With advances in cosmetic treatments, it is nearly impossible to know who had a facelift, especially when it comes to PDO or PLA Thread lifting. These days going under the knife is increasingly becoming a dated way to combat aging. Surgical intervention is an old phenomenon, whereas Non-invasive and non-surgical procedures are on the rise, with the PDO and PLA thread lifting now leading the way.
Thread lift treatments, which involve inserting a medical grade suture (absorbable) under the skin through an incision and pulling it out another, have become the most wanted procedure in 2019. It is a well-known procedure in Korea where this procedure has been mastered.
With time, techniques improved. The new PDO Thread Lifting of the face and the neck has been extremely popular among the 40s to 60s. “It’s a non-surgical technique used to reposition the skin to contour and define the face and neck,” says Dr. Alan Darush. “We use the threads to reposition and add volume to the skin, leaving a more rejuvenated look,” adds Dr. Alan Darush, founder and medical director at NewSkin Laser Center.
The material used in the procedure is created using PDO (polydioxanone) and PLA (polylactic acid). It looks like a thread – which it effectively is – studded with bi-directional or uni-directional hooks to stabilize the skin. “It works by anchoring the skin using different technologies, either cones or barb sutures, which pass in one direction freely, and when pulled in the other direction, engage the dermis and cause a lifting effect,” explains Dr. Darush.
“The threads have a lifting and collagen regenerating effect similar to Sculptura,” says Dr. Darush. It works like a filler to provide volume, yet it anchors itself and pulls on the area until satisfactory results are noted. With sagging jowls eliminated, and the facelifted, the patient’s appearance is revitalized.
On average, four to five cog (hook) threads are used across the upper face cheekbones, lower cheekbones, jowls, and one on either side across the neck. The results were immediate and progressively improved as the threads produce natural collagen in a lifted position around the PDO or PLA. Results last up to 18 months for PLA threads, and it might need a few more in one year to maintain the lifted position. Most patients are thrilled with the results, and some have replaced their routine fillers with thread lifting.
There are also different forms of thread lifting for other body areas, including the buttocks (Columbian butt lift), neck lift, around the knees, and lifting sagging breasts.
Threads are actually less painful than the fillers, and for comfort, lidocaine is injected for complete pain-free insertion of the threads. The reason threads are not painful is because cannulas are used instead of needles. Cannulas do not tear the skin; vessels and bruising are usually minimal.
Like with every treatment, results can differ. “The outcome depends on the thickness of the skin, so we always recommend a consultation to ensure a person is the best candidate for the PDO thread lifting,” explains Dr. Darush. Ideal candidates are patients in their mid-30s and go up to mid-60s as they share mild skin sagging, jowls, and loss of contour and definition.
At New Skin Laser Center, we offer the most advanced medical technologies and services like Ultherapy Skin Tightening, Scuplsure, Radiofrequency skin tightening, ablative, and non-ablative laser machines to improve your skin to a more youthful, vibrant you. We are also offering non-invasive facelifts with our latest PDO and PLA thread lifting.
We have two locations, Northridge and Simi Valley, to choose from and serve the vicinity communities of Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Chatsworth, Granada Hills, Porter Ranch, West Hills, Woodland Hills, and Tarzana.