PDO Thread Lift
The innovative and versatile MEDiTHREAD® PDO thread lift system can non-surgically lift, tighten, and smooth the appearance of skin laxity in most areas of the face and body. In addition to providing elevated support to the treated tissue, the threads also initiate the skin’s natural repair process to rejuvenate the collagen matrix and enhance blood flow for longer-lasting results. Dr. Jeffrey Copeland is highly trained in performing customized PDO thread lifts using multiple thread types and treatment approaches to create consistently beautiful, natural-looking results.
If you are considering a thread lift, we encourage you to explore the informative sections provided below or contact our practice.
- What Is a PDO Thread Lift?
- PDO Thread Lift Treatment Areas
- PDO Thread Lift Procedure
- Recovery After PDO Thread Lift
- PDO Thread Lift Results
- PDO Thread Lift Cost
What Is a PDO Thread Lift?
The PDO thread lift is a non-surgical, minimally invasive lift procedure performed with absorbable polydioxanone (PDO) threads (essentially, dissolvable suture material). The PDO threads are injected beneath the skin, looped through subdermal tissue, and positioned to elevate and smooth areas of the face and body. There are several styles of PDO threads with various tissue securing patterns for achieving a wide range of aesthetic contouring and tightening goals. When the thread lift is complete, immediate enhancement can be seen in the treatment area; however, the outcome continues to improve as the tissue is rejuvenated with new collagen and elastin fiber growth. After approximately four to six months, the PDO threads become completely reabsorbed by the body, and results can remain for 12 to 15 months.
What Areas Can a PDO Thread Lift Treat?
PDO thread lifts can be performed in many areas of the face and body to create improvements in the appearance of the:
- Facial profile
- Nasolabial folds (smile lines)
- Crow’s feet
- Eyebrow arches
- Glabella (the areas between the eyebrows)
- Area surrounding the eyes (periocular)
- Inner thighs
Every thread lift is customized for the proposed treatment area and the specific cosmetic concerns you want to overcome. If you would like to know if a thread lift can achieve your aesthetic goals, please contact Copeland Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Copeland. During this visit, he can determine if you are a good candidate for a thread lift and discuss his proposal for creating the new look you desire. If it is determined that you are not a good candidate for a PDO thread lift, Dr. Copeland may recommend facial plastic surgery, body contouring procedures, or facial rejuvenation with fat grafting, dermal fillers, and/or BOTOX® Cosmetic.
What Happens During the PDO Thread Lift Procedure?
Since the PDO thread lift procedure is non-surgical and minimally invasive, only local anesthetic is necessary to keep you comfortable during treatment. A mild sedative may also be recommended for relaxation. Once the treatment area has been adequately numbed, Dr. Copeland can inject the threads beneath the surface of the skin in accordance with the details of your treatment plan. Each thread creates a loop through the deeper tissue as the needle is removed from the skin. The threads are adjusted to manipulate the tissue and can then be secured in the desired position. Depending on the region of the face or body that is being treated, Dr. Copeland will place as many threads as are required to accomplish your cosmetic goals.
What Is Recovery After a PDO Thread Lift Like?
It is common to develop some minor redness and swelling immediately following your thread lift; however, these effects can typically be managed with ice compresses and medication (if necessary). Swelling should dissipate within a couple of days. The majority of patients report minimal discomfort and find that over-the-counter pain medicine provides adequate relief after the initial 24 to 48 hours. While you will likely be able to return to your regular daily schedule a couple days after your procedure (if you feel ready), it is recommended that you refrain from heavy lifting and strenuous activity for a few weeks. It is important to keep the treatment areas clean to prevent infection.
How Long Does a PDO Thread Lift Last?
The results achieved with a PDO thread lift can last between 12 and 15 months; however, longevity depends on the strength of the rejuvenated collagen matrix, the quality of your skin, and your unique rate of aging. If you would like to maintain the results of your thread lift, it is possible to perform a subsequent lift. At a certain point, it may be advisable to consider more intensive forms of plastic surgery—such as a facelift, brow lift, or body contouring procedure—to deliver longer-lasting results when your skin/tissue has reached more advanced stages of aging.
How Much Does a PDO Thread Lift Cost?
At our practice the average price for a PDO thread lift can cost between $325 and $6,200. Pricing can vary widely based on the proposed treatment area(s) and the number of threads that are required to achieve the desired result. If you are interested in finding out how much your thread lift might cost, we invite you to contact our practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Copeland. Following your appointment, you can receive a price estimate for the recommended treatment plan Dr. Copeland develops. At this time, a friendly member of our office team can also explain the payment methods we accept and financing opportunities available through CareCredit® to qualified applicants. CareCredit® has a wide range of loan offers that help patients get the cosmetic care they want with convenient, affordable payment plans.
Do you want to learn more about thread lifts for the face and body? Contact our practice with your questions, or ask to schedule a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate.