Medical Aesthetics Specialist

Donald A. Balder, MD, FACS -  - Bariatric Surgeon

Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery

Donald A. Balder, MD, FACS

Bariatric Surgeon located in Gulfport, MS & Slidell, LA

Dr. Balder is proud to offer an array of non-invasive aesthetic treatments to help people look and feel their best. Now you can choose the anti-aging treatment that is right for you; our service offerings include PDO Thread Lifting & Tightening (also known as the non-surgical “Lunchtime Facelift” treatment), Neuromodulators (Botox), Dermal Fillers (Juvederm), Microneedling, and more!

Gulf Coast Aesthetics

PDO Thread Lifts: Non-Surgical Skin Lifting & Tightening

What are PDO threads?

PDO Thread Lift is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure that provides lifting, contouring, volume, and skin texture improvement primarily to your face and neck areas. The procedure takes less than an hour, provides immediate results and lasts up to 24 months with limited to no downtime. 

The treatment lifts sagging skin using FDA-cleared Polydioxanone (PDO) threads, which are inserted into the upper layer of the skin. These threads are surgical sutures that have been specifically designed for skin lifting and rejuvenation, which dissolve naturally within months while the lifting and contouring effects remain. This treatment also triggers your body to produce more collagen, which helps improve your skin’s elasticity for a more youthful look.

How is a PDO thread lift done?

During your treatment, your provider first applies a numbing agent. Then, they insert the PDO Threads into your skin using a small needle. Once all the threads are correctly inserted, they are massaged upwards to lift and tighten the tissue. The entire procedure takes less than an hour.

What areas are helped by PDO Threads?

The thread lift is a safe and quick method to reverse signs of aging in the face and neck. PDO Thread Lifts can address a series of issues in a variety of areas, including:

▪ Crow’s feet

▪ Eyebrow lift

▪ Midface lift

▪ Lip enhancement

▪ Vertical lip lines

▪ Forehead wrinkles

▪ Glabellar lines

▪ Nasolabial folds

▪ Perioral lines

▪ Chin wrinkles

▪ Submental folds

▪ Neck lift

▪ Jawline lift

▪ Back of arms lift

▪ Knee lift

▪ Décolleté lift

What can I expect after a lift with PDO Threads?

After the PDO Threads are introduced, you’ll notice the following results:

• An instant skin lift from the mechanical pulling and lifting of your skin

• A tightening effect from the contracting tissue

• Cellular renewal from the stimulation of collagen production

After about six months, your body absorbs the threads. Your lift remains for another 6-18 months because of cellular rejuvenation triggered by the collagen. Simultaneously, the threads cause fat tissues to connect, giving you a tighter and slimmer face.

What are the advantages of a PDO thread lift?

The main advantage of a lift with PDO Threads is that there is limited to no downtime. The procedure is done with a local anesthetic, which means you are free to drive yourself home or continue your workday after your appointment.

Unlike a traditional facelift procedure that can require weeks of recovery time, a PDO Thread Lift is a safe, non-surgical option with immediate effect.

Book your PDO Thread skin lifting and tightening appointment today – Call the Gulf Coast Aesthetics office at 228-265-5945!

PDO Thread Lift Before & Afters






Microneedling: Skin Resurfacing

What is microneedling?

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that transforms aging skin into a major transformation for aging skin. If you have wrinkles, age spots, fine lines, or other common skin concerns making you look tired and older, microneedling is a great treatment option that doesn’t use any chemicals or injections.

Here at Gulf Coats Aesthetics, we offer safe and gentle microneedling to improve your skin without causing lasting or noticeable damage. The treatment earned its nickname — collagen induction therapy — because it transforms aging skin your skin to produce more collagen and become firmer, stronger, and smoother.

During the procedure, the team uses a roller device with a series of very fine needles to make a set of punctures across your skin. The punctures are very shallow and don’t bleed much, but they cause enough damage to kick-start your body’s natural repair system. This involves the growth and reinforcement of collagen fibers.

After microneedling, your skin can also better absorb products and nutrients that boost its health.

Which features can microneedling minimize?

The repairs that microneedling stimulates can rebuild your skin from the inside out, causing a notable reduction in many of the features that make your skin look aged. By reviving your skin with microneedling, you can minimize:

  • Acne scars

  • Small scars from injuries

  • Wrinkles and fine lines

  • Large pores

  • Hyperpigmentation and dark spots

  • Stretch marks

Skin aging results in increased scarring, laxity, dullness, and other cosmetic concerns. With microneedling procedures at Gulf Coast Aesthetics, you can initiate the growth of new collagen to make your skin firmer, smoother, brighter, and less blemished.

It’s important to keep in mind that the results of microneedling are somewhat slow to develop because it takes time for collagen to grow. You’ll be able to enjoy the full effect of your microneedling procedure after a couple of months, with initial changes appearing in just weeks.

What does microneedling feel like?

With microneedling, the needles are small and make shallow enough punctures that they don’t cause the same pinching sensation as an IV or intramuscular injection.

You might experience a bit of discomfort during your procedure, but you can use a topical anesthetic before the treatment to make the experience more tolerable if you have sensitive skin.

How should I maintain my microneedling results?

To get the most out of microneedling at Gulf Coast Aestheics, you should avoid getting a sunburn or tan. Our team encourages you to wear sunscreen daily as your skin will be extra sensitive after your treatment.

Each individual’s skin is different and depending on your degree of damage the team might recommend a series of microneedling treatments for the best possible results.

Discover if microneedling is your best option for skin rejuvenation – call our Gulf Coast Aesthetics Office at 228-265-5945 today!

Microneedling Before & Afters: