If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure but aren’t ready to go under the knife just yet, you actually have a lot of options. Whether you’re frustrated with wrinkles or just sick of looking tired, treatments from hydrafacials to microneedling can help cleanse your skin deeply and build collagen to firm tissue under your eyes. If you’re considering a PDO thread lift, also known as polydioxanone sutures, for facial rejuvenation, the professionals at Mirror Mirror in Houston can help you decide if it’s the best choice for your goals.
What is a PDO Thread Lift and Why Get One?
Polydioxanone sutures are colorless biodegradable sutures that break down over time under the skin. A PDO thread lift acts as a subtle, temporary facelift, with the added benefit of a collagen boost that will continue for months, even after the sutures dissolve. If you are getting ready for a big event, such as a wedding or a class reunion and you want to go in with confidence, knowing that you look fresh and healthy, the collagen boost and lift of a PDO thread lift may be exactly what you need.
The whole procedure can be done in the office, requires little to no downtime, and does not involve the risks of surgery. This procedure also offers a subtle change in your appearance without the pitfalls of a more invasive procedure. Depending on the amount of sagging or drooping you want to address, your PDO thread lift can offer benefits from simple rejuvenation to the appearance of a moderate facelift.
How Long Does a PDO Thread Lift Last?
Your benefits will be visible directly after the procedure and may last for up to six months. Unlike a surgical facelift, the benefits will no longer be visible after a year. Because the sutures dissolve, you may retain the additional skin-firming collagen for years, but the lifting power of the sutures will fade as your body breaks down the threads.
What Procedures Complement the PDO Thread Lift?
If you would like to brighten your skin in addition to lifting it, you might consider getting a mild chemical peel before your lift. A chemical peel promotes skin cell renewal, removes tired, dead cells, and firms the skin.
Another option is to undergo microneedling. Like a PDO thread lift, microneedling promotes collagen and healing, though nothing is left behind underneath the skin after microneedling.
Both PDO thread lifts and microneedling can cause bruising. While you may not be able to get them done on the same day, you may be able to get them done within a few days of each other, which will allow you to just take a few days off to heal up completely.
Finally, you may want to consider microdermabrasion. Like a chemical peel, microdermabrasion cleans out pores and removes dead cells that leave skin looking lifeless.
The Benefits of a Subtle Change
If you have ever considered cosmetic surgery and decided against it, what changed your mind? For many people, the idea of surgical alterations, such as a nose job or an eye lift, is just too much change and commitment at once.
A PDO thread lift offers you the chance to make a smaller dollar investment in a temporary change to see how you like your new look. If you love the results of your thread lift and decide to go for a mini facelift in a year, you can head into your procedure with confidence.
How Do I Prepare for the Procedure?
You will need to do some prep work at home prior to your procedure. One of the big steps you will need to take is setting up a sleeping area that will allow you to lie on your back as you rest. If you tend to roll onto your side once you’re asleep, there are a few tips and tricks you can use.
1. Get a wedge pillow that will elevate your head.
2. Get pajamas with pockets and put a tennis ball in each pocket. If you need to, stitch the pocket closed.
3. Sleep in a recliner with a travel pillow around your neck to prevent head bobs.
Take a little time off and rest up! If you are making a big change to your sleeping position, your sleep will probably be less restful in a recliner or on a wedge pillow. Catch some naps when you can.
Take This Time To Celebrate Wellness
Growing older can be stressful. While you are planning for your PDO thread lift, do something to celebrate your good health! If you smoke, now is the time to get the help you need to stop.
In the weeks leading up to your procedure, take a look in your refrigerator. What’s the first thing you see when you open the door? If it’s not a water bottle, get one. Banish soda to the bar refrigerator or move it to a lower shelf. Make sure that your produce drawer is full of fresh foods that will help you load up on antioxidants before your appointment.
Will I Need a Driver?
As a general rule, a local anesthetic will not require you to have someone drive you to or from your appointment. However, you will want to avoid anything that pulls on your skin, such as intense turns to check for other cars. Arrange to have a friend or loved one come with you or drop you off and pick you up after your procedure.
Learn More About Thread Lifts at Mirror Mirror
Contact Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston to learn more about non-surgical methods of lifting sagging tissue, brightening tired skin, and gaining confidence in your appearance. Call our office at (281) 810-9083 to schedule a PDO thread lift consultation.