It is vital to know everything about a procedure, whether medical or cosmetic, you will go through before going through it. Knowing everything about a cosmetic treatment you may want helps you pinpoint concerns you may have and see whether you genuinely want to undergo the process or not. This post focuses on the potential dangers, permanence, effects, and more aspects of PDO thread lifts. The PDO thread procedure achieves many cosmetically-desirable things. So it is easy to get worked up about it. But to help you decide if it is the appropriate treatment for you, here are all the details you need to know about PDO threads.
What is the PDO Threads Procedure?
A PDO (polydioxanone) lift utilizes absorbable threads to promote manually and gently lift, promote increased collagen production within, and smoothen the skin. You can have the treatment as either a preventative or restorative measure.
What Can PDO Threads Do For Me?
You can have PDO threads for a lot of conditions. Its uses include the following:
- Improve the appearance of sagging or creepy skin
- Tighten the skin around the neck
- Soften facial lines around the mouth
- Lift cheeks
- Lift lips to make them appear fuller
- Fill in chest and necklines
- Erase acne scars
PDO threads work for anyone in any age group. A PDO thread procedure is an excellent option for achieving a natural-looking tightened skin without surgery.
The Dangers of the PDO Thread Procedure
The several associated potential risks and side effects of the PDO thread procedure include:
- Discomfort during and after the treatment.
- Scarring may form while the skin recovers from the PDO thread entering it.
- Bruising, swelling, and infection are possibilities in any minimally invasive cosmetic treatment. In the case of infections, they are sporadic.
- Bleeding is a possibility during the treatment.
- Hematoma or blood clotting is possible after the treatment. Hematoma requires drainage as a treatment.
- Allergic reactions to the suture materials, topical preparations, and tape have been reported in the past. They may require further treatment to treat.
- Delayed healing is a complication that may be caused by smoking or the act of using a straw.
- The treatment may only treat skin laxity partially. PDO thread lift may not correct facial laxity and skin sagging to perfection.
- Injury to deeper structures such as blood vessels, nerves, and muscles is possible. The risk of such damages depends on the location of the treatment site and the ability of the doctor or dermatologist. Such injuries may be permanent or temporary.
Most of these side effects, especially the more severe ones, are only possibilities. They are preventable through different means.
How to Minimize the Risks of PDO Thread Procedure
You can affect the levels of risk of undergoing a PDO thread procedure by what you do before and after the treatment.
Before the Treatment
Use certified, trained, experienced, and educated professionals.
The first step to minimizing the potential risks is to work with professionals to administer the treatment. The more experienced, highly-trained, and certified the people administering the procedure for you are, the better the results will be for you. Our team of experts at Ascent Aesthetics are all qualified, certified, trained, and experienced in handling cosmetic procedures. Experts can prevent severe complications from happening in the first place. Dangers like damage to nerves, blood vessels, and muscles are easily preventable if the person administering the treatment knows what they’re doing.
Plus, professionals are available for consultation to see whether you are a good fit for the treatment. They will ask you about your allergies, medications, medical conditions, and everything else that will let them know whether the procedure is safe for you. Lastly, they will instruct you on what you can do to help make the treatment nothing but successful. The professionals will guide you on the dos and don’ts before and after the treatment.
Avoid health problems before the procedure.
Good overall health is a requirement before and during the treatment. The healthcare provider will perform a complete medical and dental history report before proceeding with the treatment. Cold sores, blemishes, rashes, and other skin conditions developing on the intended treatment site necessitate the rescheduling of the procedure. You should let your provider know if you are prone to cold sores.
Abstain from particular substances and supplements.
Taking supplements like vitamin A, vitamin E, fatty acids, and niacin supplements is discouraged. Ingesting garlic, flax oil, cod liver oil, Ginkgo Biloba, Motrin, caffeine, and alcohol are also ill-advised. You should also avoid ingesting foods high in sodium (salt), sugar, refined carbs, spicy foods, and cigarettes within twenty-four hours before the treatment to reduce bruising.
After the Treatment
If the PDO thread protrudes out of your skin, you can either pull on it to remove it or trim it with a scissor. But if you don’t like the idea of doing these things yourself, contact your treatment provider and schedule a meeting to have the thread removed. Other things you can do to minimize risks include taking oral Arnica and applying topical arnica cream when you get bruising. If you see irregularities or puckering of the skin around the treatment sites, you should massage them gently in circular motions three to five times a day. You should also avoid using Retin-A at least forty-eight hours before and after the treatment.
Lastly, you should avoid exercise and other strenuous activities twenty-four hours after the treatment. Such actions can raise your blood pressure and cause swelling. If you have any concerns about the treatment of its complications, it is best to contact the provider.
How Long the Results of PDO Thread Last
PDO threads dissolve organically beneath the skin within six months of the provider placing it there. The thread dissolves due to the natural process of hydrolysis. However, your skin will not immediately revert to its former state before the procedure.
It will take about eighteen months or more for your skin to return fully to its look before the treatment.
Contact Us to Consult About PDO Thread Lift
Contact Ascent Aesthetics to get the full details of the PDO thread lift treatment. You can reach us via our Contact Us page, phone at 435-294-6288, email at [email protected], or visit our office at 2245 N 400 E, suite 303, North Logan, UT 84341.