As the face ages we lose fat volume. With deflation and loss of fat volume we experience a deterioration and descent of our soft tissue. On the other hand with age advance gravity and muscle action create changes in the tension and elasticity of facial skin. This leads to sagging skin, wrinkles, creases and deep grooves around the mouth and in the forehead. This laxity creates jowls, excess neck and cheek skin. Previously the traditional face and neck lift surgery has been the mainstay of therapy. If you are tired of the sagging and loose skin in your face, particularly in the lower face area around the jaw or cheeks, but don’t want to undergo surgery for a face lift, you can consider Thread Lift. Thread Lift can produce impressive results at a fraction of cost of face lift, without the painful recovery, risks (including risks of general anaesthesia) and long down-time associated with the surgery. This advance, revolutionary and proven technique has replaced the surgery.
Thread Lift is a non-surgical procedure to tighten and lift the loose and sagging skin and improve the contour of skin in the jaw, jowl line, cheeks and other areas of face and body, using absorbable sterile threads that are placed skilfully by your physician under your skin. The procedure usually takes less than an hour and produces instant results that consolidate over next few months.
What Is PDO Thread Lift?
Using PDO threads for Thread Lift has several advantages. PDO stands for polydioxanone, which is a biodegradable and fully absorbable material. PDO has been used for years to make surgical sutures that are safe to be implanted in the body and are intended to be absorbable. PDO threads are among the safest materials used in making sutures and stitches.
During the PDO Thread Lift, your doctor uses a needle that has been preloaded with the PDO thread and places the thread at carefully selected areas of the face. The threads work by stimulating body the produce new collagen around them, tightening and lifting the skin. During a PDO thread lift, threads are inserted into the skin that both physically pull it back and stimulate the body’s natural healing process, tightening and toning the treatment area. Additionally, some types of PDO thread can be gently pulled by your doctor to generate lift in the desired direction.
Following the procedure, the body reacts to the PDO thread by building up new collagen around it as it works to gradually dissolve and absorb it. The body usually fully absorbs the PDO thread in 4 to 6 months without leaving any scar tissues behind. However, the collagen produced during the healing process persists and ensures a lasting lift and rejuvenating effect. While results vary from patient to patient and area to area, they typically last for a year or more.
PDO Thread Lift can be performed at various areas including:
Upper and lower cheeks
Jawline & Jowl
What Makes PDO Thread Lift Superior to Other Thread Lifts?
Thread Lift has been around and performed for years to achieve immediate rejuvenation and lift without the pain, cost and hassles of surgical face lift. The problem with the other methods of Thread Lift is the type of suture or stitches that are used. Unlike PDO Thread Lift offered at MatrixClinicals, the standard thread lift is commonly performed using non-absorbable stitches which stay in the body for long-time and can cause all kinds of problems down the road.
The stitches used in PDO Thread Lift are biodegradable and absorbed by the body within a few months following the procedure, leaving not much behind. However, the local rejuvenating effect of the PDO threads – newly made collagen – persists as the new collagen is made by the body and it’s no different from the collagen found in the rest of the skin. Think of it as a temporary support to generate lift and stimulate new collagen in the skin, which paves the way for long-lasting results as the new collagen and connective tissue replaces the PDO thread. This approach is preferred to using standard plastic sutures which stay indefinitely in the body and can cause all kinds of issues down the road.
How is PDO Thread Lift Performed?
The PDO Thread Lift is a minimally-invasive non-surgical face lift procedure that is much safer, simpler and easier than regular surgical face lift. The procedure is also referred to as “lunchtime facelift” given that it can be done within an hour.
First we do the consultation to make sure you are a candidate for the procedure. Your doctor examines your face to identify the areas of sagging skin and potential volume loss.
On the day of the procedure, first your doctor applies a topical anaesthetic to numb your face. The doctor then enters a special needle under your skin, very similar to the way needles for filler injections are introduced to the skin. This special needle is hollow and carries the PDO thread inside. The doctor moves the needle carefully and slowly until it reaches the desired destination and then release the PDO thread, as she carefully pulls out the needles. The PDO thread is left behind.
What Is the Difference between Various Types of PDO Thread?
PDO threads come in different types and shapes, which allow your doctor to choose the one most appropriate for your specific needs. Some threads are smooth and are primarily placed in the skin to stimulate body to make more collagen. They can be placed in form of a mesh for maximal coverage. The results will emerge gradually as the body works on absorbing the threads and building collagen around them.
Some other PDO threads have tiny barbs that hold the thread in place once it is inserted. Your doctor can pull this type of thread back to lift the tissues. This type of thread is most useful for areas where additional lift is desired in addition to the new collagen stimulation.
What Should I Expect from PDO Thread Lifting?
A local anaesthetic is used on the treatment area before the procedure begins in order to make the process as comfortable as possible. Once this treatment area has been numbed, the PDO thread is inserted into the skin using a microneedle. The entire procedure usually lasts somewhere between 30-60 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.
Many patients report feeling a numbing sensation for the first few hours after treatment. The downtime after treatment is only a day or two, so you can go back to your daily routine as soon as possible. While slight change can be seen right after treatment, continued improvements can be seen over a 2-6 month period. These improvements typically last between 2-3 years.