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The thread lifts of today may not align with what you thought you knew about thread lifts. In the late-1990s, the so-called “thread lift” was using threads to lift sagging skin, known as the “kinder and gentler” face lift. However, it had much scarier side effects, including scaring. Infection and obvious lumps under the skin made it a poor choice for most men and women.

The new and improved thread lift is FDA-cleared and non-invasive, with little to no downtime. It is becoming an increasingly popular way to tighten and re-suspend moderately saggy cheeks, brows and neck.

The old threads were made of barbed sutures and, if not anchored correctly, the patient would have visible lump and nodules. With the introduction of the PDO threads this solution has been greatly reduced.

Gone are the days when only facelift surgery could address facial skin laxity. A new procedure has been developed to provide noninvasive facial rejuvenation in place of surgery. The “thread lift” uses temporary sutures to produce a subtle, but visible, lift in the skin. You can experience instant skin lifting through mechanical effects with the PDO Thread Lift.

This treatment lifts and tightens sagging skin using threads made of polydioxanone (PDO). Once introduced, the threads produce cellular renewal through collagen stimulation and neovascularization to improve skin texture, fine lines and elasticity. The contracting of fat tissue actually tightens the skin.

The PDO Thread Lift is an effective, non-surgical, face-lifting treatment that is suitable for anyone looking to improve the appearance of sagging skin. If you are willing to undergo some injections and want to attain an immediate lift of the facial contours without undergoing a facelift surgery, you are a candidate for this procedure. It is best suited for men and women who are unwilling to tolerate the long downtime of a facelift surgery, but want to look refreshed and lifted, naturally.

Immediately after a PDO Thread Lift procedure, you will notice a 10 percent improvement to your appearance. Over the following six to nine months, as the threads dissolve, your skin will continue to tighten. About six months after the procedure, the PDO threads will disappear through simple hydrolysis, since they are absorbable. The lifted facial contours will remain for about three to six months more, due to the cellular rejuvenation effects. Your skin cells are stimulated to produce new collagen, and new blood vessels will improve skin microcirculation. At the same time, the PDO threads cause the fat tissue to contract, producing a skin-tightening and facial-slimming effect.

A PDO Thread Lift is a minimally invasive procedure. After numbing through the infusion of a local anesthetic, the PDO threads are inserted via sharp- or blunt-tipped needles (called cannulas) into different layers of the skin. Once inserted, the threads anchor the skin and lift it upward. The excess threads are then removed.

The procedure takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes. Improved techniques are allowing our patients to experience less pain, so there is minimal discomfort during the procedure. We suggest coming in yearly for maintenance of your threads to maintain your look. Ask about our Presidential Membership, and take advantage of the significant savings you’ll receive monthly. You’ll never have to worry about necessary adjustments again.

At CAS Clinical Med Spa, our treatment plans are different, as is our attention to detail. After your PDO Thread Lift, we will follow up with the latest in laser technology, which boosts collagen growth and enhances your PDO thread purchase. To further enhance your threads, we may suggest using fillers, i.e., hyaluronic acids, Bellafill, and neuromodulators to complete your transformation.

In the beginning, you may look slightly tighter than with your final result. In about one week, you will begin to look much more natural. There is no downtime, however, you may be slightly sore and swollen for a few days.

About nine months after the treatment, the threads will be dissolved, but the results will continue for many more months. We encourage our clients to follow up with us six to nine months after the first procedure to have much smaller threads placed. This maintains and continues the production of collagen growth.

The PDO Thread Lift allows practically all areas of the face, and more, to be treated. These include the undereye area, glabellar and inner eyebrows, crow’s feet (wrinkles around the eye) cheeks, nasolabial and nasojugal folds, jowls and jaw line, neck, and forehead. You also can receive a buttock lift, and treatment to arms, leg décolleté crepiness, smoker lines. Lip lining and the defining of your cupid’s bow are also options.

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