Which areas can be treated with PDO Threads?
The threads are extremely versatile and can be used all around the face and neck. They can treat vertical and horizontal wrinkles on the forehead, sagging brows, drooping cheeks, pronounced nasolabial (nose to mouth) and marionette (corner of mouth to chin) folds, sagging jawline and neck and folds and wrinkles on the chin. You can personalise your surgery to suit your exact needs and Julie will also make recommendations for improvements. The procedure can be tailored to suit your exact needs to ensure you are totally happy with the results.
What else can thread lifting help with?
There are also recent encouraging reports in the literature that thread-lift technology can play a pivotal role in the visual improvement of facial palsy sufferers who have been left with residual facial asymmetry.
What actually is Polydioxanone (PDO)?
PDO was first developed more than 30 years ago as a safe and highly effective dissolvable suture for post-operative wound closure. However, more recently, a new and innovative use of PDO has been pioneered, initially by a team of Korean physicians (led by Dr Hwang Heui Lee, the adjunct professor at Keimyung University School of Medicine). The procedure of PDO thread lifting is now globally available.
Is it safe?
PDO meets all the requirements for CE-marked surgical sutures and has a 30-year history of use within many branches of medicine.
How does the Thread Lift actually work?
The threads used in the thread lift are made of soluble PDO (polydioxanone) which is a material that has been used in medicine for many years, mainly in surgery. However, research has shown that PDO relaxes muscles and tendons, and also stimulates the neocollagenesis process, which encourages the production of new collagen in the skin. PDO also stimulates the synthesis of elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin, both of which are vital for keeping the skin looking plump and youthful.
What else does the research say?
Based on 5 years of clinical observation it has been reported that PDO stimulates tissue neocollagenesis, which leads to the production of new collagen. Research has also found that the activation of fibroblasts resulted in the stimulation of elastin synthesis and synthesis of hyaluronic acid. Owing to these findings, benefits associated with PDO thread lifting include the resolution of wrinkles, tightened pores, brighter skin, increased volume and skin lifting.
What is neocollagenesis?
The word neocollagenesis means the making of new collagen
Where do the PDO threads sit in the skin?
At the deep dermis and subdermal plane where there are almost no significant nerves or vessels that will be affected
What are the risks?
Thread lifts can cause minor side effects such as infection, bruising, swelling, tenderness, numbness and slight asymmetry. All side effects will be explained in detail to you by Julie at the consultation.
Who is not a good candidate for thread lifting?
- Active acne or skin infections
- Keloid scarring predisposition
- Autoimmune disease, e.g scleroderma, sarcoidosis, amyloidosis
- Anti-coagulant medication such as warfarin, heparin – If you take aspirin then this can be discussed at consultation
- Haemophilia – an inherited condition that affects the blood's ability to clot. Pregnancy/IVF
- Malignancy (cancer)/chemotherapy
- Hepatitis B, C and HIV
- History of bacterial endocarditis - infection of the endocardial surface of the heart
- Existing systemic infection – e.g influenza
- History of herpes simpex virus (oral acyclovir can be taken prophylactically)
- Body dysmorphia syndrome (BDD)
- Unrealistic expecation
- Porphyria - a rare hereditary disease in which there is abnormal metabolism of the blood pigment haemoglobin
What age range is the thread life suitable for?
This procedure is best suited to patients with mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues, usually those in their mid-thirties to fifties. Thread Lift is usually performed using a local anaesthetic. Recovery is generally quick. However, everyone is different so Julie recommends you come and see her for a consultation if you are unsure about whether the thread lift is right for you.
What does Julie think successful thread lifting depends upon?
The key is appropriate patient selection, product choice, combined with experience, skill and technique of the injector. Julie has been injection over eight years and is very aware about who is suitable for treatment and who is not. She will not treat you if she thinks you are not a suitable candidate. This will all be discussed at the consultation.
What training has Julie had for thread lifts?
Julie has been certified at master class level to undertake all Fine thread contouring, body contouring, face and neck lift procedures. Certification for the procedures was awarded by NeoCosmedix Europe under the training of Dr Jacques Otto, an internationally renowned expert speaker and trainer in PDO thread lifting. She tested the procedure on a number of models before deciding to bring this into her practice. Julie was so impressed with the results that she wanted to offer a treatment that could have the effects of surgery but without the downtime. In addition, she wanted to offer her patients and “in-between of treatment”. So, some patients who are not suitable for botox® and dermal filler injections, may be better off with the next stage up, which is thread lifting.
I've read some bad reviews about thread lifting. What's Julies view on this?
Julie is a firm believer that any successful outcome of any non-surgical procedure is based on patient selection in the first instance. This will happen at the consultation process. If Julie feels that the thread lift is not the right treatment option for you, she will explain the reasons why and then give you further treatment options.