Face and Neck Thread Lifting
Polydioxanone has been used safely in suture material all over the world for many years. In aesthetics several types of facial threads have been available over the last few years, but Polydioxanone (PDO) threads have been chosen for use at Skin Deep Solutions. This is because of the long safety record of the material, combined with successful results and patient satisfaction.
It is important for patients to realise that this treatment is NOT a surgical facelift, but that the effects DO give a more subtle and pleasing result. Patient expectations must be realistic, which is discussed at consultation and some may not be suitable at all.
PDO threads can be used in areas already treated with dermal fillers, but practice has shown that in many cases the natural healthy bloom in the skin obtained by collagen stimulation from the threads is preferred.
Following treatment the maximum effect is reached after three months, when any further correction may be required. The PDO threads used are bio-degradable and are absorbed naturally after 6 to 8 months, leaving strands of collagen in their place. The results can last around two years depending upon age at onset of treatment, quality of skin and tissues, lifestyle and general health. Continued improvement requires patients to follow a maintenance programme.
A combination of PDO, monofilament plain, screw and multi-filament threads can be used alone in the skin, or along with multi-directional barbed or cog threads, which are longer and anchored deeper in the tissues. Local anaesthetic is used in order to give a comfortable experience.
A thorough consultation is necessary in order to discuss benefits, side-effects, contra-indications, patient expectations and suitability.
Below are some pictures showing positioning of some monofilament plain and screw threads, preparation for a lower face cog thread lift, together with a before and immediately post upper cheek PDO cog and fine thread lift treatment.