10 Jan We would like to introduce you to PDO thread therapy which is taking the aesthetic world by storm!
PDO Threads have arrived in Australia!
Having qualified in PDO threading techniques in the UK our Registered Nurse is so pleased to offer this collagen stimulating and lifting treatment. This is a great treatment for clients who do not want injectables.
The threads are placed into the face in a mesh-like fashion for skin tightening effect. Skin tightening usually improves after collagen starts forming around the threads. The treatment areas are often neck lines, neck sagginess, forehead. Between 10 -20 mono threads are usually inserted for each treatment area.
Stimulating threads are smooth and monofilament, readily threaded onto a small needle. They are made from PDO (polydiaxanone) used in surgery for 20 years. These threads initiate growth factor release through tissue trauma. Fibroblast activation commences new collagen formation, which is remodelled at four weeks. New collagen has a tendency to shrink as it is remodelled. The effect is one of volume and shrinkage due to the sheer number of threads inserted. Stimulating threads should be considered as microfillers and lifters, providing a meshwork of new collagen, with initial tissue support.
All of the threads dissolve within 200 days, however they induce new collagen by release of growth factors and fibroblast activation. The improvement of the skin and subdermal tissues follows a four-stage process:
Stage 1: Increased coagulation. Inflammatory phase; vasodilatation, fibrinogens enter tissue. Fibrins develop to form protective shell essential for recovery phase.
Stage 2: Degradation phase. Growth factors released, epithelium stimulated, angiogenesis, inflow of fibroblasts and development of myofibroblasts.
Stage 3: Collagen threads form a three-dimensional scaffold at day two-three.
Stage 4: Three weeks later remodelling of new collagen to form stable, flexible structure. This stage may last up to one year.
Thus, it is the sheer number of threads and their positioning that creates the ultimate correction.
• Enhances skin quality
• Can be combined with other aesthetic procedures
• 100% biocompatible
• Neo-collagen production + tightened and lifted skin
A local anaesthetic cream is applied for 20 minutes before treatment. The PDO thread is inserted using a needle or cannula guide. The procedure takes approximately 45-60 minutes, depending on the area to be treated.
Who is a good candidate for mono threads?
The best candidates are patients in the initial period of sagging, first appearance of wrinkles.
Which areas are most effectively treated with PDO threads?
Face, neck, eyebrows, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, cheeks, jaw line and double chins.
What are the PDO threads made of?
100% PDO polydioxanone, which is a clinically proven, biocompatible and bioabsorbable material that is widely used in medical suturing. Its reabsorption is by enzymatic hydrolysis; in the third month, a 50% decrease is observed, that reaches 100% in the sixth month, thanks to new collagen production and deposition.
Can PDO threads be used alongside other aesthetic procedures?
PDO threads can be used alone or in combination with other aesthetic treatments, e.g., dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections, mesotherapy, micro-needling, peels, radiofrequency, fractional Laser.
Who should perform PDO thread procedures?
Only trained professionals who have attended a full training course are certified to perform this procedure.
When are the results with PDO threads expected?
An improvement may be observed immediately after treatment, with a visible plumping effect in the treated areas. This will improve over a period of 2-6 months as new collagen is produced between the threads, thereby exerting further tightening to the skin.
How long do the results usually last?
It depends on age, genetics, lifestyle, smoking habits, skin type, amount of collagenase in the skin: approximately 12 months (6-18 months).
Are there any side effects with PDO threads?
PDO thread lifting is a very safe procedure and complications are extremely rare. Minor complications may include temporary erythema, swelling and bruising. Patients may feel slight tightness or a pulling sensation following the treatment, but this subsides over a few weeks.
Is any post care treatment necessary?
Avoid sources of heat (e.g., saunas), procedures that generate heat such as radiofrequency, no strong exercise, no massage. Make up can be applied after 24 hours, sleep supine (preferably), and avoid sun exposure. Cold packs can be applied intermittently in case of inflammation, as well as arnica-based creams; avoid anti-inflammatory drugs, use preferably paracetamol if necessary.
Are there any contra-indications?
The sutures do not have specific contra-indications. They should not be applied in case of systemic or local infection in the area to be treated or in case of inflamed areas.
The protocol in patients taking anti-coagulants is the same as for any other aesthetic procedure.
Autoimmune diseases are a relative contra-indication, the safety of the thread has not been established in these patients.
Book a consult with our Registered Nurse to assess your skin needs on (02) 6680 9911