Before & After
THREAD FACE LIFT
This procedure is carried out by our resident Nurse Rebecca Luxton.
As we age, a loss of collagen and elastin in our skin can lead to looser facial tone and the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and creases. Losing this protein, combined with a natural thinning of the face through loss of fat, can hollow the upper cheeks and create heaviness above the jaw line (jowl) and around the chin (marionette lines), giving a tired and aged look.
PDO (polydioxanone) is a potent synthetic fibre, consisting of one filament (mono-filament) or two filaments twisted solid (poli-filament) which dissolve after a certain time in the tissue.
Polydioxanone is a material known and used in medicine for many years. So far, it was mainly used for the production of subcutaneous and skin sutures, that were used in plastic surgery, gastroenterology, urology, gynaecology and ophthalmology.
Based on clinical observations, it was found that polydioxanone stimulates tissue neocolagenesis process – that stimulates the production of new collagen – the protein responsible for the tension and firmness of the skin. In addition, stimulation of fibroblasts results in stimulating the synthesis of elastin – the protein responsible for skin firmness and elasticity. In vivo, it was also found that the effect of polydioxanone causes the synthesis of natural (endogenous) hyaluronic acid.
Through this mechanism the skin, in which we introduce a PDO thread becomes firmer, elastic and moisturised.
PDO Lift Threads introduction technology is based on using the natural skin tension lines, which also causes an effect similar to a surgical facelift.
Thanks to the PDO Lift Threads, we can also limit the strength of facial muscles and get the aesthetic effects close to of administration of botulinum toxin – muscle relaxation and smooth facial features. The aesthetic effect is more natural than after administration of botulinum toxin because it does not fix mimic muscles in place, but only affects them by weakening their effect.
By introducing the PDO Lift Threads in the skin, we get immediate improvement in its appearance. After about 10-14 days, begins the synthesis with the body’s natural proteins (collagen and elastin). This process continues throughout the period of maintaining the threads in the body (up to 240 days). The resulting aesthetic effects persist typically up to 24 months.
When using the thread, we are strengthening the influence on the sagging tissue. Due to the rapid absorption of thread, there is no risk of thickening and scarring, as it happens in cases of using large diameter fibres and threads with long period of biodegradability (over a year).
Lifting PDO Lift Threads is a treatment dedicated primarily for patients aged 30-65 years.
The treatment effects are:
• Skin rejuvenation
• Smoothing wrinkles
• Narrowing the pores
• Skin Lightening
• Increase the volume
• Lifting the skin
The main indications for the use of PDO threads are:
On the face:
• Vertical and horizontal forehead wrinkles
• Forehead, reduced outer edges of the eyebrows, slender, soft tissue, drooping eyebrows
• Lower eyelid – bags
• Clear nasal-labial folds
• The groove buccal-zygomatic
• Double chin
• The puppet fold
• Drooping cheeks and the area under the lower jaw
• Folds of skin on the cheek
• Wrinkled cheeks
The procedure usually takes 30 – 60 minutes and is practically painless.
Patients on whom I performed the treatment, stated that the discomfort associated with the procedure is much lesser than in case when the hyaluronic acid is administered.
Additionally, you can perform local anaesthesia by using an anaesthetic cream.Then you should identify points of entry for the needle and thread input lines under the skin.
After determining the scope of the treatment, follows placement of needles into the subcutaneous tissue. Needles are placed at specific points on the face to get the most effective skin tightening effect.
When you invoke the aesthetic effect, involving muscle relaxation, the threads enter deeper into the skin, directly into the facial muscles.
Immediately after the treatment, the skin might be slightly reddened and slight bruising might appear. They usually disappear within a few days.
The effects of the treatment can be seen immediately, but keep in mind that formation of new collagen starts after 10-14 days and then it really starts to show relevant effects of the treatment.
Due to the low invasiveness of the procedure, no complications, immediate effects, no discomfort, treatments with PDO threads may soon dominate the aesthetic medicine market, especially since the results achieved are similar to surgical procedures.
Downtime after a Thread Lift treatment is minimal, but you may experience some very slight bruising or swelling in the days following your procedure and some mild tension in the areas that have been elevated.
Exercise is not recommended for a couple of weeks, and your doctor/nurse may advise you to avoid some activities and skin treatments like massages or sun exposure for a brief period, depending on your case and lifestyle.
You should sleep slightly elevated (using 2 pillows) during recovery and be gentle when cleansing your face.
Deep threads £880
Superfical Threads £350 (for ten)