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Does a PDO Threadlift Really Work?

Gone are the days when a surgical facelift was the only solution to addressing pesky wrinkles and unattractive loose skin. The PDO threadlift is a facelift alternative that is becoming the treatment of choice for adults who want to tighten mild to moderate sagging in the forehead, brows, cheeks, jawline, and neck (virtually any area in the face) without succumbing to surgery. But is it really effective?

An all-inclusive aesthetic destination in Charlotte, NC, Carolina Facial Plastics is led by myself, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh, and my team of cosmetic experts, including two board-certified physician assistants, Heather Bryant, MPAS, PA-C and Amanda Piligan, PA-C, a nurse practitioner Courtney Whitley, FNP-C, and our medical aesthetician Terri Edson

Our plastic surgery clinic offers a full range of surgical, non-surgical, and aesthetic treatments, including the PDO threadlift that we can customize to your precise needs and goals.

Below, we explain how the PDO threadlift can turn back the clock on aging and why it’s a game-changer when it comes to anti-aging treatments.

What is a Threadlift?

A threadlift is a minimally invasive procedure that effectively lifts loose skin. Unlike a surgical facelift that removes the patient’s excess loose facial skin, a provider will only suspend and stitch up portions of the skin during a threadlift.

The PDO thread, which stands for polydioxanone, is a flexible, absorbable type of biocompatible polymer thread. After we insert the threads underneath the skin, we tighten and pull them back, lifting the sagging areas of the face.

This gives the skin an instantly lifted and rejuvenated appearance. The threads not only anchor the skin and lift it upward, but also encourage the body to produce more collagen, which improves overall skin texture and elasticity.

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What can a PDO ThreadLift Treat?

My expert team can lift multiple areas of the face with a threadlift. Common treatment locations include:

  • Mid-face and cheeks
  • Lower-face and jowls
  • Eyebrows
  • Nose
  • Neck

A threadlift if so versatile that it can virtually treat any area and address multiple aesthetic concerns. For instance, a threadlift may also contour the jawline, raise a droopy nose tip, and smooth fine lines.

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It can even create the trendy “cat eye” and “snatched chin” looks, which have become popular on social media.

At Carolina Facial Plastics in Charlotte, we solely focus on treatments for the face and neck. Our specialization in a single treatment area allows us to deliver the best results while minimizing risk.

The providers at our plastic surgery clinic all have extensive experience in the treatments we provide. Courtney Whitley, our board-certified nurse practitioner, has completed specialized training in thread lifting.

We use MINT and PDO MAX threads, which have the highest quality and best lifting capabilities of all the threads available today.

Benefits of a Non-Surgical Facelift By Threading

PDO threading is enjoying its well-deserved reputation as an anti-aging procedure that creates a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance without having to go under the knife. There are several reasons why you might want to consider adding a threadlift to your beauty arsenal. Some of the benefits are:

  • It provides instant skin lifting
  • It promotes cellular renewal through collagen stimulation, which improves skin texture, fine lines, and elasticity
  • It provides skin-tightening effects
  • It improves facial contours
  • It provides natural-looking results (because of the subtle yet visible lift, there is no worry of looking “over-pulled” or “wind-blown” as with a surgical facelift)
  • It provides long-lasting results (the absorbable threads work to gradually stimulate new collagen production, allowing the plumper and more youthful-looking skin to last for up to 12 months)
  • It requires minimal downtime (most people do not take time off from work to recover)
  • It can be safely combined with other cosmetic procedures such as laser resurfacing, Botox, and dermal fillers

Are PDO Threads Better Than Filler?

Dermal fillers are renowned for their plumping and lifting abilities. These injectables (typically made from hyaluronic acid) provide structure, tone, hydration, and a more sculpted and youthful appearance to virtually all areas of the face.

PDO threads have gained popularity in recent years due to their collagen-creating properties and ability to provide a support system underneath the skin. A threadlift instantly lifts sagging areas while encouraging the body to speed up collagen production, resulting in a tighter, firmer, and more sculpted appearance.

Both of these procedures are great approaches for a number of different concerns. Between the two treatments, we typically recommend fillers for patients looking for volume restoration in addition to subtle lift and smoothing. 

Cosmetic threading lifts all the areas of the face that are beginning to sag. The best  procedure for you will depend on your concerns and goals. We can also combine the two cosmetic treatments for even better results.

There have never been better options for individuals who want to refresh their appearance without the need for surgery. We will help you explore the wide range of solutions and help you create a treatment plan that meets your needs and goals best. At Carolina Facial Plastics, we believe in the holistic approach to skin rejuvenation –because the combination approach often produces the best results.

Schedule Your Threadlift at our Plastic Surgery Clinic Today 

Take the first step toward the natural-looking lift you’ve been dreaming of. Contact Carolina Facial Plastics to schedule a consultation and to learn more about the PDO threadlift and our other anti-aging treatments.

Next, read about your other alternatives in a non-surgical facelift.

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