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Look Years Younger with a Surgery-Free Thread Lift

Look Years Younger with a Surgery-Free Thread Lift

One of the primary causes of aging skin is the loss of collagen, a key protein in your skin’s middle layer. As a result, your skin dries out and loses volume, particularly a problem on your face and neck. 

A conventional face lift can pull skin tight while cutting away excess tissue, but it’s a major surgical procedure with a long recovery time, and it’s best used when your appearance benefits from its major revision. When you want discreet improvements at a younger age, a face lift may be overkill. 

Gul A. Zikria, MD often recommends PDO thread lifts for his patients seeking tighter skin and collagen stimulation from a nonsurgical aesthetic treatment. Thread lifts offer some of the tightening benefits associated with face lifts, but in an office-based procedure without long recovery times and surgical scars. 

What is PDO thread? 

Polydioxanone (PDO) is a polyester suture material used since the 1980s that dissolves in your body after a few months. Used to stitch up cuts and close incisions, PDO sutures have a property beyond simply the strength to hold skin together. 

The presence of PDO thread in the middle dermis layer of your skin stimulates fibroblast cells. When fibroblasts are triggered, they start the collagen renewal process, bringing new protein tissue to the treatment area, attracting moisture, and filling out some of the collagen volume that’s been lost to the passing years. 

Thread design

Using fine needles, a thread lift procedure introduces the PDO thread into the dermis, parallel with the surface of your skin. The presence of the PDO material starts its work on the fibroblasts, and the collagen induction process begins. 

That begins the skin rejuvenation process, but the design of the thread can add additional benefits, bringing to your treatment the features of a lift. There are three common types of PDO thread: 

Mono PDO is the choice when collagen induction is the goal of treatment. The smooth filament doesn’t grip the skin, so there’s no tightening action. 

Cogged thread, on the other hand, does grip the skin when tugged gently in the reverse direction from its insertion. This creates a subtle lift effect, but without incisions and stitching. The cogs hold skin in place as new collagen develops. 

Twisted PDO thread targets locations where added volume benefits your skin’s appearance. 

Treatment areas

Suitable locations for PDO thread lifts include virtually anywhere on your face and neck where tightening and revitalization will help. The most common treatment locations are the jaw, neck, jowls, cheeks, and eyes. 

Because a thread lift is minimally invasive with a short recovery time, it’s an excellent treatment to pair with other aesthetic procedures like dermal fillers. 

Find out more about how thread lifts can help you put your best face forward by calling Dr. Zikria’s office at 408-290-8289 to schedule a personal aesthetics consultation. Get the benefits of PDO thread working for you. 

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