Loose and saggy skin is one of the many signs of aging and weight loss that for the longest time has been nearly impossible to address without surgical intervention. Up until the 1990s patients dealing with this issue had to go for a surgical face lift to bring back their youthfulness. In the 1990s medical advances were made, and non-surgical thread lifts (PDO thread lifts) were invented, changing the world of cosmetic medicine forever. They allow for the same results as a surgical face lift, but without the complications and side effects of a surgery. Apart from being minimally invasive, a PDO thread lift does not require the kind of downtime that is associated with surgical face lifts. This is a serious advantage over a 2 – 3 week long downtime implied by a surgical face lift. Thus, the results of a PDO thread lift are immediate and have minimal side effects.

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May 16, 2017

What Is a PDO Thread Lift?

When it comes to the most advanced and innovative cosmetic procedures that give you the benefits of a surgical face lift without all the attributes of a highly invasive surgical procedure, the PDO (polydioxanone) thread lift is one of the best. PDO threads are non allergenic and biodegradable, absorbable, and dissolvable polymers. They are absolutely safe and are now highest in demand of all cosmetic procedures in Asia and Europe, gradually making their way to the United States. What do people usually want? Instant results with no downtime. This is exactly what PDO threads offer. The PDO thread lift is a non-surgical face lift procedure during which barbed surgical collagen threads are inserted under the skin and carefully pulled upward along with the skin, creating a lifting effect. The whole procedure takes about 90 minutes with an instant thread face lift result.

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Does the PDO Thread Lift Work?

PDO threads are approved by FDA as a medical tool to be used in soft tissues of the face as deemed appropriate and necessary by the administering medical professional. As a part of the PDO thread lift procedure, barbed surgical threads are placed underneath the skin and gently pulled upwards with the skin itself, the skin staying in place by being attached to the barbs. This gives an instant lifting effect. PDO thread lifts are effective at lifting loose and sagging skin as well as eliminating fine lines and wrinkles in the problem areas of the face and neck. PDO thread lift before and after photos are a vivid depiction of the immediately visible dramatic differences. Another benefit that PDO threads offer is that the results won’t leave the impression of anything fake about your face, unlike some surgical face lifts. When observing facial threading before and after photos it is easy to notice the repositioning of the soft skin tissues and the fresh and rejuvenated look.

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How Does a PDO Thread Lift Work?

A PDO thread lift involves barbed surgical threads inserted underneath the skin. The skin is attached to the barbs and pulled upwards along with them. As a result we have an instant skin lift, very similar to that of a surgical face lift. However, with PDO threads you will not need to go under the knife, which is often a deal breaker for patients. The threads stimulate inflammation in the body, which causes the body to repair itself through increased collagen production in the treatment area. The PDO threads dissolve within approximately 4 – 6 months, while the produced collagen remains in the area of treatment. PDO threads work particularly well on the lower face and jawline as there is plenty of tissue to hold the threads in place. That is why a neck thread lift, for example, is very popular.

Which Areas Do the PDO Threads Address?

PDO threads NYC can be applied to a number of regions of the face and body. PDO facial threads aim at reduction of fine lines, wrinkles and deep lines on the face, such as nasolabial folds, also called smile lines, formed between the corners of the nose and lips. One of the major signs of aging is the loss of fat and overall volume in our faces. Other than that, wrinkles and folds are formed in the face as a result of muscle contractions and facial expressions. Botox and fillers can eliminate wrinkles and lines, however for more severe cases that go beyond folds and wrinkles and involve saggy skin something more than just fillers is needed. Dermal fillers commonly used in combination with PDO threads include fillers such as Juvederm do add volume to hollow areas of the face.

The aim of PDO threads is skin lifting, which is particularly prevalent in the lower face and neck. There are three types of PDO threads, each of which are designed for different types of lines and wrinkles in the face. For lifting loose skin, a barbed thread is used as the barbs will keep the lifted skin in place. For addressing fine lines around the eyes and lips, smooth threads are used to stimulate collagen production. Smooth threads, however, do not offer the lift that barbed threads do. People trying to address their crows feet may go for an eye thread lift if they want longer lasting results than Botox can offer. When it comes to adding volume, twisted threads are used. These threads are placed in the areas in which facial fat is lost over time, for example the under eyes. A PDO filler can achieve similar results as an under eye filler tackling hollowness under the eyes. Sometimes fillers such as Restylane are combined with PDO threads to add volume to the hollow areas under the eyes, as a dermal filler often works better for this purpose.

