The semi-permanent results of a typical facelift might seem enticing, but a minimally invasive option with temporary but long-lasting results is available. At Visage at the Vein Clinic in El Centro, Santa Barbara, and Murrieta, California, Seung Gwon, MD, FACS, Susan Hahm, MD, FACS and their team perform PDO thread lifts to minimize facial sagging with no surgery necessary. To find out if you’re a good candidate for a PDO thread lift, call Visage at the Vein Clinic, serving the Imperial Valley and Temecula Valley, for a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Facelifts are highly sought-after cosmetic surgeries that can elevate and tighten your facial skin to make you look a bit more youthful. However, they’re major commitments in terms of cost, healing time, and risk. A polydioxanone (PDO) thread lift is a non-surgical alternative with fewer risks and softer, often more natural-looking results.
Polydioxanone is a firm, strong material that is perfect for thread lifts. Once the PDO threads serve their purpose of lifting your skin, your natural collagen grows around them, and they dissolve over time. This means there is no need for a follow-up procedure to remove them later.
The team at Visage at the Vein Clinic plans your PDO thread lift by assessing your natural facial contours and evaluating your skin’s laxity. They use anywhere from 1-15 threads total, depending on these factors and your desired result.
During the short, in-office procedure, they mark your skin in the areas where they’ll insert the threads. Then, they thread the strands beneath your skin using a cannula. The threads catch on the underlying tissues, allowing your provider to pull them upward gently to get the lifting effect.
A PDO thread lift delivers immediate results, and you see the full effect right away. Depending on the thread placement and the amount you use, your thread lift can treat several different common facial features that develop because of aging skin. During your consultation, you can discuss treating features that bother you like:
Your skin absorbs the threads just 6-8 months after the procedure. Before this, collagen and new blood vessels grow around the threads because of the mild tissue damage that the treatment induces. Your final results last for 12-18 months as the aging process continues.
Your first step in preparing for your PDO thread lift is to attend a consultation with the team at Visage at the Vein Clinic. PDO thread lifts work best for mild to moderate skin laxity, so if your skin is too loose, it may not be effective for you.
If the team tells you you’re a good candidate for a PDO thread lift, they also give you a set of instructions to follow to ensure your skin is ready to undergo the procedure. These instructions include:
The recovery period after a thread lift doesn’t take long, but you might want to make arrangements in your personal or professional life anyway. You can go back to work right away if you choose, and you can get back to all of your regular activities like exercise and sleeping on your side within a week.
Schedule your PDO thread lift consultation by phone or book online at Visage at the Vein Clinic today.