NON-SURGICAL FACELIFT (Thread Lifts)
Non-Surgical Facelift with PDO Threads at Northshore Medical Clinic in North Vancouver
A PDO thread lift focuses on mid-face, jowls and neck lifting and involves placement of threads under the skin at a specific depth. The threads are then pulled to achieve the desired lift.
The PDO threads dissolve over the next 6 months leaving no residual material present since a process called hydrolysis breaks them down. The new collagen that had formed around the sutures then continues to hold the skin up and tighten the skin.
The goal of a thread lift is to reposition facial and neck tissues thus restoring youthful proportions and appearances to the face.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
Non-Surgical Facelift (Thread Lifts)
The ideal candidate for a thread lift is a younger candidate with sagging skin
but does not have excessively loose skin.
Who Should Not Get PDO Threadlift?
Thread lifts are not recommended for candidates with excessively sagging skin at an advanced age. Candidates who are obese, or have very heavy, rugged skin too will also show little to no improvement with this procedure.
Side effects from a thread lift may include infection, bruising, swelling, tenderness, numbness, and slight asymmetry. Most of these potential problems resolve over the following weeks to months after the procedure.
What to Expect from Your Thread Lift Treatment:
- Avoid blood thinning medication and supplements such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, Gingko
- Avoid smoking and alcohol 3-7 days before treatment
- Local anesthesia is injected.
- Skin is cleaned.
- Threads are inserted through the needles.
- Barbs along the thread act as cogs to grasp, lift and suspend the skin.
- Needle is then withdrawn and tissue is “gathered” over the thread.
- Excess thread is cut.
Immediately After Treatment:
- Mild to moderate discomfort.
- Do not touch or wash the face for 12 hours.
- Limit facial motion for 24 hours.
1 Day After Treatment and Beyond:
- Non-strenuous activities can be resumed 1 day after treatment. Full physical activity can be resumed in 1 week, with strenuous activities after week 2-3.
- You may use Tylenol for managing pain.