With the ever-growing popularity of injectables, PDO thread lifting is becoming a go-to choice for many people. They have a tightening effect under the skin and stimulate healthy collagen to reduce signs of ageing such as wrinkles. Since the effects are long-lasting, you can enjoy firmer, more youthful skin for up to 18 months after just one treatment!
Before you go ahead with the procedure, there are some things to be aware of. Read on to find out 8 must-know facts about PDO thread lifting at Begone Skin & Body.
1. PDO stands for polydioxanone
Polydioxanone (PDO) threads have been used for decades to enhance skin structure and firmness. In comparison to other dissolvable threads, PDO threads last longer and create more reliable results.
Unlike traditional thread lifting methods, the threads don’t use barbs to anchor the skin. Instead, multiple threads are used to enhance the skin’s natural collagen “scaffolding” over a period of weeks and months. The medical-grade threads trigger your skin to produce collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, which are all integral to your skin’s health and structure.
2. People of different ages can have thread lifts
A great advantage of this treatment is its versatility. Although many people who get PDO threads wish to reduce lines and wrinkles, you don’t have to wait until your 40s or 50s to start treatment. Anyone over the age of 18 years old may be a good candidate. Whether you want a more refined facial appearance or wish to reverse visible signs of ageing, PDO threads can be a great option to address your concerns.
If you’re interested, speak to our friendly staff at Begone Skin & Body to find out if you’re a good fit.
3. PDO threads are dissolvable
PDO threads are made from a colourless polyester that eventually dissolves into the skin. Before dissolving, the threads create a matrix of collagen, which remains even after the threads have dissolved. This is done by stimulating fibroblasts that trigger collagen and therefore strengthen the connective tissue. It generally takes between 130 and 180 days for the threads to fully dissolve and absorb into the body, leaving the skin with an improved structure and appearance.
4. You might need to take precautions
Before you undergo treatment, you’ll need to seek advice from a medical professional to ensure you are prepared, such as our team at Begone. Although the treatment can be a great choice for many people, some people may not be suited. You might need to take precautions (advised by a professional) to ensure you avoid any risks, such as:
- Stop taking blood thinning medications like Aspirin
- Stay healthy and drink plenty of water
- Avoid alcoholic drinks
5. The threads are invisible
Once the threads are injected, they generally won’t be seen from the outside. The invisible effects of your PDO threads will rejuvenate your skin from within, creating a mesh of collagen to encourage skin strength and tightening. Once the threads are gone, these effects will remain for about a year. Due to their hidden nature, PDO mono threads are desirable for people who want tighter skin with lasting, natural results.
6. Aftercare is important
Thread lifting is a short procedure that can be done in 30 minutes and requires very little downtime. Most people can go straight back to their normal routines after the procedure. However, some bruising and swelling can occur. To reduce any side effects and help your skin achieve the best rejuvenation results, you should:
- Do not take anti-inflammatory medications for seven days (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, etc.)
- Don’t rub, scratch, or massage the treated skin
- Expect your treatment area to recover in 10 to 14 days
- Don’t use moisturiser for the first 12 hours
- Avoid wearing makeup for at least 24 hours
- Keep your head elevated when sleeping
- Avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds
7. You may need to limit your activity afterwards
Another way to reduce risks and optimise your results is to rest your body for the first 24 hours. This especially includes minimising your facial movements so as not to shift or break your threads. You should be conscious of your facial movements when talking, smiling, eating, and yawning. Also, avoid drinking from a straw. Minimising movement in the treatment area will help the skin heal properly and avoid displacement of the PDO threads.
8. Complications are rare but possible
Patients who have had PDO thread lifting treatments often experience swelling and bruising, which are normal. The treatment can also cause inflammation, which is an expected part of the procedure. Inflammation can actually trigger your skin’s healing responses and encourage a positive outcome. If you notice any lingering or severe side effects, contact a medical professional.
At Begone Skin and Body, our rejuvenating PDO thread lifting treatments are customised to help patients achieve their goals. Contact our clinic and speak to our friendly, experienced staff to find out how PDO threads could work for you.