1 hour and 15 minutes
Cannula – thread technique
Minimal during, post treatment requires rest, warm compresses, and over the counter analgesics if needed
Setting takes 2 weeks, collagenesis formation 3 weeks
What Is Threads?
PDO threadlifts, also known as thread facelifts, are a non-surgical minimally invasive procedure that uses threads made of polydioxanone (PDO) to lift and tighten sagging skin. The threads are inserted into the skin using a needle, and then pulled tight to lift and smooth out wrinkles and saggy skin. The threads also stimulate collagen production, which helps to improve skin elasticity and firmness over time. The procedure is typically performed on the face, neck, and other areas of the body where sagging skin is a concern. The procedure is minimally invasive, and recovery time is generally short, with most patients returning to their normal activities within a few days.
They are made of a synthetic material called polydioxanone, which is a type of suture material commonly used in surgical procedures for decades. One of the advantages of PDO threads is that they do not cause vascular occlusion, or blockage of blood vessels.
This is because the threads are very thin and are inserted into the skin using a small needle, which does not cause damage to the blood vessels. Additionally, the threads are made of a material that is absorbed by the body over time, so they do not leave any foreign material in the skin that could cause blockages.
Are You a Candidate for Threads?
The candidate process for PDO threadlifts typically includes a consultation with a qualified healthcare professional such as a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or aesthetician. During this consultation, the healthcare professional will evaluate the patient’s skin and discuss their aesthetic goals and concerns. They will also review the patient’s medical history and any medications or supplements they are currently taking to ensure that the procedure is safe for them. Some of the general contraindications for PDO threadlifts are: active infection, skin diseases, pregnancy, bleeding disorder, history of keloid scarring, and poor skin elasticity.
Thread candidates are those whose main concern is sagging skin which is when the skin loses elasticity and begins to droop or hang loosely from the underlying tissue causing folds or jowls, loss of definition or contour in the face. Sagging skin can be caused by a variety of factors such as aging, weight loss, genetics, or lifestyle factors such as smoking and poor nutrition.
It’s important to note that not everyone is a good candidate for PDO threadlifts. Patients with severe skin laxity or with unrealistic expectations about the results may not be good candidates for this procedure.
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How Long Does Threads Last?
Up to one year or longer depending on the bodys collagenesis response, a longer response is a result of allowing a period of rest to allow the threads to set.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from Threads?
It takes one-two weeks.
- They are made of a synthetic material called polydioxanone, which is a type of suture material commonly used in surgical procedures for decades. One of the advantages of PDO threads is that they do not cause vascular occlusion, or blockage of blood vessels. (This is because the threads are very thin and are inserted into the skin using a small needle, which does not cause damage to the blood vessels. Additionally, the threads are made of a material that is absorbed by the body over time, so they do not leave any foreign material in the skin that could cause blockages.)
- Immediate results: Threadlifts can provide immediate lifting and tightening effects, with little to no downtime.
- Minimally invasive: Compared to surgical procedures such as facelifts, threadlifts are minimally invasive and require only small incisions, reducing the risk of complications and scarring.
- Natural-looking results: Threadlifts can provide natural-looking results, as they lift and tighten the skin gradually over time.
- Stimulate collagen production: The threads used in threadlifts stimulate the production of collagen, a protein that gives the skin its elasticity and firmness. This can result in long-lasting improvements in skin texture and quality.
- Post treatment discomfort, swelling, redness, and bruising, hematoma, discoloration, uneven distribution and metabolism. There is a higher risk of bleeding if you have taken any anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Motrin, Aspirin, Ibuprofen) within the 10 days preceding the procedure.
- Post treatment infection.
- Scarring: May cause scarring; sutures are inserted using a small needle, which must heal. A scar a at entry point may occur.
- Slight tightening sensation as new collagen is produced and around the threads. This may last for 2 weeks.
- Damage to Deeper Structures: Deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels and muscles may be damaged during the procedure. The potential for this to occur varies according to the location on the body the procedure is being performed. Injury to deeper structures may be temporary or permanent.
- Slow absorption of PDO threads may occur due to lifestyle, metabolism, or genetics. Slight asymmetry, redness, visible sutures, suture breakthrough may require additional treatment or removal of the sutures. Delayed healing.
- Allergic Reaction: Allergies to tape, suture material or topical preparations have been reported. allergic reactions may require additional treatment.
- Partial Laxity Correction: PDO Lift may not correct all your facial laxity or sagging.
Before undergoing this procedure, understanding the risks is essential. No procedure is completely risk-free. The following risks may occur, but there may be unforeseen risks and risks that are not included on this list.
Why Choose Skin Technique for Your Threads Treatment?
At Skin Technique, we are here to honour your beauty and work to revitalize and reveal your youthful skin through modern and innovative medical aesthetics and skin care services. There are several options that can be used alone or in combination to rejuvenate your appearance and improve your sense of well-being. Book a consultation today and begin your threads journey with nurse Vicki!
How to Prepare for Your Threads Treatment
Threads are best done in combination with botox, a initial appointment 2-4 weeks is recommended. This allows the health care provider to assess if botox is needed to relax the treated area to decrease any potential interference from muscle contractability.