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.
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.
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.
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:
* Individual results may vary.