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Why Consider A PDO Thread Lift vs. Traditional Facelift

When considering addressing the impact of facial aging, there are many solutions to choose from in Atlanta, from minimally-invasive procedures to plastic surgery. While different aesthetic treatments are designed to rejuvenate facial skin, selecting the correct method for your unique complexion issues is vital. This decision is especially true when considering traditional PDO threads instead of conventional anchoring threads.

Anchoring (barbed) threads collect skin to produce a noticeable lift. PDO (polydioxanone) is a synthetic absorbable suture that offers less lift but triggers more collagen for natural contouring. Both are trending as non-surgical alternatives to surgical facelifts. But choosing between the two may be confusing when considering thread lifts.

Let’s take a deep dive into this popular aesthetic enhancement.

Choose Your Suture

Dual-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Carson Huynh will guide you through which aesthetic procedure will best serve your facial appearance. Although women and men in Atlanta each have their unique cosmetic concerns, you can feel confident in Dr. Carson’s customized approach. For example, here are the differences between barbed and PDO smooth threads:

  • Barbed threads – collect skin to create a lifting action. They are generally placed in the hairline and pull back the skin.
  • PDOs are curved smooth threads – that offer less lift but increased collagen stimulation for facial contouring. These threads are strategically positioned at the corners of the mouth and brows.

What Makes PDO Lifting Threads Different?

PDO threads are one of the most common suture threads to lift sagging skin. Since the eighties, surgeons have been using this thread, which means it has been around longer than the other types. The less common threads are made of polycaprolactone or polylactic acid.

The presence of PDO threads in your skin triggers cells in your body to produce more collagen. This protein gives your skin its elasticity and structure. Unfortunately, the gradual loss of this protein is one of the leading causes of aging skin. PDO threads come in different categories:

  • PDO screw threads are one or more entwined threads used to reduce wrinkles and voids and add volume to facial contours.
  • PDO cog threads fasten into skin tissue to provide lift and support to critical facial areas.
  • PDO mono threads or PDO smoothing threads rejuvenate your skin by boosting collagen production.

Essentially, PDO threads combine two facial enhancement benefits. First, they work to lift your skin while also smoothing it. In other words, PDO threads help raise, tighten, and smooth skin tissue for a radiant skin presence.

Your Atlanta Facial Rejuvenation Specialist

Choosing the correct physician to help you meet your aesthetic goals is critical for a safe, efficient, and successful procedure. If you have been considering non-surgical facelifts and need more information on improving your facial appearance with smooth, full facial contours, contact Dr. Carson in Atlanta by calling (678) 412-0311 or requesting a consultation online.

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