Understanding How PDO Threads Work to Lift and Rejuvenate Your Skin

Plastic surgery gives you an extremely effective way to roll back the years, giving you tighter, smoother, more youthful-looking skin. But it does come with downtime. If your schedule doesn’t allow for a postoperative recovery period, you’ll be glad to know there’s another skin-lifting treatment you can consider.

Dr. Norman J. Pastorek and Janice Pastorek, BSN, RN, offer nonsurgical facelifts with polydioxanone (PDO) threads at our offices. These PDO threads lift and rejuvenate your skin with an outpatient treatment that comes with next-to-no downtime. It’s ideal for people with a busy schedule. 

Is a PDO thread lift right for you? Use this guide to explore this treatment option.

What PDO threads are and how they work

PDO threads have been used for decades, although they only recently became a widely used cosmetic treatment. Historically, medical practitioners used these threads as sutures during surgery. That’s because they can be safely absorbed by your body over time.

Unlike the PDO threads used for surgical sutures, Dr. Pastorek primarily uses PDO threads that have directional barbs or twists along them. He places these threads wherever your skin needs a lifting and tightening effect. 

He uses a specialized cannula to place the thread in the desired location. Once in place, the barbs or twists anchor the thread, ensuring that it can lift your skin to the desired location.

But that’s not all. The placement of the thread itself triggers your skin to produce collagen, the protein that keeps your skin smooth and tight. As your skin slowly absorbs the thread in the coming months, it’s replaced by a new network of collagen. This means the results from a PDO thread lift can last a year or more. 

The PDO thread treatment process

Dr. Pastorek keeps your comfort in mind throughout the entire PDO thread treatment process. He applies a small amount of anesthesia to the area where the thread will be placed to ensure you don’t experience any significant discomfort.

You might have some slight bruising or swelling after your PDO thread lift, but you won’t have any notable downtime. In fact, you can go straight from your appointment to whatever’s next on your schedule that day.

If you have mild or moderate skin sagging but aren’t ready for plastic surgery, a PDO thread lift could be just the thing. 

PDO threads give you a way to lift and tighten your skin without the need for any recovery period. If you think this anti-aging treatment might be right for you, call our office or schedule your appointment online today.

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