Until a few years back, the only way your doctor would suggest to eliminate your visible and uncomfortable aging signs resulting from skin laxity was facelift surgery. Though the idea of depending on injectable and skin resurfacing products, to the extent you need a facelift, becomes an absolute reality; not everyone adores or might be able to go for the procedure. Are you in this category? If yes, you may be excited to know that there is a new procedure to help achieve similar results, known as PDO thread lift.
What You Should Know About Thread Lifts
- There are different thread lift procedures
Thread lift comes in two types, Silhouette InstaLift and the Nova Threads. Though the two processes have a similarity in their mechanisms, they function differently. NovaThreads have a biodegradable component (PDO) which slowly dissolves in your body, lasting approximately six months in your body. Though they offer minimal lift, they stimulate more collagen production.
Silhouette InstaLift uses Poly-l-lactic interspersed threads with tiny cones. Though they offer more lift, they trigger the minimal collagen production and may take approximately 12months in your body.
- Have realistic expectations
Though the thread lift and a facelift enhance your wrinkles’ appearance, the two procedures will not give you similar results. While a facelift tightens your muscles by eliminating excess skin, a thread lift might only lift your skin by a few inches. However, your doctor might recommend a thread lift if your skin laxity is moderate or mild.
- Avoid strenuous exercises
During recovery, you might need to stay off strenuous exercises that are likely to strain your treatment areas. The specialist may also advise you to refrain from an active sex life during recovery, especially if the treatment involved your buttocks.
- Avoid touching and wetting your treatment areas
Your doctor may advise you not to wash or touch your face a few hours after the procedure. Desist from touching or rubbing your treatment areas unnecessarily because you might dislodge the threads. Avoid using make-up for the first 48 hours after the procedure. When you eventually apply make-up, avoid rubbing the treatment areas vigorously.
- Age and skin laxity level
Your laxity levels play a significant role in choosing the type of thread lift your doctor will recommend.
What Should You Expect During the Procedure?
Before the treatment, your cosmetic surgeon will identify your treatment areas with visible sagging signs and mark them out. The professional will then apply local anesthesia on the sites to allow you experience a pain-free and comfortable procedure. Using a cannula, your health care provider will insert the Polydioxanone (PDO) threads beneath your skin. The fine threads have tiny cone-like features that latch on your skin to lift your saggy skin.
Once beneath your skin, your doctor will mold them in place before pulling them up to tighten the threads. The surgeon will then trim the hanging threads to secure them and ensure they remain invisible under your skin.
Due to thread lifts, fewer risks, and minimal downtime, the procedure might be your best option if you have mild or moderate skin laxity. Schedule a consultation with your doctor to know more about thread lifts.