PDO Thread Lift

Visibly Tighten and Lift Your Skin with Dissolvable Sutures in Tucson, AZ

Many patients who have skin laxity or sagging facial tissues want to regain more youthful contours, but aren’t ready to choose—or aren’t interested in—cosmetic surgery. Fortunately, there’s a leading-edge procedure that bridges the gap between cosmetic surgery and skin resurfacing treatments: a PDO thread lift. Tucson and Oro Valley’s Ironwood Dermatology recommends this approach for patients who have loose facial skin and want to enjoy a younger-looking appearance.

Due to the normal aging process, just about everyone may notice a loss of elasticity in their skin at some point as time goes by. Sagging skin may also develop due to a loss of fat thanks to successful weight loss or a reduction in collagen and elastin, which are the proteins that provide the skin’s structure and elasticity. Exposure to pollution and other lifestyle factors can also speed up the aging process. In the past, cosmetic surgery was the only way to treat cosmetic concerns caused by a loss of skin elasticity, such as jowls and drooping cheeks. Non-invasive and minimally invasive options such as injectables and skin resurfacing procedures can make the skin look firmer, but they can’t address more than mild loose skin. PDO threads can.

Do You Have Questions?

If you’re ready to enjoy the benefits of a PDO thread lift in Tucson and Oro Valley, AZ, contact Ironwood Dermatology by calling 520.618.1630 or submitting a contact form.

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What is a PDO Thread Lift?

A thread lift is a skin treatment that involves positioning temporary sutures under the skin’s surface to provide a temporary, subtle lift. When lax skin is “pulled back” and secured in that position, it elevates and tightens certain areas of the face, creating a sleeker, more youthful look.

Sometimes described as a “non-surgical facelift,” the procedure can make use of many types of internal sutures. Some of the most popular are known as PDO thread lifts. These involve lifting and tightening facial tissues with Polydioxanone (PDO) threads that are inserted and anchored into specific skin layers. The biodegradable polyester sutures also prompt collagen production from specialized cells called fibroblasts, which generates long-term structural support and improved skin health.

What Does a PDO Thread Lift Address?

A PDO thread lift can lift almost any area of the face impacted by age-related loss of elasticity, including loose skin around the eyes, cheeks, jaw, and neck. This versatile treatment will be customized for each patient’s skin type and unique cosmetic goals.

Who is a Good Candidate for a PDO Thread Lift in Tucson and Oro Vallery?

Thread lift treatments are ideal for patients who have mild to moderate (rather than severe) signs of skin laxity. Be sure to be upfront about any medical conditions you may have during the consultation before your treatment so that we can determine whether a PDO thread lift would be the most suitable option for you. Patients who are in their late 30s to early 50s may benefit the most from this procedure. Avoid medications and supplements that can increase the risk of bruising or bleeding before your appointment. The best candidates are those who maintain realistic expectations.

What Are the PDO Thread Lift Results and Recovery?

Patients will notice the new elevated facial contours right away, and the results can be expected to last for around one year. The colorless polyester PDO threads are made from will eventually break down, start to dissolve, and be absorbed into the body after around six months have passed.

Patients can choose to have an additional PDO thread lift procedure in the future to replace the ones that have dissolved. There is minimal to no recovery time needed after a PDO thread lift, and patients can resume most of their daily activities—including a return to work—right away.

Common side effects include minor bruising, soreness and swelling, which can all be expected to fade in the days following a treatment.

Which Skin Rejuvenation Options Complement a PDO Thread Lift in Tucson and Oro Valley?

Many patients combine PDO thread lifts with other anti-aging procedures such as dermal fillers to maximize their results. Fillers are injectable gel treatments that are added below the skin to provide temporary volume and lift, sculpt facial contours, or reduce wrinkles. chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and microneedling can improve the tone and texture of the skin. You may also want to consider laser skin resurfacing to reduce uneven pigmentation and other cosmetic skin issues, such as wrinkles.

Do You Have Questions?

To schedule a PDO thread lift at Tucson and Oro Valley’s Ironwood Dermatology, call 520.618.1630 or fill out a contact form to request a consultation.

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