PDO Thread Lift is the latest, revolutionary treatment for skin tightening and lifting, as well as V-shaping the face.
PDO Thread Lift
These threads are made of PDO (polydioxanone) material which is similar to the threads used in surgical stitches. PDO Thread lift continuously stimulates collagen synthesis under the skin. When inserted into the skin, it acts as a “scaffold” which helps to “hold” the skin against the effects of gravity. These “mesh” of threads can also shape the face by lifting and supporting sagging structures.
The threads are dissolvable and will, therefore, be reabsorbed in 4-6 months time, leaving nothing behind but the skin structure created which continues to hold for another 15-24 months.
Thread lifts are a relatively new form of non-surgical facelift. If your face has loose or sagging skin and you want a tighter, fresher more youthful look, you should seriously consider this treatment.
Benefits of polydioxanone (PDO) threads
- Its effects last for 1 to 2 years.
- It is a quick procedure, taking just 30 to 60 minutes.
- The threads are invisible to the eye and imperceptible to the touch.
- They only require the application of an anaesthetic cream.
- They don’t cause allergies or rejection.
- The patient can return to his or her normal daily routine immediately.
The effects of PDO threads
- Skin re-densification: PDO threads stimulate the fibrocytes that produce collagen and elastin. These fibres increase tissue elasticity and density.
- Firmness (lift effect): New collagen and elastin act like a support system for the skin, reducing flaccidity and recovering firmness.
- Smoothness and radiance: PDO threads also stimulate microcirculation, oxygenating skin and making it smooth and radiant.
- Prevention: Tissue revitalization slows down ageing and sagging.
What happens during the treatment?
Our Doctor first carries out a thorough study of the facial areas to be treated. The skin is cleaned and an anaesthetic cream is applied to minimise discomfort.
Each PDO thread is infiltrated into the subcutaneous region with the aid of a fine needle. After placing the thread in the correct location, the needle is removed with a small rotation.
The number of threads required depends on the conditions of the patient’s skin and the areas that need treating. Different thicknesses and types of thread are used for different areas of the face. Short, non-barbed threads can be used to treat fine lines on the face, as well as tightening and lifting areas such as the jawline and neck. Thicker “cogs” or barbed threads can give a significant improvement to the mid and lower face. Sometimes, a combination of both non-barbed and barbed threads are used to give optimal results.
The most frequent applications of PDO threads on the face are:
- Lift cheeks and eyebrows.
- Improve marionette lines and nasogenian fold.
- Rejuvenate the facial contour and neck.
How long will it last?
In addition to the immediate lift, over the subsequent weeks following the treatment, results will continue to improve and can last 1-2 years.
What should I be aware of after treatment?
With the innovative technology adopted by the PDO thread lift, you can expect close to no side effects and downtime. You can even put on make-up and sunscreen immediately after the procedure. There could be a mild swelling for a few days after the procedure.
Bruising can happen. The degree of bruising varies not only depending on the area being treated, but also from patient to patient. However, you do need to be aware that considerable bruising could possibly occur, and plan your social calendar or work commitments around this.
Keep your head elevated at least 30 degrees for the first three nights.
You may apply ice or a cold towel to the surgical sites for the first 24 hours. (Apply for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off in the period of time.)
Avoid any direct pressure to the face and area where the sutures were placed for 3 weeks after the treatment has been performed. (Example: sleeping on your face, known as the face-down position, etc.)
Please keep facial movements to a minimum for at least 3 weeks. Avoid excessive chewing, talking, yawning, smiling and other facial movements during this period of time. Avoid drinking from a straw.
How much does PDO thread lift cost?
The cost of your thread lift depends on the number of threads required. Prices start from £500. A more accurate price can be given after your consultation.
PDO Threads for the Body
PDO (polydioxanone) tensing threads stimulate the production of collagen to treat body flaccidity from the inside, as well as rejuvenating thigh, arm and buttock skin without surgery or general anaesthetic.
The most frequent applications of PDO threads for mild or moderate skin sagging on the body are:
- Internal arm area.
- Internal thigh area.
The effect of PDO Thread lift on the body
Once implanted, these tensing threads produce a double lift effect:
- On the one hand, each thread generates tensing fibrosis in the surrounding tissue. This process regenerates adjoining tissue.
- On the other hand, collagen and elastin genesis is induced, proteins that keep the tissue together and are therefore responsible for firm and smooth skin.
Fibroblast stimulation and the resulting collagen and elastin production produces the following benefits:
- Instant lift effect in the treated area due to the tension produced by the threads and the oedema they cause.
- Long-term lift effect, where the new collagen and elastin fibres induced by the threads start to act from the moment of implantation, achieving maximum correction 2 or 3 months after the procedure.
- Skin rejuvenation, through greater vitality, radiance and elasticity.
- Improves flaccidity in the treated area.
- Improves skin tone.
What happens during the treatment?
The treatment takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes, in just one session and requires no hospitalisation or general anaesthetic.
The physician marks a series of vectors on the skin to identify the areas to be tensed.
The polydioxanone threads are implanted in the dermis with fine needles. The threads are placed forming a mesh of vectors that cover the tissue most affected by flaccidity.
We recommend a check-up a fortnight after the procedure to verify the correction and assess whether the patient needs more threads to tense the skin on the treated area.
The organism reabsorbs the threads in 6 or 8 months due to the action of enzymes or hydrolysis. In this period, stimulation of the fibroblasts continues. These are the cells that produce collagen and elastin, so the tensing effect is drawn out over time.
Once the treatment has been carried out, we recommend patients to follow a series of indications at home:
- Apply localised cold for the first few hours after treatment.
- Wash the area very carefully 5 hours after the procedure.
- Avoid intense massages in the treated area for one month.
- If bruising occurs, apply Traumeel to the area for the first few days.
Possible adverse effects of the PDO threads
Over the first few days, the threads can cause discomfort and hypodermic haematomas, which will soon subside on their own. Local inflammation or infection may rarely appear.