• PDO Thread Lifting Melbourne

About PDO Thread Lifting Melbourne

As we age, our skin loses its youthful appearance, and signs of aging become more obvious. Sagging skin and volume loss are just two aging indicators. Over time these changes can significantly alter the shape of the face. 

A PDO thread lift, or suture lift, is a non-surgical procedure designed to raise the midface, lower face, neck area and soften lines around the mouth and nose. It has been referred to as the “lunchtime face lift”, as it can be performed by cosmetic doctors in under 60 minutes. 

At Elucell, we use a minimally invasive technique focusing on midface, jowl and neck-lifting that involves subcutaneous placement of threads along a planned trajectory, accurately marked before treatment. The threads are then pulled to achieve the desired skin lift. A local anaesthetic is used to ensure the procedure is comfortable. 

The goal of a thread lift treatment is to reposition sagging skin tissues, thus restoring youthful proportions to the face and neck. While the procedure provides immediate results, its greater purpose is to encourage new collagen production to simulate long term results. As the face heals, new collagen and fibrous tissue forms around the PDO threads and continues to hold up and tighten the skin tissue. 

Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are a type of material used for thread lift procedures. PDO is an absorbable polymer that is flexible and durable for threads. This is the same material that has been used in cardiovascular surgery for many years. 

For men and women who only desire skin tightening and rejuvenation, PDO Mono Threads may be sufficient. Clients who desire more lifting and volume correction will better benefit from texture cog or screw threads. 

Thread lifting procedures can be standalone cosmetic procedures or they can be combined with dermal fillers and anti wrinkle injections. We are able to customise for your individual needs and aesthetic concerns. For example, we can use dermal fillers first to recreate the youthful structure that is lost with aging and then we can use PDO threads to address the laxity in the superficial tissues.  

Typically during a surgical facelift (Rhytidectomy), a flap of skin on each side of the face is pulled back, and tissues below the skin are surgically removed or repositioned. Before the flap is sutured closed. Almost all surgical procedures share the following side effects: swelling, bleeding, possible infection, potential hair loss, bruising. Recovery time varies depending on the type of procedure and extent of the facelift, however most of your recovery will take place in the first 8 to 10 weeks. We encourage you to do your homework before considering a permanent face lift.

A prior consultation is required to establish your suitability for the procedure. During your initial consultation your Practitioner will discuss the nature of the procedure and post-procedure regimes with you. It may be necessary to receive maintenance treatments every 6 – 12 months, depending on your specific age-reversal needs. 

At Elucell we offer a premium range of cosmetic and anti aging treatments including dermal fillers, non-surgical face and neck lifts, non-invasive body sculpting and hair loss treatment. Contact us to create a bespoke treatment plan to help you achieve your goals. 

Treatment Summary

  • Procedure TIme

    Treatment takes 30 - 45 minutes
  • Recovery Time

    There is minimal downtime with entry and exit points healing in a couple of days.
    Return to almost all activity immediately after treatment.
  • Results

    Results are immediate and may last 6 - 18 months.
  • Pricing

    PDO Mono Threads
    10 threads or less - $50 per thread
    20 threads - $40 per thread
    30 - 50 threads - $30 per thread
    50 - 100 threads - $20 per thread
    > 100 threads - $15 per thread
    Fox Eye Thread Lift
    Lower Face Lift
    From $2,400
    ($600 per thread, minimum 4 threads)

    Prices incl. gst

PDO Thread Lifting Melbourne Treatment

What are PDO Bio-Threads?

PDO Bio-Threads are biodegradable, polydioxanone (PDO) sutures, which dissolve in the body over time. 

Once inserted, the polydioxanone suture will be absorbed by the body over time, approximately around 6 to 7 months. Results typically last 12 months. 

By stimulating the body’s natural immune response, PDO Bio-Threads stimulate the production of collagen, resulting in restored skin elasticity and skin cell regeneration. This can help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

What areas can be treated with PDO Bio-Threads?

