Benefits of Threadlifts
4D PDO or PCL threads provide a minimally invasive thread lift. It is a delicate procedure to gently lift sagging facial skin to produce a smoother, more youthful appearance. If gravity has started to take its toll on your face, a PDO thread lift may be a less invasive alternative to a face lift to rejuvenate the face without the risks and downtime associated with surgery. This thread-lift procedure involves very fine barbs on a suture being inserted via a needle prick and then placed under the skin to lift and support sagging areas. It will not offer the same results as a full face lift but is a good option for a more subtle rejuvenation.
- Relatively painless
- Effective for PDO (12months) or PCL (24months)
- Immediate change that improves over time
- Non surgical
The area to be treated is identified and marked. Anaesthetic cream is placed on the face 30-45 minutes before the treatment to make the experience as comfortable as possible. Then the face is cleaned. Basic PDO threads are placed gently under the skin. Each thread is placed parallel to the last one. Then the face is cleaned and the results inspected and once happy the patient is free to leave.
4D PDO threads are placed in a similar fashion but local anaesthesia is used and a small needle entry point is used before the threads can be pushed under the skin. Immediate gentle retraction is seen.
We will usually check for evenness and to make sure there is no rippling effect of the skin. We advice that you do not massage it yourself. To reduce the swelling you can use some ice wrapped in a damp cloth. Arnica cream can help reduce any swelling or small bruising that you may have. For 4d PDO threads and above we will invite you to come for a 1 week and 6 week followup.
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It maybe used to treat different parts of the face and body
Cheeks and Cheekbones
As we age, the effects of gravity become more noticeable on our faces. The supporting tissue of the cheeks weakens, facial fat is lost, the jawline that used to be firm and tight forms jowls, the edges of the mouth drift down towards the chin, and the lower face and neck sags. Suitable candidates for a thread lift procedure are those who are experiencing mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues, usually those in their mid-thirties to fifties.
Prior to your procedure, it is important to clearly set out your expectation. While a thread lift can deliver great results, it may be the case that you require a more invasive face lift procedure to achieve the desired results.
During surgery, small needle pricks will be made. A needle will then be inserted into the skin to put the threads in place. The threads are attached to the fat underneath the skin, and will then be adjusted to tighten and smooth the contours of your face. The excess thread is trimmed so it does not appear above the skin surface. A thread lift procedure takes approximately 30 s to 45 minutes depending on the number of areas being treated and the type of threads used.
Post-procedure you may experience some slight bruising and swelling, which usually settles in a few days. Recovery is generally quick, with most patients returning to work the next day or after a few days rest, although you may find that your facial movement is limited for the first week or two.
It has a dual function requirement: 1. Lift and 2. Regeneration
The lifting effect is immediate and discreet as it is the result of compressing and elevating tissue at the time of adjusting the suture.
After inserting the suture, the doctor applies slight pressure on the treated area. In this way, the doctor reshapes the surface of the skin and makes it visibly smoother.
The regenerative effect is gradual and natural: Polydioxanone, the principal component of 4D PDO threads is a polymer known in the medical field for many years. Once the suture is applied, the Polydioxanone acts on the deeper layers of the skin and helps increase the volume of saggy areas, restoring shapeliness to the face gradually and perfectly naturally.
No, they are biodegradable and designed to be absorbed over time.
It is recommended for men and women of 30 and over who are trying to combat effectively the signs of ageing, who do not want any surgical intervention, but are looking for a natural result.
The treatment is suitable for all skin types testing for allergic reactions proved negative in clinical studies. Nevertheless, the use of 4D PDO threads is not recommended if you are allergic or sensitive to biomaterials.
During your consultation we will consult we will examine you to look for severe ptosis or a great deal of excess skin, as this may be too excessive to benefit from this technique.
Do not take any aspirin for 2 weeks prior to the procedure. Avoid Vitamin E supplements for 30 days prior to the procedure
The procedure takes around 30-45 minutes.
After a small local anaesthetic, we insert the suture under the skin to a depth of about three to five millimetres. No incision is required, as the suture is inserted using a fine needle. It is held in place with absorbable barbs oriented in a multi-directions.
Once the suture has been applied, slight compression of the tissue is placed to reshape it by hand and to obtain the desired lifting effect. The non-inserted ends of the suture are cut off. One or more sutures may be applied, depending on the individual and treated area.
4D PDO Threads may be used as a single treatment or in combination with fillers and botulinum toxin.
After the treatment, as with any cosmetic treatment, some slight swelling, redness or bruising may sometimes be observed, but with a few days these disappear.
There may be some wrinkling of the skin that disappears very quickly
With any kind of medical procedure, there is always a possibility of side effects and it is recommended to consider this, but the doctor will be able to go over this with you more extensively upon your consultation. Many of the risks and side effects are often rare.
– Swelling, bruising, discomfort, pain or a feeling of pulling or tightness.
– Short term dimpling of the skin.
– Scarring, bleeding, infection, numbness (usually temporary if at all).
– Asymmetry, on a rare occurrence the patient may experience nerve damage or thread breakage.
For 2 weeks post treatment, do not undergo any dental surgery, and avoid facial and beauty treatments.
Avoid all contact sports for the first few weeks.
Sleep on your back.
In the event of discomfort, take some over the counter analgesia.
I can’t recommend EA clinic enough. I have had several procedures there now (vaser liposuction, mole removal and peels) and between Gill and Dr Anthony I have been so well looked after. They are consistently professional, passionate and clear in the options they provide you. Whether it is consultation, procedure or aftercare Dr Anthony always has so much time to make you feel at ease and fully informed. Both Gill and Dr Anthony are also friendly which is so lovely and welcoming as a patient. Overall I feel so much happier and confident since seeing the team at EA Clinic.
Published 13 June 2018