The PDO thread lift is a non-surgical medical cosmetic skin tightening procedure designed to lift and tighten areas of the face, neck, stomach, arms, legs or ankles. Fine polydioxanone (PDO) threads are inserted under the skin through a small cannula. Once in place the threads are manipulated to give the necessary lift and/or tightening of the tissues. The PDO Thread lift treatment is a tailor-made treatment which can be adjusted to your requirements and time.
Prior to treatment, a full consultation, assessment and medical history will be taken to ensure that PDO thread lifts are suitable. Local anaesthetic is injected into the treatment area. The PDO thread (made of polylactic acid) will then be introduced using a cannula or micro-needle in the required area. PDO thread lifts stimulate fibroblasts to produce collagen and elastin resulting in further lifting and improvements in skin texture and tone. The polylactic acid is completely biodegradable and over several months, the PDO thread is completely removed by hydrolysis within the body with no remaining particles and no long-term unwanted effects.
Lifting is achieved by various mechanisms of action including barbs, cogs and hooks within the PDO suture which attach to the sub-dermal tissue. The suture can then be tightened by applying tension or twisting to get the very best results. Rejuvenation and improvements in skin texture are also observed by the stimulation of fibroblasts in the area treated.
The thread provides a tailor-made result, lifting specific parts of your face or treated area.
The procedure takes around 50-60 minutes, depending on the treatment required. You will be able to fully resume your everyday routine and social commitments within a couple of days.
This procedure creates an alternative for clients who do not want to go down the surgical route but want the effects of a surgical face- lift. The benefits of this treatment is that it produces an extremely natural-looking result which leaves the face completely mobile.
There may be some swelling, redness, itching and tenderness. This is a normal result of the procedure and will settle. The swelling may remain for up to a few days, the other symptoms usually settle more quickly. There can also be slight to moderate bruising after the procedure and the risk of this is higher if aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen have been taken within the last two weeks. Bruising can be quite marked in some instances and the application of ice following treatment may reduce this. A depression in the skin, skin bunching or some irregularity can appear at the thread entry points. These generally disappear at 4-7 days post treatment, although sometimes they can remain longer. You will be required to take a short course of antibiotics that the practitioner will prescribe.