Until recently, facelift surgery was the only way to address facial skin laxity problems like jowls and drooping cheeks. After all, while skin resurfacing treatment can tighten your face, once you have loose skin, only a scalpel can remove it. However, not everyone is willing or able to have surgery due to its various risks. If you are in this group, you will be happy to know that PDO thread lift Downey is a new procedure developed to fill the gap between noninvasive skin rejuvenation and facelift surgery.
What is a thread lift?
A thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure that uses temporary sutures to produce a subtle but visible face lift. The surgeon suspends loose skin by stitching up portions instead of surgically removing it. Stitching up parts of loose skin slightly pulls the skin back; this lifts and tightens the face. Besides lifting your skin, a thread lift procedure combats aging by triggering the body’s natural healing response. Stitching up portions of loose skin causes the body to release large surges of collagen to the treated areas. Over time, you will notice that your skin has become smoother and firmer due to increased collagen production.
There are different sutures that your cosmetic surgeon can use for a thread lift; they include PDO thread and other two types made from polylactic and polycaprolactone. PDO threads are made from colorless polyester that breaks down in your body after approximately six months. These threads have been in use the longest of the three.
Benefits of having a thread lift instead of a facelift
Reduced recovery time is one main reason most people prefer a thread lift over a facelift. A facelift is a major surgical procedure; you must take one or two weeks off work to heal. Since it is a major operation, you will be heavily sedated, meaning you must arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure. Most facelift patients need someone to help them throughout the day and night for at least three days after surgery. Childcare aid may also be necessary if you have children at home.
On the other hand, a thread lift procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia, meaning that patients will be able to drive themselves home and look after themselves at home. Some patients may wish to take the rest of the day off due to some soreness and swelling. But most of the time, people resume their usual activities immediately. A thread lift is, therefore, an ideal procedure for people with busy schedules or children at home.
Although recovery is not quite intensive, there are post-treatment instructions that patients need to adhere to. For example, you should be gentle on your face; avoid rubbing your skin vigorously when cleansing it or applying moisturizer lest the threads dislodge. If you experience irritation or sutures become visible beneath your skin, your surgeon can remove the threads, and your face will return to its previous state.
If you’ve been considering a thread lift, consult your specialist at Younger World Med Spa to establish if you are a good candidate for the procedure.