Are the threads safe?
PDO threads are made of exactly the same material that absorbable sutures are made of. Absorbable sutures have been used in surgeries around the world for more than 30 years, so they have a long safety record.
Are there any side effects? What is the downtime after the treatment?
Following the procedure there will be some swelling and tenderness where the threads are placed. There may also be a little bruising and puckering of the skin. The swelling resolves spontaneously within days after the procedure, puckering of the skin and bruising rarely happens but if they do it can take a week or so for them to completely disappear. Tenderness to touch over the thread is likely to persist for a few weeks and is an indication of effective collagen stimulation. Other possible adverse effects are infection. The chance of infection is minimal when the procedure is undertaken in a sterile fashion. Rejection of the threads is an extremely rare adverse event. Occasionally twangs of nerve pain can occur- especially if you make sudden large facial movements. This can happen in the first few weeks.
How do I prepare for the treatment?
Please arrive with freshly washed hair and no make-up.
What are the post care instructions?
You need to take it easy for a couple of days. No strenuous exercise. You should take paracetamol to control any discomfort you may experience. Sleeping on your back with your head propped up is best if you can manage it.
How long does the treatment take?
Your appointment will be 90 minutes so there’s no rush. Photos will be taken, and we will go through the consent process together. The actual insertion of the threads only takes about 30 minutes.
When will I see results?
Results are immediate and will continue to improve over time. The full results can be seen around 6 weeks post procedure and will last a couple of years, but this can vary depending on the individual.
Am I suitable for this treatment?
You will need to be assessed for suitability. It works best in patients with mild to moderate sagging of the skin.
How much does it cost?
The cost for a Thread Lift starts at $1,600 but varies depending on the number of threads required.