One of our signature treatment is the Cutis Lift which softens the signs of ageing and restores natural facial balance for which we use a combination of dermal fillers and Silhouette Soft threads. We are very pleased to add PDO threads to the Cutis Lift to create an even more complete approach to combat signs of aging.
The Cutis Lift can be used to enhance and improve the appearance of a sagging neck and cheeks/jowls, droopy eyebrows as well as lose neck area. The combination of dermal fillers and threads addresses the dual concern of sagging skin and volume loss that occurs due to the aging process.
PDO threads are CE marked and KFDA cleared absorbable PDO threads that offer an even more complete range of treatments to help patients look their best and love themselves.
The PDO threads used in the Cutis Lift are both KFDA and CE marked and are made of absorbable PDO (polydioxanone) which is a material that has been used in medicine for many years, mainly in surgery. Research has shown that PDO stimulates the production of new collagen in the skin and also stimulates the synthesis of elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin – both of which are vital for keeping the skin looking plump and youthful.
What are the advantages of a PDO thread vs Silhouette Soft?
The main advantage of PDO threads is the much wide range of different threads that are available to address different concerns. Very thin mono threads are particularly suitable for concerns around the eye whereas the much thicker bi-directional 360 Degree cog threads are able to achieve a much stronger lifting effect and are very suitable for sagging cheeks, double chin and even the body. Similar to the Silhouette Soft, PDO threads offer quick recovery together with visible and natural results. Local anaesthetic is all that is needed and there is no hospital stay either.
What is the procedure like?
Depending on the area to be treated, the thread is introduced into either the skin itself, the subcutaneous fat, or the SMAS (Superficial muscular aponeurotic system). A lifted appearance can already be seen immediately following the treatment. However, the results will further improve in the following days and weeks as the PDO stimulates neocollagenesis, which in turn produces collagen. Over time, the overall texture of the skin is improved; it becomes thicker, tighter and firmer and fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed away.
Different lengths and thicknesses of thread are used for different areas of the face. Short, thinner strands of threads are used to treat fine lines around the eyes, while thicker two-directional barbed threads are inserted deeper (into the SMAS layer) which creates a stronger lifting effect.
The threads are then naturally absorbed by the body in six to eight months, however, the effect of the treatment can last for up to two years as the body starts to produce new bundles of collagen around each thread and this in turn creates a lift effect. The results differ for each person, but are very natural giving a rejuvenated and refreshed look. There is no scarring and recovery times are a lot less than those associated with traditional surgery.
Is the PDO thread procedure painful?
The PDO thread needles and cannulas used for the Cutis Lift are coated by silicon and polished several times in order to reduce both the pain and the tissue destruction/bleeding during the procedure.
How long does a thread lift take?
A typical thread lift procedure takes as little as one hour, but it depends on the number of threads Dr. Sylvia uses and the areas being treated.
What happens after the procedure?
After the procedure we will provide you with aftercare instructions to follow. Most patients experience some mild swelling and bruising, but this should settle quickly. Recovery time is usually less than one week, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for about 2 weeks.
How long do the results last?
A thread lift’s lasting power depends on the age of the patient at the time of procedure and how much sagging the thread lift has corrected. It should be noted that sagging will return over time as aging does not stop, but reports show that the results last for anything between 18 and 24 months.