Thursday, November 27, 2014

PDO Thread Lift – the Non-Surgical Facelift

Hailed by many of the top news stations and celebrities such as Oprah as a “cutting edge procedure with no cutting edges”, Thread Lift is a non-surgical procedure that achieves face-lift-like results.

 PDO Threads was developed in Korea and soon gained popularity all over the world
What is PDO Thread Lift ?

“PDO” stands for Polydioxanone, a synthetic absorbable material commonly used in surgical sutures. These super-fine threads are certified by the Korea Food and Drug Administration. PDO Thread Lift is an effective technique to lift and tighten sagging skin, re-define facial contours and induce collagen production, all at the same time.

How does PDO Thread Lift works ?
As we age, our facial support structure weakens, and we lose facial fat. PDO Thread Lift counter these aging effects with a double lift and collagen regeneration effect.
1. An immediate lifting action - when inserted underneath the skin, the threads act as a "scaffold" to "hold" the skin against the effects of gravity. The "mesh" of threads also shapes the face by lifting and supporting sagging structures, creating a V-shape silhouette.

  A recent development in thread lift is the introduction of barbed PDO threads. The barbs literally grab on to skin tissues for additional support. As a result, patients achieve longer lasting and more visible lifting results.
2. A regeneration action for gradual and natural improvement – PDO threads restore lost collagen through the process of skin healing and suture reabsorption.

When our body surrounds the PDO threads with collagen, facial volume is maintained and fine lines reduced.

 Who are suitable candidates for PDO Thread Lift ?
Ideal candidates for PDO Thread Lift are patients who have not started to suffer from deep wrinkles and excessive sagging skin. They are usually people aged from late twenties to early fifties. PDO Thread Lift is indicated because these patients have begun to see more prominence jowls, droopy cheeks, sagging brows or deeper laugh lines. PDO Thread Lift is a also good alternative for people who would like a facelift, but can't afford it or don't want the risk or long recovery time associated with the traditional surgical facelift.
PDO threads can be applied to flabby cheeks, droopy eyebrows, sagging neck skin, jowls and laugh lines.
How long does the results of PDO Thread Lift last ?
An immediate improvement is seen after PDO Thread Lift. The results generally last up to 24 months.
Photo source : Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery
Figure (e) Before - sagging cheeks and jowls. Figure (f) After - cheek lift and jowl lift resulting in reduction of laugh lines, higher cheek bone effect and slimmer lower face

What are the benefits of PDO Thread Lift ?
  • Immediate lifting effect
  • Progressive restoration of lost collagen
  • Natural looking results without the stretched look that accompanies surgical facelift
  • Safe procedure, can be performed under local anaesthetic
  • Entirely re-absorbable thread component
  • Quick 30-minute procedure
  • Short recovery time of less then a week
  • No incision needed, no scars
  • Long lasting effects up to 24 months

What are the possible side effects of PDO Thread Lift ?
PDO Thread Lift is a very safe procedure when performed by an experienced medical practitioner in a registered clinic. Localized pain, swelling and bruising are expected for a few days after treatment. Occasionally, sutures may became visible on the skin surface. These adverse effects are temporary or can be corrected upon follow-up.

Kindly note that PDO Thread Lift results may vary from person to person. Your doctor should be able to advise you as to the best treatment approach and the expected results.