PDO threads are also a means for a non surgical thread brow lift and reduction of overall droopiness in the face. They are particularly popular for neck lifts as the neck treatment goes hand in hand with the jawline and jowls. The décolletage, PDO butt lifts, thigh lifts, and arm tightening are also on the list of PDO thread treatment areas, though they are less common.

How Long Does a PDO Thread Procedure Take?

The length of the procedure mainly depends on the treatment area and the complexity of the case. There are certain pre-procedural steps that need to be taken, such as sanitizing the treatment area as well as the application of local anesthesia. Including all the necessary preparation, the overall appointment is likely to take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. Reasonably, when it comes to a non surgical butt lift or a lower face thread lift, the procedure may take longer than an eyebrow lift would.

How Should I Prepare for a PDO Thread Lift Procedure?

As a part of your PDO thread lift preparation you will need to stop taking any blood thinners such as Aspirin, Advil, or Motrin, for one week prior to your procedure. The treatment does involve injections and blood thinners may cause excess bleeding and bruising. You may also be recommended to take arnica supplements in advance to prevent bruising after the procedure. The PDO thread face lift before and after results prove that there are steps that can be taken to help avoid or at least reduce the side effects following the procedure. As a female, if you are menstruating, please be sure to wait for your cycle to end before you have your appointment to prevent excess bleeding.

Is There Any Downtime After a PDO Thread Lift?

There is no social or medical downtime after a PDO thread lift. However, there are some possible risks and side effects that may occur after the procedure, including bruising, swelling, pain, and discomfort. It is highly recommended to restrict any dramatic facial expressions during the first 1 – 2 months and to restrain exercise for at least one month after the procedure to be on the safe side and to prevent the threads from migrating or tearing. Technically, there are no limitations when it comes to resuming social and professional responsibilities immediately after the procedure. That said, many patients prefer to postpone those activities until the obvious side effects, like bruising, swelling, and dimpling have subsided.

What Are the Most Common Side Effects with PDO Threads?

Pain, discomfort, bruising, and bleeding are among the most common side effects of a PDO thread lift. There is no need to worry, though, as these side effects will subside in a matter of 1 – 2 months after the procedure. Skin rippling, dimpling, and folding are more likely to occur in the treatment area after the insertion of barbed PDO threads. This is not an anomaly but to be expected and will go away within a maximum 4 – 6 weeks. There are other, more complicated side effects too, such as infection, migration of the suture, or the threads piercing through the skin. These side effects are rare and can be treated if addressed immediately. Dr. Schwarzburg’s ultimate priority is the comfort of his patients. For this reason he always provides weekly follow up appointments to his PDO thread lift patients to confirm that the threads are settling properly and the body is healing as it is supposed to.

How to Reduce Swelling after PDO Threads?

After your treatment, Dr. Schwarzburg will provide you with ice packs that are to be immediately applied to the treatment area for the duration of the first day. It may also be recommended for you to take arnica supplements before the procedure to prevent excessive bruising. Ibuprofen is another medication that will help relieve any possible pain, excessive swelling or discomfort after the procedure.

How Long Does It Take to Recover After a PDO Thread Lift Procedure?

There is no definite recovery time after a PDO thread lift procedure. However, bruising and swelling usually subside within about 2 weeks, and there may be random bursts of pain and discomfort during the first two months after the treatment until the threads are fully settled and healed.

Is It Allowed to Go Back to Work After the Procedure?

A PDO thread lift does not assume any downtime. However, it may be a good idea to plan and undergo the procedure before the weekend, which will give you a few days to relax and recover. In addition, some people may want to avoid social settings should there be any visible swelling or bruising. If you are more inclined to hide the side effects until they have subsided, then Dr. Schwarzburg advises taking one to two weeks off from work, allowing the possible swelling and bruising to subside.

