Laugh lines and marionette lines can diminish a beautiful smile- even if you have beautiful teeth.
Smile lines can be caused by factors like genetics, cigarettes, sun exposure, and a loss of elasticity in the skin, which comes with age. Applying sunscreen, observing the right skincare regimen, adapting a balanced diet, and giving up smoking can help prevent smile lines from getting worse, but what do you do about the ones that are already there?
This is where a PDO thread lift can help.
How Does a PDO Thread Help With Smile Lines?
A PDO thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure used to improve the appearance of common signs of aging, such as wrinkles and sagging skin. The treatment involves the use of fine threads, which are inserted into the skin for an instant, lasting lift and over time, a boost in the skin’s natural volume.
PDO threads have become a popular choice for those who are seeking a minimally invasive way to achieve noticeable results without surgery or downtime. The treatment can be used to improve the appearance of sagging skin as well as certain fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck, and is suitable for all skin types.
Take smile lines, for instance. PDO threads can help reduce their appearance by stimulating the production of new collagen to form and tighten the skin as well as providing an instant lift. Over time, the new collagen can plump and smooth the skin around the mouth and reduce the visibility of smile lines.
Other Applications for PDO Threads
Apart from smile lines, a PDO thread lift can also help address skin laxity and sagging in other areas, such as:
- The delicate area around the eyes
PDO Thread Aftercare
According to many patients, a PDO thread isn’t usually painful because it is usually done under local anesthesia (although some report experiencing slight discomfort during the treatment, depending on their pain tolerance). Keep in mind that going to the right provider can give you a more comfortable experience.
Typically, there’s little to no downtime, but swelling, bruising, or redness is normal for some patients
Following the treatment, your provider may advise you to do the following:
- If you have minor bruising or swelling, apply a cold compress to the treated area for a few minutes
- Take pain relievers as needed.
- For at least 48 hours, refrain from putting on makeup or skincare products with strong active ingredients to let the skin heal properly.
- Avoid drinking through straws or consuming food that is hard to chew or swallow.
- Refrain from pulling, massaging, scrubbing, or exfoliating your skin.
- Sleep on your back to alleviate and prevent further swelling.
- Avoid straining or applying pressure to your face so you don’t inadvertently misalign the threads.
Do note that aftercare instructions may vary, but it’s important to follow them to the letter to ensure the best possible results.
PDO threads can produce instant results that get better each day for months following the treatment. The best results can usually be observed three months after, once the collagen production kicks in.
Other factors such as the condition of the skin before the treatment, sun exposure, and certain lifestyle choices such as smoking can also influence how long the results will last. The number of threads used can also affect the outcome, so it’s very important to consult with a qualified and experienced provider.
A PDO thread lift for smile lines can be a great complement to beautiful teeth and enhance the beauty of your best smile even more. Looking for a complete smile makeover? Leave it to the experts at Dogwood Dental Spa. Schedule your appointment with us today!