As we age, the effects of gravity become more noticeable on our faces, especially as our facial support structure weakens and we lose facial fat. Until recently, the only way to address problems caused by facial skin laxity – such as saggy jowls and droopy cheeks – was through a facelift.
PDO stands for polydioxanone, which is safely absorbed by the body. Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are a special medical grade thread that is thinner than hair, made of protein. Your skin will fully absorb the PDO threads within 4 to 6 months without leaving any scar tissue. PDO relaxes tendons and muscles, causing a foreign body reaction that improves the blood flow to the area stimulating neocollagenesis, the production of new collagen in the skin.
This is the principle behind many aesthetic procedures such as; fractional lasers, skin tightening treatments and microneedling or PRF.
The areas to be treated will be numbed with anesthetic before getting started. Most patients say they cannot feel anything at all. (Which is great!)
Anyone with minimal signs of aging who need just a small lift. Good candidates are those patients who are starting to see some droopiness of the brow, cheeks, jowls and/or neck and would like to see a lift effect, but do not want the risk, scars, or recovery of a real brow lift, facelift, or neck lift operation.
Pain can mostly be managed with Acetaminophen (Tylenol). You may have mild swelling and bruising for few days. We recommend icing the treated area as well as taking Arnica the first few days to reduce bruising and swelling. We recommend avoiding strenuous activity for the first several days.
Mild bruising and swelling can last up to 14 days.
At The PlasticNP in Dallas, TX we offer the NovaThreads® and Mint Threads® brands. My goal is to safely give patients the best possible outcome, and I find that these two brands consistently produce quality results.