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PDO Threads: Everything You Wanted to Know

As we age, the effects of gravity, volume loss, and decreased collagen production can cause sagging skin and wrinkles on the face and neck. While surgical facelifts have long been the go-to solution, an innovative minimally-invasive treatment called PDO threads now provides a non-surgical facelift alternative.

If you’re seeking a lift without surgery, the innovative PDO thread lift at ReAwaken Med Spa could be an ideal solution. Their skilled aesthetic team is highly trained in this minimally invasive treatment, which delivers subtle, natural-looking results that turn back the clock on facial aging. Read on to learn everything you need to know about PDO threads and how they can revitalize your appearance.

What are PDO Threads?

The key component behind the PDO thread lift is polydioxanone (PDO), a safe, durable synthetic material used in medical surgery for decades. PDO is a monomer that is biocompatible with the human body and will naturally dissolve over time through hydrolysis.

These extraordinarily thin PDO threads are loaded into a cannula or needle and inserted into the targeted face and neck areas during the thread lift procedure. The threads contain tiny barbs or cogs along their length. As the threads are pulled through the skin layers, the barbs anchor and lift the tissue into a more youthful position.

How do the PDO Threads work their lifting magic?

Instantly, the PDO threads create an “internal mesh” or network that tightens and suspends the treated areas. This mechanical skin lifting action can elevate drooping brows, smooth nasolabial folds, tighten jowls, define the jawline, or provide an all-over lifted, refreshed look to the face and neck area.

But PDO threads don’t just deliver an immediate firming effect. Their real magic happens over the following months. As the body recognizes the threads as foreign materials, it initiates an inflammatory healing response. This triggers neocollagenesis – the production of fresh collagen and elastin around the threads.

As new collagen fibers form, they add structural support to the surrounding tissues for a revitalized, rejuvenated appearance from the inside out. This biological lifting and tissue regeneration provide longer-lasting, natural-looking skin-tightening effects.

Benefits of PDO Thread Lifts

PDO threads offer a unique combination of benefits, making them an increasingly popular anti-aging treatment. 

  • Non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure with minimal downtime
  • Provides subtle, natural-looking lift and skin tightening without surgery
  • Triggers neocollagenesis – stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin for tightening over time
  • PDO threads are biocompatible and safely dissolve within 4-6 months
  • Can lift and reposition sagging brows, cheeks, jowls, neck and more
  • Smooths out fine lines, wrinkles, and folds around the face
  • Results can last 1-3 years with proper treatment plan and skincare
  • There is no need for incisions, general anesthesia, or extensive recovery
  • Revitalizes facial appearance without looking overdone or windswept
  • Able to maintain normal facial expressions and movement
  • There is no risk of permanent threads or need for removal later on

Recovery & Results

One of the major benefits of PDO thread lifts is the quick recovery period compared to surgical facelifts. Most patients can resume normal activities within 2-3 days after their treatment.

Immediately after the procedure, the treated areas may have mild swelling, bruising, tenderness, or tightness. This is normal and can be managed with over-the-counter medication and cold compresses as needed. Patients should sleep on their backs and avoid manipulating the treatment areas for the first week.

The instant lifting and tightening effects of the PDO threads will be visible right away, though some camouflaging from initial swelling may occur. The full, rejuvenated results will become more apparent as the swelling subsides over 1-2 weeks.

However, the process isn’t complete after the initial lift. The body’s natural revitalization process takes time. Around 6-8 weeks post-treatment, patients will appreciate further firming, smoothing, and tightening as collagen production ramps around the PDO threads. This biological lifting continues for several months as the threads dissolve.

For optimal, longest-lasting results, patients will want to receive follow-up treatments as their provider recommends, typically every 9-18 months, depending on the individual’s degree of aging and treatment goals. Maintenance treatments help reinforce the internal structural support and collagen-boosting effects.

With properly spaced retreatments, the lifting and skin rejuvenation from PDO threads can last 1-3 years before another full series of threads is needed to reset the clock on facial aging. Consistent medical-grade skincare is also important to prolong the benefits.

Am I a Candidate?

PDO thread lifts can be an excellent option for those wanting to lift and tighten sagging facial features without going under the knife. Ideal candidates seek a non-surgical facelift alternative with less downtime and risks than a surgical browlift, facelift, or neck lift procedure.

These minimally invasive lifting threads address mild to moderate skin laxity concerns in the middle and lower face areas. This includes sagging along the jawline, jowls, nasolabial folds, cheeks, and neck bands. PDO threads can also help lift and reposition descending brows.

Patients with good underlying bone structure and mild to moderate skin elasticity typically see the most dramatic lifting and tightening results from PDO threads compared to those with severe laxity. Those with very thin or inelastic skin may have more limited results.

A surgical facelift is usually the better corrective solution for patients with extensive loose skin and severe sagging. Threadlifts’ lifting capability is limited, so those with excessive laxity are typically not ideal candidates, as threads alone may not provide enough correction.

During your private consultation, your aesthetic provider at ReAwaken Med Spa will thoroughly evaluate your area(s) of concern, skin texture, and degree of laxity to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for PDO thread lifting. They can also recommend complementary treatments like dermal fillers or laser resurfacing to optimize your results.

PDO Thread Safety

Safety is a top priority in any cosmetic procedure, and PDO thread lifts have an excellent safety profile backed by decades of use in medical settings.

As mentioned earlier, polydioxanone, or PDO, is a biocompatible synthetic material widely used for years in cardiovascular surgeries and wound closure. It’s classified as a resorbable suture that breaks down naturally through hydrolysis over 4-6 months without leaving any residue.

Because PDO threads are made from this safe, absorbable material already found throughout the body, the risk of allergic reaction or rejection is extremely low compared to permanent thread lifts. The threads dissolve gently without requiring surgical removal later on.

While any injection procedure carries some level of risk, PDO thread lifts have a relatively minimal risk of adverse effects when performed by trained medical professionals. The most common side effects include temporary swelling, bruising, tenderness, or dimpling along the thread paths – all of which resolve within a few weeks.

At reputable medical spas like ReAwaken Med Spa, PDO lifts are only administered by highly trained, licensed medical aestheticians, RNs, or physician providers to ensure the utmost safety and quality results. Proper sanitization, needle handling protocols, and injection depth/vector techniques are strictly followed.

Join ReAwaken Med Spa for an exclusive journey into the world of PDO Threads!

Discover how PDO Threads can effortlessly lift, tighten, and rejuvenate your skin, restoring youthful contours and confidence. Led by our expert team at ReAwaken Med Spa, delve into the science, benefits, and incredible results achievable with PDO Threads. Contact us today and ReAwaken your beauty with PDO Threads!

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