If you’re unhappy with the visible signs of aging on your face, you could get a face lift, but that’s a very invasive surgical procedure that requires a lot of downtime. Fortunately, there’s a minimally invasive procedure available that can also turn back the clock — a PDO thread lift.
At Med Physique Center for Aesthetics, our team of master aestheticians offers PDO thread lifts with Eurothreads, a nonsurgical face lift procedure that tightens, smooths, and contours your face and neck. If you don’t want to go under the knife, here’s why a PDO thread lift might be right for you.
The first face lift took place sometime around the beginning of the 20th century, but the exact details have been lost to history. That’s because, at the time, cosmetic procedures were considered “frivolous,” and doctors didn’t advertise them. The American medical community even went so far as to try to ban cosmetic surgery altogether during the 1920s, but they were unsuccessful.
That lack of success was due, in large part, to the increased need for facial reconstructive surgery after World War I. That led surgeons to attempt different ways to surgically “lift” the face, creating a more youthful appearance as a byproduct of the process.
The last few decades have seen a trend toward more minimally invasive procedures for de-aging the face, including neurotoxins such as Botox® and injectable dermal fillers. Since the “thread lift” is also minimally invasive, the market was right for it to come of age.
The first “thread lift” came out in the late ’90s, using surgical thread to lift sagging skin; it was heralded as a “kinder, gentler facelift.” However, it came with alarming side effects, such as infection, scarring, and obvious lumps under the skin. Now, thanks to advances in technology and technique, this rejuvenation option has threaded its way back to doctors’ offices.
The threads in thread lifts are essentially biodegradable sutures, the kind used for decades in cardiovascular surgery. In 2015, though, the FDA approved them for use in aesthetic treatments. They’re now manufactured from polydioxanone (PDO), hence, PDO threads. They don’t require anchoring like earlier versions of the threads, and they’re completely absorbed by the skin in 6-8 months without leaving scar tissue behind. And even better, the breakdown products are naturally flushed from your system.
At Med Physique Center for Aesthetics, we perform the procedure under local anesthesia, and it takes anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour to complete. Downtime is minimal.
We insert the Eurothreads deep under the skin to lift the cheeks, jowls, and neck bands. They cause the fatty tissues to contract, and when the threads are pulled (just like in sewing), it “lifts” the skin, tightening it and smoothing out lines and wrinkles while reducing fat.
The PDO threads also kickstart the production of collagen, a structural protein that keeps your skin firm and gives it volume. In addition, the procedure creates new blood vessels, improving the circulation in your face and promoting skin cell renewal.
You can expect to see some immediate tightening of your features following treatment, with continued improvements over the next several months as collagen production increases.
Your results can last anywhere from 12-24 months. PDO thread lifts can’t replace a full surgical face lift for longevity, but they’re ideal for people who aren’t ready for the knife but want to know how a lift would look on them. In addition, when used with Botox and dermal fillers, they can provide the younger face you want for just a fraction of the cost of a traditional procedure.
If you want a younger-looking face but aren’t ready for a surgical face lift, a PDO thread lift might be right for you. Give Med Physique Center for Aesthetics a call at 512-361-2650 to schedule a consultation with one of our aestheticians, or book online with us today.