A PDO thread lift is a new anti-ageing aesthetic treatment, brought to you by The London Dermatology Centre, at the Cambridge clinic. It can be used as a face-lifting treatment and it promotes collagen stimulation too. The procedure results in instantaneously lifted skin and the thread lift rejuvenates skin on a cellular level due to collagen stimulation. The combined effects of the treatment result in youthful-looking skin, with fewer fine lines and wrinkles. Furthermore, the treatment helps combat skin laxity and sagging, so you can leave the clinic with firmer-looking, and tighter feeling skin.
PDO or polydioxanone threads are specially designed threads used to lift, tighten and renew sagging skin. The PDO lift procedure is a non-surgical alternative to a facelift. The specialised PDO threads are used to lift and tighten sagging skin around the face and neck, and to stimulate the network of supportive collagen fibres within the skin (collagen stimulation). Special threads are placed carefully within the face to create a more youthful appearance without the need for surgery or extensive downtime. The results from the PDO thread lift are typically longer lasting than dermal fillers and botox. Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are made of the same material as dissolvable sutures used to close wounds. However, instead of taking two weeks to dissolve, they take around six to nine months.
The PDO thread lift procedure takes approximately 30 minutes which is why it has come to be known as the lunch hour lift, the half-hour facelift and the one stitch facelift. Following the application of some local anaesthetic, the specialised PDO threads are placed within the deeper layers of the skin and the skin is lifted. The treatment is safe and you can return to work the same day with minimal discomfort. As well as lifting, PDO threads can be used purely to stimulate collagen production in the skin and because of this, PDO threads work well in combination with other rejuvenating treatments. Patients may opt for this treatment because of the benefits of collagen stimulation.
During the treatment, a fine cannula (a special type of needle) is used to introduce the PDO thread into the skin. The number of threads used depends on the desired results. This can range from a single thread to around 50 threads when treating the face and neck. This is because the thread lift is customised to your particular skin and aesthetic goals The fine threads are carefully guided through the skin and placed in position along the pre-marked contours. Once the thread is in position, the cannula is removed and the thread remains in place. The threads contain tiny barbs, or anchors, which lock into the skin and hold it in its new position. Any excess thread is trimmed once the desired lift has been achieved.
From the day of the procedure, you can visibly see the lifting effects of the threads. After around one month following the procedure, you will start to notice the rejuvenating effects. Collagen stimulation occurs as new collagen is stimulated to form around the thread, supporting the skin and improving its texture. A process called neovascularization (the formation of new blood vessels) helps to improve the microcirculation of the skin. This results in a more youthful appearance through the reduction of fine lines months after the procedure itself. The threads have a further effect of causing the fatty tissue in the face to contract which gives the face a slimmer, tighter and firmer appearance.
As we age our skin’s production of collagen declines. The loss of collagen and elastin causes the skin to sag and lose its firmness. Gravity has more of an effect on our skin as we age, due to the depletion of collagen- resulting in wrinkles and droopiness. The PDO thread lift can be used to visibly reduce the signs of ageing. Furthermore, the presence of the PDO threads in the skin prompts fibroblasts (cells in your body) to undergo collagen stimulation, thereby rejuvenating skin.
Before the treatment begins you will be given a local anaesthetic. This helps to numb the area to be treated and reduces any associated discomfort. The needle is extremely fine making it unlikely to cause pain- patients report little to no pain or discomfort from the procedure.
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, eyes and neck.
You should notice an immediate improvement in your appearance, which will continue over several months as your body produces new collagen and the rejuvenating effects develop.
The PDO threads usually dissolve after nine months following treatment but the results and improvements to your appearance last for several months following this. Every person is different and factors such as your age and the degree of sagging corrected will have an impact on the longevity of the treatment. Results are dependent on each individual. It is possible to have a top-up treatment with additional threads around six to nine months following the procedure to extend the benefits of the thread lift for up to three years.
The sutures and cones used in a PDO thread lift are made from Polydioxanone (abbreviated to PDO), which is a polymer that has been used for surgical sutures for decades- since the 1980s in fact! The threads are well tolerated, strong and break down naturally over time.
When done by an experienced and highly trained practitioner, the PDO thread lift has an excellent safety record. The risks associated with the PDO thread lift are less than fillers and much less than a surgical facelift.
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. Our team at the Cambridge clinic are highly experienced and well-qualified to perform the PDO thread lift collagen stimulation treatment.
Naturally, we will explain all the pros and cons of this treatment to you before you decide whether to go ahead with it.
Most patients who choose a PDO thread lift are in their 30s or older, as this treatment is ideal if you have mild to moderate sagging. Not only because of the resulting facelift, but also the collagen stimulation. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, it is responsible for the skin’s elasticity and its production depletes with age. Therefore, PDO thread would not be recommended for someone in their 20s.
Before your treatment, you will need to remove all makeup and any residual creams or lotions on your face. The day before your treatment it is advisable to avoid alcohol, aspirin, Ibuprofen, St. John's Wort, omega fish oils, Ginkgo Biloba, and Vitamins C and E. The avoidance of these substances will minimise any bruising from the procedure itself.
PDO thread lifting is a minimally invasive procedure used for lifting sagging skin. The treatment does not require general anaesthetic and requires little downtime. Furthermore, it can be performed in approximately 30 minutes. PDO threads are dissolvable sutures that tighten the skin and have been used in surgeries for decades. The presence of PDO threads in your skin triggers collagen stimulation, therefore the PDO thread lift procedure has an additional skin rejuvenating benefit. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, responsible for skin elasticity. As time elapses collagen production decreases, resulting in the visible signs of ageing skin. Therefore, this treatment is ideal for patients over the age of 30 who have noticed sagging skin around their face and wish to regain an appearance of youthful firmness and structure. The PDO thread lift can be used on all parts of the face, including the cheeks, jaw, neck and eyes. Patients may opt to undergo this treatment alongside other skin rejuvenating treatments. The risks associated are also low and can be mitigated by ensuring that the aesthetic practitioner is suitably trained, qualified and experienced. Your doctor at the Cambridge clinic will ensure that you are informed of how to prepare before the treatment and what to expect afterwards. Longevity of treatment results will vary between individuals for reasons including age and degree of sagging covered. It is possible to have a top-up treatment between 6 and 9 months after your first treatment. The London Dermatology Centre, Cambridge clinic will always give you an itemised breakdown of your treatment plan so that you can be confident that there are no hidden costs.
For more information regarding the PDO Thread Lift and Collagen Stimulation treatment or to book an appointment for a consultation with one of our aesthetic specialists please contact a member of the Cambridge clinic team.