What is the PDO Thread Lift?
The PDO Thread Lift is a treatment which lifts and tightens sagging skin tissue, using threads made of Polydioxanone (PDO). The threads introduces them into the deeper layers of the skin. Once introduced, the threads produce 3 effects in the skin:
Instant Skin Lifting through mechanical effects
Cellular Renewel, through Collagen stimulation, and neovascularisation to improve skin texture, fine lines and elasticity
Skin Tightening, by contracting fat tissue
About 10 months after the procedure, the PDO threads will disappear through simple hydrolysis (they are absorbable). The lifted facial contours will remain for about 3-6 months more, due to the cellular rejuvenation effects. Your skin cells are stimulated to produce new collagen, and new blood vessels to improve skin microcirculation. At the same time, the PDO threads cause the fat tissue to contract, producing a skin tightening and facial slimming effect.
What makes PDO threads different?
PDO threads are one of three types of sutures commonly used in thread lift procedures. The other two types are made from polylactic acid (PLA) and polycaprolactone (PCA).
PDO threads have been around the longest of the three and have been used in surgeries since the 1980s. They’re made from a colorless polyester that breaks down in your body after about 6 months.
The presence of these sutures in your skin triggers cells in your body called fibroblasts to produce more collagen. Collagen is the protein that gives your skin its structure and elasticity. Loss of collagen is one of the main causes of aging skin.
PDO threads can be further divided into three categories:
PDO mono threads. Smooth sutures that help rejuvenate your skin by stimulating collagen production.
PDO cog threads. These threads have barbs that latch into your skin like small fishhooks, to provide support and lift parts of your face.
PDO screw threads. Made up of one or two intertwined threads, these are used to help restore volume to sunken parts of your skin (which I do not offer)
What are the risks?
PDO thread lifts have a much lower risk of complications than facelift surgeries. There’s less risk of scarring, severe bruising, or bleeding when performed by a trained professional.
Minor complications occur in 15 to 20 percent of procedures but are usually easily corrected. Potential complications include:
visible sutures (especially in people with thin skin)
snapping of threads
accumulation of blood (hematoma)
What areas of the face can a PDO thread lift treat
A thread lift can treat most parts of your face that are experiencing signs of aging. The areas around your cheeks, jaw, neck, and eyes are among the most commonly treated areas.
Because the results of thread lifts aren’t as drastic as the results of facelift surgeries, thread lifts are commonly used together with other anti-aging procedures such as ultherapy or dermal fillers.
You’ll be advised to avoid alcohol and tobacco use at least 5 days before your procedure, along with anything else that may increase the risk of bleeding or bruising, such as:
Advil and ibuprofen
omega-3 fatty acids
green tea or green tea extracts
PDO thread lift recovery and aftercare
Recovery from a PDO thread lift is minimal. You may have some swelling and bruising for the first 24 to 48 hours but you can return to most of your daily routines right away.
You should avoid rubbing your face as much as possible the week after your procedure to avoid accidently dislodging the thread. You’ll also likely be advised to avoid pursing your lips, smoking, and drinking through a straw for the first several weeks if you are having a full facial lift.
Other activities you may want to avoid for 1 to 2 weeks include sleeping on your side, intense exercise, and visiting saunas.
Sleeping with your head propped on a pillow can help you avoid accidentally rolling onto your face during the middle of the night.
What are anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections are on the frontline of anti-ageing treatments. When injected in small doses into targeted areas, anti-wrinkle injections block the signals between the nerves and the muscles, causing the muscles to relax. They reduce the appearance of lines to produce a look that is fresh, more youthful and, most importantly, natural.
How long do they last?
On average, anti-wrinkle injections last for 3-4 months. In a percentage of cases, patients may find their anti-wrinkle injections lasting a shorter time with repeated treatments or even failing to work. In these cases, it is possible that neutralising antibodies have been produced by the body’s immune system. It can take up to 14 days before you see any results.
What are fat dissolving injections?
Fat Dissolving Injections is a treatment that helps to dissolve stubborn fat deposits simply and non-surgically. Many people suffer from stubborn areas of fat which are resistant to regular exercise. Sometimes even a strict dietary and exercise regime fails to reduce these stubborn areas of fat deposits.
How many sessions do I need?
This treatment would require several sessions for the best results to take place. In this case, compared to surgical lipolysis, fat dissolving injections cost much less and may even only require two sessions depending on the amount of fat being eliminated.
You shouldn’t receive fat dissolving injections if:
you have an inability to produce fat (lipodystrophy)
you have skin diseases or infections
you have any conditions that affect fat processing in your body
What are dermal fillers?
Injectable dermal fillers can plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases, remove wrinkles and improve the appearance of scars.
Fillers are not permanent. How long they last depends on things like the type of filler and where it's injected. They usually last between 6 and 18 months.
Serious problems are rare but can include:
a lumpy appearance under the skin, which might need to be treated with surgery or medicine
the filler moving away from the intended treatment area, which may need to be removed using surgery
blocked blood vessels in the face, which can cause tissue death and permanent blindness
The affected area may be a bit red, sore and swollen. Any swelling or bruising should settle down in a few days.
You will be advised about what to do to help reduce the risk of side effects on your appointment & be provided with an aftercare sheet.
This includes not wearing make-up immediately after the procedure and avoiding alcohol, coffee and the sun.