PDO Lifting Threads
Unfortunately, it’s unavoidable – as we age, our face sags and droops making us appear older and fatigued. Over the years, many lifting treatments have been developed to combat the appearance of ageing, without relying on complex, invasive, surgeries that require the use of general anaesthetic. The silhouette Lift, Happy Lift and Aptos lift are all mini-invasive procedures that introduce very thin fibres to the area of the face, or neck, that the patient wants to smooth out or lift. Tiny hooks then clamp the skin into its new position, until the fibres are slowly absorbed.
A PDO thread, on the other hand, uses no tapers or hooks to raise the tissue and seal the skin in to position. Instead, a special thread weave containing polydioxanone is used to gently achieve the lifting effect. Polydioxanone contains chemicals that increases synthesis levels of collagen and elastin, helping to tighten and smooth the contours of the face. These beauty lift threads were created in South Korea in 2009, they have since taken the world by storm and are now used as far as Japan, the Unites States, Brazil, all over the United Kingdom and other parts of western Europe.
Polydioxanone, or PDO, is mono-filament (consisting of one synthetic fibre), or poly-filament (consisting of two intertwined fibres). The fibres dissolve naturally under the tissue over a short period. The material has been used in medicine for many years, but up until now it was mainly used in the production of sutures for surgery, and in gynaecology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, and urology.
What areas do PDO beauty lift threads target?
PDO Beauty Lift Threads are perfect for tackling horizontal or vertical forehead wrinkles, V-lifting, drooping cheeks and the sagging area just under the jaw, folds of unsightly skin on the cheeks, wrinkles on the cheeks, the double chin, lower eyelid bags, the forehead, drooping eyebrows and any soft or slender tissue.
Although the treatment is mainly used to target specific areas of the face, it can also be used on the torso too. The wrinkles of the skin on the neck, and any sagging tissue and insensitive skin anywhere else on the body can be treated by PDO, as can the arms and abdomen to reduce the negative effects on the skin from obesity.
What will it do for my skin?
After going through the PDO Beauty Lift Thread treatment, your skin will feel rejuvenated, smooth (with fewer wrinkles), your pores will be narrowed and your skin tone will be lightened. The volume of your skin will appear fuller and healthier, and the skin will be lifted in places where it was previously sagging. Unlike with invasive surgeries there is absolutely no preparation needed before the treatment begins. You won’t have to spend long in the clinic, as it is an incredibly efficient procedure, and you’ll notice an instant effect after you leave.
You won’t have any scars or nasty marks on your skin around the areas that have received the treatment, so the only comments people will make is about how great you look. The polydioxanone fibres are also completely absorbable, and because the procedure is so light, you can have it repeated if you feel the results were so positive that you want more. The threads themselves are not visible whilst they are under the skin tissue, meaning you can more or less continue with life as before.
How does it work?
After a series of intense clinical tests, researchers found that Polydioxanone speeds up the production of new collagen in a process called neocalagenesis. The stimulation of fibroblasts also results in further synthesis of elastin, which is the protein that determines the elasticity and strength of the skin. Through the use of polydioxanone, it was found that the synthesis of natural hyaluronic acid was also increased. Because of this extra synthesis, the PDO thread is harder, more elastic and moisturised.
How exactly does the procedure work?
Only lasting about 30 to 60 minutes, the procedure is thought to be practically painless. According to patient feedback, the treatment is supposed to feel less invasive and less painful than when hyaluronic chemicals (often used to treat osteoarthritis, but is also employed in modern cosmetic surgeries) are applied to the body. Local anaesthesia is then used to reduce any potential light pain even further, in the form of an anaesthetic cream.
The clinician, or doctor, will then identify where the small needles will need to enter in to the skin, so the thread can flow through easily and efficiently. After this has been carefully decided, and the extent and scope of the necessary treatment is determined, the needles are carefully inserted in to the subcutaneous tissue (also known as the hypodermis, this essentially means that the needles are placed just under the first layer of skin tissue). Specific areas of the face are targeted in order for the procedure to be as effective as it possibly can be, so your skin will take on the best tightened appearance.
When the anaesthetic takes full effect, the threads move through the relaxed muscle and make their way deeper in to the skin tissue. Eventually the threads will move directly in to the muscles of the face.
How long will it take for me to recover after the operation? When will I see the effects?
You might experience some mild discomfort after the procedure, but this differs from patient to patient, and is much less painful than any invasive alternatives. Your face might have a reddened appearance, with some slight bruising around the target areas, but this will disappear completely after only a few days.
Although you will be able to see fantastic results almost as soon as you leave the clinic, it is important to keep in mind that it takes 10 to 14 days before collagen starts to reform. At this point, you’ll really start to see the major effect it has had on the appearance of your skin – you’ll look and feel much more youthful and confident than ever before.