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A thread lift is a procedure that uses a dissolvable suture to tighten and lift your skin.

It’s a less invasive procedure than facelift surgery and can often be performed in under 45 minutes without needing to go under a scalpel.

Polydioxanone (PDO) thread lifts use a biodegradable polyester suture. They’re best suited for rejuvenating your skin while some newer types of thread lifts are better at lifting sagging skin.

What are PDO threads?

PDO threads have been around since the 1980s. They’re made from a colourless polyester that breaks down in your body after about 6 months.

The presence of these sutures in your skin triggers cells in your body called fibroblasts to produce more collagen. Collagen is the protein that gives your skin its structure and elasticity. Loss of collagen is one of the main causes of ageing skin.

PDO threads can be further divided into three categories:

  • PDO mono threads. Smooth sutures that help rejuvenate your skin by stimulating collagen production.
  • PDO cog threads. These threads have barbs that latch into your skin like small fishhooks, to provide support and lift parts of your face.
  • PDO screw threads. Made up of one or two intertwined threads, these are used to help restore volume to sunken parts of your skin.

Potential PDO thread lift complications

PDO thread lifts have a much lower risk of complications than facelift surgeries. There’s less risk of scarring, severe bruising, or bleeding when performed by a trained professional.
Minor complications occur in 15 to 20 percent of procedures but are usually easily corrected.

Potential complications include:

  • Visible sutures (especially in people with thin skin)
  • Pain
  • Minor bruising
  • Infection
  • Snapping of threads
  • Accumulation of blood (hematoma)
  • Inflammation
  • Dimpling (orange peel-like skin texture)
  • Hair loss
  • Inflammation
  • Salivary gland injury

What areas of the face can a PDO thread lift treat

A thread lift can treat most parts of your face that are experiencing signs of ageing. The areas around your cheeks, jaw, neck, and eyes are among the most commonly treated areas.
Because the results of thread lifts aren’t as drastic as the results of facelift surgeries, thread lifts are commonly used together with other anti-ageing procedures such as dermal fillers.

How long does a PDO thread lift last?

PDO thread lift caused immediate improvements in skin sagging after the procedure. Younger people tend to have results that last 3 to 4 years. Older people with poor skin volume or elasticity tend to only see benefits for 1 to 2 years.

The procedure

On the day of your procedure, Priyesh will talk you through the potential complications and give you advice about your recovery.

  1. As you sit in a reclined seat, Priyesh will disinfect your face with alcohol. They’ll apply a local anaesthetic with a needle/cannula under your skin.
  2. Priyesh will make a small incision with another needle and then insert a device called a cannula into the small hole.
  3. Priyesh will anchor the thread into place and pull out the cannula.
  4. They’ll finish by cutting the thread and making sure it’s secure in place.

You’ll be free to go home shortly after the procedure.

PDO thread lift recovery and aftercare

Recovery from a PDO thread lift is minimal. You may have some swelling and bruising for the first 24 to 48 hours but you can return to most of your daily routines right away.

You should avoid rubbing your face as much as possible the week after your procedure to avoid accidentally dislodging the thread. You’ll also likely be advised to avoid pursing your lips, smoking and drinking through a straw for the first several weeks.

Other activities you may want to avoid for 1 to 2 weeks include sleeping on your side, intense exercise, and visiting saunas.

Sleeping with your head propped on a pillow can help you avoid accidentally rolling onto your face during the middle of the night.

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