PDO Threads & All You Need to Know
Polydioxanone thread lift is a revolutionary new therapy in the world of cosmetics. It can be used to improve a range of concerns, from aesthetic appearance to treating suturing incisions following medical procedures. The technique can improve the firmness and elasticity of the skin in the treated areas without invasive surgery and scars.
WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF A PDO THREAD LIFT?
PDO therapy uses small blunt-tip needles to insert fine, absorbable polydioxanone threads into the skin’s subcutaneous layer. Polydioxanone is the material used to make the threads which are used in the lifting procedure. These threads cause micro-injuries that remain implanted in the skin to promote collagen synthesis. After six months, the threads dissolve into the body and leave new collagen in their place.
WHAT CAN PDO THREAD LIFT BE USED FOR?
PDO thread lift treatment is most commonly used to help tighten sagging skin on the face, neck, and body without the need for invasive surgery. The cheeks, eyebrows, jawline, neck, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, arms, thighs and tummy can all be benefitted from PDO therapy. The PDO thread lift method stimulates collagen production in the skin, and after three months, collagen develops around the threads, creating a lifting effect that lasts between 12-18 months.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR THIS TREATMENT?
Since this treatment is non-surgical, the process begins by applying a topical numbing agent and a local anaesthetic to the treatment site. The needle used for PDO thread lift procedures are very small so any discomfort is minimal.
Once the procedure begins, PDO threads are introduced via cannulas or blunt-tipped needles. The PDO threads are implanted into the skin’s subcutaneous layer to act as anchors as the skin is raised upwards. The external threads are then snipped.
The skin is lifted immediately as the fat tissue is constricted. PDO threads act similar to a dermal filler but instead of leaving an injectable solution in the skin, a thread is left until it dissolves.
PDO Threads & THINGS TO CONSIDER
This treatment as an aesthetic therapy comes with a few things to bear in mind. Minor complications occur in 15-20% of procedures but they are typically easily corrected. Complications that could arise include:
- Minor bruising
- Snapping of the threads
- Accumulation of blood (hematoma)
- Hair Loss
Facelift surgeries have a much higher risk of complications than PDO thread lifts. When PDO therapy is performed by a trained professional, there is a lesser risk of scarring, severe bruising, or bleeding. As there are potential risks with this procedure, it is extremely important to choose a doctor-led clinic that has medical experience and a full understanding of the anatomy and risks. Dr Matla is a regulated CQC GP who practises both aesthetics and general practice. With over 20 years of experience in medicine, you can be assured you will be in very safe hands.
SURGICAL FACELIFT VS PDO THREAD LIFTS
PDO thread lift treatment results are less dramatic and the procedures often don’t need repeating. A non-surgical thread lift is quick, relatively pain-free, no scarring has minimal downtime and no hospital stay. The risks are minimal compared to surgery and it is also a great option for clients with respiratory or heart diseases and patients who cannot tolerate anaesthetic. PDO threads should not be seen as a replacement for surgery as the results will be softer and temporary, but it is a great option to try a new look without going under the knife.
PDO THREADS- AFTERCARE
The majority of people can resume normal activity with immediate lifting effects. Some people will experience mild side effects such as redness, swelling, bruising, pinprick marks or puckering at the suture site but this will subside within two weeks. The sutures might be sore for up to a week but paracetamol can often help this if needed. We suggest you sleep on your back for 5 nights, avoid makeup for the first week, no facials, massages or extreme pressure for two weeks, no extreme exercise and avoid alcohol. Keeping your skin moisturised and well-hydrated will also help in the healing process. This is all to minimise your side effects and risk of infection but it is vital you attend your review appointment so Dr Matla can observe the healing process from a professional standpoint.
How long does a PDO thread lift take?
The PDO thread lift procedure time is about 45-60 minutes depending on the treatment area and it is usually conducted with a local anaesthetic. The application of the numbing cream and prepping the skin can take up to 30 minutes whereas the procedure itself takes about 15-30 minutes.
When will I see results?
This treatment results in some immediately noticeable effects such as skin lifting and contouring effects. The full benefits of PDO thread lifts can be seen one to two months after the procedure. One of the most important elements to how quickly you will see results is your age as this impacts how quickly your body generates new healthy collagen. Collagen is the protein that plumps, smooths wrinkles and fills fine lines.
Will I need more than one treatment?
In some cases, a single PDO lift procedure might not be sufficient to achieve your desired results and additional procedures may be required. After the first treatment, you will return to the clinic six to nine months later to see if a second treatment is needed. After this, another treatment likely isn’t needed for three years.
What are the side effects?
The most common side effects include swelling and bruising that can last 2-3 days but cold compresses can help in reducing this. Although the threads are often invisible under the skin, very thin skin may result in being able to see the sutures until they heal and dissolve. Temporary dimpling of the skin could occur but will clear within 5 days of the treatment. The side effects are minimal and similar to other cosmetic treatments but we suggest avoiding getting this treatment the week of an event incase of these visible, temporary side effects.
Am I suitable for this procedure?
Deciding a treatment plan on your own can be an overwhelming experience but Dr Matla will put any concerns to rest and help determine the best course of treatment for the individual patient at your consultation. We do not advise this treatment for pregnant or breastfeeding patients, those with a tendency to keloid scarring or those with autoimmune diseases.
Due to the nature of cosmetic procedures, patients may require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results. Although the PDO thread lift treatment is beneficial in most cases, there is no guarantee the treatment will be completely effective in addressing the patient’s concern. This will be discussed with Dr Matla in the consultation to determine the best course of treatment for the individual.
How much do PDO threads cost?
PDO thread lifts cost £250 per thread and the 1 to 1 consultation is £50. However this price is deducted from any treatment booked.
For PDO thread therapy, a consultation with a trained medical professional is vital in creating your bespoke treatment plan. With Dr Matla’s wealth of experience and ability to create a unique course of high quality treatments for each patient, you’re only a consultation away from reaching your personal aesthetic goals.