What are PDO Threads?
PDO threads are fine medical-grade suture material made of polydioxanone; a dissolvable protein compound. At their start, they were used in cardiac surgeries. Later, they would find their way into other uses including aesthetics.
What is a Thread Lift?
A thread lift is when threads are placed in areas of loose or wrinkled/saggy skin. The threads have tiny “fingers” that engage and attach to the skin tissue. These threads are then tightened, providing a lift in that area.
What is the benefit of a Thread Lift?
In addition to the immediate subtle lift provided by the placement, the threads also encourage the development of collagen. Collagen helps support and improve the quality of the surrounding tissue providing the result of subtle lift, skin tightening and smooth appearance.
Thread Lift vs Face Lift:
While certainly a face lift will provide more dramatic results, there are plenty of reasons to consider a thread lift.
Thread Lifts are far less invasive than a traditional face lift because we create only very small openings which are required to feed the threads through. There are no incisions, minimal bleeding and only rare bruising.
Downtime is not only greatly reduced but essentially is non-existent compared to surgery. The procedure itself takes less than an hour and you will leave with manageable tenderness for a few days following.
We use local topical anesthetic or ice for numbing as there is no need for heavy sedation.
Thread Lift procedures are very affordable compared to surgical procedures.
What areas can be utilized and helped with a thread lift?
Now for the fun part… Almost any area of the body that has sagging or wrinkled skin can be improved with the placement of lifting and or smoothing threads. These areas include cheeks, jowls, brows, lips, neck, decolletage, abdomen, buttocks, knees and other more. A consultation with our practitioner is the best way to assess the proper procedure and cost.
Is there anything more that can be added to threads for additional skin improvement?
YES! Exosomes can be added to your threads. Exosomes are essentially the “tails” of stem cells and the proteins that direct stem cells to return to their more youthful state. While stem cells are used in larger body parts such as backs and joints, it’s exosomes that are used in aesthetics due to their much smaller molecular structure. They are anti-agers and can definitely be added to your threads for even more rejuvenation than just collagen alone. There is a really great writeup of exosomes on our PRP Vampire page because they are also used quite extensively in PRP treatments (vampire facials and facelifts).
Are there any side effects to this treatment and are threads safe?
Thread Lifts have been in use for nearly ten years and have been studied fairly extensively. Our provider is certified and trained thus decreasing the likelihood of a poor outcome. We use exclusively PDO max threads, which are one of only three brands that are FDA approved for quality.
Safety: Like anything procedure possible complications can occur and would include bleeding, bruising or infection, all of which are exceedingly rare and minor in occurrence. Should this occur, it can be easily managed in our office.
PDO Threads – Pricing: (Price is dependent on area and the number of threads used)
Face Lift: 4 Threads: $1500 w/Exosomes: $2100
(Additional Threads are $100/each)
For all other skin areas, please schedule a free consultation with our provider. Pricing will be similar but there are other factors in other areas that are less straight forward and really require a consultation in advance.
In conclusion: It is so exciting to be offering yet another new treatment to our clients. We look so forward to further assisting you in this (what seems to be) never-ending anti-aging process.
I truly believe that we are in such fortunate times because today if something is of bother to you, you can get it resolved and in a non-invasive way with the science behind it all. That is fortunate times in my eyes.
Please reach out to us with any questions you may have either via email or phone and welcome to Thread Lifts.