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Facelift surgery can provide transformative results for patients faced with moderate to severe sagging and facial wrinkles. However, not every patient is a candidate for a facelift or is interested in undergoing a surgical procedure that comes with inherent risks, side effects and downtime.

For patients with mild to moderate facial sagging who want to avoid a painful and costly procedure, a PDO thread lift may be the solution. At AestheticA Swansea, we offer PDO thread lifts as a nonsurgical option for tightening and lifting skin without a painful recovery or lengthy period of downtime.

What Is a PDO Thread Lift?

PDO thread lifts utilize thin threads made of polydioxanone to anchor the facial skin and fat tissues, providing added support to the underlying structures of the face for a noticeable lift. The threads are inserted using blunt-tipped needles called cannulas to prevent trauma and damage to the surrounding tissues, minimizing side effects and providing a more comfortable recovery than comparable surgical procedures.

PDO thread lifts offer a unique blend of skin lifting and tightening effects for a nonsurgical, minimally invasive alternative to traditional facelift procedures. While the underlying support structures of the face are lifted using threads, the skin is simultaneously stimulated to produce collagen, promoting natural skin tightening. The benefits of PDO thread lifts are immediate and continue to improve over the course of several months as the collagen production promotes healthy, vibrant skin.

Who Is the Ideal Candidate for a PDO Thread Lift?

PDO thread lifts are minimally invasive, making them safe and less risk-intensive than surgical procedures. Patients with mild to moderate facial sagging and loose skin who are not quite ready to pursue surgical options make great candidates for PDO thread lifts. Alternatively, patients who have previously undergone a facelift procedure and have begun to notice a natural regression in their results may also opt for a PDO thread lift before resorting to a second surgery.

Common areas of concern that PDO thread lifts can target and improve include the cheeks, crow’s feet, eyebrows, nasolabial folds, jowls and jawline, and under the eyes. PDO thread lift patients are typically between the ages of 30 to 60 years old and should be healthy enough for anesthesia use. If you are interested in a PDO thread lift, then make sure you have realistic expectations about results and are healthy enough for the procedure before moving forward.

The PDO Thread Lift Procedure

The procedure begins with local anesthesia to numb the targeted area. You may experience some minimal discomfort during the treatment, although most patients find it to be tolerable. Each patient’s PDO thread lift treatment varies due to the unique needs of each individual. Appointment durations generally fall in the 15 to 30-minute range but may last longer if you have several areas of concern that you would like addressed at once.

The amount and type of thread used will also vary with each patient. Our expert staff will explain the optimal procedure for your desired results ahead of your treatment, ensuring you remain educated and informed along every step of the way. Once the threads are inserted through the skin, they attach themselves to the underlying tissues and are pulled back to provide lift to the skin. The threads are then left beneath the skin with no stitches necessary.

Recovery and Results

Recovery following a PDO thread lift is fairly comfortable and only requires about 24 hours of downtime, with most patients feeling able to resume their normal schedules the very next day. Common side effects include facial soreness, bruising, swelling and tightness that may last for a few days or up to two weeks. If desired, you may use makeup to cover up visible side effects starting the day after treatment. Strenuous activities including exercise should be avoided for a few days.

Results are immediate, as the PDO threads provide an instant lift to the facial tissues. However, your results will continue to improve as the visible swelling diminishes and the collagen production increases. Results tend to look best one to two months following the treatment as your skin experiences the skin tightening and rejuvenating effects of the collagen stimulation.

The PDO threads are absorbable and will be harmlessly dissolved by your body in around six months. Typical results last one to two years, but many patients opt to repeat the treatment in about six to nine months to maintain their results.

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If you are bothered by mild to moderate facial wrinkles and sagging but are not quite ready for a facelift, then consider a minimally invasive PDO thread lift to restore facial tightness and youthfulness without surgery. To learn more about this effective and simple facelift alternative, call AestheticA Swansea in Bristol County today at 508-689-4488 to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Guillaume Lepine.

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