A PDO thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure that can lift sagging cheeks and jowls as well as enhance volume and elasticity in the face. The threads create a scaffold which lifts sagging skin and builds volume by triggering the production of collagen in sunken areas of the face. This procedure is often called the “non-surgical facelift” or a “lunchtime lift” due to how quickly it is performed, as well as the minimal downtime.

Thread lifts have been popular in Europe and Asia for several years and have made it to America in the past few years. PDO (polydioxanone) threads are an FDA-approved, biodegradable medical suture that have been used in surgical procedures for decades.

Dr. Susarla has trained with some of the most skilled and highly respected practitioners of the thread lift procedure, including Francine Young “Queen of Threads” in Beverly Hills, as well as Dr. Kian Karimi, world-renowned plastic surgeon in Brentwood, CA.

PDO threads differ in size, shape, quality, and function. The two main types of PDO threads are mesh or mono threads and lifting or barbed threads.

Dr. Susarla will recommend a suitable PDO thread type or a combination of PDO thread types for the skin issue you wish to address.

Mesh/Mono Threads

These are smooth threads without barbs. They are inserted in a pattern that resembles a net to form a support structure around which the body builds new collagen. These threads don’t have a pulling or lifting effect but rather help tighten the skin.

Monos are typically used to treat the forehead, under-eye area, and neck.

Lifting/Barbed Threads

Like mono threads, barbed threads are inserted underneath the skin. The difference is that they have tiny barbs that hook themselves to the surrounding tissue, pulling the skin in the desired direction. Two commonly used types of barbed threads are cog and screw threads.

These threads are generally used to restore volume to sunken facial areas and can promote a more drastic uplifting of the facial structure, especially the chin, cheeks, or jowls. Collagen is produced along the length of the threads, achieving the same effect as fillers but by harnessing your body’s natural healing ability.

Here at OM Medispa, we typically work with either Miracu PDO Threads or NovaThreads. Dr. Susarla will recommend the appropriate product based upon your desired result and the specifics of your skin.

How do I know if I’m a candidate for a thread lift?

You are a good candidate for PDO threads if you have experienced facial volume loss and sagging skin due to aging and collagen depletion. That said, you must be evaluated for skin laxity, volume, lifestyle, medications, past medical history, and current health.

Does a thread lift hurt?

PDO threads typically do not hurt because the patients receive local anesthesia. You may feel a pinching sensation during the procedure and some minor discomfort afterward.

How long does a thread lift take?

The thread lift takes approximately one hour, and you will be numbed in advance of the procedure. We also utilize a Pro-Nox machine, which offers an FDA approved blend of nitrous oxide and oxygen that allows patients to remain comfortable without going under.

Please see https://www.pro-nox.com/ for more information.

Is there downtime with the thread lift?

Any discomfort from the procedure should resolve within 24-48 hours, 72 hours at most. After that you can resume your typical activities. Some bruising may occur, but it will heal and leave no trace.

What kind of results are expected with the thread lift?

The results of PDO threading are immediate. The skin is visibly tightened and refreshed right after the treatment.

As the body builds new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid in the months following the treatment, the face becomes plumper and acquires a more youthful look. The PDO thread lifting effects typically peak at about six months after the procedure.

Your threads can maintain improvements from one to three years depending on the type of thread life, location, and severity of skin laxity.

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