s, and it’s available at Hebei in China.

Does a PDO Thread Lift Really Work

Do PDO Threads Really Work?

In a word, yes. This non-surgical technique is an increasingly popular way to tighten skin and smooth away mild to moderate sagging. It’s commonly used in the neck, brows, and cheeks but can also treat nearly any other part of the face, including:

  • Under the eyes

  • The inner eyebrows

  • Nasolabial folds

  • Forehead

  • Jawline

  • Crow’s feet

A study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) confirms PDO thread lifts do work, stating thread lifts indisputably lift and shape facial soft tissues. Another study published by the NIH indicates this therapy yields around a 90 percent success rate. And yet another study published by The Aesthetic Society states that immediately after treatment, patients see visible improvements.

The Decline of Surgical Face Lifts

The same study we just referenced went on to say that thread lifts are especially well-suited to patients who cannot or do not want to have traditional facelift surgery. The reasons for this are numerous; some patients have an aversion to anesthesia, others don’t want the lengthy recovery period required of surgery, and still others simply aren’t comfortable with the possibility of complications and scars.

The emerging idea behind cosmetic treatments is to work with the body’s natural processes rather than manually cut, pull, and stretch skin to achieve the desired aesthetic. PDO threads are part of this growing concept that has ignited a substantial uptick in the number of therapies requested. Treatment now allows for a much more individualized approach to de-aging the face and gives you more control over the time and budget spent on treatment.

How Thread Lifts Work

We just mentioned that cosmetic treatments today work with the body, and a PDO thread lift in particular stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. Once the treatment threads are in place, the body recognizes them as “foreign agents.” This isn’t bad; it is, in fact, a central component of treatment. It also reflects the body’s natural and constant efforts to protect itself from invaders.

In response to the threads, the body ramps up targeted production of collagen and elastin to heal what it perceives to be damage to the skin. These two proteins are elemental in supporting the skin, providing its firm and smooth texture, lifted appearance, and natural glow. In short, a PDO thread lift transforms and corrects your appearance on multiple levels.

The Threads Themselves

Of course, the threads themselves also deliver benefits. Made of medical-grade polydioxanone (PDO) that dissolves within the body, each thread is thinner than a strand of hair. Research confirms the technique of inserting these threads into areas of skin laxity relaxes tendons and muscles; in turn, the skin smooths out for a youthful appearance free of wrinkles and fine lines.

What to Expect from Treatment

We start your session with lidocaine injections, strategically placed to help ensure the most comfortable and pleasant treatment possible. Lidocaine reduces pain sensitivity so you don’t have to worry about feeling the threads as we place them. This is done with a fine needle or cannula that can be directed into the skin itself, underlying muscle, or deeper layers of subcutaneous fat.

The flexibility in how and where we place the threads allows us to deliver very precise results. This means we can lift and sculpt the brows, correct fine lines around the eyes, and much more. In fact, this treatment is so versatile that it can be used to:

  • Treat nasolabial lines

  • Erase vertical and horizontal forehead wrinkles

  • Correct drooping cheeks

  • Smooth marionette lines

  • Lift a sagging jawline

  • Soften wrinkles and folds on the neck and chin

Do PDO Threads Really Work

What Happens to the Threads?

The threads anchor the skin and lift it for immediate results, not unlike a surgical facelift. And, as mentioned a few moments ago, PDO threads stay under the skin until they eventually dissolve. The body breaks them down in a way that is extremely safe, like dissolvable sutures placed after surgery.

Around the eyes, this treatment delivers the “designer” appearance so many patients lately request, in which the eyes are given a soft almond shape and tilted slightly upward at the outer corners. We can also improve upon your natural eyebrow shape and arch for a sleeker and sexier look. The bonus with this treatment is that additional results will continue developing in the coming days and weeks as collagen and elastin production ramp-up. This means:

  • Smoother skin texture

  • Thicker, tighter skin

  • Long-lasting reduction of wrinkles and fine lines

  • More radiant complexion

When Will Collagen Increase?

The natural synthesis of this protein starts after about 10 days. Results then peak at around six months and can last up to two years as your body continues producing higher levels of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid (HA). That’s right – HA goes hand-in-hand with the other proteins mentioned to give skin an overall more refined appearance. You can therefore add improved hydration and bouncier, softer skin to the list of benefits offered by this treatment.

The threads dissolve within about 12 weeks, by which time skin already looks smoother and more supple. Keep in mind the results of this treatment are highly customizable, delivering dramatic or subtle effects. Either way, however, you’ll still look like yourself, as there’s no chance of the overfilled or overdone look possible with some treatments. To be more specific, your appearance will be fresher, firmer, and softer, like you’ve returned from a relaxing vacation.

How to choose a good cosmetic doctor to perform your thread lift

As with all cosmetic dermatology procedures, your practitioner matters more than anything. You want an experienced, skilled doctor performing anything from dermal filler injections to laser treatments to thread lifts. An ENRICH, we pride ourselves on the skills and experience of our doctors, and look forward to welcoming you to our clinic for a facial rejuvenation consultation. Whether the thread lift is worth it will depend on what you really need, so let us help you.

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Do PDO Threads Really Work