1. What is a PDO Thread Lift?
The PDO (polydioxanone) thread lift is an FDA cleared, nonsurgical treatment for sagging skin. This minimally invasive procedure can give a lift and to the jowls, jawline, eyebrows, eyes, and neck for a natural and youthful appearance.The PDO threads are made of suture material. The sutures are placed into the hypodermis of the skin to physically lift and smooth. As the sutures dissolve, it creates an inflammatory process in the treatment area and this in turn encourages new collagen and elastin production, resulting in smoother skin with reduced wrinkles.
This effect typically lasts for 1-2 years.
2. What Areas Can Be Treated with the PDO Thread Lift?
The thread lift can be used to enhance and improve the appearance of a sagging neck, cheeks and jowls and droopy eyebrows. We can personalize your treatment to suit your exact needs to ensure you are happy with the results.
3. Who Is a Thread Lift Suitable for?
A thread lift is suited to men and women between the ages of 35 and 80. The procedure is most effective on skin that has minimal sagging and offers the best results for cheeks, jowls, brows and the neck area. If you are looking for results that are more effective and longer lasting than Botox and fillers, a thread lift is the ideal choice. If you are put off by traditional surgery or don’t want general anesthetic, then a thread lift is great as it is minimally invasive. The biggest advantage of having a thread lift rather than a facelift is the greatly reduced recovery time associated with thread lifts. Recovery from a thread lift is comparatively easy. Thread lifts can be performed under local rather than general anesthesia, meaning that thread lift patients can drive themselves to and from the procedure.
4. What Are the Advantages of a Thread Lift?
Because thread lifts are much easier to perform than facelift surgery, they are much more affordable. Advantageous though thread lifts are, it’s important for patients to maintain realistic expectations for this procedure. While thread lifts certainly produce visible changes, they will generally only lift the face by a few millimeters; as such, they create a more subtle and natural looking end result than facelift surgery. Thread lifts are therefore best suited to patients who are dealing with mild to moderate, rather than severe, signs of skin laxity. Results last for a year or more and it is much safer than fillers.
5. How Does It Work?
A PDO thread lift is a procedure that is often referred to as the ‘lunch hour lift’. This is down to its simplicity and the time it takes to carry out the procedure.
After placing a local anesthetic, a small needle entry will be made and then fine threads are advanced along pre-marked contours. The threads are made from polydioxanone (PDO) – the same material used for medical stitches – which dissolve naturally in the body over time. Once the threads are in place, your body starts to produce new bundles of collagen around each thread and this in turn creates a subtle yet effective lift. The results differ for each person, but are very natural, giving a rejuvenated and refreshed look. There is are no scarring and recovery times are a lot less than those associated with traditional surgery.
6. What Are the Risks?
Thread lifts are low risk, thanks to how noninvasive they are. There is virtually no risk of scarring, severe bruising, bleeding or other complications after having a thread lift. In rare cases, patients may experience irritation, infection or their sutures becoming visible under their skin. If this occurs, however, the sutures can simply be removed and the patient’s face will return to its prior state.
7. How Long Does a Thread Lift Procedure Take?
A typical thread lift procedure takes as little as one hour, but it depends on the number of threads used and the areas treated.
8. What Happens After the Procedure?
After the procedure we will provide you with aftercare instructions. Some patients will experience some mild swelling and bruising, most can return to work immediately. Recovery time is usually less than one week, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for 2 to 3 weeks. Although thread lift recovery is not particularly intensive, patients will need to take a few minor precautions while healing. It’s important not to rub your face vigorously while cleansing or applying moisturizer for at least a week after having threads placed. You should also try to prop you head up slightly so the you don’t roll over directly onto your face while sleeping. No dental work for one week.
9. How Long Do the Results Last?
The results of a PDO thread lift depends on the age of the patient and how much sagging the thread lift has corrected. It should be noted that sagging will return over time, but many doctors report that the results last for anything between 1 and 2 years. To extend the results it is possible to have additional threads placed to enhance and maintain your youthfulness.