Sagging skin is not something we like to see but it is one of the signs of ageing. For people who are too young or are not ready for a surgical facelift but are noticing these imperfections, PDO (Polydioxanone) threads can be used to lift and rejuvenate sagging skin without surgery.
How does it work?
A small needle is inserted into the skin which carries the PDO thread. The needle is removed and the thread is left under the skin which lifts the skin and also causes tightening of the skin by the stimulation of collagen. The thread naturally dissolves into carbon dioxide and water after a few months. For gentle lift and improving of the texture of the skin/improving of fine lines, small spiral threads are placed in the specific area such as the under eye area, around the mouth and also for a gentle eyebrow lift. These can also be used in the neck region to provide tightness of loose skin in this region.
For areas that have lost a lot of elasticity like the whole cheek or the jowly areas along the jawline, Dr Anita Dhunna is one the very first trained in Barbed 4 Dimensional PDO threads. These threads have barbs attached to them which enable more hooking of the skin, thereby giving more of a lifting result of the skin. The result is an incredible lift and an immediate tightness to the skin.
Am I suitable for PDO threads?
The treatment is contraindicated in pregnant or breast feeding women. Women and men of all ages 18+ can have PDO thread treatment subject to your medical history and desired outcomes which would be discussed in depth at your face to face consultation with Dr Anita Dhunna.
What happens during the treatment?
After you have seen Dr Anita Dhunna for a face to face consultation, a bespoke treatment plan will be made for you.
The area to be treated will be sterilised and cleaned. Topical anaesthetic is applied when treating smaller areas with the spiral threads which Dr Anita would place specifically for the desired outcome. For larger areas being treated with the 4 Dimensional PDO threads, a small injection of local anaesthetic is placed into the area where the tiny opening is created with a needle for the cannula to enter. The cannula is removed and the thread will be left in the skin and gently tightened. You would normally need a minimum of 2 placed on each side of the face.
Does it hurt?
Topical and injected local anaesthetic is used before any treatment. The local anaesthetic injections may be a little uncomfortable but it allows the placement of the PDO threads to be a lot more comfortable.
When will I see the results?
As this is a collagen stimulating treatment, optimal results are seen after 4 weeks.
Is it safe and what’s the downtime?
PDO has been used in the medical industry for over 30 years in the form of sutures during surgery. Unlike the PDOs that come from China, Dr Anita Dhunna utilises the revolutionary 2nd generation PDO thread that is manufactured in Korea and are CE marked which ensures quality and safety.
As with all medical procedures, there can be complications which would be discussed in person at your consultation. However, when being treated by an experienced Doctor/Dentist, you are less likely to experience these.
You may experience some slight swelling or bruising that can last a few days. When treating larger areas like the cheeks and the jowls, you can experience some rouching of the skin which should go down within the week.
You can limit the bruising by taking Arnica papules before the treatment and applying Arnica gel after the treatment.
Avoiding alcohol 48 hours before the treatment will also reduce the risk of bruising.
How long do the results last?
The results can last up to 18 months