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There used to be a time when saggy skin was just an inevitable part of the ageing process and there were few options for those who wanting to tackle the problem head on.
Now, new technologies in skin firming can reverse years of ageing with a treatment that is far less invasive than surgery and can improve skin appearance and elasticity in weeks.
Registered Nurse at Artisan Aesthetic Clinics Rachel Jabs said PDO smooth threads were a game-changer when it comes to injectable treatments that wind back the clock with a gradual yet long-lasting results.
The treatment involves placing smooth, absorbable threads underneath the skin. The threads contain polydioxanone (PDO)—a biodegradable polymer that is slowly absorbed by the body over time that works by stimulating the patient’s own collagen supplies as well as elastin and hyaluronic acid.
This delivers long-term benefits to skin including strengthening, tightening and plumping, while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Within a few short weeks, the threads provide more facial contouring and improve the quality of the skin to deliver a plumper and more youthful complexion.
They can be performed as a full-face treatment or targeted to specific areas of the face such as brow, jawline or tear troughs, and also the neck.
Rachel said one of the many benefits of the treatment was that results appear gradually over the first few months and clients looked refreshed and youthful, not as if they had “had work done”.
“You will start to see results in 4-6 weeks, looking best between 3-6 months and with results lasting 12-18 months.”
She noted that the changes were subtle, yet skin was visibly refreshed and younger post-treatment.
“PDO threads are a quite different to dermal fillers in that they work on improving the thickness and quality of skin through neocollagenesis and neoelastinogenesis (the creation of collagen and elastin). By the time someone is 50 years old their collagen has reduced by around 50 per cent, this leads to skin thinning, lacklustre skin and loss of elasticity.”
Threads work alongside anti-wrinkle and filler injections to give the best overall result.
As a Registered Nurse in the cosmetic industry, Rachel said it was essential she kept abreast of new developments in cosmetic modalities available and PDO threads are one of the most innovative treatments to come onto the market in recent years.
The process involves inserting small pre-loaded needles into areas such as cheeks or perioral lines (commonly known as smoker’s lines). They are invisible after insertion and the procedure involves minimal downtime, depending on the extent of swelling and bruising.
“During this time, there is usually bruising, swelling, tenderness and redness. It is more involved than anti-wrinkle injections and some people feel a little tightness and occasional tenderness in the area until the threads dissolve.”
Yet Rachel said the idea that something could be done to stimulate the body’s own collagen response for younger skin was a big attraction, especially for those who had been disappointed with collagen supplements or skin creams promising the world.
“My experience with performing the procedure has produced many delighted clients.”