PDO Threads are one of the most popular and highly effective non-surgical means to lift & tighten loose, sagging skin tissues as well dissolve small areas of fat on the lower face and body. PDO (polydioxanone) is a synthetic fiber widely used in areas of medicine such as general surgery and cardiology. In aesthetics, the threads help to lift sagging skin as well as stimulate new collagen – your own natural collagen. Another interesting effect of the threads is their ability to induce lipolysis (fat cell death) which is quite effective in treating facial and body stubborn fat areas as well as inducing collagen and tightening the skin.
Initially your doctor will conduct a consultation session in which the photos will be taken to determine suitability for the non-surgical lifting treatment.
The procedure will take between 30-60 minutes as the threads are inserted using a cannula or micro-needle depending on the individual’s requirements. There are no cuts or incisions required, minimizing any risk of scarring. An immediate lifting effect can be seen once the threads are inserted. But to see the complete effect of non-invasive thread-lift, it takes approximately 6 months as the body starts to generate collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.
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How does it work?
A thread lift is a type of lift 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.
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 no scarring and recovery times are a lot less than those associated with traditional surgery.
What are the risks?
No surgical procedure is without risk, but the level of risk is often down to the expertise and experience of the doctor carrying out your procedure. Thread lifts can cause minor side effects such as infection, bruising, swelling, tenderness, numbness, and slight asymmetry.
How Long does a Thread Lift take?
A typical thread lift procedure takes as little as one hour, but it depends on the number of threads the doctor uses and the areas being treated.
What Happens after the Procedure?
After the procedure, we will provide you with aftercare instructions to follow. Most patients experience some mild swelling and bruising, but this should settle quickly. Recovery time is usually less than one week, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for 2 weeks.
How Long do the results last?
A thread lift’s lasting power depends on the age of the patient at the time of procedure 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 anywhere between 1 and 3 years. To extend the results it is possible to have additional threads inserted and your doctor can advise you when this is required.