Non-Surgical Facelift with Threads

New York Laser Vision Aesthetics has added the popular Thread Lift to its menu of services. The new PDO absorbable Thread Lift procedure safely and instantly lifts the loose skin of the face and neck with minimal downtime. This procedure also triggers the body to naturally produce collagen that has been lost with age. Thread lifting rewinds time to make the skin appear younger, tighter, and eliminates fine wrinkles and “crepey” skin that is often hard to treat with any other modalities.

For ten years, the PDO absorbable thread lift has been performed in Asia and Europe. In addition to being safe, it is one of the most popular “lift” treatments. The PDO thread lift procedure takes around 30 minutes to complete, which is why it has come to be known as the lunch hour lift, the half-hour face lift, and the one-stitch face lift. Following the application of some local anesthetic, the specialized PDO threads are placed within some of the deeper layers of the skin, lifting the skin. The treatment is safe and you can return to work the very same day with minimal discomfort. As well as lifting, PDO threads can be used purely to stimulate collagen production in the skin. Because of this, PDO threads work well in combination with other rejuvenating treatments.

Restore the V-Shape

PDO Threading is one the most effective ways to lift loose skin without surgery and regain that naturally beautiful V-Shape of the face. As we age, gravity takes a toll on our bodies − most notably in the face. You may notice it around the eyebrows, areas around the eyes, cheeks, jowls, and neck. The result? A longer, more square-shaped and older-looking, “saggy” face that appears over time as we lose our youthful V-Shaped face.

PDO Threads restore the natural V-Shape. The lower third of the face can be challenging when treating with wrinkle relaxers or dermal fillers. Threads do not give the appearance of too much added volume that may sometimes occur with fillers.

Trigger Collagen Production

PDO threads stimulate the body to produce collagen that has been lost over time. The body produces collagen naturally and is in abundance when we are young, but unfortunately, production begins to decline at about age 25 and continues as we age. It decreases even more in women after menopause. In addition, collagen production also declines with other factors such as smoking, sugar intake, and ultraviolet rays. This decline leads to wrinkles and sagging skin. Although there is no way to prevent collagen decreases in the body, there is still hope! There are several specific beauty procedures that help trick our bodies into jump-starting collagen production again. PDO Threading, Sculptra, and Microneedling are some of the more popular collagen restoration treatments out there today.

PDO threads take advantage of the skin’s natural ability to produce collagen. By placing the threads into specific areas of the face and neck, we can control the specific location where collagen is produced, as well as, the amount of collagen produced. After treatment, the threads gradually dissolve and collagen synthesis is stimulated, thus forming a tight collagen network. In a few months the treads will gone, but the collagen network remains, granting a lasting strengthening of the skin and an overall more youthful appearance.

PDO Thread Lift FAQ’s

How Does It Work?
During the treatment, a fine cannula (a special type of needle) is used to introduce the PDO threads into the skin. The number of threads used depends on the desired results. This can range from a single thread to nearly 50 threads when treating areas such as the face and neck. The fine threads are carefully guided through the skin and placed in position along the pre-marked contours. Once the thread is in position, the cannula is removed and the thread remains in place. The threads contain tiny barbs, or anchors, which lock into the skin and hold it in its new position. Any excess threading is trimmed once the desired lift has been achieved.

You will able to see visible lifting effects produced from PDO threading on the very same day following the procedure. After approximately one month, you will start to notice the rejuvenating effects as new collagen is stimulated to form around the thread, supporting the skin and improving its texture. A process called neovascularization (the formation of new blood vessels) helps to improve the microcirculation within the skin. This results in a more youthful appearance by the reducing fine lines months after the procedure itself. The threads have a further effect of causing the fatty tissue in the face to contract, giving the face a slimmer, tighter, and firmer appearance.

Does it hurt?
Before the treatment begins, you will be given a topical and local anesthetic. This helps to numb the area that is to be treated and reduces any associated discomfort. Patients report little to no pain or discomfort from the procedure.

What areas of the face can a PDO thread lift be used to treat?
As with a traditional facelift, a PDO thread lift can help to lift the skin of the entire face. As well as lifting, the treatment will stimulate the body to produce more collagen in the treatment area. It is particularly effective as a treatment to contour and add definition to the lower jaw, cheeks, eyebrows, and neck.

Below is a more complete list of areas that can be treated:

  • Nasolabial folds (filling and collagen production).
  • Cheeks (eliminate fine lines, stimulate collagen production).
  • Under Eyes (improve skin elasticity, improve fine lines).
  • Jowls, Jaw line (non-surgical lifting to improve contour).
  • Entire Face (to restore a more youthful V-shaped face and reduce lower face heaviness).
  • Forehead (to reduce wrinkles and reduce or eliminate the need for Botox).
  • Upper lip (to reduce smoker’s lines with collagen production, reducing fine lines).
  • Lip (to restore the contour of lips which is lost over time, lasts much longer than filler!!!!).
  • Neck (to tighten skin).
  • Chin (to lift and reduce skin sagging and/or double chin).
  • Body (Can be used in the décolletage, cleavage, stomach, and leg area to tighten skin).

Body (Can be used in the décolletage, cleavage, stomach, and leg area to tighten skin).
You should notice an immediate improvement to your appearance, which will continue over several months as your body produces new collagen and the rejuvenating effects develop.

The PDO threads usually dissolve after nine months following treatment, but the results and improvements to your appearance last for several months following the dissolution of the threads. Every person is different and factors such as age and the degree of sagging that has been corrected will have an impact on the longevity of the treatment. Results very with every individual. It is possible to have a top-up treatment with additional threads around six to nine months following the procedure to extend the benefits of the thread lift for up to an additional three years.

What material are the threads made from?
The sutures and cones used in a PDO thread lift are made from Polydioxanone (PDO for short), which is a polymer that has been used for surgical sutures for many years. The threads are well tolerated, strong, and breakdown naturally over time.

Is a PDO thread lift safe?
In the hands of an experienced and highly trained practitioner, the PDO thread lift has an excellent safety record. The risks associated with the PDO thread lift are less than fillers and significantly less than with a surgical facelift.

Minor side effects of this treatment include bruising, swelling, tenderness, numbness, or slight asymmetry, however, most side effects resolve within a couple of days. Complications are rare and are less likely in the hands of a skilled and trained practitioner.

Naturally, we will explain all the pros and cons of this treatment with you before you decide whether to go ahead with it.

Can anyone have a PDO thread lift?
Most patients who choose a PDO thread lift are in their 30s or older, as this treatment is ideal if you have mild to moderate sagging. It would not be recommended for someone in their 20s.

Is there anything I should do before my treatment?
Before your treatment you will need to remove all make-up and any residual creams or lotions on your face. The day before your treatment it is advisable to avoid alcohol, aspirin, Ibuprofen, St. John’s Wort, omega fish oils, Gingko Biloba, and Vitamins C and E in order to minimize any bruising from the procedure.

For more information regarding the PDO Thread Lift treatment please contact us at (718) 676-6464.

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