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Dr. K being regarded as one of the pioneers of PDO threads and inventor of Dr.K’s signature “Vertical Lyft”, the “Neck Lift” & “Foxy Eyes”. He has performed more than 2000 PDO lifts in Arizona and California just in the past 1-2 years… Dr. K is a trainer for few PDO thread companies and has enjoyed training with Dr. Mariano Busso and the famous “Busso Lift” technique…
PDO Thread Lift
The Revolutionary New Absorbable Thread lifts!
Today women prefer less invasive and non-invasive procedures that involve minimal downtime and less self-care after the treatment. PDO (Polydioxanone) thread is a thread with no cones, thus no damage to the tissue. This is the same thread used in Cardiac and other surgeries as sutures, and thus it is very safe.
The procedure is suitable for most people from 25 years or older when the effects of aging become apparent. Aging causes the skin tissue to thin because the collagen and elastin fibers break down, which results in sagging skin, deep creases, folds, and wrinkles. PDO thread reverses the effects of aging.
Threads are implanted into the sub-dermal skin and stimulate the production of collagen and the skin becomes firmer, elastic, and moisturized. The thread dissolves itself in a couple of months but the effect lasts for 12-18 months.
The thread can be applied to anywhere on the body, such as a flabby face, cheeks, eyebrows, to prevent eye bags, sagging neck skin, fine lines around Cheeks, angle around the mouth, laugh lines, forearm and abdomen, smokers lines, and lifting of breast. The procedure is very simple, nearly the same as dermal fillers, but in this, we leave a thread inside instead of filler.
We are thrilled to offer this new PDO absorbable Thread Lift procedure to our clients. The PDO Thread Lift procedure safely and instantly lifts up loose skin on the face, neck, and body with minimal downtime.
Traditionally, most people would look into plastic surgery to get a face-lift as there weren’t very effective noninvasive treatments to lift the loose skin. However, now there is an effective nonsurgical option that can lift and contour and suspend the sagging tissues on the face, neck, and body, especially for those that need only minimal to moderate rejuvenation or for those that do not wish to undergo surgical intervention.
Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are a special medical grade thread that is thinner than hair, made of protein. Research has confirmed that PDO relaxes tendons and muscles, whilst a foreign body reaction improves the blood flow to the area stimulating neocollagenesis (the production of new collagen in the skin). We use Nova Threads and Viola brands to name a few. Dr. K has performed more than 100 PDO facelift procedures since 2017.
PDO threads before and after
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Restoring the V-Shape
A beautiful and healthy face has a “V-shape”. With the aging of tissues and the action of gravity, this “V-shape” diminishes or inverts. The idea behind the PDO thread lift is to either create a scaffolding in order to support the tissues and keep them in the “V-shape” or where necessary to delicately lift the tissues and reposition the skin to recreate the “V-shape” where it’s been lost.
Although PDO threads can be inserted almost anywhere, even in the body, one area where they are especially effective is the neck and jawline. The lower third of the face is challenging to treat effectively with botulinum toxin or injectable fillers, which are most effective in the upper and middle third of the face, respectively.
What are PDO Threads and how does it work?
PDO threads are hypodermic needles preloaded with a synthetic PDO absorbable suture. PDO (polydioxanone) sutures are surgical sutures that are used to perform cardiac surgery. All sutures are FDA-approved and PDO sutures are one of the safest materials that can be used in the body. Your skin will fully absorb the PDO thread within 4 to 6 months without leaving any scar tissue.
Ideal candidates for thread lifts include:
- People with minimal signs of aging who need just a small lift. Good candidates are those patients who are starting to see some droopiness of the brow, cheeks, jowls, and/or neck and would like to see a lifting effect but do not want the risk, scars, or recovery of a real brow-lift, face-lift, or neck-lift operation.
- People who have had some relapse from a previous plastic surgery procedure such as a face-lift or neck lift.
- People who do not wish to undergo a surgical face-lift or neck-lift for various reasons such as not wanting a prolonged recovery of a stand face-lift or do not wish to spend money on an expensive face-lift.
PDO Thread lift FAQ
The most popular treatment areas are the brows, cheeks (mid-face), jowls, and the upper neck. However, Thread Lift can be performed virtually anywhere on the body, such as to lift loose skin on the upper arms, stomach, thighs and around the knees.
How is the PDO Thread Lift performed?
- The areas to be treated will be numbed with topical as well as local anesthetic.
- The areas to be treated are then marked.
- The threads are then inserted under the skin in precise locations using a small hollow needle to lift and support droopy elements without removing any skin. The inserted thread is then able to grasp onto the droopy skin and soft tissue to re-position the skin. This requires no cuts or incisions. It’s purely done by injections.
- With the lift effect secured, the hollow needle is removed without leaving any scars.
- Depending on the desired effect of the lift, few to several sutures will be used.
- The PDO suture remains underneath the skin. Different sutures and lengths will be used depending upon the area(s) you need lifted.
Pain can be usually managed with acetaminophen (Tylenol) and/or ibuprofen (Advil). If stronger pain medicine is desired, it can be prescribed by our physician. You may have mild swelling and bruising for a few days. Icing the treated area as well as arnica is recommended for the first few days. We recommend avoiding strenuous activity for a few days.
The result of the Thread Lift is immediate and even more noticeable after 1-2 weeks when all the swelling and potential bruising has resolved. The results will continue to enhance as your skin produces even more collagen over the next several months which will also make the results of the thread lift last longer than the life of the threads. More threads can always be inserted down the line to continue to improve the results and prolong the results even more. If you choose to have a more intensive surgical procedure or facelift at a later point, this can be done without any problems as the PDO sutures will be absorbed completely without leaving any kind of scarring.
Like any procedure using a needle, there is a chance of bruising and swelling. However, in most people, the bruising and swelling are minimal and resolve in less than a week. There is some post-op discomfort which usually resolves quickly in most patients. If the sutures, for some reason, become visible underneath the skin or migrate, they can be easily removed if necessary and new threads can be placed.
Cost depends on areas of treatment and degree of laxity but normally from $750 up to $2500.
Only a trained & licensed Medical doctor with ample experience should perform thread lifts …
6 months to dissolve on average.
Facelift, nose lift, neck, jaw contouring, breast lift, eyebrow lift, buttock lifts, saggy arms rejuvenation, etc