What is the PDO Thread Lift? PDO thread lifting is an effective, minimally invasive way to lift and tighten sagging skin without the need for surgery or extended downtime. This treatment works by inserting threads made of polydioxanone (PDO) into the skin. These threads are then tightened and pulled it back, lifting the face and stimulating the creation of newer, younger looking skin tissue. Over a period of 2-6 months after treatment, the skin gradually becomes tighter, more toned, and more luminous. While a traditional facelift can provide similar results, the PDO thread lift is less expense and features a significantly shorter period of downtime.
What are the Benefits of a PDO Thread Lift? A PDO thread lift is one of the safest, most effective facial rejuvenation and tightening treatments available today. It lifts and tightens sagging skin, reduces facial roundness, and can be used to expertly sculpt a defined facial contour.
A PDO thread lift can be used to tighten and tone the:
Forehead and brow
Upper and lower cheeks
A PDO thread lift can do virtually everything a traditional facelift can, without the associated downtime and cost. The results are long lasting, often persisting between 8 months and 2 years after treatment depending upon the extent of treatment and the patient’s metabolism. When you undergo a PDO thread lift, you can also take comfort in knowing that you’re undergoing a procedure that is extremely safe. This type of thread has over a decade long safety record in surgery and wound closure and triggers a minimal inflammatory reaction.
What is the Treatment Process Like? Before the threads are inserted into your skin, a local anesthetic is used on the treatment area to make the procedure more comfortable and tolerable. Once the treatment area has been thoroughly numbed, the PDS thread is inserted into the skin using a small cannula. Typically, patients experience facial numbness for a few hours after treatment. While the downtime is only a few days, patients see their appearance improve over a 2-6 month period.
What are the possible side effects? Complications are rare and are easily corrected should the minor ones occur. All of the following complications are treatable and may include inflammation, bruising, skin irregularities, puckering and infection. In some cases, patients may feel some tightness or pulling or may be able to feel the threads. These minor side-effects will resolve in time. Since this technique is entirely reversible, unwanted side effects are usually easily corrected under local anaesthetic. You can always add additional threads if the desired results aren’t achieved, experienced professionals usually wait several weeks before performing touch up procedures.
Who is a good candidate for a MicroLift?
In general, the best candidates include both women and men from late thirties to the early sixties. It is always important to manage the clients expectations. Medical professionals although, trained to manufacturers protocols, develop through experience techniques which allow them to do things others are unable or unwilling to do. Ideally it is for patients with moderate drooping of the facial and neck soft tissues. Ultimately, it’s for those looking for ‘rejuvenation’, all potential candidates need to be assessed by a trained medical professional to ascertain the individual suitability despite the age range quoted above.
During the consultation the medical professional will take into consideration the thickness of your skin thick or thin-skinned or those patients who have too much skin laxity to achieve the best result. As always, during your procedural consultation you should be honest about your medical history and any medications you are taking, such as blood-thinners, as to how it could affect your suitability for the procedure.
Who is NOT a good candidate?
Patients with a very thin, fragile, slack or aged skin or a very thin face
The following pictures show the results from PDO thread lift procedures at our clinic.