Can a Thread Lift Help Rejuvenate the Lower Face?
As we age, our faces lose retention of naturally occurring proteins that keep the skin vibrant and youthful. This causes the tissue to thin, wrinkle, and sag. At VIP Cosmetic Surgery, we offer highly tailored PDO thread lifts as a minimally invasive alternative to facelift surgery to attain a firmer, younger complexion. Dr. Kenneth D. Farr is a board-certified ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon who works with patients at two locations in Hilton Head and Okatie, SC.
What is a PDO thread lift?
A polydioxanone (PDO) thread lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses dissolvable sutures to elevate and firm the face. These threads are inserted into the skin using a needle and cannula device to, over the course of a few weeks, diminish age-related anomalies including lax skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. At VIP Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Farr works with each patient to develop a customized PDO thread lift treatment plan based on their personal goals and his professional recommendations.
What is a PDO thread lift used to treat?
PDO thread lifts are minimally invasive alternative treatments used to address skin conditions of the:
Aside from sagging skin, a PDO thread lift can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Can a thread lift help rejuvenate the lower face?
At VIP Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Farr utilizes PDO thread lifts to diminish smokers’ lines, or vertical creases that form between the nose and upper lip. Additionally, dissolvable threads can be strategically placed to firm and smooth areas around the jaw and neck for a younger appearance.
Am I an ideal candidate for a PDO thread lift?
Both men and women are excellent candidates for PDO thread lifts if they:
Are in good, general health
Have realistic treatment expectations
Are looking for alternative treatments to facelift surgery
Have fine lines and wrinkles of the face or neck
Have mild to moderate skin laxity of the face and neck
Dr. Farr will assess your skin and review your medical history to determine if you can safely participate in PDO thread lift treatments. PDO thread lifts can also be used in combination with other cosmetic procedures, including dermal fillers.
What is the treatment process is like?
PDO thread lifts are performed in one of our private treatment rooms at VIP Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Farr sanitizes the skin and applies a topical anesthetic to numb each treatment site. With a small needle and a cannula device, Dr. Farr will carefully insert and anchor dissolvable sutures into each treatment site. Once you are approved for discharge, you may return home and resume normal daily activities.
Are PDO thread lifts painful?
Since local anesthesia is administered, most patients report feeling little to no discomfort during treatment. However, typically experience swelling, tenderness, and bruising at each treatment site after their session which subsides on its own within a few days.
What should I expect after treatment?
Although patients are not required to participate in any downtime after a PDO thread lift, they will be asked to adhere to certain protocols to optimize results, including:
Avoiding rubbing or massaging the face
Avoid pursing the lips, smoking, or drinking through a straw
Abstaining for strenuous activity or physical exercise
Avoid using a sauna or a tanning bed
Minimizing sleeping on your side
How long will my PDO thread lift results last?
If patients adhere to the recovery protocol and experience little to no complications after treatment, then PDO thread lift results can potentially last up to 10 months. Consult with Dr. Farr about scheduling follow-up appointments to maintain your desired cosmetic outcomes.
Learn more about PDO thread lifts for the lower face
If you reside in or near Hilton Head or Okatie, SC and would like to know if PDO thread lift treatments are right for you, contact us at VIP Cosmetic Surgery and schedule an appointment today. Board-certified ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Kenneth D. Farr will work with you, assess your skin status, and create a customized treatment plan that meets your cosmetic goals.