PDO Smooth Threads

At this point, BOTOX® is so common that you probably have at least 1 or 2 friends who have had a few injections (even if they’re not talking about it.) Cosmetic injectable treatments are practically an extension of some people’s skin care routines. Now, another treatment is generating the type of buzz that surrounded BOTOX and fillers when they first emerged: smooth threads. It’s a minimally invasive treatment that tightens skin by adding volume and smooths fine lines and wrinkles. It requires virtually no downtime and involves little discomfort. Sound too good to be true?

As we get older, the youthful “V” shape of our faces gradually starts to lose its definition as the skin becomes less elastic and muscles get pulled down by gravity. Eventually, wrinkles, folds, and jowls develop, and the facial shape is an inverted “V” without the angular, defined appearance of our youth. Women and men who want to regain a more youthful appearance without surgery can get a minimally invasive PDO smooth thread lift at our Omaha med spas.

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What Is a Thread Lift?

At our Preventative Medical Clinic med spas in Omaha, we recommend smooth threads for areas of tired, crepey skin, common around the eyes, the upper lip, the hollows of the cheeks, under the chin and around the mouth (e.g., laugh lines).

Smooth threads are absorbable surgical polydioxanone (PDO) threads that can be used virtually anywhere on the face or body. Thinner than hair and made of protein, the threads are inserted below the skin to elicit a mild injury that the body responds to by adding structural proteins (fibrin, elastin, collagen), resulting in a smoother, plumper appearance. This includes your lip area, near the eyes to treat crow’s-feet, on the forehead to treat the “11” lines and around the mouth for marionette lines., smooth threads can complement (or be used in place of) Botox, as an alternative to dermal fillers and to treat the lip area.

At our Preventative Medical Clinic med spas in Omaha, we use the V Soft Lift® technique for smooth thread procedures. The V Soft Lift tightens and lifts skin using small, thin threads that the provider positions in the tissue just beneath the skin’s surface. Not only does the smooth thread lift and tighten the tissue, but it also triggers the body’s natural healing process, which results in the gradual production of new collagen. Collagen is essential for having smooth, tight skin, but we produce less and less of it as we age.

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Who Is a Good Candidate for a Smooth Threads?

Even though most of the women and men who undergo smooth thread procedures are in their late 30s and 40s, anyone with mild to moderate sagging facial skin can benefit from the technique. Thread lifts can correct sagging in various areas, including:

  • Cheeks
  • Jawline
  • Forehead
  • Neck
  • Brows
  • Crows Feet

Combining a smooth threads with other nonsurgical facial rejuvenation treatments, such as dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic, can enhance the overall results.

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How Is a Thread Lift Performed?

First, you’ll have a consultation with your provider to decide how many threads are needed to achieve your desired effect. Then, one-inch absorbable surgical PDO Smooth threads are inserted via a very tiny needle into targeted areas. Smooth threads do not require numbing. It takes maybe six seconds to insert a smooth thread after an alcohol swab cleanse of the area, and our providers usually place about six per session, so it’s a quick treatment.

Because the procedure doesn’t involve incisions, you don’t have to worry about scars. In fact, aside from some minor swelling, there are typically no other side effects associated with a smooth thread procedure, and patients may return to work or other activities if they’re comfortable.

When Will I See Results?

You’ll see the lifting effects of a thread lift nearly immediately after swelling resolves. Skin will gradually appear tighter and smoother as new collagen is produced for several months after the procedure. The threads used in the procedure—a biocompatible suture material called polydioxanone (PDO)—are absorbed by the body. Typically, the threads dissolve 4 to 6 weeks following the smooth thread procedure. Our providers recommend a series of 3 sessions separated by a month.

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Request a Consultation

If you’ve been looking for a safe, less costly facelift alternative, a PDO smooth thread lift is the ideal solution. Patients from Bellevue to Des Moines, IA, travel to Preventative Medical Clinic for our providers’ aesthetic expertise. You can request a consultation using the online form or call us at (402) 408-0017 to schedule an appointment.

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