Posted on: 13 April 2023Share
If you've been concerned about loose skin and wrinkles recently, you might be considering a procedure called a PDO thread lift. This is a minimally invasive alternative to a facelift. It's a procedure in which threads are inserted under your skin to pull back the skin and underlying tissues, yielding a tighter and more toned appearance. Before you decide whether to undergo this procedure, it is a good idea to get a basic understanding of what it involves. Here are some common questions people have prior to scheduling such a procedure.
Where do the threads go?
The threads themselves are usually inserted along the hairline. This way, you will be left with minimal scarring from the procedure. Even so, the incisions made to insert the threads are very small. There will typically only be a few of them. Your surgeon will feed a tiny tool called a cannula into a small incision. They'll use that cannula to insert the stitches beneath the skin. Depending on the area being treated, the surgeon may be able to get away with making just one incision, or they may need to make several. The exact location of the thread placement will depend on the area you're having treated, too. For instance, if you're lifting your forehead, the work will be done along the front of your hairline. If you're toning your cheeks, the incisions and sutures are usually placed by your ears.
Do you need to have the threads removed?
No, the threads used for this procedure are dissolvable. Eventually, your body's cells will dissolve the threads. They'll stay in place for a few months, during which time your skin will form more collagen and take on more tone. As such, even when the threads are dissolved, your results will remain for quite a while. They are not permanent, but they last several years. Some patients do eventually undergo another thread lift, while others do not.
What is recovery like?
Most doctors will let you go straight home as soon as your thread lift is over. Some people even go right back to work. You can expect the areas where incisions were made to be sore for a few days, but the pain is typically minor and can be managed with over-the-counter medications.
With this information in mind, you should be better equipped to have a PDO thread lift. This procedure can offer notable toning with a lot less risk than a facelift. For more information on PDO threading, contact a professional near you.