Thread Lift

What exactly is this treatment?

The PDO Thread Lift (also known as Fine Thread Contouring Therapy) is a cosmetic technique that uses absorbable threads to lift and tighten sagging skin tissue in order to redefine the youthful contours of the face in areas that have lost definition – areas such as the cheeks, jowls, neck, and eyebrows.

Why should I have this treatment?

If you feel as though your face has lost volume and definition (a natural part of the ageing process as the body’s production of collagen and elastin reduces), and that the skin of your cheeks, jowls and neck could do with a non-surgical ‘lift’ to restore some youthful definition, then speak to Clare McLoughlin RGN INP today about your suitability for this innovative treatment.

How do I know if this treatment is safe and right for me?

At Appearance Based Medicine Ltd., Clare McLoughlin RGN INP will only carry out a non-surgical aesthetic procedure following a detailed one-to-one consultation with a patient, enabling her to accurately assess whether a treatment is appropriate given a patient’s unique medical history, skin condition and expectations.

During your consultation, you will be given comprehensive information about the procedure, potential side effects and any pre- and post-treatment advice. You will also be given the time to decide whether or not, given the information you have received, you would like to proceed with any recommended procedure.

As with all non-surgical aesthetic treatments, there is a small risk of a patient experiencing side effects following a PDO Thread Lift treatment – a risk that is reduced by ensuring that a qualified and experienced nurse practitioner carries out the treatment. Minor side effects include swelling and bruising of the treatment area, and some people experience a mild pulling sensation that can last for several weeks.

How does this treatment work?

A PDO Threadlift involves the insertion of absorbable Polydioxanone threads into the skin to tighten and lift areas of loose or sagging skin. However, the effects of the treatment aren’t just limited to the ‘lifting’ ability of the threads; as the threads are absorbed, they promote the production of collagen in the treatment area, which helps to maintain the ‘lift’ effect after the threads have been absorbed. Often, patients can see the positive effects of an FTC treatment up to 2-3 years’ post-treatment.

What happens during the procedure?

A PDO Threadlift treatment usually takes an hour or so to complete, in which time a number of threads are introduced into the treatment area using a cannula or micro-needle (after a local anaesthetic has been administered to the injection sites).

There are several different types of threads that can be used in FTC treatments, though at Appearance Based Medicine Ltd. we have found that some of the best results can be seen from treatments using barbed ‘cog’ threads. These tend to result in higher levels of inflammation following a treatment, but this carefully controlled ‘damage’ to the skin causes a greater rate of fibroblast conversion as the area heals, which in turn causes a greater amount of collagen to be produced in the treatment area. As a result, patients who undergo the PDO Threadlift with cog threads tend to see a longer lasting and more visible effect after a single treatment than with traditional threads.

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