The PDO Threadlift also known as the Rejuva lift, not only lifts the skin with the placement of this safe, absorbable suture, but also induces collagen production and re-texturizes the skin giving it a more youthful appearance. This technique can be used anywhere there is skin…to lift, fill, soften, and rejuvenate the skin. The procedure models itself after the traditional threadlift with vectors across the aging wrinkle lines of the face and body using a barbed suture, but also with the Polidixanone suture one is able to create filling, retexturizing, and resurfacing effects at the same time . This is revolutionary, and was discovered in Korea a number of years ago when patients were being treated for pain using dry needling. Upon insertion of this PDO suture, a noticeable improvement in the skin was discovered. The skin was more plump, less sun-damaged, and felt softer as a result of the production of collagen induced by the placement of the suture. The advent of this Rejuvenation procedure occurred there and has been used all over the world for years.
Polidixanone suture has been used for over thirty years safely in pediatric and cardiothoracic surgery. It has unique properties in that it takes the body about 6 months to dissolve and re-absorb the suture, which in the process results in formation of new collagen and vascularity in the skin. It not only acts as a suspensory suture (with the barbed sutures), but also as a filler that induces new collagen and elastin in the skin. As a result of deploying the sutures under the skin, one witnesses an immediate lifting of the Face, Lips, Neck, Chest, Arms, Hands, Abdomen, Knees, Thighs, and Buttocks. The skin improvement is seen immediately after the placement of the sutures, and continues for a period of 2.5-3 years. This suture helps to reduce the appearance of aging by reducing wrinkles by plumping the skin, lightening the skin (reducing sundamage), lifting the skin to a more youthful position, and retexturizing the skin with a reduction in pore size. Other indications for the suture include smoothing out post-op liposuction irregularities, lightening severe sun damage areas (especially the décolleté), and rejuvenating over treated laser or peeled tissues.
Indications for the procedure include patients of all ages that desire: Facial, Neck, Chest, Hand, Arm, Thigh, Abdomen, and Buttock rejuvenation. The procedure is reversible by hydrolyzing the suture with warm compresses, radio-frequency, or IPL. The procedure is performed as an outpatient in the office under local anesthesia. The procedure produces minimal bruising and swelling and can be performed during your lunch break. One may return to work immediately, regular activities in 48 hours, and strenuous athletic activities in one week. Make up may be applied an hour after the procedure (mineral make up is preferred). The patient may take a shower the next day (no baths for a week).
Contraindications to the procedure include autoimmune diseases, immune deficiency states, pregnancy, acute febrile illnesses, skin infections, chemotherapy, and anticoagulated patients.
Results are amazing with the PDO Threadlift. This Technique can be used with other procedures: Facelifts, Eyelid Surgery, Liposuction, Nasal Reconstructions, Fat Transfers, Fillers, and Botox to induce collagen in the skin, tighten the skin, and re-texturize the skin. The skin appearance afterwards has a “plumped” and more youthful look. With the addition of some of the new filling agents we have, one can create a 3-D “Lunchtime Facelift”. Contact our office for more information at 251-344-0044, or go to our website at www.Lyonsmd.com.
Having just returned from San Diego, I am refreshed and recharged with new techniques and therapies for Cosmetic Procedures. The 3 day annual AACS conference was alive with excitement over some of the new lasers and techniques that continue to evolve. I was especially interested in the new Advanced Vector Thread Lift procedure using the Multi-directional barbed PDO sutures. We have been very happy with our results for over the past year with PDO Rejuvalifts in our practice and as expected there are more improvements to the standard procedure. As you recall, this suture is very safe, having been in medicine for over 30 years. What is exciting about the procedure is that the techniques and equipment to introduce them continues to evolve. With twisting the needle, one can set up a vector for lifting and reversing more of the sagging experienced with the aging face. The sutures also generate collagen, elastin, as well as induce something called cytokines.
Cytokines send a message to the skin to promote collagen formation. So not only do you get the elevation from the threads, after 6 weeks one experiences a “Retexturing” of the skin. The skin feels smoother and fuller. With the body gradually breaking them down over a 2.5 year period, there is a consistent Fullness, Tightening, and Lifting noted. These barbed threads can be placed anywhere in the body (wherever there is skin). One can lift the jowls & neck, improve wrinkles in the decollate, support sagging arm skin, and reduce wrinkles around the elbows, knees, and abdomen.
The Vector Lift with the PDO threads is the beginning of a revolution we are seeing in cosmetic surgery, with a consistent bend toward less invasive procedures. Patients oftentimes prefer a “maintenance” approach rather than a complete renewal. That said, we are seeing patients starting on Botox, fillers, and skin treatments at a earlier age than before. These procedures can also be combined with layering fillers in the cheek and around the mouth to further reduce the effects of visible aging. Additionally a smaller blunt tipped cannula is being used for work around the lower lids to reduce wrinkles, and volume, and give a little elevation. So click here to see before and afters on our website, and read more about the PDO Threads, or call Pat and have her perform a phone consultation for you to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure. M.LYons, MD