PDO Smooth Threads

At this point, BOTOX® is so common that you probably have at least 1 or 2 friends who have these injections (even if they’re not talking about it). Cosmetic injectable treatments are practically an extension of some people’s skincare routines. Now, another treatment is generating the type of buzz that surrounded BOTOX and fillers when they first emerged: PDO smooth threads at our premier med spas in Omaha. This minimally invasive skin smoothing and tightening treatment helps patients from Bellevue, Lincoln, and surrounding cities rejuvenate their skin by adding volume and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. It requires virtually no downtime and involves little discomfort. Sound too good to be true?

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How Do Smooth Threads Work?

Smooth threads are thinner than hair and made of absorbable surgical polydioxanone (PDO). When inserted below the skin, PDO smooth threads trigger 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.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Smooth Threads?

Even though most women and men who undergo smooth thread procedures are in their late 30s and 40s, smooth threads can benefit most adults with mild to moderate lines, wrinkles, and areas of tired, crepey skin. Popular treatment areas include:

  • Around the eyes (crow’s feet)
  • Between the eyebrows (11s)
  • Border of the upper lip
  • Hollows of the cheeks
  • Around the mouth (lip lines, laugh lines, and marionette lines)
  • Acne scars
  • Under the chin
  • Neck (necklace lines)

Smooth threads can complement (or be used in place of) BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal filler injections.

Are PDO Smooth Threads the Same as a Thread Lift?

No. Smooth threads do not have barbs like lifting threads; they increase collagen production in the skin but do not lift sagging tissues.

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How Is a Smooth Threads Treatment 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 the targeted areas. Smooth threads do not require numbing. It takes approximately 6 seconds to insert a smooth thread after cleansing the area with an alcohol swab. Our providers usually place about 6 threads per session, so it’s a quick treatment.

Is Downtime Needed?

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

How Long Does It Take for Smooth Threads To Work?

You’ll begin to see the rejuvenating effects of smooth threads in about 4 weeks as the body produces new collagen. The skin will continue to tighten and smooth out for about 3 to 4 months. Typically, it takes 4 to 6 weeks for the threads to dissolve following the smooth thread procedure. Our providers recommend a series of 3 sessions separated by a month.

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If you’ve been looking for an effective way to rejuvenate your skin, PDO smooth threads may be 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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