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A thread lift is a procedure that uses a dissolvable suture to tighten and lift your skin. It’s a less invasive procedure than surgery and is done without needing to go under a scalpel.
Polydioxanone (PDO) thread lifts use a biodegradable polyester suture. They’re best suited for rejuvenating your skin and lifting sagging skin.
PDO threads can be used to treat most parts of your face that are experiencing signs of aging. There are several types of PDO threads that are used to treat various different areas. Common treatment areas include:
PDO threads vary in shape, length, thickness, and strength. The type of PDO that that will be best suited for you can be determined based on treatment area, but also based on individual anatomy. The most popular type of PDO threads are the barbed threads, which are used to lift areas that are lax or sagging, as well as sculpt the face. Additionally, smooth threads and twist threads are used more as "skin boosters", as they are able to tighten and smooth the skin helping to minimize fine lines and wrinkles and build collagen. Mesh threads are stronger molded threads that can be great for treating deeper wrinkles, but also to better house filler when used in conjunction.
Your injector will begin by consulting with you to determine the primary area of concern and best treatment options before starting your procedure. We’ll review your medical history to ensure you are a candidate for PDO threads. In order to track the progress of the targeted area, we’ll take photos of the area of treatment. You will be numbed with a topical numbing cream, which will take full affect in roughly 10-15 minutes after application. Depending on the type of thread used, we may also inject lidocaine to fully numb the area as well. Your expert injector will then clean the treatment area, and begin placing the PDO threads. The procedure takes only a few minutes to complete, and the pain is managed well by most patients. Including your numbing time, the appointment is usually 30-45 minutes long.