PDO Threads – What is it?
As we age we all succumb to the effects of sagging skin. With age there is a progressive loss of collagen and elastin within the skin. Collagen provides skin with its tensile strength. Elastin provides skin with its elastic recoil so that when you pinch your skin it snaps back quickly. Finally there is no getting away from the effects of gravity. All in all we are left with jowls and lose the sharp profile of our jaw line.
Threads are essentially special surgical sutures used for stitching in operations. These threads, when inserted underneath the skin, are absorbed over a period of 3 months and replaced with strands of collagen and elastin. As the new collagen is laid down the skin gradually starts to contract and become tighter helping to improve jowls and sharpen up the jaw line.
PDO threads come in a variety of lengths and shapes. Flat threads are single and straight and inserted in a net like fashion to create a mesh of collagen. ‘Twisted’ and ‘screw’ threads consist of multiple threads weaved together and result in larger amounts of collagen production. ‘Cog’ threads are similar to the ‘Silhouette SoftTM’ or the ‘Aptos SutureTM’. They consist of little hooks arranged in 360 degrees orientation, that, when inserted, grip the underside of the skin and can be used to tighten and pull providing an immediate lifting effect. They are also absorbed within 3 months and replaced with collagen strands.
PDO ‘Cog’ threads can be inserted along the border of the jaw line and lower half of the cheek. These threads can then be anchored just below the ear lobes and used to tighten up the jaw line and help to improve jowls and marionette lines. The ‘cog’ threads can then be reinforced with ‘flat’ threads or ‘screw/twisted’ threads in a criss cross manner running over the ‘cogs’. This results in a meshwork of threads that will be replaced with collagen strands over the next 3 to 4 months helping to maintain the lift achieved.
PDO thread lifts are a non-invasive treatment performed using only small amounts of local anaesthetic. On the whole it is not especially uncomfortable. At Rejuvence Clinic we apply topical anaesthetic cream over the face 15 to 20 minutes prior to treatment. This is followed by marking up of all thread insertion points. We then inject a small amount of local anaesthetic at the thread insertion points before making a small nick in the skin with a needle. ‘Cog’ threads are subsequently tunnelled underneath the skin using cannula technique. With regards to a jaw lift this is usually relatively painless although some clients do feel some discomfort as the cannula gets close to the corners of the mouth. We will usually top up with a little local anaesthetic in these regions.
The main complication associated with PDO thread lifts is bruising. This is especially the case with jaw lifts as there are a couple of large vessels that run along the jawline. It is also very important to avoid the marginal mandibular branch of the facial nerve. This also runs along the jawline and if injured whilst inserting threads can cause a lot of pain. Often in many clinics ‘cog’ threads are inserted along the jawline to improve it’s profile and things look fantastic when you leave the clinic. However, the threads are often wound too tight and often there will be a sudden drop in the lift achieved, within a few months. At Rejuvence Clinic we are very well versed in the anatomy of the face and use combination thread techniques that result in longer lasting results although the effects are gradual. First and foremost we always use safe technique to minimise any complications.
At Rejuvence Clinic you can rest assured that you are in safe hands. We always use safe technique and your well being is our absolute priority. Contact us to book a consultation.