WHAT THEY ARE AND HOW THEY WORK
- Skin tightening using PDO Threads is a minimally invasive technique that harness the natural healing process of our skin in order to achieve a tighter, firmer, more elastic and youthful skin.
- When numerous very fine threads are placed within the dermis (i.e. right under the most superficial layers of the skin) the puncuturing action causes some localized tissue damage, platelets are automatically released, and the normal process of inflammation commences (even though the tissue damage caused by each single needle and thread is miniscule).
- This is followed by the normal post-traumatic release of growth factors and infiltration of fibroblasts (that are the collagen-producing cells). This reaction is automatic and produces a surge of activity within the area of skin being treated designed to lead to the fibroblasts producing more collagen and elastin.
- All the threads implanted within the skin are gradually dissolved and fully reabsorbed within approximately six months. Therefore their effect is not limited to the initial trauma of inserting them within the skin, but they continue to stimulate the surrounding skin with every facial expression and movement of the area treated until they are fully hydrolysed and degraded.
- This ongoing stimulation leads to continuing proliferation of fibroblast and collagen production, leading to a prolonged improvement in the tone and elasticity of the skin that usually lasts around 18 months.
ADVERSE REACTIONS AND COMPLICATIONS
- This is the most common complication of treatment. You can reduce bruising by applying ice/cold packs. If you are using aspirin, Clopidogrel, Warfarin or any other blood thinner, you are very likely to bruise or bleed slightly from the treated sites. It is OK to cover up bruising with concealer/makeup from the day after your procedure.
- You may bleed a little from the treated sites during treatment.
- Infection following treatment is remarkably rare. These are dealt with using topical (i.e. cream) or tablet antibiotics with no long-term ill effects. If you are concerned that you may be developing an infection contact us for advice.
- If you suffered from facial cold sores in the past, there is a small risk that the needle punctures (especially when treating areas near the lips) could contribute to a new eruption. We may advise you to use anti-viral medications prior to treatment and/or for a couple of days afterwards to reduce this risk.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding. ALL cosmetic medicine treatments are NOT advised during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
- Inflammation or infection at the sites to be treated.
- Ongoing inflammatory conditions and disorders involving the skin (e.g. L.E., scleroderma, dermatomyositis, etc.).
BEFORE THE TREATMENT
- Wear little or (ideally) no make up.
- Please do not drink alcohol for 24 hour before treatment, as it increases the risk of bruising.
- If you are on any long-term medications, take them as usual. Please make sure to let your practitioner know of any ongoing therapy (including non-prescription or herbal remedies) you may be on before treatment, especially if it involves Aspirin, Warfarin or any other blood thinners.
AFTER THE TREATMENT
- Do not take anti–inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, Difene, Ponstan, Naproxen, Celebrex, Arcoxia, etc) for the next two If you need to take a pain killer take paracetamol or Solpadeine.
- You should not massage or manipulate the treated
- You should avoid strenuous exercise for 24-48hrs after treatment (and perhaps until any swelling subsides), as this increases the heart rate and quickens blood-flow, which can prolong swelling.
- The treated area should not be exposed to intense heat (e.g. sauna, sun, solarium, IPL, radiofrequency or stimulating massage, ) or any other facial treatments for two weeks post-treatment.
- Makeup can be applied after 24 hours as long as the skin is not A mineral makeup is preferable.
- You should report any persistent symptoms or side effects to your practitioner as soon as possible.
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