Many people who seek cures for sagging skin, turkey necks and jowls think that they need a face lift. For some, it is the treatment of choice, other therapies are usually needed in addition to the lift, probably volume. Honest discussions like this are possible with Patty Stewart, APMA’s Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner. If surgery is the best option, that is the way she directs you. The technology that Patty combines has proven successful and combating the common complaints that a skin lift (facelift) solves, threads are a piece of the plan for those select patients. Patty offers complimentary consultations where she forms an individualized staging aesthetic plan for your consideration taking into account your concerns and financial limitations.
Polydiaxanone (PDO) threads are a unique option in today’s aesthetic arena. These threads are constructed of the same material used in surgery to hold tissue together and act the same by building collagen where inserted. Their function is to hold tissue together and form new tissue to secure the hold that tissue in place. In aesthetics, these threads are used to lift loose skin and small sections of fat to tighten jawlines, necks, lower face and different places on the body.
PDO threads are safe and effective and are most effective when used in conjunction with other technologies, just like most other aesthetic treatments. These threads show the best results when inserted by experienced medical professionals and in patients with ideal skin types and fat distributions.
PDO threads are designed to lift the skin and hold it in place. To achieve such a feat, these threads are molded to form barbs that encircle the thread. These barbs are at opposing angles at either end so that the skin stays in place. In the right patient, these threads give amazing results are and extremely natural-looking.
Planning placement is the most important piece of the procedure to assure a natural result without skin buckling and for the ideal lift. Patty has been inserting threads for 5 years with outstanding results. She uses two types, MINT and MIRACU and is now a trainer for MIRACU thread line. To improve outcomes, Patty combines Threads with other technologies, again, because aesthetic issues are complex and require combined or stacked technologies to assure success.
The application of each thread is quick with minimal discomfort under a local anesthetic. No general anesthesia is needed. There is moderate soreness and swelling in the first 48 hours after insertion which improves quickly with arnica and Tylenol. Ice can also be used to improve swelling and discomfort. Additional post-care instructions are to have minimal muscle movements within the first two weeks (no excessive smiling or gesturing) as the threads may dissolve. The threads will continue to settle for 3-4weeks. Patty keeps close contact to assure patients are informed and supported during that time.
Over the next six months, your body absorbs the threads. But that doesn’t mean your results dissipate. As Patty places the threads, it triggers your body’s regenerative response. Over the coming months, your body builds a new network of collagen in the area. Once the thread dissolves, this new collagen network keeps your skin tight and lifted. These results can last a year or more, especially with home products and technologies that continue to improve skin health.