PDO Threads Edmonton
Approximately 89 percent of Canadians are dissatisfied with what they see in the mirror. If wrinkles and sagging skin are your primary concerns, you may be considering surgical cosmetic procedures. However, many of them entail going under the knife, which you may find unsettling. Fortunately, there is an option that does not require surgery: barbed PDO threads. It may sound frightening, but it is a relatively painless procedure that helps rejuvenate your skin.
Do you want to find out more? Then continue reading. We'll go over what PDO threads are, how thread lifts work, and other topics.
What Are PDO Threads?
"PDO" stands for "polydioxanone" and PDO threads are actually a type of medical-grade thread made of proteins. Over 30 years ago, they were first used for surgeries since they're even thinner than hair. Also, they dissolve over time, which means patients wouldn't have to go back in to get sutures removed. In their original medical usage, surgeons used PDO threads to close up wounds. Because of this, they're FDA-approved, which means they're safe for cosmetic procedures. There are three types of PDO threads: barbed, smooth, and twisted (screw). Barbed PDO threads are typically used for heavier effects (such as non-surgical facelifts), while smooth PDO threads are used for slight plumping. Twisted (screw) PDO threads are usually used for getting more volume beneath your skin. The PDO threads we use at Albany Clinic are Health Canada approved under Licence No. 87496. Click here for more information
Polydioxanone suture is Non-toxic / Non-pyrogenic / Heavy metal-free / Sterilized that is used for surgery in general. It is made with special care to avoid any adverse reaction or rejection from the body. Using fillers is an emerging field especially for mid-face augmentation, the main problem of the filler of all kinds is the heavyweight. As fillers absorb water, it becomes heavy, which is not ideal for some facial areas.
Now that you know what PDO treads are, we can move on to explain how a PDO thread lift works. This is a non-surgical procedure, which means you don't have to go under the knife to reap the benefits.
First, the professional will numb the area with lidocaine around 15 minutes before your appointment so you'll have a more comfortable time. Once you're adequately numb, they'll put the threads in with a fine needle; these can go in either the skin, muscle, or subcutaneous fat. In turn, this will elicit a natural response from your body. This is because the insertion is like a small injury, which prompts your body to increase the production of collagen, elastin, and fibrin.
The result? Smoother and plumper skin.
In the case of barbed PDO threads, they can elicit stronger responses from your body, which give similar results to a surgical facelift. a PDO thread lift takes around 30 minutes to perform. So including the numbing done before the actual treatment, an appointment takes less than an hour to complete.
What Are the Possible Side Effects?
Because PDO thread lifts are non-surgical, there are fewer, less serious side effects associated with them. Some common side effects include Bruising, Tenderness, Irritation, swelling, Edema.
Infection. So long as you follow your health professional instructions and take it easy right after your treatment, you shouldn't have any complications at all.
When Do You See Results?
The procedure depends on the body's natural reaction to the PDO threads. While you might see some instant results right after your appointment, it can take up to 6 months for you to see the full effects; usually 4 to 6.
During this time, your body will produce new collagen in between the PDO threads, which will both lift and tighten your skin. Over time, they'll also dissolve and be absorbed by your body, so you don't need to have the threads removed. This means you won't have any scars either. In the end, you'll have a more youthful, rejuvenated look.
How Long Does a Thread Lift Last?
Again, how long the PDO thread lift results last depends on your own body. Usually, they can last anywhere from 6 to 30 months, with an average of around 24 months. Your physical status and the environment you live in will affect how long your thread lift lasts.
PDO Thread Lift Cost
The cost of a PDO thread lift will depend on many factors. For example, where you're located, how much experience the doctor has, the type of threads used, and the number of threads used, and the area of treatment will affect the cost.
Here at Albany Laser & Cosmetic Center, our pricing is $300 per thread. This doesn't include other costs, such as the consultation fee ($50). However, if you decide to move forward with the treatment after your consultation, that $50 will be applied toward your procedure.
How Long Is the Downtime?
On average, patients take around 2 days off work when getting a PDO thread lift. This is because they may experience a little bit of pain, redness, and bruising afterward. The 2 days allow them to recover a bit before going back to work. The downtime is a bit longer than other non-surgical cosmetic procedures; usually, those have little to no downtime. But because you essentially have a bunch of mini wounds, this is why you need to spend a little longer in recovery.
Typically, you can resume normal activities immediately if you wish. However, you should avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks if possible. This is because these activities might exacerbate or cause more redness and bruising.
This will result in the fillers moving downwards or unnaturally push the tissue. The thread is loaded on a sharp needle or blunt cannula. The procedure is minimally invasive, as we push the needle in the subdermal level of the skin and pull the needle out, leaving the thread behind. The thread will hold the skin against the direction it was inserted in and work as a scaffold for a college production. Because the thread has no weight and has strong resistance, it will restore the young V-shape face. As we age and due to the loss of the interstitial protein matrix, mainly the collagen, and due to the gravity effect, we tend to have an inverted V look. The concept of the thread is to defy the gravity effect and help to regain the youthful V-shape face. So it is important to understand that PDO threading will not only fill the area but will help reshape the whole face.
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