Thread Lift

Thread Lift

 

One of the main features of an aging face is skin and soft tissue laxity. Various treatments for facial rejuvenation are available, from different non-surgical treatments to the more invasive surgical procedures. There is a growing trend among patients to pursue minimally invasive therapies with shorter downtime and faster recovery.

 

For many years, different thread lifting types have been practiced in facial rejuvenation to tighten and lift sagging skin. In recent years, the PDO thread lift has become the most popular choice. The material in PDO threads is polydioxanone; a safe biomedical compound used to make surgical sutures.

 

There are various forms of PDO threads, e.g., monofilament, braided, twined thread, barbed, or bi-directional cogged threads. Each one comes with different lengths and thicknesses. Some of the threads may come with names like tornado, double screw, feather thread, etc. even though they are the same threads mentioned above. The selection depends on the treatment area, the aesthetic purpose of the treatment, and its severity.

 

During the treatment, the doctor inserted the PDO threads into the deep layers of the skin. The threads produce immediate lifting due to the physical pulling effects. Also, it’s delayed effects stimulate collagen production, neovascularization, and tissue rejuvenation. These delayed effects will begin a few weeks after the threads are inserted and provide prolonged skin tightening and lifting results. The PDO threads undergo complete reabsorption in the body in about six months to one year.

Meanwhile, collagen production, neovascularization, and tissue regeneration will last much longer. These ongoing processes provide continuous and prolonged skin rejuvenation.  The skin will remain firm, smooth, improved texture, and the overall aesthetic improvements will last 1-2 years.

 

PDO thread lifting does not require an incision, and thus there are no wounds and scars. The procedure is effective in tightening and lifting saggy skin. The main target areas are the face and the neck. Compared to surgical procedures, the downtime and recovery of PDO thread lifting are very short.

 

 

Applications of PDO Threads

  1. Midface: lifting of the cheek and reduction of nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
  2. Jawline: lifting and streamlining the jawline to enhance the shape and definition.
  3. Chin: to reduce double chin.
  4. Neck: tightening of the neck skin and reduce neck wrinkles.
  5. Eyebag: tightening of eyebag skin and reduce eyebag wrinkles.
  6. Crowfeet: reduce wrinkles at the outer corner of the eye
  7. Brow: lifting of the brow

 

Monofilament Thread

 

Twined Thread

 

Bi-directional Cogged Thread

 

 

Preparation

  1. Inform the doctor of any pre-existing medical conditions and drug allergy. All medical conditions must be treated and stabilized before the procedure.
  2. Stop smoking at least one week before the procedure. Smoking may diminish the results of PDO thread lifting.
  3. Stop the following medications and supplements one week before the procedure:
    1. All supplements containing vitamin E, ginseng, ginkgo, garlic, fish oil, and other ingredients increase bleeding during the procedure. Other supplements, traditional medicine, and herbs, in which elements are unknown, have to stop as well.
    2. Medicine that increases bleeding during the procedure such as aspirin, NSAIDs, and warfarin. However, you may need to consult your physician who prescribed the medication before you stop them.

 

 

Procedure

Duration: 20-60 min

Anaesthesia: Numbing cream and cold compression

Downtime: 1-3 days

How long results last: 1 to 2 years

Technique: PDO threads are inserted under the skin using blunt tip needles. The types and number of threads used vary, depending on the target areas, aesthetic goals, and severity of the condition.

 

 

Post Treatment Care**

  1. What to expect:
    1. Mild swelling for 3-5 days. Bruises are possible but are.
    2. The treated area may feel tight for 1-2 weeks.
  2. Avoid putting pressure on the treated area for at least one week. Sleep on the back the avoid pressure on the face. No facial massage for at least 2 weeks.
  3. Avoid excessive movement of the face, such as open the mouth widely and laugh excessively.

 

**The instructions in this list are only for general guidance and the list is not meant to be exhaustive. If you have any specific queries or concerns during the post-operative recovery, please contact the clinic for further advice.

 

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