PDO Thread Lift: An Instant Solution to Ageing Woes
Gone are the days when cosmetic anti-ageing procedures meant invasive surgery. Increasingly, both women and men are opting for non-invasive, natural looking tools to get that extra lift. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, non-surgical procedures have increased by 1100% (since 1997), making it clear that going under the knife is old school and not a process most people want to adopt.
One such procedure that helps keep ageing at bay and manages any sagging of the skin on the face, cheeks and neckline is a thread lift treatment or PDO. Let us take you through this iconic science and how Cutis Medical Laser Clinic can make sure you keep your ageing woes at bay.
What is PDO threading in layman’s terms?
Without going into the scientific details, PDO thread lift is a procedure that is used to enhance and improve the appearance of a sagging neck and cheeks/jowls, droopy eyebrows as well as loose neck area - all hard facts of life as we grow older. The combination of dermal fillers and threads addresses the dual concern of sagging skin and volume loss that occurs due to the ageing process.
What does the procedure entail?
Depending on the area you'd like to treat, the thread is introduced into either the skin itself, the subcutaneous fat, or the SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System). A lifted appearance can be seen immediately following the treatment. However, the results will further improve in the following days and weeks as the PDO stimulates neocollagenesis - a process that produces collagen.
What are the risks?
No medical procedure is without risk, but the level of risk is often related to the expertise and experience of the aesthetic doctor carrying out the procedure. Dr. Sylvia, (at Cutis Medical Laser Clinic) has been specially trained at a renowned Plastic Surgery Centre in Korea for the use of PDO threads. In general, thread lifts can cause minor side effects such as infection, bruising, swelling, tenderness, numbness and slight asymmetry which is why it should and can only be done by a trained aesthetic doctor.
Will I see visible difference after the procedure? What are the effects?
After you get a PDO threading procedure done, the overall texture of the skin is improved. It becomes thicker, tighter and firmer and fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed away.
The threads are naturally absorbed by the body in six to eight months, however, the effect of the treatment can last for up to two years as the body starts to produce new bundles of collagen around each thread and this in turn creates a lifting effect.
The results differ for each person, but are very natural giving a rejuvenated and refreshed look. There is no scarring and recovery times are a lot less than those associated with traditional surgery.
How long does a thread lift take?
A typical thread lift procedure takes as little as one hour, but it depends on the number of threads used and the areas being treated. A full face treatment usually entails about 72 threads being placed in the face area.
What happens after the procedure?
After the procedure you will be provided with aftercare instructions to follow. Most patients experience some mild swelling and bruising, but this should settle quickly. Recovery time is usually less than one week, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for about 2 weeks.
Is it expensive?
No more than a decent handbag or a pair of fancy shoes – which are only worn or used for a couple of months; this is your face we are talking about! For reasons of transparency, charges by thread used ensures that every patient only pays for what they receive.
Cutis Medical Laser Clinics, an award-winning aesthetic clinic and age management clinic in Singapore, is based on the fundamentals of scientifically proven “evidence-based” aesthetic treatments. If you would like to find out more about PDO or book an appointment contact Cutis Medical at https://www.cutislaserclinics.com/contact-us/
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