Can PDO Threads Go Wrong?

PDO thread lifts involve a lot less risk than the traditional surgical face lift. Nevertheless, just like any medical procedure, even this minimally invasive face lift has its possible risks and side effects, so be sure to consider them before going for the treatment. When it comes to swelling, bruising, and discomfort, be aware that these are normal and quite common responses to the procedure and will subside within a matter of 1 – 2 months. A possible complication can arise if the threads are not inserted deep enough, which can lead to the threads showing through the skin. If this is the case, the threads may actually puncture through the skin. The visible part of the thread can be cut off by your physician should anything like this occur. Another possible complication is infection, which should be dealt with immediately to prevent negative consequences.

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PDO threads can also be used for an eyebrow thread lift, cat eye thread lift, fox eye thread lift, or nose thread lifting. The results of threads usually last for a maximum of six months in these particular treatment areas, as there is not as much tissue for the threads to hold on to as there is in the lower face. A thread lift for the jowls for example typically lasts a lot longer. However, even in the upper face PDO threads before and after photos have proven amazing results, lasting up to six months.

How Often Can a PDO Thread Lift Be Repeated?

The average duration of a PDO thread lift result is between 12 to 18 months. This is the reason Dr. Schwarzburg recommends having a follow up treatment once every 12 to 18 months to maintain your incredible results. There is no limit as to how many times PDO threads can be used. They can be used as many times as needed for optimal results.

Will a PDO Thread Lift Give Me a Natural Look?

Another advantage of a PDO thread lift, apart from its efficacy, is the natural look it provides. The threads are not only about a lifting effect. They also stimulate collagen production in the area of treatment, resulting in an overall firmer and smoother face. Most of the people who are considering getting a face lift are concerned about looking unnatural in the end. However, PDO threads promise a clean and natural looking result – similar to the way your face looked before the skin sagging process had begun.

When Is It the Best to Start Doing PDO Thread Lifts?

You can start considering a PDO thread lift once you notice the first signs of facial laxity. This is something that can happen at any age, and the sooner it is addressed, the better the results will be. When you deal with skin sagginess at the early stages of its development you have the chance to prevent it from getting worse. It is a lot easier to reverse minimal sagginess than severe laxity in the skin.

What Are the Different Types of PDO Threads?

The three main types of PDO threads are smooth threads, barbed threads, and twisted threads.

Smooth threads are also known as mono threads, which are made without barbs and are typically inserted under the skin in a mesh type pattern for tightening and volumizing effects. When inserted under the skin the threads boost collagen production, which is a natural process that occurs as the skin responds to the manipulation by starting to repair itself, resulting in skin tightening and rejuvenation. Smooth threads are designed to tighten the treatment area. Around the forehead, eyes, and lips are the primary areas where smooth threads are used to treat fine lines and facial wrinkles. They can also be applied to give volume to the cheeks and treat tear troughs. It is also possible to combine smooth threads with other types of threads for lifting results

The second type of threads are barbed threads, also called Cog threads. They are made of the same material as smooth threads. The difference between these two is that barbed threads contain barbs (as the name implies) that attach to the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurosis) layer once inserted under the skin. Barbed threads are a non-surgical means of face lifting as the barbs hold the skin in place while the threads are pulled upward along with the skin and secured. If the goal of the patient is to lift loose skin around the jawline and jowls, creating a slimmer lower face, as well as tightening the skin, then barbed threads can be combined with smooth threads. The jowls, jawline PDO threads, and neck threads, as well as an eyebrow thread lift or a thread lift for the nose are the most common treatment areas for barbed threads.

Twisted threads or screw threads are developed to add volume to hollow areas of the face. Being twisted the threads create more volume and offer a non surgical face lift. The under eye area, as well as the cheeks are the most common treatment areas for twisted threads.

Are PDO Threads Worth It?

