Dr. Segura offers a minimally invasive PDO thread lift that can lift, tighten, and mold the face and neck to reduce wrinkles and stimulate collagen to give a more youthful appearance. PDO threads are an FDA-approved treatment made out of the same material as dissolvable surgical sutures that can be placed under the skin to lift and reposition the skin without the discomfort, down time and cost of a traditional surgical facelift. PDO threads are safe, have almost immediate results, and do not leave a visible scar. Nobody will know you had a facelift!
During the consultation, Dr. Segura will work with you to determine the best approach to get the results you want. She uses both MINT and PDO MAX threads to perform thread lifts and typically uses at least 4 threads on each side to ensure maximum lift. Both types of threads are FDA-approved for thread lifts and have ample data showing that this is a safe, effective therapy for wrinkles and sagging skin. The effects of a thread lift typically last 12-24 months. To ensure that you are comfortable during the thread procedure, Dr. Segura utilizes a combination of lidocaine and pronox because we believe that minimizing discomfort gives patients the best experience.
You can expect to have minor bruising and swelling for up to 2 weeks and should avoid vigorous activity like running and yoga. Another important part of thread post-care is facial rest, which is keeping the face relaxed while avoiding laughing, smiling, and quick movements in the face.
There are several types of threads that can be used for a thread procedure, including smooth threads, barbed threads, and twisted threads. Barbed threads are the main thread type for this procedure and have tiny barbs on the surface that anchor the surrounding tissue and allow “pull” on the skin for lifting and tightening. Collagen formation occurs around the threads and their barbs, amplifying the effect. Smooth threads are placed more superficially in the dermis and stimulate collagen to improve wrinkles, fine lines and volume. Twisted threads are thicker and primarily provide volume without lift, commonly used in the lip borders.
The ideal candidate for a thread lift have prominence of the jaw (i.e. jowling), a mildly sagging mid-facial appearance or slight bags under the eyes or on the neck. Other thread lift candidates are patients who had had some relapse from a prior procedure such as a facelift or neck lift. Those patients who have excessively sagging skin at an advanced age will show a very limited improvement and are typically not candidates.
A small subset of patients experience dimpling of the skin after a thread procedure, but this improves over a couple weeks and can be treated with massage and heat pads. An even smaller subset can have extrusion of a thread, which can typically be trimmed or removed.
Benefits of a PDO Thread Lift
Areas where PDO Threads are commonly used:
Cheek & Jowl Lift
Lip Border Enhancement
Jaw Line Lift