What is a thread lift?
- Threads are inserted into the skin using a cannula. The threads are made from the synthetic material, Polydioxanone (PDO). PDO is a synthetic fibre stitch that has been used in surgery for decades, providing very predictable and accurate results and with very few potential side-effects.
- This substance completely resolves over time and is eliminated from the body. It can take anywhere from 5 to 9 months usually.
- Skin deterioration with age results in a loss of volume and support for the skin which causes sagging, grooves and lines on the face what PDO threads aim to correct.
- PDO threads are placed using needles under local anaesthetic.
- Treatment results can be seen immediately. This is the lift.
- PDO threads can also improve the condition of the skin by stimulating collagen production.
- Results are temporary and can last between 6 to 12 months. For best results repeat treatments are recommended.
- Threads are best used in combination with other facial rejuvenation procedures that we provide. These include LED light therapy, botulinum toxin type A, micro needling, and dermal fillers.
- PDO thread lift treatments are predictable, reliable and they reach a peak after about two months before completely wear off with time.
- After this procedure you will expect to see continued improvement for the following 3 to 6 months due to collagen production.
- Threads are best in those aged 30-60years old.
What areas do we treat?
- General skin rejuvenation.
- Lip border definition and plumping
- Skin around lips
Thread lifts are not suitable for:
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or planning on becoming pregnant
- Those with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes.
- Uncontrolled systemic diseases.
- Those who have non-resorbable implants in the area eg. silicone.
- Excessive skin looseness/ laxity with skin folds. Surgical facelift is preferred.
- Coagulation disorders/ Anticoagulation therapy.
- Poor skin health.
- If you tend to keloid scar.
- Moderate-heavy smokers
- Long term steroid use (oral or topical in treatment area)
- Too much sun exposure.
- Over 65 years old due to low collagen production.
How to prepare for treatment
- Avoid alcoholic beverages at least 24 hours prior to treatment.
- Avoid anti-inflammatory or blood thinning medications (Aspirin, Vitamin E, Gingko Biloba, St. John’s Wart, Omega-3 Fish Oils, Ibuprofen), for a period of two weeks before treatment.
- Do NOT schedule any major events on the day of, or for two weeks following treatment, to allow for any bruising, swelling & discomfort to subside.
Most side-effects are minor and result directly from the injection technique rather than the material itself. As with all injections there may be some bruising, transient pain and discomfort after the procedure. These generally pass within a couple of weeks. If you experience any side-effects or have concerns please contact us immediately.
- Redness at the site of the injection, soreness, swelling, bruising, bleeding, itching, rash, skin puckering and if regularities and pain for several days to weeks afterwards. They may require corrective treatment at your expense if you do not follow post-operative instructions.
- Your skin will feel tight and may be sore for 1-2 weeks.
- Stiffness, restricted movement of the treated area, and pulling pain feeling, stretching of the skin, swelling, bruising, redness, itching, burning. Take paracetamol if needed.
- Expect significant swelling and bruising for up to 2 weeks. Apply intermittent light ice application for any swelling.
- On rare occasions people can experience Severe allergic reaction to the material called anaphylaxis. Rest assured that our team is fully trained and prepared for any emergency procedure.
For two weeks:
- Do NOT excessively open your mouth to yawn, laugh, eat hard or chewy foods such as a burger, steak etc as this causes pain and discomfort.
- Do NOT rub, massage or manipulate the treated area
- Do NOT have facials or any other procedures
- Do NOT expose yourself to extremes of temperature is a hot or cold e.g. saunas, hot showers.
- Do NOT Exercise for five days.
- Do NOT have any other facial procedures performed.
- Do NOT undergo any dental procedures.
- Do NOT use anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or any other NSAIDs.
- Do NOT smoke
- Avoid alcohol for two weeks.
- Eat a soft diet for at least a week.
Continue to do the following:
- Attended a review appointment with your dentist within seven days of the procedure.
- Contact your dentist immediately if you experience any unexpected pain, or any other issues.
- Avoid sun exposure of your skin and look after it. Use SPF 30+ broad-spectrum Sunscreen daily and avoid sun exposure.
- Use good skincare products at home
- Undergo skin resurfacing treatment that chemical peels or laser after two months after the procedure.
- Understand that additional therapy such as dermal fillers, botulinum toxin is a required to achieve optimal resultsh
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