As we age the effects of gravity, loss of collagen production and facial fat become noticeable on the face and body. The PDO Thread lift is a non-surgical skin tightening procedure that repositions the skin instantly and over time, without incisions only injections. With five convenient locations serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine, Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Phillip Garcia, offers PDO thread lifts to men who live in North Florida.
What is a PDO Thread Lift?
PDO thread lifts are a non-surgical skin tightening procedure that uses PDO sutures that are pre-loaded in acupuncture needles. The NovaThreads are injected under the skin and positioned to provide an instant lift of the skin. No incisions are made on the skin but blunt cannulas create a smooth plane to place the NovaThreads.
What are PDO Threads?
PDO stands for PolyDioxanOne, the suture is fully absorbed by the body within 4 to 6 months and will not leave a scar. PDO sutures are used to perform cardio-thoracic surgery and are one of the safest materials implanted in the body. PDO sutures are FDA cleared for tissue attenuation from the head to toes.
How Does the PDO Thread Lift Work?
As the body absorbs the NovaThreads, the skin repairs itself around the thread by creating new collagen. The increase in collagen production in the skin creates a tighter smoother complexion. By creating specific vectors with the NovaThreads a non-surgical lift is the end result.
Who is a good candidate for the PDO Thread Lift?
Any patient is an excellent candidate.
What Type of Anesthesia Will I Receive for my Procedure?
You will receive local anesthesia, not general anesthesia
On What Areas of the Body Can NovaThreads be Used?
NovaThreads can be used to lift areas of the face, arms, legs, abdomen, breast and buttocks but are especially effective in the jawline and neck.
How Long Will It Take To Perform the PDO Thread Lift?
The procedure can take any where from 15 minutes to an hour or more depending on the area(s) being treated.
How Much Time Should I Plan to Take off From Work After My Thread Lift?
No downtime is required, this is often referred to as a lunchtime lift.
When Can I Expect to See Results From My Thread Lift?
A 30% improvement is seen immediately, continued improvement is seen over the next 6 months.
How Much Does a PDO Thread Lift Cost in Jacksonville?
The cost of a thread lift varies from patient to patient based on the number of areas being treated. The cost of the procedure is reviewed with our patients on the day of the consultation.
Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery keeps the cost of procedures affordable for everyone. To provide the most flexible payment options, we offer financing terms and accept cash, major credit cards and personal checks for thread lift.
We invite residents of Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine to contact one of our convenient office locations for more information about PDO thread lifts.
Thread Lift Care Instructions
DO let us know if you have a history of keloids or fever blisters.
DO take antibiotics if you have history of a heart problem or an autoimmune disorder.
DO NOT take any anti-inflammatories or antihistamines for 5 days.
DO apply SPF30+
DO wash the treated areas on the same day
DO finish course of antiviral or antibiotics if prescribed as part of the treatment protocol
DO sleep elevated for 3 nights and use a travel pillow to avoid touching your face in your sleep
DO call us if you have any questions or concerns: 904.203.8282
DO NOT take any anti-inflammatories or antihistamines (such as Naproxen, Ibuprofen, curcumin, turmeric, pineapple, pineapple derivatives, Zantac or ranitidine) for 5 days. Inflammation is necessary to initiate the new collagen formation process.
DO NOT use tanning beds or direct sunlight, in order to prevent Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH).
DO NOT rub or massage the face for 4 weeks
DO NOT open mouth too wide for 3-4 weeks
DO NOT have dental treatments for 2 weeks, if possible
DO NOT drink alcohol or use anti-coagulant medicines (aspirin, unless prescribed for medical indications) for 7 days
DO NOT take blood-thinning vitamins C, A and E for 7 days
DO NOT use a sauna or be in extreme hot or cold temperatures for 10 days
DO NOT exercise or partake is strenuous physical activity (this includes heavy kissing!) for 7 days
DO NOT use Radio Frequency (RF) or any heat producing device (laser, IPL) treatments on treated areas for 10 weeks
DO NOT attempt to remove threads if you notice any that extrude from the skin. Just call us.
EXPECT a stinging, “pulling”, scratchy discomfort. This will disappear by week 5.
EXPECT possible complications, such as injection, swelling, bruising, foreign body reaction in epidermis (granuloma) and protrusion.
EXPECT follow up examination 7 days later
EXPECT follow up with photography at 1-month post treatment
EXPECT end-point follow-up appointment at 3 months post procedure
EXTREMELY RARE: Temporary facial nerve fall out may occur due to local anesthetic, swelling, hematoma or pressure of the cannula or thread on the nerve. Your practitioner MUST be informed immediately if facial nerve fall out is experienced. If your practitioner can’t be reached, then go immediately to the Emergency Department.