As we age, our skin loses its youthful appearance, and signs of ageing become more obvious, such as skin laxity. Sagging skin and volume loss are just two ageing indicators. Over time these changes can significantly alter the shape of the face.
A PDO thread lift, or suture lift, is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment 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 provides a lifting effect and 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 and encourage collagen stimulation, 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 takes 30 - 45 minutes
There is minimal downtime with entry and exit points healing in a couple of days.
Return to almost all activity immediately after treatment.
PDO 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 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, skin laxity and jowling.
Using a non-incision method, the Threads procedure is minimally invasive and generally has minimal downtime.
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;
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 5 – 50 PDO Mono Threads are used to treat a single area.
During a facial lifting procedure (e.g., mid-face lift), your Practitioner may use Cog Threads. Cog Threads are thicker lengths of PDO material 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.
Thread lifts only have mild discomfort when performed correctly. The use of strong local anaesthetic ensures a comfortable procedure. You can expect less downtime and pain in comparison to a surgical facelift.
Often threads are supplemented with Dermal 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 Dermal 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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