Alongside dermal fillers and intense pulse light laser hair removal, thread lifts are another form of skincare treatment designed to rejuvenate your face and reduce the signs of ageing. Although these procedures have been popular since the 1980s, they’re often overlooked in favour of other facelift treatments. However, thread lifts are an effective form of treatment for those who want better-looking skin for prolonged periods of time, often for up to 4 years.
Available at most skincare treatment centres in the UK, the three main types of thread lift treatment are PDO, PLO and PCA treatments. PLO and PCA are both quicker procedures and better for lifting sagging skin. PDO however, is most commonly used for rejuvenating your face tissue, giving you a younger look. This blog will outline how PDO treatments work and what you can expect from the cosmetic surgery procedure.
What Is Polydioxanone?
Polydioxanone is a colourless polyester material that breaks down in the human body after about six months. When adding these sutures – or stitches – under your skin, the polyester compound triggers cells under your skin called fibroblasts to produce more collagen. A loss of collagen over the years is one of the main causes of ageing, and so the production of more collagen naturally slows and reverses the hallmarks of old age.
Different PDO Treatments
There are three main types of treatment available for the PDO thread lift. The first is the PDO mono thread, which are smooth sutures that are best used for stimulating collagen production to rejuvenate your skin. The second is the PDO cog thread, which has barbed edges that hook into your skin, lifting and supporting specific parts of your skin. The third is the PDO screw thread, which is made of two different but intertwined threads, pulling and restoring volume to parts of the skin that have sunk due to ageing.
How The Treatment Works
There are several different methods of PDO that you can undertake when getting the treatment, but each one will most often consist of the following steps.
First off, you’ll be seated and reclined as the aesthetic practitioner or cosmetic surgeon disinfects your face with alcohol. A local anaesthetic will be applied to the area being treated via injection, after which, the surgeon will cut a small incision with a different needle into the treated area and will insert a cannula device into it. The surgeon will thread the cannula into place and stitching the skin back up. The thread will be cut and shortly after this procedure, you’ll be ready to go back home. The procedure itself should last no longer than half an hour.
Preparation For Your Treatment
A few days before your treatment you’ll be asked to refrain from smoking, drinking alcohol or green tea, as well as stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, omega 3 and fatty acids. This is because these products can exacerbate bruising and increase the risk of bleeding.
After the treatment, you can expect a general recovery within 48 hours. However, you might experience some swelling and bruising during this time. Make sure to avoid rubbing your face or the affected area as much as possible as well as pursing your lips too often, which can dislodge the thread. You may want to avoid visiting saunas and intense exercise for a week or two afterwards as well.