Gone are the days when you need to take the risk of going under a knife and become associated with adverse side effects like infections. Sure, you can still opt for surgery, but isn’t it a much better option if you opt for a nonsurgical or non-invasive procedure? Doing so means opening yourself up to many possibilities and benefits, such as reduced downtime, recovery time, and cost.
Yes, we are talking about PDO Thread Facelift. What is it, how is the process done, and what are the possible side effects, risks, and benefits? Read on to learn more!
Understanding PDO Thread Facelift
The PDO Thread Facelift is another form of non-surgical treatment that aims to tighten and lift folding and sagging skin tissues. It is also used for increasing collagen production and removing wrinkles. This is done with the use of threads or systhetic absorbable surgical suture which is made of Polydioxanone or PDO for short. This material is approved by the FDA and is among the safest materials to be inserted in the human body.
How Is PDO Thread Facelift Procedure Completed?
The areas to be treated will be initially numbed using topical and local anesthesia. They will then be marked. The PDO threads are inserted through blunt or sharp tip needles (known as cannuals) into different skin layers. No incisions or cuts will be done – it is purely injectable.
There are usually 4 to 16 threads applied during the treatment and entire process can last from twenty minutes to an hour – depending on the area being treated. When inserted, the PDO threads anchor the skin and lift it upwards.
Is PDO Facelift Treatment Safe?
The PDO thread facelift is astoundingly safe. Mainly because the threads are inserted through the use of needles and are absorbed in 6 to 8 months. These threads are made of polydioxanone that is 100% bio-absorbable and bio-compatible.
Expected Results Of PDO Thread Facelift
You can expect immediate results after your PDO treatment. Visible lift in the areas treated can be seen. This is because the thread gives support to lift skin in its new position. A feeling of tightness may be experienced but will fade in about one week.
After one to two months, you will notice smoother, firmer skin and better skin texture. The threads will dissolve around 9 months after the procedure. Although, the results will still continue for many more months. To achieve a longer lasting result of up to three years, you are recommended to repeat the process 6 to 9 months after the initial treatment.
Are There Side Effects Associated With A PDO Facelift?
Complications are very rare since it is a safe procedure. Minor side effects may include temporary bruising and swelling. In rare cases, there may also thread migration, facial asymmetry, prolonged dimpling, or pain. Patients may also feel a pulling or tightness sensation after the treatment. Though these adverse effects typically subside over the first few weeks following the procedure.