Did you know that you lose collagen, the protein that keeps your skin looking young and vital, every day as you age? In fact, by age 70, your skin will have lost 80 percent of its thickness. This loss of collagen is what causes it to stretch and wrinkle as it gives in to the pull of gravity.
Luckily, there’s a solution that doesn’t require surgery. Enter the polydioxanone (PDO) thread lift, a minimally invasive and effective procedure that we perform here at the offices of Bonnie S. Friehling, MD, where your cosmetic health and well-being is our specialty.
How a thread lift works
Unlike traditional facelifts, a thread lift doesn’t require any incisions, anesthesia, or downtime. With this procedure, we use threads that we insert under the skin with a needle. The threads stay anchored in the skin via cones or graspers, which are then stitched in place to hold up previously sagging skin.
In addition to physically tightening the skin, this method also triggers the body’s healing response and directs surges of collagen to the treated areas. This continuous flow of collagen restores your skin’s natural vitality and elasticity. The PDO threads are FDA approved and made of biocompatible materials.
The benefits of a thread lift
The threads remain in place for about four to six months and then dissolve. The results, however, are long-lasting because the procedure encourages the continuous flow of collagen to the area.
The thread lift procedure isn’t just great for your face and neck. You can also use it on other areas of your body that you’d like to appear more youthful, like your abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, knees, and armpits.
Unlike a traditional face-lift, a thread lift involves little recovery time. Because we use local, rather than general anesthesia, you can even drive yourself to and from your procedure. And there’s far less pain and discomfort, with only a small amount of redness, soreness, and swelling.
A thread lift is also great because you can combine it with other cosmetic procedures like fillers. And because it’s minimally invasive, a thread lift is more affordable than a traditional face-lift.
Am I a candidate?
Thread lifts are recommended for candidates in their late 30s to early 50s. Be sure to talk to us about your full medical history and any medication that you may be on, as there are some medical conditions that may disqualify you from the procedure. However, Dr. Friehling can discuss any concerns that you may have during your consultation.
Don’t wait any longer for youthful vivacious skin. Call us to schedule an appointment today.