Sometimes people are too young to consider surgery or simply do not want surgery. Facial volume may be needed but excessive volume is not desirable and lift is preferable. Non-permanent threads such as PDO thread have been gaining popularity over the years because of its powerful lifting effects against sagging. They are fully absorbable and requires no incision or stitches, meaning minimal downtime after the procedure.
Polydioxanone (PDO) is a material often used for stitching in surgeries. As a colorless biodegradable synthetic polymer, the threads will be dissolved within a year, but help to stimulate the production of new collagen in your skin which the effects can last until well after the threads have gone.
PDO operates in the cell as mechanical external stimulus, and provides the following effects within the skin:
- Production of collagen
- Skin tightening and lifting effect
- Improvement of microcirculation
- Increase of cell metabolism
- Relaxation of muscles
- Increase of lipolysis (fat tissue breakdown)
Who should go for this treatment?
N-Finders PDO threads from Korea have been undergoing constant research and clinical tests for better outcome and treatment results. PDO threads are indicated for the following conditions:
- Prominent laugh lines
- Prominent Marionette (mouth to chin) lines
- Droopy jawlines
- Sagging neck
- Sunken under eyes / eye bags
- Flat nose
- Loose skin
PDO Thread Lift is suitable for anyone looking to improve the appearance of sagging skin without undergoing surgical facelift which comes with long downtime after the procedure.
What is the procedure of this treatment?
Prior to the insertion of the threads, local anesthesia will be given to the treatment area to numb the skin and minimise the discomfort. You will experience a small, pricking sensation similar to acupuncture needling, which is not painful. Depends on the treatment area, procedure can be completed as short as 45 minutes.
How long do the effects last and what will happen to the threads after inserting into the skin?
The threads will be inserted into the subcutaneous layer of the skin. They will be fully absorbed /melted in the skin within 6 months. However, results may last up to 18 months due to the later effects of production of the collagen in response of PDO materials.
The PDO sutures provide immediate lifting effect for sagging skin. As new collagen will be produced gradually, rejuvenating effects such as volume restoration and skin tightening will be more prominent over the next few months. Lines will be softened and better facial contours will be seen.
Is there any downtime after the treatment?
Redness and swelling will resolve in 3 to 4 days. Bruises (if happen) may take approximately a week to resolve. Dimpling and rippling of the skin are commonly seen for a few days after the procedure as the skin is adapting to the newly lifted position.
After the procedure, patients are discouraged from undergoing any dental treatment and performing vigorous exercise for 2 weeks. During this period, it is also advisable to sleep on their back to allow the swelling to subside, and to avoid excessive facial expression and putting too much pressure on the face.
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