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 an hour 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.
We used three types of PDO threads:
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.
Before Your treatment:
1. Avoid attending your appointment with make up on.
2. We recommend Arnica tablets for 7 days prior to treatment.
3. Avoid alcohol for 48 hours prior to treatment.
4. Avoid blood thinning medication for 7 days prior to treatment (aspirin, ibuprofen unless prescribed by your GP then discuss with us prior to treatment).
5. Do not have dental work for one month prior to appointment.
6. Avoid Omega 3 and 9 for several days before treatment.
7. Ensure you have eaten prior to appointment.
8. Bring a bottle of water and paracetamol.
Common Side effects you may experience:
• Bruising (yellow / purple / pink) is possible. We use a gentle and slow approach to treatment but on some occasions this is unavoidable.
• Puckering – this is extremely common, particularly in Brow Lift / fox eye. Expect extreme puckering post procedure. This will resolve in brows over a 1-2-week period. For the rest of the areas treated such as neck, jaw and face a reduction in puckering will be seen 3-4 weeks after treatment.
Up to a 50% ‘drop’ or reduction in tightening / lift is to be expected as the area heals.
• For 12 weeks following procedure you will continue to see an improvement to the area treated.
• Stinging / pulling / tingling / electric shock sensation is common for 2 weeks following procedure.
Rare Side affects you may experience:
• Possible complications may include swelling, bruising, foreign body reaction in the epidermis and protrusion.
• Extremely rarely, temporary facial droop may occur due to local anaesthetic, swelling, haematoma or pressure of the cannula or thread on the nerve. We must be informed immediately if you experience this symptom. If your practitioner cannot be reached, then contact a & e at once.
After your treatment:
1. Gently wash the area but do not massage or rub the area for 2 weeks.
2. Allow the facial muscle to rest for 2 weeks following the treatment. Do not open your mouth too wide for 3-4 weeks and avoid dental treatments for a month after.
3. Avoid vigorous exercises for 1 week following.
4. Avoid alcohol for 5-7 days.
5. Refrain from extreme temperatures such as sauna, sunbed and steam rooms for 2 weeks.
6. Allow a 10-week gap between treatment and Radio Frequency or any heat producing device. Eg. Laser, IPL in the same areas.