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Posted November 12, 2020 in Facelift, Thread Lift

How Do PDO Threads Differ From a Facelift?

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A PDO thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure that uses dissolvable surgical threads to enhance the facial features by reducing the effects of age, sun exposure, collagen loss, and gravity.

Woman undergoing a thread lift with her plastic surgeon.

If you are concerned about wrinkles, sagging skin, or displacement of facial volume, PDO threads can be a suitable option (but only if you have adequate skin elasticity).

What Should I Know About PDO Threads?

They Are Minimally Invasive

A facelift is a surgical procedure that involves removing sagging skin and tightening underlying muscles to restore a more youthful facial appearance. Unlike PDO threads, a facelift is invasive.

For PDO threads, your surgeon will insert threads to tighten the underlying facial muscles and stimulate collagen production. The process is carried out under local anesthesia and takes a maximum of one hour.

PDO Threading Is a Cheaper Alternative to a Facelift

When comparing PDO threads and a facelift, the former is cheaper because it is less invasive and takes a shorter time to complete. This may be a reasonable consideration for someone who is low on budget but still wants to feel and look younger by addressing flaws like sagging skin.

PDO Threads Are Ideal for Mild/Moderate Skin Laxity Issues

PDO threads work best when the aging effects or collagen loss are minimal. It also helps if a candidate has good skin elasticity. This treatment is popular among younger people who want to counter the effects of facial aging before they worsen.

PDO threads cannot achieve the same level of correction as a traditional facelift. Therefore, if you have severe wrinkle formation, pronounced sagging, or thinned skin, a facelift may be the more appropriate option.

PDO Threading Has Minimal Downtime

Because PDO threads are minimally invasive, there is little to no downtime. Following your treatment, you may experience some bruising and slight swelling, but you can still return to your regular routine and activities—unlike a facelift, which requires up to two weeks of downtime. Additionally, there are no wounds to care for or resulting scars.

PDO Offers Less Permanent Results Than a Facelift

PDO threads last from 18 months to three years, after which you may have to repeat the procedure or seek a more permanent solution. The results of a facelift can last for one to two decades, giving you a more permanent solution to your skin laxity woes.

Interested in Learning More?

If you are new to cosmetic surgery and are not ready for a facelift, PDO threads can be a good starting point.PDO threads, just like any other cosmetic procedure, should be carried out by a qualified plastic surgeon with the required experience. Dr. Hochstein has the necessary skills to carry out PDO threading. To learn more about PDO threads, contact the Hochstein MedSpa at (786) 802-6699 or fill out our online contact form. If you are interested in a facelift or other surgical procedures, contact us at (305) 931-3338.