There are many benefits to PDO threads. This is a non surgical face lift that can also eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, and folds in the face and certain parts of the body. Other than that, PDO threads can be effective at lifting and growing the buttocks. If you are looking to treat these areas then you can be sure that PDO threads are a good choice. This is still a novelty in the US, which is why only a select number of clinics can offer it. Dr. Schwarzburg is among the few qualified doctors in New York City who can offer PDO thread lifts. To have your procedure performed by Dr. Schwarzburg, you are welcome at his medical spa in Manhattan. If New York is where you live, try to go online and search for “PDO thread lift near me”. Most likely Miracle Face will be among the first clinics to appear on your screen. As the majority of clinics only offer mono thread treatment, it is not the easiest task to find a proper thread face lift in NYC. Mono thread treatments will not give the lifting effect you aim for thread lift jowls or thread lift cheeks.

For more personalized details on the PDO thread facelift, you are welcome to schedule your one on one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg, who offers one of the best PDO thread lifts in NYC, alongside numerous additional non surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg, you can contact Miracle Face at info@miraclefacemedspanyc.com or call us at (212)-920-7790.

How Much Does a Thread Lift Cost in NYC?

The PDO thread lift cost in NYC is conditioned by the treatment area, the severity of the case, the type of threads used, the length of the thread, the number of threads, as well as the clinic itself. The lower face, jowl, and jawline contour are the most common areas for a PDO thread lift treatment. The average thread lift cost for the mentioned areas may vary from $2000 to $4000 per session. PDO thread lift NYC prices are different for different parts of the face and body. For example, a PDO nose thread lift NYC can be delivered at as low of a price as $700. However, pay attention to the fact that a significantly low PDO thread price can be offered if PDO mono threads are used. These are often used in the areas that in reality would require barbed threads, and are misleadingly advertised as a PDO lift. This relates to a PDO brow lift and fox eye thread lift cost, both of which require using barbed threads for optimal results.

Why Choose a PDO Thread Lift Over a Surgical Face Lift?

There are various factors that go into the answer to this question. It depends on the results you aim at, the condition of the problem area prior to the treatment, your willingness to undergo a surgical procedure, as well as the desired longevity of your results. The essential difference between the mentioned two is that PDO threads are effective at treating the beginning signs of skin laxity that are reversible in order to prevent further development of loose skin. As for surgical face lifts, they are designed to address severe laxity and droopiness. This is why it is better to start with PDO threads to avoid the progress and increasing severity of skin laxity.

It is true that the results of a surgical face lift can last as long as seven years, which is a lot longer than with a PDO thread lift. However, the main reason for patients to go for a PDO thread lift is the fact that it is non surgical. One needs to go through careful pre planning before a surgical procedure, followed by hours under the knife. Some residual scarring is possible after a surgical face lift, which is not the case with a PDO thread lift NYC. The scarring from a surgical face lift can often leave out the possibility of further surgeries in the future. You will not face this issue with PDO threads. The latter can be performed several times without any further complications.

A surgical face lift implies a  2 – 3 week long recovery time. This means that once you decide to undergo a face lift surgery, you will need to take time off of work and restrain from other daily activities. A PDO thread lift does not require any social or professional downtime, allowing you to go back to work even the day following the procedure. If you have developed the first signs of loose skin in your face and neck, then PDO thread lifts would be ideal for you and you will not necessarily need a full on surgical face lift. When it comes to more severe cases, sometimes a surgical face lift is the better option. However, if you are a good candidate for a non surgical alternative of a face lift, then Dr. Schwarzburg highly recommends choosing a PDO thread lift over a surgery.

How Long Do PDO Thread Lift Results Last?

The answer to this question largely depends on the treatment area, the types of threads used, and how much thread has been used. The results provided by smooth threads for fine line and wrinkle elimination last up to a year. A non-surgical face lift offered by barbed threads  will last from 12 to 24 months. Usually there are two rounds of PDO thread procedures during the first 12 months of treatment which are then followed by annual follow up visits to maintain the results. You may also combine PDO threads with other skin tightening procedures such as Fraxel laser treatments. If you would prefer something that isn’t a laser treatment, Dr. Schwarzburg also recommends Secret RF for skin tightening, which works great in combination with a thread lift.