What is a PDO Thread Lift?
A PDO Thread lift is a relatively new form of a non-surgical facelift. If your face has loosening or sagging skin and you want a tighter, fresher more youthful look, this treatment may be suitable. There are no cuts or incisions, just injections.
How Does it Work?
Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are a unique medical grade thread that is thinner than hair, made of protein. Research has confirmed that PDO relaxes tendons and muscles, while a foreign body reaction improves the blood flow to the area stimulating neocollagenesis (the production of new collagen in the skin). It also stimulates elastin and hyaluronic acid; both substances are vital to maintaining firm, youthful looking skin.
Is it Safe?
PDO threads have over a decade-long safety track record in surgery and wound closure. In fact, for the past six years, PDO Threads are being used in orthopedic surgery (frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and cosmetic skin rejuvenation. PDO threads gained FDA approval in 2004.
What Happens During Treatment?
During the treatment, the medical practitioner will first apply a topical/injectable anesthetic cream. Then the threads are introduced into the skin through a fine needle. The thread enters either the skin itself, the muscle, or the subcutaneous fat. The treatment results in an immediate improvement in appearance, but the results will improve over the following days and weeks as the PDO stimulates neocollagenesis, increasing the amount of collagen in the skin. The appearance of the skin improves along with the overall texture. The skin becomes thicker, tighter and firmer also helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Which Areas Can Be Treated?
PDO Thread lifts is a very versatile treatment which can be used in any part of the face and neck to treat the following: sagging brows, nasolabial lines, vertical and horizontal forehead wrinkles, drooping cheeks, marionette lines, a sagging jawline, wrinkles and folds on the chin and neck.
What Results Can I Expect?
Thread-lift treatments result in an instant and natural looking improvement in the appearance of the skin. A process of natural protein synthesis then begins after about 10-14 days. Over the subsequent weeks, results will continue to improve. Peaking at around six months and lasting for up to 2 years as your own body produces collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Making PDO Thread Lift a form of a Non-Surgical Facelift a very long lasting treatment. The thread itself is completely biodegradable and dissolves within 12 weeks, after which new collagen has formed around the thread to continue to support the results. The skin is maintaining a smooth and supple texture of the skin.
When Can I Return to Work/ Normal Activities?
Most people will have no problem resuming normal activities immediately after treatment. If all instructions from the pre and post care are followed then the process will be relatively comfortable and fast and with an effective recovery time.
Treatment May Not Be Suitable If:
• You have active acne/broken skin or are prone to cold sores.
• You have taken anti-coagulation medications such as aspirin/warfarin/heparin or have consumed alcohol within 48 hours of treatment. (We advise you to continue taking prescribed medications but stop taking some complimentary supplements such as evening primrose oil, vitamin C and E, garlic and gingko before treatment).
Treatment is Not Suitable If:
• You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
• You have an autoimmune disease, diabetes or infection.