Marilyn Kwolek, MD
Dermatologist located in Danville, CA
Even if you limit your sun exposure and keep a strict skin care regimen, it won’t prevent your skin from wrinkling and sagging as you age. Over time, skin loses some of its elasticity and structure, leaving it vulnerable to the effects of gravity. If you’ve ever wished there was a way to tighten and lift loose, saggy skin without surgery, board certified dermatologist Dr. Marilyn Kwolek has the ideal solution: PDO thread lifts, also known as “lunchtime lifts.” From her state-of-the-art office in Danville, California, she offers minimally-invasive, non-surgical PDO thread lifts to patients in the Contra Costa area.
PDO Threads Q & A
What is a facelift?
A facelift, which is often done surgically, is the most direct and comprehensive way to treat loose, saggy facial skin caused by aging. Facelift surgery involves the repositioning of soft tissues (including skin, fat, and muscle) to reconstruct a more youthful, rejuvenated contour along your face, jaw, and neck.
The main goal of the procedure is to tighten underlying tissues and muscles while gently repositioning the skin — a technique that’s somewhat comparable to straightening and smoothing a tablecloth over a table. A facelift can help correct or improve jowls, a double chin, mid-face sagging, and marionette lines -- the long vertical wrinkles that extend down from the corners of the mouth.
What is a PDO thread lift?
Although traditional facelifts are extensive surgical procedures that require a considerable amount of recovery time, they’re not the only way to address loose, saggy facial skin. Advances in aesthetic medicine have made PDO thread lifts, commonly called “lunchtime lifts,” a viable facelift alternative for patients who don’t want to go under the knife.
PDO thread lifts are quick, minimally-invasive facelifts that don’t involve any cuts or incisions, and require minimal recovery time afterward. The in-office procedure uses hypodermic needles that are preloaded with sutures made of biodegradable polymers, a medical-grade material that your body absorbs and dissolves naturally. The tiny barbs attached to the end of the sutures act to instantly lift and tighten your skin from underneath, while simultaneously stimulating collagen production. The procedure is performed with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort.
What can I expect from the procedure?
Because PDO threads provide instant lift from the moment they’re injected, you can expect to see immediate results. And because the threads will continue to stimulate collagen production, you can also expect those results to be long-lasting. Even after the absorbable sutures are completely broken down in four to six months, most patients continue to see significant lifting results for 15 months to two years.
Am I an ideal candidate for PDO threads?
You might consider having a PDO thread lift if the natural aging process has left you with loose, saggy, and wrinkled facial skin that makes you look older than you feel. A PDO thread lift may be right for you if you have:
- Sagging skin along your jawline
- Creased or sagging skin along your neck
- Droopy eyebrows
- Sagging brow line
- Creases from your nose to the corners of your mouth
- Creases from the corners of your mouth to your chin
* Individual results may vary.
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