The Lunchtime Facial: FAQ About PDO Threads

PDO Thread Lifting

Have you looked in the mirror and wished you could lift sagging skin and rejuvenate your face? Maybe you have considered a facelift but decided against it due to all the related horror stories you’ve seen on television. Or, maybe you’ve watched your favorite celebrity go under the knife only to turn into someone no one recognizes and don’t want the same to happen to you. It’s your face after all, and you want to make sure you are making the safest and best choices. You can fear less with instalift — a non-surgical facelift which uses PDO threads. It’s so quick and easy — you can do on your lunch break. You can have this treatment done on its own for youthful-looking skin or you can have it done in combination with Botox injections, dermal fillers, or laser treatments for an extra lift. Below are answers to some of the most frequently-asked questions about the PDO-thread procedure, so you have all the facts you need.

How Do PDO Threads Work?

PDO, or polydioxanone, is a synthetic fiber commonly used in the medical field, particularly surgery and cardiology. A medical professional inserts needles prefilled with tiny threads into the tissue layer just under the skin’s surface. Your body then goes into repair mode, producing collagen that lifts and tightens your skin and resulting in the desired shape. These threads dissolve in your skin within 4 to 6 months without any resulting scar tissue. In the past, threading may have gotten a bad name due to its non-reabsorption factor, but new methods ensure that issue is no longer a concern.

Is the PDO Procedure Painful During or After Treatment?

Before the procedure begins, you will receive a numbing medication. As a result, you do not feel anything during the procedure. After the treatment, you should be able to return to your daily routine without any problems. There are some mild, temporary side effects that could result which may include bleeding, bruising, soreness, and discomfort. Do not hesitate to talk to your consultant about possible side effects or risk before undergoing this procedure.

Can the Procedure Really take as a Long as a Lunch Break?

The numbing medication takes effect in about 30 minutes. Then, the actual PDO treatment takes from 15 to 30 minutes. So, if you get an hour for lunch, then yes, it does fit within that time frame!

How Long do the Results last?

The results last approximately 12 to 16 months (sometimes up to two years). Of course, multiple factors play a role in its longevity, including the type of threads used (for example, PLLA, or Poly-L Lactic Acid threads, also used in dermal fillers, can last 18 months or longer), the number of threads used during the treatment, the thickness of the skin area treated and your body’s firming response to the treatment.

What Specific Areas of the Body can PDO Threads Treat?

The most common areas for treatment include the face and neck. In facial treatments, you can repair and/or lift crow’s feet, smoker’s lines, cheeks, jowls, smile lines, the shape of the neck, eyebrows, jawline, and marionette lines. Many other areas of the body can receive treatment as well, including the stomach, arms, buttocks, and just above the knees.

Contact Skintellect

For further questions about the insta-lift procedure, you can contact Skintellect for a consultation at 813.403.6002 or at  Skintellect is the go-to place in Tampa Bay, FL for pigment and scarring issues, as well as anti-aging and skin care. Our licensed laser and medical aesthetics specialist, Yody Jaquez, has more than 10 years of experience in skin care. You can talk to us about your skin concerns and goals, as well as your current medical conditions, so we can help you make the right decision for your skin. Insta-lift may be just the procedure you are looking for if having plastic surgery scares you. You can now have youthful and beautiful looking skin without compromising. Give us a call today!

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