Injectable Threads Can Lift Sagging Facial Skin in the Los Angeles Area
The natural aging process, combined with ultraviolet radiation exposure and other environmental factors, can cause firm, youthful skin to begin to sag. The result can be anything from a softening of the jawline to an overall change in contours as the facial shape shifts from a V to more of a square or circle. Nonsurgical PDO threads at the Los Angeles area's Cosmetic Surgery Institute are designed to address these unwanted changes by lifting tissues and holding them in an elevated position.
While a surgical procedure can yield more dramatic results, PDO threads are ideal for women and men who are not ready for that solution, but who still want to enjoy a rejuvenated look.
How Do PDO Threads Work?
The letters in PDO threads stand for "polydioxinone," which is an absorbable material commonly used in certain medical surgeries. When injected into a specific area, incredibly fine PDO threads can provide structure on their own by securing lax tissues in an uplifted position from the inside. This results in a change that is visible right away.
In addition to this physical support, the threads also stimulate collagen production. This new collagen adds further support, as well as outlasts the threads, which dissolve after several weeks or months. The resulting contours begin to develop within about two weeks and can last for a year or longer.
Because PDO threads are injected, there are no incisions or sutures to manage after a session. The threads, each one thinner than a human hair, are inserted directly into the dermis, which is the layer of skin between the epidermis (surface) and subcutaneous area. Neither the needle nor the threads create scar tissue.
What Can PDO Threads Treat?
Age-related sagging can occur in several regions of the face, including the midface/ cheeks, jawline, and neck. PDO threads are especially ideal for creating new contours on the lower third of the face, but they can also work to contour the brow and mid-face.
More Options for Facial Contouring
Volume loss in the mid-face can cause hollows to form, the apples of the cheeks to flatten, and jowls to develop lower down. Some dermal fillers, such as Voluma®, add hyaluronic acid-based volume back to these depleted areas, smoothing out creases and pulling up sagging tissue to better define the chin and neck. Other fillers, such as Radiesse®, stimulate collagen production in addition to adding volume.
Patients who are ready for surgery can opt for a facelift or neck lift. These procedures involve removing excess skin, shaping underlying tissue, and suturing the incisions so that the remaining skin sits in an elevated, more youthful position.
The ideal treatment depends on the patient, with deciding factors ranging from the degree of current facial skin laxity and the desired results. We can help you determine which treatment would serve you best in your efforts to restore youthful contours.