PDO Threads to the Rescue

Ever wondered what “the ageing process” really means?

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You’re not alone. Luckily many clever people worldwide have studied this dilemma to help us turn the tide on the changes associated with ageing. Although we certainly don’t know everything yet, we do know that the visible signs of ageing relate closely to the balance of what our bodies lose over time versus what we can regenerate.

When it comes to our face, our bony frame and the overlying soft tissues of muscle and fat are wrapped in nature’s living miracle that we call skin. Skin is actually a dynamic environment made up predominantly of Collagen for structural support, hyaluronic acid (HA) to hold water and support all the living cells and immune responses, and elastin to help keep it tight and resilient. We constantly push it, stretch it, expose it to the elements, colour it, zap it and expect it to always be in good condition when we need it most.

Unfortunately, from about the age of 30, our collagen, HA and elastin loss starts to accelerate faster than our ability to replace it. We also lose bony support and our overlying soft tissue seems to be more vulnerable to the rigours of gravity – it all seems to start heading “South”.

For many years now, we have been able to assist holding back some of these changes. We have added facial volume with injectable fillers, reduced wrinkles with muscle relaxants, and improved skin tone, texture and discolouration with laser treatments. We are now looking very closely at the best options to improve the structural support that we need to hold it all together – Collagen.

“Threads” have been around in Australia for over 15 years in various forms, but since about 2017, the Koreans have really hit the mark with developing user friendly, effective, absorbable PDO threads for both stimulating collagen and repositioning facial contour. That’s the polite way of saying “improving sagginess”.

Collagen Boost Threads Treatment

These non-surgical, minimal downtime injectable threads are offered as two different but compatible procedures – PDO Smooth threads, “Collagen Boost” for globally stimulating collagen and delivering general skin strengthening and support around the face, and Mechanical PDO threads, the “Paris Lift” which are stronger for situations of mild to moderate jowling, and are designed to reposition our facial soft tissue. They are strategically placed in the cheeks, jawline and neck to better define our facial shape; the type of repositioning we all enjoy when we hold our cheeks with our finger tips and say “I just want a little bit of lift!”.

PDO threads are made from Polydioxanone, an absorbable, biologically inert substance which has been used safely in Surgical procedures for decades and gradually dissolves over 3-4 months. During this time they stimulate fresh strong collagen improving the structural support of your skin.

The “Collagen Boost” and “Paris Lift” procedures each take about an hour to perform, require a little local anaesthetic for comfort, and downtime mainly relates to some temporary bruising, tenderness and swelling related to the injecting process. Treatments may be repeated yearly to continue the collagen boosting process and counter act the natural breakdown of other areas of collagen.

The next step is easy, if you feel you’d like to know more about these treatments and find out if they would be suitable for you, please contact your Artisan Doctor to discuss your options.

Doctor Linda is a treating doctor at Artisan Fortitude Valley and Medical Director for Artisan Aesthetic Group (AAG). In this role, Dr Williams chairs the Medical Board and is responsible for overseeing the clinical practices of our clinics to ensure quality, safety and best practice. Learn more about Dr Linda.