Not long ago, the only option for improving the appearance of drooping cheeks and jowls was facelift surgery. Surgery remains the only solution once loose skin stops responding to injectable compounds and skin resurfacing until facelift. But a new technology called PDO Thread Lift is offered by SkinMD Seattle in Seattle, WA and offers another choice for persons wishing to avoid the scalpel.
What Is a PDO Thread Lift?
Temporary sutures produce slight but visible lifts in the skin. Instead of surgical removal of loose facial skin, a surgeon suspends the skin with partial stitching. The skin is pulled back slightly, giving the face a lifted look. A PDO Thread Lift has the bonus benefit of stimulating a healing response. Natural increases of collagen come to heal and renew treated areas. Collagen is the fountain of youth to skin.
This process results in ongoing rejuvenation for facial tissues. A PDO Thread Lift brings a gradual improvement to the skin’s tone. The natural healing process to the threads is a biological response when the body detects a foreign object n the dermis. Most people do not feel the sutures at all, and the skin heals around them painlessly.
Advantages Over a Facelift
Recovery from a thread lift is dramatically shorter than recovery from surgery. Facelift surgery requires deep sedation and several days of recovery, usually with a full-time caretaker. Thread Lifts require only local anesthesia. Patients can usually drive themselves home and return to work and other regular activities the very next day.
The noninvasive nature of this treatment makes it very low risk. Our clients enjoy consistently pleasing results without large commitments of time for either the treatment or recovery. And since the treatment is much simpler than facelift surgery, a thread lift is considerably less expensive.
Areas That Benefit From Thread Lifts Include:
- Bags under the eyes
- Sagging skin on the cheeks and under the lower jaw
- Smile lines
- Marionette lines (creases from the corners of the mouth to under the chin)
- Forehead wrinkles
Points to Think About
Thread lifts are best for patients with relatively moderate skin laxity. While the treatment produces visible changes, the actual lift to the skin is only a few millimeters. Patients with severe skin drooping may desire the more significant results provided by facelift surgery.
Although no lifting technique will produce permanent results, facelift surgery generally produces longer-lasting results than a thread lift. Facelift surgery results can last up to a decade. A thread lift usually lasts one to three years. On the other hand, the thread lift procedure is so simple and low-risk that most patients can receive a fresh set of temporary sutures after the previous sutures have been absorbed by the body.
Most candidates for PDO Thread Lift are between thirty-five and fifty-five. Patients over 55 tend to see more benefit from facelift surgery, although older patients who are unable to have surgery can easily opt for thread lift as a less invasive treatment. Thread lifts are performed with local anesthesia, so they are perfectly safe for persons with conditions that prohibit them from surgery, such as high blood pressure, type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Two Treatment Types to Consider
NovaThreads and Silhouette InstaLift threads both produce excellent results, and both are FDA approved for lifting facial tissue. The mechanism of each technique is similar, yet there are a few differences patients should know.
These sutures are made from a biocompatible material called PDO, a material specially designed for safe absorption by the body. NovaThreads slowly dissolve after remaining in place for about four to six months. Results of NovaThreads persist for a year or more after treatment. This effect is the lingering improvement in skin condition from collagen infusion.
NovaThreads are available in various forms. Barbed sutures are ideal for gathering skin, which produces more lifting action. Smooth sutures produce less lift, but they tend to cause more collagen stimulation. Barbed sutures are placed near the hairline to gently pull back the skin and lift the cheeks and jowls. Smooth sutures go to strategic locations around the face to target problem areas where signs of aging become most apparent, such as the corners of the mouth or along the brows.
Like NovaThreads, a Silhouette InstaLift uses temporary sutures to lift the face. The primary difference between the treatments is Silhouette InstaLift is more focused on lifting the skin than stimulating collagen production. The threads used are designed differently. Rather than being smooth or barbed, the sutures are interspersed with tiny cones designed to grab tissue. These threads gather more skin, usually producing a more noticeable lift
Both techniques take about 45 minutes and are performed under local anesthesia. Patients can plan to drive themselves to and from our clinic for each appointment. After treatment, you will be able to return to normal activities almost immediately.
Advantage Goes to PDO Threads
We believe the stimulation of new collagen is a strong advantage to using PDO Threads. Most patients enjoy immediate improvements, and results often last two years or longer. This treatment is ideal for anyone over twenty-five years old who wishes to refresh the appearance of their face and neck.
Let’s decide now if this remarkable new technology will give you the results you desire. Call SkinMD Seattle in Seattle, WA and set up your appointment for a free consultation with Dr. Balogun. With a quick review of your current health and medical history, we can determine if a PDO Thread Lift is right for you.