How Do PDO Threads Compare to a Traditional Facelift?

How Do PDO Threads Compare to a Traditional Facelift?

You want to do something to address the signs of aging in your face, and you’re leaning toward a less aggressive option than a facelift. One treatment worth exploring is a PDO thread lift, which can do wonders for sagging skin.

You still feel young and vibrant, but the face that stares back at you in the mirror is one that looks older than you feel. If you’re not ready to settle into an older appearance, there are many options that can give you a youthful appearance again, and not all of them come at the edge of a knife.

While a facelift can deliver good results, the team here at Evolve Medical, led by Dr. Hasib Mikael Sarij, offers far less aggressive options, including the PDO thread lift.

Here’s a look at how this innovative treatment for sagging skin stacks up against a facelift.

PDO thread lift at a glance

A thread lift is an innovative treatment in which we insert threads into your skin that have small barbs. These barbs catch hold of your skin, and we draw them upward to provide new support for your sagging skin. Not only do the threads lift sagging skin, they also provide a new framework upon which collagen can form.

PDO stands for polydioxanone, which is a material that dissolves over time. PDO threads were originally designed for delicate cardiology procedures in which surgeons didn’t want to reopen the site to remove the sutures. Instead, they use PDO threads, which slowly dissolve as the tissue naturally heals.

How a PDO thread lift compares to a facelift

One of the reasons why our clients love PDO thread lifts is that we perform the procedure in about an hour, and there’s no downtime afterward, which certainly can’t be said of a facelift. A facelift is a fairly involved surgical procedure, and you’ll need a few weeks of recovery time, during which you’ll likely experience some discomfort.

Since the PDO threads slowly dissolve, your results from a PDO thread lift won’t last as long as a facelift. Research on thread lifts have shown that the procedure delivers results that last anywhere from 1-9 years. The wide range depends on many factors, such as your age and the amount of laxity in your skin.

However, while a facelift may last longer, make no mistake that the aging process will still have the last word, and the tightened skin will eventually begin to sag again. As well, when your PDO thread lift results begin to fade, you can return for another round of this minimally invasive treatment. Also, a PDO thread lift is a far more economical solution, as facelifts can be quite costly.

Another point to consider is that PDO thread lifts are primarily designed to address sagging skin in your cheeks and jowls. A facelift can be tailored to your lifting goals and address more areas, such as your brows, eyelids, and neck.

That said, it might surprise you the difference a lift in your cheeks and jowls can make in your overall appearance.

Ultimately, if you’re looking for an effective solution for sagging skin that isn’t as invasive, risky, or expensive as a surgical facelift, a PDO thread lift may be just the ticket. To learn more, call 631-529-2008 or book an appointment online with Evolve Medical today.


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