A thread lift is a minimally invasive treatment, with the aim to rejuvenate, tighten and lift the skin. While anti-wrinkle injections mainly focus on softening unwanted lines and filler treatment restores volume, only threads are able to physically lift up skin that has lost its elasticity. You may have heard the saying PDO thread lift, the letters PDO refer to Polydioxanone. Polydioxanone has been used as surgical suture material since the 1970 and has an excellent safety record. It breaks down entirely after about 6-8 months. When it was discovered that the body produces collagen alongside PDO sutures its potential in aesthetic medicine became evident. Today we use threads attached to fine needles to place them under the skin in a mesh-like fashion. The body generates vast amounts of new collagen along the threads which leads to impressive tightening of the skin. Deep lines, folds and saggy skin can be treated without the need for surgery. In recent years barbed threads have been introduced which allow an immediate lifting effect upon placement.
• Marionette lines
• Smokers lines
• Saggy lower face
• Double chin
• Saggy neck
• Naso-labial folds
• Hollow under eyes
• Droopy brows
• Unwanted lines anywhere on the face even under the eyes
The best candidates are men and women who are beginning to experience the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead, drooping of the brow, sagging of the mid and lower face, visible jowls and loose skin on the neck.
For the face, these would be lifting of the eye brows, naso-labial folds, marionette lines, cheeks, jaw line and double chins. For the body, good results are achieved with tightening of loose skin on the arms, thighs and abdomen.
PDO Thread Therapy can be used alone or can be combined with other treatments to deliver optimal results eg: Fillers, Anti-wrinkle injections, Micro-needling, Peels, Radiofrequency and Fractional laser treatments.
This varies depending on the patient’s age at the time of treatment, the quality of the skin, degree of sagging and the number of threads used. However, studies have shown that results can last between 2-3 years based on lifestyle.
PDO Thread lifting is a very safe procedure and complications are extremely rare. Minor complications may include temporary swelling and bruising. Patients may feel slight tightness or a pulling sensation following the treatment but this subsides over a few weeks.
Local anaesthetic is injected into the treatment area. The PDO thread will then be introduced using a cannula or micro-needle in the required area. The procedure takes around 45-60 minutes, depending on what treatment you will require. You will be able to fully resume your everyday routine and social commitments within a couple of days, in case of mono threads even within 1 hour after treatment.. PDO Therapy is a tailor made treatment which can be adjusted to your requirements at any time. When you combine PDO Therapy with Fillers and Botox great results can be achieved.
Depending on the type of thread, area and extend of treatment you will experience anything from very little discomfort to a jagging sensation which can last up to a couple of weeks. The more lifting you want to achieve the more discomfort is to be expected. We will advice you on precautions to avoid possible infections, achieve an optimal lifting result and care for your threads.
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