Thread lifting is a non-invasive treatment that can support both sagging tissue and promote deep collagen regeneration, in order to help you and your skin look younger than you could ever have dreamt off!
Polydioxanone, or PDO, is mono-filament (consisting of one synthetic fibre), or poly-filament (consisting of two intertwined fibres) that dissolves naturally into your tissue during a short period of time. It has been popular in medicine for years but has only recently come to the fore as an anti-ageing solution. It works to increase levels of collagen and elastin and has been adopted worldwide as a highly effective treatment to reduce the process of ageing.
It is especially useful when targeting horizontal or vertical wrinkles, V-lifting, drooping cheeks and the sagging area just under the jaw, folds of unsightly skin on the cheeks, wrinkles found on the cheeks, the double chin, lower eyelid bags, the forehead, drooping eyebrows and any soft tissue. It is so effective that it can also be used to great effect on the torso to reduce the signs of obesity and sagging.
Once you have completed the full course of treatment you will have beautifully supple and rejuvenated skin. It is easily administered, with no prep required before and you will be able to notice the difference in your skin from the moment that you walk out of the door.
The treatment works as PDO speeds up this production of collagen in a process known professionally as neocalagenesis. The stimulation of fibroblasts also results in further synthesis of elastin, which is the protein that determines the elasticity and strength of the skin. Through the use of polydioxanone, it was found that the synthesis of natural hyaluronic acid was also increased, which is a crucial factor in maintaining good skin health. Because of this extra synthesis, the PDO thread is harder, more elastic and moisturised. Hence your skin shall appear far more enhanced and youthful!
The treatment itself is quick and genuinely observed to be painless. Taking no more than 30 to 60 minutes, local anaesthetic is used to further diminish any risk of pain. The clinician or doctor will then decide the best places to insert the threads in order for you to have the best possible outcome from your treatment. Once the anaesthetic is able to take its full effect, the threads move through the relaxed muscle and make their way deeper in to the skin tissue. Eventually the threads will move directly in to the muscles of the face and be able to effectively impact your skin’s appearance.
Though this is rare, side effects can include some minimal discomfort during the procedure and some slight redness or swelling once it has been completed. Despite the fact that you will be able to see results almost as soon as you leave the clinic, it is important to keep in mind that it takes 10 to 14 days before collagen starts to reform. At this point, you’ll really start to see the major effect that this incredible treatment has had on the appearance of your skin – you’ll look and feel much more youthful and confident than ever before and be able to show off your new appearance in all of its glory!
Silhouette – Soft Lift
The silhouette soft lift is revolutionising the way that people think about anti-ageing, this quick and highly efficient process offers a very simple and minimally invasive solution to your ageing problems. Men and women are now able to have their face volumized and reshaped in no less than a 30-minute trip to their medical professional.
Silhouette soft combines to effects in order to have a dual impact on ageing skin, first by lifting and regenerating the skin’s surface. This ground-breaking suture technology works to compress and elevate the skin at the time of its implanting, in combination with a small amount of applied pressure, creates visibly smoother skin.
The soft lift’s regenerative ability will powerfully work in the background, as the Poly L-lactic acid (PLLA) works simultaneously to rejuvenate the skin’s collagen levels and improve elasticity – ensuring that what was once sagging skin that is left bountiful and volumized.
There is no special prep that is required before undergoing the Silhouette soft treatment, making it accessible and easy. Any medications or medical history should be discussed with your professional prior to the treatment beginning.
The 30-Minute Treatment
As stated, this simple and effective treatment takes no less than 30 minutes in a doctor’s practice – meaning you will be out of the door and back to usual in no time! The treatment is tailor made to suit your bespoke needs – you can guarantee that you will be undergoing exactly the right course of treatment for you and your skin.
The process of treatment can be broken down as follows:
- After a small local anaesthetic, the doctor inserts the suture under the skin to a depth of about five millimetres.
- No incision is required, as the suture is inserted using a fine needle. It is held in place with resorbable cones oriented in opposite directions (bidirectional).
- Once the suture has been applied, the doctor performs slight compression of the tissue to reshape it by hand and to obtain the desired lifting effect. The non-inserted ends of the suture are cut off. One or more sutures may be applied, depending on the patient and treated area.
Once your treatment has taken place, you may expereince a small amount of bruising (as a result of the applied pressure) which is to be expected. You will be prescribed an antibiotic cream to apply to the entry and exit points of the sutures to encourage a speedy healing process and prevent infection for a period of five days. Cold packs will be administered immediately after the procedure if required (Cold packs should be wrapped to avoid direct contact with skin and insertion point).
Additional advice on post-care will be explained and provided by your doctor, but the following advice is usually given to all patients as a precautionary measure:
- Take analgesia e.g. paracetamol in case of pain (2-3 days)
- Refrain from applying make-up for as long as possible (minimum 24 hours)
- Sleep face up, in an elevated position on pillows (3-5 nights)
- Wash, shave and dry face gently without rubbing or massaging (5 days)
- Avoid excessive face and neck movements (2 weeks)
- Avoid over-exposure to direct sunlight and do not use tanning beds (2 weeks)
- Avoid sports, in particular high impact sports e.g. running (2 weeks)
- Do not use saunas or hammams (3 weeks)
- Avoid dental surgery (3 weeks)
- Avoid face and neck massages and face and neck aesthetic treatments (4 weeks)
Due to the ease and efficiency of this great treatment – your professional and social life will return to normal almost instantly, where you will be able to enjoy your new and rejuvenated appearance!