A PDO thread lift in Maryland is performed using polydioxanone threads inserted into different skin layers. The threads elevate sunken facial contours, firming and rejuvenating the skin. Each session involves the use of around 1-15 individual threads per area. Threads come in a variety of choices and textures, which allows practitioners to customize each treatment to the patient’s unique needs and goals. 

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What are the benefits of a PDO thread lift?

A PDO thread lift provides significant skin lifting along with longer-term collagen regeneration. Collagen is an important protein that supports healthy skin structure, allowing younger individuals to enjoy a supple, radiant complexion. As the body ages, collagen production begins to dwindle. A PDO thread lift can help restore the skin’s vital scaffolding so patients can experience improved skin texture and tone along with a reduction in wrinkles, lines, and creases.

Thread lift advantages at a glance:

  • Non-surgical and non-invasive
  • Minimal downtime
  • Instant lifting effect
  • Rewinds the clock of aging
  • Restores a beautiful V-shaped jawline
  • Natural-looking changes
  • No scarring
  • Boosts collagen production
  • Cost-effective
  • Enhances self-confidence

PDO thread types

  • Non-barbed threads – Non-barbed threads come as smooth or braided. Smooth threads are ultra-thin, while braided threads form a thicker weave. Non-barbed threads enhance collagen production and smooth away wrinkles and fine lines. They are often combined with dermal fillers and neuromodulators to create more dramatic changes. Non-barbed threads are usually inserted beneath the skin in a criss-crossed mesh pattern.
  • Barbed threads – Barbed threads are inserted to elevate and lift the skin. The barbs open up inside the skin layers to create an inner scaffolding for the skin, eradicating sagging contours. By anchoring the threads after they are inserted, your provider can encourage long-lasting results while minimizing any potential side effects. Barbed threads are ideal for addressing drooping skin in the neck, cheeks, and jawline.

Who is a good candidate for a PDO thread lift in Maryland?

A PDO thread lift is an excellent choice for patients 30-60 years old who are frustrated by mild to moderate skin sagging in the face and neck. It is an ideal procedure for those who do not wish to submit themselves to the higher risks and longer downtimes associated with plastic surgery but who still seek a lifted and rejuvenated facial appearance. A PDO thread lift is contraindicated for pregnant or breastfeeding women as well as for those with active skin infections or blood clotting disorders.

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How do I prepare for a thread lift?

Prior to your procedure, our team will provide a list of instructions to follow that will make your thread lift journey successful and stress-free. Discontinue all blood thinners for at least 10 days before your thread lift. These include aspirin, Vitamin E, turmeric, fish oil, etc. Dr. Cappuccino will discuss with you what to do if you are taking blood thinners for a medical condition.

Procedure treatment steps

  • First, your provider will thoroughly cleanse the treatment areas.
  • Next, pre-procedure photos will be taken for comparison.
  • Your practitioner will apply a numbing agent to the skin to ensure you are completely comfortable and relaxed during your session. If desired, you can take oral painkillers before your thread lift as well.
  • After the skin has been anesthetized, the targeted regions are highlighted with a surgical pen for enhanced precision.
  • The threads are inserted beneath the skin in strategic areas according to the patient’s unique treatment plan.
  • Once placed, the threads can then be adjusted to ensure the patient is happy with their result, and excess threads are trimmed
  • Ice packs and Arnica are applied to the skin to reduce bruising and swelling.
  • The patient receives their aftercare instructions and is free to resume their normal schedule.

Recovery and aftercare following a PDO thread lift

There is no downtime after a thread lift. Immediately after the procedure, patients can begin seeing anti-aging results, as loose skin is elegantly lifted and firmed. Because of the local anesthesia injections, mild swelling may occur. However, this typically resolves within a few days. Minor bruising can last up to one week, but patients can resume wearing makeup the day after their thread lift. Take care not to make exaggerated facial expressions (yawns, smiles, frowns, etc.) or neck movements for several weeks, as this can put undue stress on the threads before they are fully incorporated into the skin tissue. 

