PDO thread lifts are by far one of our most popular procedures. It doesn’t hurt with the supporting fact that Dr. Assif is one of the first physicians in the United States to have started doing this treatment. It’s one of Ô de Rose Med Spa’s signature star procedures.
With trends rising and piquing some mainstream interests, the phone calls roll in with questions. A couple of the top questions we get asked about PDO thread lifts is: “Does it hurt? And how long does it last?”. So, the following are some simple answers and guides to help.
“Does it hurt during the procedure?”
The short answer is “no”. Local anesthesia is administered before the threads are inserted in. While you may feel pressure and minor discomfort during the procedure, it shouldn’t hurt. Now, after the anesthesia wears off, you’ll start to feel the discomfort. On occasion, you may feel slight “pinching” in certain areas of your face. But no need to worry, this is normal – you must remind yourself that you do have barbed threads in your face, so drastic movement may a cause mild sensation of pinching when you do so. You’ll need to trust that the professional performing this treatment knows exactly what they’re doing to avoid damages – preferably someone with many years of experience, zero hesitation and steady, skilled hands.
“How long does it take to heal? And what is the downtime?”
There’s no downtime. Working out or doing any type of heavy lifting is highly recommended against, for at least 2-3 days after having the procedure done. This is to avoid any type of tense facial expressions during the initial healing time. Massages and facial treatments should also be avoided immediately after this procedure. Ask the professional for their recommendation for a wait time until you can proceed with additional facial treatments. Natural supplements like arnica always help with any inflammation and bruising. You’ll experience minor swelling and tenderness from anywhere between a few days to a week, perhaps even up to 2 weeks, depending on the person. Everyone’s healing process is very different from one another so one should always have an open mind to realistic expectations of how quickly the healing time will be remedied. As a side note – I have personally never seen or heard complaints about visible bruising for this procedure. As someone who has done this treatment (now twice), I’ve never experienced visible bruising of any sort as well.
“How long does it last?”
PDO threads may last between 18-24 months, with necessary touch-ups. The threads dissolve over time and during that process, your body begins to build collagen and starts tightening the skin. For most, most clients feel this is an ideal procedure if it means avoiding having to go under the knife for similar results, if not, much better than surgical face lifts – in our opinion.
“Is PDO thread lift a better option than a surgical facelift?”
It depends on the results you’re looking for and we’re not here to discourage anyone from looking into surgical facelifts. However, there are quite a few pros to choosing PDO thread lifts when it comes to the two options. One major factor is finances and expense. Considering that PDO thread lifts are fractions of the cost of a surgical facelift, and that’s not including the other expenses and fees operations cost. Most clients weigh out between the two options by looking at overall procedural costs (PDO thread lifts have almost little to no additional fees), downtime/recovery and long-term benefits. The benefits of PDO thread lifts not only begin with the perks of building collagen and tightening the skin over time, but PDO thread lifts leave no scar tissues, unlike surgical facelifts. There are only so many times one can do surgical facelifts to maintain – PDO thread lifts allow you to maintain similar results by the possibility of doing the procedure multiple times without the risk of losing skin and deep scar tissues.
“Will it leave holes in your face at the point of entry?”
Matter of fact, the point of entry might even close up by the time you leave the appointment. There may be the tiniest scab after it closes, but there’s essentially no sign of where the cannula (thread) was inserted for most people. Again, you’ll need someone skilled to make sure they know what they’re doing.
A couple of things encouraged during your consultations is to share your concerns and what kind of results you’re looking for. Come in with an open mind, realistic expectations and make sure to ask and address all your questions. Keep an open mind to other suggestions that the professionals may recommend in addition to PDO thread lifts and know that they’re making these recommendations for the optimum results to meet your needs.
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