PDO Thread Lift Skin
“At a certain point, you can’t go any further. People start looking ridiculous if you keep putting filler in the zygomatic area to get the jowls lifted up. At a certain point their cheeks enter the room before they do,” says Dr. Shine, an internist physician who has focused on cosmetic treatments for about 13 years.
Thanks to advances in thread technology, Dr. Shine says thread lifting has become an effective and safe minimally invasive option for lifting the skin.
“Thread lifting is something you can do both for people that need filler and for people that don’t need filler and don’t want surgery, but just need some slimming, PDO Thread Lift Skin along with upward and backward traction,” he says. “It’s a middle ground between fillers and surgery and represents a dramatic advancement in nonsurgical facial rejuvenation.”
For example, thread lifting with polydioxanone (PDO) sutures can build on liquid face lift techniques. One scenario, Dr. Shine says, is the patient who comes in with prominent nasolabial folds, PDO Thread Lift Skin a depleted lower face and jowls. He might use fillers for a liquid facelift combined with PDO threads. The threads would be inserted in the upper face superior to zygoma with the thread directed toward the oral commissure and the middle jowl area. The goal is to obtain upper and backward traction beyond what he can achieve with fillers alone. He trademarked such a procedure: The Symmetry Lyft combines fillers and threads for full minimally invasive facial rejuvenation.
Threads in the U.S. tend to be made of PDO, which is the polymer that absorbable sutures are made of, or poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), the same polymer in Sculptra (Galderma).
Dr. Shine recommends barbed PDO threads for most lifting procedures. After trying several brands, he uses the Mint brand (HansBiomed). Dr. Pierone says Mint’s thread technology has uni-directional barbs and offers quality and affordability. Mint threads cost about $35 a thread, compared to other brands that charge up to $150 a thread, according to Dr. Shine, who has presented on Mint threads in Korea and was reimbursed for his lecture and travel.
The paper’s authors, who had used InstaLift sutures in more than 500 patients when they wrote the paper, recommend using the straight-line vector planning (SLVP) approach, which involves placing the sutures in the subcutaneous layer as straight lines. The authors reported no serious adverse events and noticeable bruising in less than 5% of their patients using SLVP.