Why visit RejuvenationMD for a PDO thread lift?
With no incisions and minimal downtime, the PDO thread lift reduces signs of aging, including wrinkles, jowls and lax skin, as well as stimulates the production of new collagen to create healthier and more youthful skin.
If you’ve appreciated the results of volume and contour from dermal fillers but desire more lift, a PDO thread lift may be an ideal treatment for you. Threads are an ideal preventative to an aging appearance and can prolong the need for more invasive procedures.
What can be treated with PDO threads?
PDO threads can be used anywhere on the body to lift, contour, and add volume.
Although they were originally used in aesthetics to lift the lower face and neck, they can safely tighten loose skin and add firmness to many other areas of the body, such as:
- Upper arms
As mentioned above, threads do much more than just lift the skin. They trigger your body’s healing response to rapidly produce collagen in the treated areas to help your skin naturally become firmer, smoother, and stronger. PDO threads are the answer if you’re looking for natural-looking, long-lasting lift and volume.
How much does a PDO thread lift cost?
At all three of our RejuvenationMD medical spa locations in Bothell, Burlington, and Bellingham, we offer PDO threads for $250 and up.
The cost of your PDO thread lift will depend on the type and number of threads we use during your procedure. When you consult with us for your PDO thread lift, we’ll recommend the appropriate type and number of threads to achieve your goals.
All new patients at RejuvenationMD receive a $200 credit toward any treatment, which can be used toward PDO threads.
How do PDO threads work?
Your provider inserts a thread beneath the skin before tightening it and pulling it back to re-suspend loose skin and create a subtle yet noticeable lifting effect.
PDO threads do more than just temporarily lift your tissue. When in place, they promote and stimulate your own body to produce healthy new collagen. You’ll notice improvements in your skin’s tone and firmness gradually start to appear in the months following your thread lift.
Your body produces less and less collagen starting in your mid-20s, leading to changes such as volume loss, lax skin, and wrinkles. With less collagen, your skin loses its ability to support underlying tissues effectively and opens the door for gravity to pull it downward and stretch it.
Threads solve this problem by both physically suspending this loose skin and jumpstarting your body’s collagen production by stimulating your fibroblasts to start the healing process.
What are threads made out of?
PDO threads are made of polydioxanone, the same material that is used in dissolvable sutures.
Can you see or feel the threads after a thread lift?
At RejuvenationMD, we always use the highest quality threads on the market and ensure we place them correctly, so it is extremely rare that patients would see the threads after the procedure.
The sutures naturally dissolve in your body, so if you can feel their presence in any way initially, this will subside and they will not be visibly noticeable.
What is the PDO thread lift procedure like?
During a thread lift, a number of fine threads will be placed safely and accurately to address and correct the area of concern.
Depending on your treatment area and goals, your PDO thread treatment can take 5-90 minutes.
When will I see the results of my PDO thread lift?
Most of our patients see final results in 3-5 months, after their new collagen has developed.
You may also notice an immediate lift, but it takes time for your body to generate collagen and elastin.
As the threads dissolve, the areas treated will maintain their shape thanks to new collagen production. Your body will naturally absorb all PDO material within 6-12 months, and your collagen production will then slow down.
What other procedures can a thread lift be combined with?
Threads have become one of our more popular treatments because we can add them to enhance the results of many of the other procedures we offer at RejuvenationMD.
We often add threads to the Vampire Breast Lift® and the Vampire Face Lift® to add extra lifting and firming to these nonsurgical treatments, giving our patients the most bang for their buck.
We also use PDO threads with Botox® and dermal fillers to smooth lines and add volume.
Should I get fillers or a thread lift?
If your goal is to lift skin, threads are undoubtedly a wonderful option. If your goal is to restore lost volume and soften lines and wrinkles, fillers are an extraordinary choice.
If you’re concerned about loose skin, volume loss, and wrinkles, we may recommend combining PDO threads with fillers for best results.
Thread lift vs. face lift: Which one should I get?
If the loose skin in your face and neck is only mild to moderate, you may effectively improve the appearance and prevent further signs of aging with a PDO thread lift. They create a more subtle and natural result than a surgical face lift would, so it’s important to consult with a provider as well as have realistic expectations about your results going into your PDO thread lift.
If you are a good candidate for a thread lift, there are many advantages of this non-surgical procedure as compared to the face lift, including:
- Less invasive
- Fewer risks
- Shorter recovery time
- Stimulates natural collagen to improve the health and appearance of your skin
- More affordable
If you have a busy work life and/or children at home to take care of, fitting a thread treatment into your schedule is much more convenient than a surgical face lift, which involves quite a lengthy recovery period.
Does getting PDO threads hurt?
Most of our patients here at RejuvenationMD find PDO thread lifts to be very tolerable. Depending on the treatment, we use ice, topical numbing cream, or localized injections to minimize discomfort as much as possible. We also offer Pro-NOX™ upon request if you need additional comfort.
How do I prepare for a PDO thread lift?
To avoid the risk of any complications from your thread lift and promote a faster recovery, we recommend doing the following before your procedure:
- Avoid smoking and consuming alcohol for at least one week before the procedure
- Avoid consuming omega fish oils, vitamin E, and other herbal supplements at least two days before your appointment
- Stop taking blood thinning medications like aspirin or ibuprofen
Are PDO threads safe?
PDO threads were originally used in the medical field as a way to safely suture during delicate procedures like heart surgery. This original use of them dates back nearly 30 years, and they have become a staple in both medical and aesthetic procedures since.
What are the possible side effects of threads?
You may experience swelling, redness, bruising, and soreness after your PDO thread lift.
Some patients take the rest of the day off from work to heal, while others feel comfortable enough to return to work immediately after their appointment.
In very rare occasions, patients may have some irritation or infection. Prior sensitivity to dissolving sutures should be discussed during your consultation.
Am I a candidate for threads?
Thread lifts are best for patients with mild to moderate signs of skin laxity. Most thread lift candidates are in their late thirties to early fifties. We always recommend a consultation to help you determine the best treatment plan to achieve desired results.
Is there any downtime needed after a PDO thread lift?
You may have some slight bruising or swelling after your PDO thread lift, but there is no downtime. Your threads specialist here at RejuvenationMD will send you back to your regular schedule with aftercare instructions based on your specific treatment plan. You can return to your normal day-to-day activities right away, aside from vigorous exercise or rubbing treated areas for the first one to two days.
After your PDO thread lift, we recommend that you follow these recommendations for best results and a speedy recovery:
- Avoid excessive movement or animation in your treatment area for two weeks. This means you should stick to a soft diet for the first few days to limit chewing.
- Avoid massaging the treated tissue for two weeks.
- Steer clear of aesthetic treatments including BBL, lasers, or microneedling for four to eight weeks.
- Avoid strenuous exercise for one week after facial treatments and two weeks after body treatments
- Avoid saunas and hot tubs for two weeks.
- Wait at least 24 hours before applying makeup on the insertion points.
- Wait at least two weeks to have any dental work.
- Do not take ibuprofen or other NSAIDS for two weeks.
For post-care instructions go to “Patient Info” and click on PDO Threads.
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With three medical spa locations in Burlington, Bellingham, and Bothell, Washington, we’re here to make Western Washington even more beautiful!
“I got a PDO thread face lift and the following day my friend noticed how defined my jawline was. 4 months later and I absolutely LOVE how lifted my face looks! Thank you Dr. T!”