While only a select few may be spared, the aging process affects us all. Our skin, especially the face and neck, loses its firmness, volume, and suppleness over time, and fine lines and wrinkles appear. This is since as we age, our bodies create less collagen, the protein responsible for keeping our skin seem firm, healthy, and youthful. To make matters worse, as we continue to age, we gradually lose face fat in the cheeks, lips, jawline, chin, and under-eye regions, making the skin seem older, saggier, and exhausted.
The aging process not only alters the physical nature of our skin, but it may also have a detrimental effect on our self-esteem and self-image. When we look lovely, we feel better about ourselves, which allows us to flourish in other aspects of our lives. A surgical facelift may sound frightening, not to mention expensive; too many people suffer from this skin condition. On the other hand, PDO threads are a less intrusive, less expensive remedy to dull and sagging skin.
PDO Thread Lift: What is it
A thread lift is a non-surgical process that rejuvenates your face and neck skin, making it seem smoother, tighter, and younger. It is safe and has been used for years by medical experts. PDO (Polydioxanone) threads are introduced beneath your skin using a cannula, and tiny structures linked to these extremely fine threads push up the drooping parts of your skin. The PDO threads are appropriately aligned, tightened, cut, and fastened, providing a slight but noticeable boost to your skin.
The PDO threads stay beneath your skin but don’t worry; the sutures are biodegradable, which means they break down naturally over time, much like dissolvable stitches. Thread lifts are quick, easy, and painless. The procedure is expected to take about 30 to 45 minutes, and we use a local anesthetic to ensure that you are as relaxed and comfortable as possible during the treatment.
How long does it last
Thread lifts typically last 12 to 18 months. However, this is dependent on the specific patient’s age, lifestyle, skin type, and how rapidly their body dissolves the sutures. The technique produces instant results. When the PDO threads are precisely put, tightened, and fastened beneath your skin, your skin will immediately seem tighter, smoother, and lifted. This treatment that only lasts less than an hour can have outcomes that last up to a year and a half.
Tenderness, swelling, and bruising may occur around the treated regions, although this usually is relatively moderate and resolves within a day or two. There is little to no downtime, so you may return to work and your normal activities immediately once the treatment is completed. You should expect to get final findings in 10 to 14 days when everything has calmed down. One of the most remarkable things about thread lifts is that the benefits last long after leaving the clinic. When the threads are inserted beneath your skin, the body perceives it as an “injury,” triggering the body’s natural healing process. Don’t be alarmed; this is very natural. It’s just how the body typically reacts when it detects a foreign thing within the dermis (a layer of skin underneath the surface).
Part of the healing process includes the body reactivating collagen production (the remarkable protein we discussed before) and sending vast amounts of it to the “damaged” areas. Infusing collagen into your skin slows down the aging process by moisturizing, thickening, and strengthening it. In other words, long after you’ve left the clinic, your skin keeps healing and regenerating itself. The PDO threads will stay beneath your skin for 6 to 12 months. They are entirely safe and biodegradable, which degrades naturally over time. You will not have any adverse effects when the sutures dissolve, nor will you be able to feel the threads beneath your skin after the skin around them heals.
After the sutures have completely dissolved, you can expect to see benefits for another six months or until the body’s collagen synthesis slows down. Because thread lifts are non-invasive and safe, they can be repeated if necessary.
Concerns that a PDO Thread lift can correct
Collagen degradation is also linked to skin laxity. This apprehension generally manifests itself around the lips, beneath the eyes, along the jawline, and in the neck. Mild skin laxity may appear in your late twenties to early thirties, and moderate to severe skin laxity may make you appear older or heavier than you are. When many patients analyze their areas of worry, this might contribute to poor self-esteem. A PDO thread lift can address mild to severe skin laxity in patients who prefer an alternative to standard surgery. We can tighten the threads during your visit to obtain maximum lift while keeping your skin smooth and silky. Post-treatment collagen formation provides further lift, resulting in long-term outcomes for the great majority of our patients.
The Face Shape
The basic contour and shape of your face may vary as you age. We can create small changes to the outline of your face when we tighten the skin. Such procedures include enhancing the cheekbones, smoothing the jawline, or rounding the chin. You might see years removed from your appearance in only one session with these minor modifications.
Wrinkles and Fine Lines
The collapse of collagen proteins in the skin causes static wrinkles. These proteins are necessary for the skin’s smooth, young appearance, but collagen synthesis slows in the mid to late 30s, and the skin’s current structure begins to disintegrate. Due to this, fine lines and wrinkles form in most parts of the face, jawline, and neck. Unlike dynamic wrinkles created by recurrent muscle action during facial movements, static wrinkles can be addressed by raising and tightening the skin. A thread lift gives this rapid lift while also promoting new collagen formation, which helps to improve and extend the ultimate benefits of treatments for most patients.
Will the results look natural?
Many individuals considering facelift surgery want to know how natural the results will be. The same is true with a thread lift–despite being non-invasive, this procedure results in visible alterations to your skin and face. At our professional office, you will receive the full attention of our experienced team as we collaborate with you to achieve your desired objectives. We take great care in inserting and tightening each thread according to your unique issues, skin type, and aging indicators. We can guarantee that your skin is not pinched or dimpled since we can instantly see your therapy’s outcomes. This means that after the threads are removed, they will be utterly undetectable beneath the skin until they disintegrate, providing you with a simple, natural finish.
Are you an ideal candidate
An excellent thread lift candidate is above 18 and has visible indications of aging in their skin. To assess their candidacy, they should have an initial consultation with our experts. In general, people should be healthy and free from any significant medical issues before starting therapy. In addition, suitable candidates should have clear, educated expectations regarding their expected outcomes following treatment. This therapy may not be appropriate for those who have a bleeding condition. It is not meant to treat dynamic wrinkles created by regular muscle movements over time. This problem is commonly addressed with a neurotoxic medication like Botox. PDO threads do not affect the appearance of fat deposits beneath the skin.
While a facelift has initially been the only guaranteed approach to turn back the clock and restore young skin, you now have the option of smoothing, tightening, and rejuvenating your skin with a PDO thread lift. With this therapy, you may expect immediate benefits that improve over time, a simple treatment technique, no downtime recovery, and long-term collagen regeneration in your problem regions. If you’d like to understand more about this transformational treatment option, get in touch with our team of experts at IntegraCare to arrange your initial appointment today! IntegraCare is looking forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic and anti-aging objectives!