A thread lift works best when the face is treated as a whole, however the individual areas that can be treated are: 

  • Upper and lower cheeks
  • Forehead
  • Eyebrows
  • Neck
  • Jawline
  • Mouth lines
  • Smoker’s lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Marionette lines
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Under-eyes 

We will often combine our thread lift procedures with different treatments such as dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle treatment. 

Who is suitable?

Patient suitability will be determined by your Practitioner. As PDO Bio-Threads can be used to address a variety of aesthetic concerns, they can be suitable for many different age groups. 

PDO Bio-Threads can not be used on clients who have Diabetes Mellitus with complications of Dermal Necrosis. Other contraindications will be determined by your Practitioner. 

How are Thread Lifts performed?

Using a non-incision method, the PDO Bio-Threads procedure is minimally invasive and generally has a fast recovery time. 

The procedure works by inserting very fine threads under the skin through a tiny hole made with a small needle. The threads grip under the surface of the skin enabling us to lift up the sagging skin. The threads are then secured to hold the lifted position of the skin. 

  • markings will be made in pencil to ensure symmetry; 
  • the skin will be thoroughly cleaned to reduce risk of infection; 
  • local anaesthetic will be injected or applied topically at key locations on the face; 
  • the threads will be inserted under the skin through a small hole made with a needle, and then pulled into position;
  • the threads are secured and trimmed.

How many threads will I need for a lift?

The number of threads needed will depend on the type of thread used. Generally for a lower face lift, you will need two threads on each side at a minimum (total 4 threads).

What is the difference between PDO Mono Threads and Thread Lifts?

Mono Threads are a type of PDO filament which can be inserted into the sub dermal level in a mesh-like pattern, to help increase skin tightness. The threads activate collagen synthesis which produces a gradual skin thickening, skin tightening and rejuvenation effect. Results may be seen in 6 weeks and will continue to improve over 2 – 6 months.PDO Mono Threads are ‘short’, smooth threads without barbs. Typically around 10 – 30 PDO Mono Threads are used to treat a single area. 

During a facial lifting procedure (e.g., lower face lift), your Practitioner may use Cog Threads. Cog Threads are thicker lengths of PDO that are loaded onto a cannula which is then inserted into the skin. These threads have little cogs (or barbs) on them that lift up the sagging skin of the cheek, jowl or brow when the thread is pulled upwards. As they are stronger than PDO Mono Threads, cogs can achieve more lifting and contouring. The results are immediate. This type of treatment is the most effective non-surgical treatment for face lifting.

What is a Fox Eye Lift?

Fox Eye Thread Lift is a non-surgical brow lift where threads are used in this area for three different reasons: 

  1. To create an elongated, almond shaped eye. This look involves placing lifting threads that are fully biodegradable under the skin, the tail of the eyebrow and outer eye can be repositioned.
  2. To create brow lift – e.g., lift the brow to treat hooded lids of heavy eyebrows which often are caused by aging – treatment for this indication is suitable from age 30 onwards. 
  3. To correct asymmetry, where a thread is placed in one brow to lift one brow to create symmetry with the other. 

How long until I can see the results of my thread lift?

You will notice an immediate lift in your sagging skin after the thread lift procedure. The results generally improve over the first 3 – 6 months as collagen is produced by the body around the thread.

Is the process painful?

Thread lifts only have mild discomfort when performed correctly. The use of strong anaesthetic ensures a comfortable procedure.

Why combine threads and Dermal Filler?

Often threads are supplemented with Fillers to add extra volume to sagging skin. Threads are just one tool in the toolbox to address peri-oral sagging (nasolabial folds and marionette lines) and the formation of jowls. By subtly re-inflating these areas of volume loss with filler we can support sagging tissue and achieve some degree of a lift. This is where PDO Threads have their role. The threads serve to move soft tissue (sagging skin) to a more elevated position. While the lift itself might be minimal, in conjunction with the fullness achieved with Fillers, we can achieve a definite, discrete improvement of facial contours.

Filler also allows for less downward tension on the threads, and therefore better settling of the threads and longevity.

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