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Additional recovery tips:

  • Sleep face-up and elevate your head with pillows for the first 3 days to reduce swelling.
  • Use ice on the treatment areas for the first few days to minimize swelling and soreness.
  • Don’t rub or massage your face for the first 5 days, being very gentle when cleansing, shaving, or drying your face.
  • Postpone strenuous activities and high-impact sports for 1-2 weeks.
  • Avoid saunas for 1-2 weeks.
  • Stay away from the dentist for the first few weeks, as dental procedures sometimes require you to make extreme facial movements.
  • Avoid getting face-down massages and energy-based facial treatments for the first month.
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PDO thread lifts vs. Silhouette Instalift

PDO thread lifts and Silhouette Instalift are both popular choices for non-surgically lifting the skin and restoring a youthful, inviting presentation. Both can provide relatively long-lasting changes without the invasiveness of a facelift. Even so, there are still some differences to be aware of. 

Silhouette Instalift – The Silhouette Instalift is a non-surgical in-office procedure that relies on Micro-Suspension Technology™ to elevate sunken facial contours. Small cones are placed in the deeper skin layers, where they simultaneously provide instant lifting action and longer-term collagen regeneration. The Silhouette Instalift uses poly lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) in its cones and sutures, a compound that dissolves over time. The procedure comes with minimal downtime and side effects. Most swelling, bruising, and soreness dissipate within 24-48 hours. 

PDO Thread Lift – In contrast to the cones used in the Silhouette Instalift, the PDO thread lift relies on absorbable polydioxanone sutures to elevate the skin’s contours. Another difference is that the technology used by Silhouette Instalift activates the production of type one and type three collagen, whereas a PDO thread lift only boosts the production of type one collagen. Ultimately, the best way to determine which procedure is a better fit is to discuss your goals and concerns with Dr. Cappuccino during your private consultation.

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Why choose Cappuccino MD for your PDO Thread Lift in Maryland?

Dr. Guy Cappuccino is a precision-oriented, board-certified plastic surgeon who provides concierge care and elegant, customized results for patients in and beyond Frederick and Mount Airy, Maryland. He is a careful, attentive listener who translates your unique cosmetic concerns and vision for your appearance into a successful treatment plan, allowing you to achieve the best version of yourself. Dr. Cappuccino and his caring, knowledgeable team focus on empowering patients through education, so they understand all aspects of their chosen procedure and can make the most informed decisions for their well-being.

Dr. Cappuccino received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in New York. He was then chosen to complete a highly competitive and demanding plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in New Jersey. Dr. Cappuccino pursued his general surgery training at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in the state. Eager to evolve as a surgeon and refine his skill set, Dr. Cappuccino then completed an elite Fellowship in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery.

PDO Thread FAQs

Is a thread lift painful?

How long do results last?

What kind of results can I expect?

Will I look unnatural after a PDO thread lift?

Are there side effects?

Is a thread lift painful?

Before the procedure, your skin is numbed with a topical anesthetic. You might feel a slight pinch as the numbing agent is applied. After that, there is no pain or discomfort. Tightness and soreness in the treatment zones may occur after your session. Rest assured, our team will provide pain medications for you as needed, ensuring your healing journey is stress-free and seamless.

How long do results last?

After a thread lift, the threads usually dissolve over the course of 6-9 months. However, the lingering collagen-inducing effect of the threads can last a year or longer, depending on the patient’s skin quality and age. The treatment can be repeated as needed to help maintain a more refreshed, inviting appearance.

What kind of results can I expect?

Patients can immediately enjoy lifted facial contours. At the same time, they can look forward to a more youthful complexion as collagen production is renewed over the next 3-6 months.

Will I look unnatural after a PDO thread lift?

No. A thread lift will provide natural-looking improvements by gently elevating sagging skin and boosting your body’s production of collagen, a skin-firming protein. The procedure restores an attractive V-shaped facial contour without the risks, scarring, or downtime associated with surgery.

Are there side effects?

A PDO thread lift is a non-invasive procedure with a low incidence of side effects. While patients may experience minor swelling, bruising, and soreness after their session, these symptoms usually fade within a few days or weeks. Rare side effects include infection, asymmetry, thread protrusion, or skin texture irregularities. Risks are greatly reduced by choosing a reputable, experienced provider such as those at Cappuccino MD Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Maryland.

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