All about PDO thread lifts

Put simply, a PDO thread lift is a is a quick, non-invasive, procedure that uses dissolvable sutures to tighten and lift skin. It only requires a local anaesthetic rather than a general one and it’s ideally suited to skin rejuvenation.

A suture refers to the actual threads that are used in the procedure and PDO threads are tried, tested, and dissolve over about 6 months – which is sooner than the other types of thread that can be used.

In effect, the process creates tiny ‘wounds’ that stimulate the production of collagen – the protein that gives skin elasticity and structure. Because collagen production diminishes over time, the reduction in collagen contributes to signs of ageing. However, the insertion of the threads also encourages the production of elastin and hyaluronic acid which helps to plump up the skin’s appearance.

The advantage of a PDO thread lift over actual facelift surgery is there is a far lower risk of complications occurring.

Areas around the eyes, the jaw, neck, lips and cheeks are all ideal targets for a PDO thread lift where it can really make a difference to the skin’s appearance.

Although the positive results are immediate they will diminish over time, but they can last for up to 2 years or even longer. The threads used in the procedure will eventually be absorbed by the tissue underneath the skin, so the lifting effect is at its peak around 6 months after treatment by which time collagen has formed around the threads.​

The treatment itself is straightforward. A local anaesthetic is applied under the skin using a tiny needle. Another tiny incision is made and then a very thin tube called a canula is inserted. The PDO thread is placed in the canula which is then removed leaving the thread in place.

The whole process only takes about 45 minutes to an hour and as soon as the PDO thread lift is complete, it’s perfectly safe to drive away and get on with the day.

While it’s possible to feel a little sore or swollen for a day or two, recovery time really is minimal. Obviously, it’s very much advised to treat the face gently for a week or so afterwards so that the threads aren’t disturbed, and perhaps to avoid saunas and heavy exercise so that the threads can settle properly. And for threads around the mouth, it’s probably better to try not to purse the lips too much.

It’s always worth considering that for safety and peace of mind, this is a Care Quality Commission regulated surgical aesthetic treatment so be sure to choose an experienced Advanced Aesthetic Practitioner who is highly qualified to carry out the procedure.

The right practitioner will be fully insured, fully committed to patient safety and care, and will advise clients on the best and most appropriate treatments to suite their individual needs.

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