The venesection was painless to say the least, thank you for using local anaesthetics; highly recommended
Non-surgical PDO Thread Facelift
Many people are looking for a non-surgical way to combat the signs of ageing and reclaim their youthful appearances. As we age, gravity takes a toll, causing our face to sag and produce less collagen, which enables deep wrinkles to form. The PDO thread lift offers the latest technology for a natural-looking facelift and skin tightening treatment that doesn’t require surgery. The procedure is minimally-invasive and is designed for effective facial rejuvenation without going under the knife or into the hospital.
In other words, a PDO thread lift procedure means less downtime, fewer complications and a speedier recovery than a traditional surgical facelift. PDO threads are ultra-fine and break down naturally within the body, making it a safer option too. The threads are invisible within the skin, so the result looks more natural, and you appear refreshed and youthful.
What Is a PDO Thread Lift?
The two types of threads used in a non-surgical thread facelift are made of either poly L-lactic acid (PLA or PLLA) or polydioxanone (PDO). Unlike PLA threads, which use cones and ratchets to hook to the tissue, PDO is far less invasive and works by creating new collagen in a targeted area, lifting the skin. These threads have no cones, thus there is no unwanted distortion to the tissue. PDO thread lifts have an excellent safety record, as they use the same material used in cardiac and surgical sutures.
The PDO thread lift procedure involves creating a mesh of PDO threads throughout the area to be treated to form supporting fibres that have an immediate lifting effect. It mechanically induces skin tension into the deep layers of the subcutaneous tissue and, therefore, leads to a more tightened appearance. A PDO thread lift triggers fibroblasts to produce more collagen, restoring volume and improving skin elasticity and texture. If the thread is inserted into the fatty tissue, natural lipolysis occurs, reducing the number of fat cells in the area. This is why it’s a popular treatment for the neck and under the chin
What Areas of the Face and Body Are Good for PDO Threads?
The PDO thread lift procedure is well tolerated in many areas of the face and body. Below are the common areas that we perform the procedure on.
- The upper third of the face — forehead, glabellar lines, eyebrows and temple.
- Around the eyes — crow’s feet, tear trough and cheeks.
- The lower third of the face — nasolabial folds (smile lines), smoking lines around the lips, marionette lines and jowls.
- The jawline, chin and neck.
- The arms — to remedy the fat that’s colloquially known as “bingo-wings.”
- Abdominal sagging skin.
- The knees.
What Happens During a PDO Thread Lift?
A PDO thread lift treatment takes between 45 and 60 minutes. First, we apply a numbing cream that takes around 15 minutes to work. This is to ensure your comfort and reduce pain during the procedure. We then cleanse the skin and mark the areas where the threads will be placed. A cannula or small needle is used in the skin to let us insert the threads with ease. You may experience some swelling around the face and bruising at the insertion sites, which is normal. There are some aftercare steps to take, which you can see in the “post-treatment advice” section at the bottom of this page, and the doctor will discuss all these with you at the appointment. You can return to most normal activities, but we recommend taking a day off for recovery.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Some results can be seen immediately, but you will experience a little swelling that will go down in a couple of days. More results are seen in around three weeks, and the full effect will appear around month three, as it takes time for natural collagen stimulation to occur. The benefits of a PDO thread treatment are typically expected to last up to two years, depending on the individual. The PDO sutures are slowly absorbed over time, with complete absorption after 200 days.