When we look good, we feel good, right? And, with many of us striving to stay looking and feeling young, there has been a stark rise in cosmetic procedures, such as PDO threads, which can redefine facial curves and contours, facilitate skin rejuvenation, stimulate collagen production and enhance the skin’s elasticity.

This treatment will help you to achieve younger-looking skin by smoothing, lifting and reducing wrinkles.

If you’re considering this treatment, you’ve certainly landed in the right place. Here’s our guide to everything you need to know!

What Is PDO Thread Lift?

First and foremost, what is a PDO thread lift? A PDO thread lift is a non-invasive alternative to traditional facelifts.

This safe and effective technique involves introducing threads under the skin to stimulate collagen and tighten the skin. It can be used to lift the face, eyebrows and tighten sagging areas of the face.

The threads are made of polydioxanone (PDO), which dissolve after 6 months, but the effects can last as long as two years.

Types of PDO Threads

PDO threads are one of three types of sutures commonly used in thread lift procedures. They are divided into the following types of threads:

PDO Cog Threads

These threads are distinguishable due to their barbs that latch into the skin to provide support and lift parts of the face.

PDO Mono Threads

PDO mono threads are smooth sutures that are commonly used to help rejuvenate the skin by stimulating collagen production. It is collagen that gives you a youthful appearance.

PDO Screw Threads

PDO screw threads are made up of one or two intertwined threads and are used to effectively restore volume in sunken parts of the skin.

What Areas Can Benefit from PDO Thread?

Producing similar effects to a surgical facelift without the pain or downtime, there are several areas of the face that can benefit from a PDO treatment, including:

  • Cheeks
  • Jaw
  • Neck
  • Eyes
  • Eyebrows
  • Arms
  • Abdomen

Pre-Treatment Instructions

Prior to your treatment, you will need to ensure that you arrive with absolutely no make-up on at all and, if you’re taking blood-thinning medication, you should consult with your doctor to determine whether or not it is safe for you to stop taking your medication three days before your treatment.

You can also prepare for your treatment by:

  • Relaxing the night before your appointment
  • Avoiding stress
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Avoid smoking for at least a week.

What to Expect During Treatment?

The treatment involves placing specially designed, thin needles into the skin in order to tighten and physically lift it. During the procedure, highly effective anaesthetic creams are used to minimise discomfort, however, you might still experience mild soreness and swelling for a few days after having this procedure. This discomfort can be managed by over the counter painkillers.

How Long Does it Take for PDO Threads to Work?

One of the main advantages of PDO Threads is that you can enjoy significant results from your treatment pretty much straight away.

It can take around two weeks for the collagen production to start working its magic so you can see the full results of the treatment.

How Long Does it Last?

PDO threads will remain underneath your skin for between 6 and 12 months and the results can last as long as 18 months. Many people opt for this treatment as it’s completely safe and biodegradable.

Aftercare Instructions

After your treatment, it’s important that you follow the following advice to avoid any complications or problems with your treatment:

  • Avoid tanning machines and direct sunlight
  • Avoid rubbing or massaging your face for two weeks
  • Don’t exercise for a few weeks
  • If you do experience any stinging or pulling, this is completely normal, and you should use over the counter medication to manage any pain or discomfort
  • Avoid alcohol and anticoagulant medicines
  • Avoid high and low-temperature extremes.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for the Procedure?

Successful candidates for a thread face-lift are typically those that are 55 or younger, especially patients in this age bracket that are not interested in a traditional surgical face lift.

Average Cost of a PDO Thread Lift Procedure

The average cost of a PDO Thread Lift Procedure in the UK is around £800 – £2400, however, this is dependent on how many threads you need to achieve the results you want.

If you’re considering PDO Threads and require further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team at Boutique Dental for further information.