PDO threads are a type of thread used to lift sagging skin and to stimulate the network of supportive collagen fibres within the skin.
The thread lift procedure is effective on skin which has a little sagging. It can be used on the face to lift, re contour and define. Results are typically longer lasting than dermal fillers and botox treatment.
PDO thread lifting is a minimally invasive walk in, walk out procedure, requring no general anaesthetic, which gives natural looking results with very little down time. Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are made of the same material as disolvable sutures used to close wounds. However, instead of taking two weeks to dissolve, they take around two years.
PDO thread lift goes under a couple of different names, such as the one stitch face lift, the lunch hour lift and the half hour face lift. But as well as lifting, PDO threads can be used purely to stimulate collagen production in the skin and becasue of this, PDO threads work well in combination with other rejuvenating treatments.
During treatment, a tiny entry will be made clor then fine threads are advanced along pre-marked contours. close to the ear. The fine threads are guided through the skin and the skin is positioned. The threads contain tiny barbs which lock into the skin and hold it in it’s new position.Eventually new collagen will form around the thread holding it in place and giving it’s own support to the skin.
You will be given local anaesthetic prior to the procedure and therefore it is a fairly comfortable experience.
As with a traditional facelift, a PDO thread lift can help to lift the entire face. As well as lifting. the treatment will stimulate the body to produce more collagen in the treatment area. It is particularly effective as a treatment to contour and add definition to the lower jaw, cheeks, eyebrows and neck.
You should notice an immediate improvement to your appearance, which will continue over several months as your body produces new collagen.
Every person is different and factors such as your age and the degree of sagging we have corrected will have an impact on longevity of the treatment. In general, most people see an improvement in their appearance for up to 18 months. It is possible to have a top-up treatment with additional threads to extend the benefits of the thread lift.
The sutures and cones used in a PDO thread lift are made from Polydioxanone (PDO for short), which is a polymer that has been used for surgical sutures for many years. The threads are well tolerated, strong and breakdown naturally over time.
In the hands of an experienced and highly trained practitioner, the PDO thread lift has an excellent safety record.
Minor side effects of this treatment include bruising, swelling, tenderness, numbness and slight asymmetry, although most will resolve within a couple of days. Complications are rare, and are less likely in the hands of a skilled and trained practitioner.
Naturally, we will explain all the pros and cons of this treatment with you before you decide whether to go ahead with it.
Most patients who choose a PDOthread lift are in their 30s or older, as this treatment is ideal if you have mild to moderate sagging. It would not be recommended for someone in their 20s.
You can find our full treatment and price list here. We will always give you an itemised breakdown of your treatment plan so that you can be confident that there are no hidden costs.
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