FAQ

1. How can I lift my sagging jowls without undergoing surgery?
Sagging jowls is one of the most common concerns among individuals above 40 years old and is frequently seen in my clinic. While injectables cannot help get rid of the sagging jowls, PDO thread lift is the best method used to take care of the sagging jowls. It also helps create a sharp jawline by lifting the skin.


2. How can I get rid of my laughter lines (nasolabial folds)?
Nasolabial folds can be taken care by insertion of spiral threads, which would create some volume to help fill the deep folds; meanwhile, by the insertion of barbed Cog threads we can lift the cheeks and help reduce the appearance of the nasolabial folds.


3. How can I get rid of my Marionette lines (extension of nasolabial folds = Grief lines)?
PDO thread lift can lift the droopy skin in the Marionette lines and this lift can be performed either in combination with lifting the cheeks or lifting the jowls.


4. How can lift my droopy eyebrows?
One of the major concerns we see in the clinic is the complaint people have about the space between the eyes and the eyebrows that gets less with aging. While Botox injections can temporarily take care of this issue, in some case it can actually cause more droopy eyebrows after a few injections. PDO thread lift works the best to lift the eyebrows without creating any adverse side effects. This procedure helps increase the space between the eyes and the eyebrows and gives a more youthful look.


5. How can I lift the tail of my eyebrow?
PDO thread lift is one of the best methods to lift eyebrows’ tails in a very controllable way. It is the only non-invasive way in which we can actually lift any part of the eyebrows.


6. What is the best way to take care of the sagging skin of the neck?
PDO thread lift procedure helps to lift sagging skin in the neck and tighten the skin under the skin (double chin) to create a sharp jawline. It also helps to rejuvenate the skin on the neck.


7. Is there an age limit with regards to receiving PDO thread face-lift?
PDO thread lift can be performed on individuals between the ages of 18 to 75. The most common age range for this procedure is between 25 to 65 years old.


8. Can we use the PDO threads for the frown lines?
PDO threads (including Mono and Spiral threads) can be inserted in the frown lines and the forehead lines to help restructure the skin and rejuvenate. The benefits of the PDO threads are that they do not freeze the facial expressions. They stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of the fine lines.


9. What are the PDO threads?
PDO threads are made of polydioxanone which are injected into the skin with the use of special needles. PDO is a protein-based material that is widely used in medical suturing and the PDO threads are absorbable.


10. What is the PDO thread face-lift?
PDO thread face-lift is a non- invasive and non- surgical procedure performed to rejuvenate the skin and lift sagging skin.


11. What is the difference between the injectables and the PDO threads?
Injectables including Botox and dermal fillers function completely different from the PDO threads. Botox is mainly used to freeze the lines between the eyebrows and dermal fillers are injected into the cheek and nasolabial folds. They don’t stimulate any collagen production and their effects disappear after they get absorbed into the body. However, PDO threads can be inserted into different parts of the face and neck to help stimulate collagen production and rejuvenate the skin. PDO Barbed Cog threads are used to create immediate lift in the jowls, jawlines, Marionette lines, cheeks and neck; it is something that cannot be achieved with the injectables.


12. Can I still do PDO thread face-lift if I had injectable on my face?
Yes. You can have PDO thread lift procedure while you have Botox or dermal fillers under your skin; however, it is important to remember to avoid the injectables two months before and two months after the PDO thread lift procedure.


13. What are the benefits of PDO thread?
- Lifting sagging jowls
- Making V-shape jawline
- Eyebrow lift
- Removing Marionette lines
- Creating prominent cheeks
- Neck lift
- Stimulating collagen production
- Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
– Tightening skin
– Improving skin tone
– Improving skin color
– Slowing down skin aging
– Rejuvenating the skin
– Hydrating skin


14. What are the kinds of PDO threads?
There are two main categories of PDO threads: Mono and Spiral (collagen- stimulating threads) and Barbed Cog threads (produce instant lift). Mono threads are inserted under the skin to stimulate collagen production. They stay under the skin for a period of 3-4 months and continuously stimulate collagen production. They don’t produce results right away, but the results are seen gradually. The barbed cog threads have spines along them; once inserted under the skin, they tend to hook up to the skin and create immediate lift. The results are instant.


15. Is PDO thread lifting safe?
Yes. PDO thread is also called Polydioxanone Suture Threads. It is an absorbable sterile suture thread. The PDO threads have been used in the operating room for a variety of surgical procedures for decades in the whole world. Doctor often use them for General surgery procedures, Orthopedics, Plastic Surgery, Cardiovascular surgery, Maxillofacial surgery, Eye Surgery and almost all other surgical procedures. It is a very safe and commonly used material that is inserted under the skin.


16. Are there any side effects with the thread lift procedure
Depending on the anatomy of small vessels in the individuals face, there is a possibility for bruising and swelling to occur for a few days. In a worst-case scenario, bruising can last up to 10 days.


17. What do I need to avoid before the PDO thread lift?
It would beneficial to follow the following instructions prior to the thread lift procedure. You need to avoid alcohol, Advil, Aleve (Naproxen), Any anti-inflammatory medications, Ginkgo, Vitamin E, Omega fish oil, Aspirin starting five days before the procedure.


18. What do I need to avoid after the Thread Lift procedure?
Depending on what specific PDO thread lift procedure you receive, you will be given a list of instructions to follow after the procedure. In general, you should avoid massaging or rubbing the treated areas, steam room, sauna, heavy exercises, dental treatments, swimming (pool, ocean water), waxing for two weeks following the procedure. You need to avoid tanning beds, Botox, Dermal Fillers, any facial treatments, Microneedling (Dermapen), Radio-Frequency (RF), IPL, CO2, PRP, any Laser or other heat treatments near the treated area.


19. Who cannot receive the thread lift procedure (contraindications)?
- Patients who bruise or bleed easily (hemophiliacs, etc.)
- Patients on certain types of medications which are called blood thinners such as aspirin, Coumadin (warfarin), Xarelto, Eliquis, Plavix.
- Patients who have had cosmetic surgery in the last 6 months.
- Pregnancy
- Cancer patients
- Psoriasis on the face


20. What areas can be treated with PDO threads?
Mono/spiral threads can be inserted into different parts of the face and neck to stimulate collagen production. Barbed cog threads are used to lift the jowls, jawline, cheeks, eyebrows, forehead, and neck.


21. How long is the downtime?
Depending on the anatomy of small vessels in the individuals face, bruising and swelling may last up to 10 days.


22. How long does it take to see the results?
Results can be seen immediately after the procedure.