What is PDO-thread treatment?
Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are special medical grade threads made of protein. Finer than a thread of hair, they are inserted into the dermis to stimulate collagen and tighten skin. PDO threads are particularly useful for tightening up areas that do not require too much additional volume, for example the lower face which can often appear gaunt with age.
Areas of treatment include
- Nasolabial folds or smile lines
- Marionettes lines
- Upper lip lines
- Crows feet
Can PDO threads help me achieve a lift or fox-eye?
No, PDO threads should not lift, pull or pucker. PDO threads firm, tighten and rejuvenate skin through a unique method of collagen stimulation within the dermis. Cosmetic Nurse Jana also offers lifting threads which can be used to elevate tissue, pull back nasolabial folds or jowls,and/or provide the fox-eye lift. For more information on these, please click here (like to lifting threads).
It is my first time with you, do I need to book a consultation beforehand?
Welcome! It is not necessary to book a separate consultation in addition to treatment time. Each appointment is flexible and includes ample consultation time. Of course, if you are unsure and would like some time to think your options over before proceeding, you are more than welcome to book in for a no-obligation consultation.
How long does the appointment take?
Depending on the area treated, each PDO appointment takes approximately 45-60 minutes including consultation time. Please allow approximately 90 minutes due to the unpredictable nature of medical appointments.
What can I expect after treatment?
Immediately post treatment, swelling, lumping and bruising may be present. Because the collagen stimulating effect of the PDO threads occurs as the body works to metabolise the thread, results are best seen at approximately the 6-12 week. 1-2 treatments are generally required for best results, with the second treatment recommended 6 months after the first.
How long does the treatment last?
PDO threads can remain beneath the skin for approximately 6-12 months before the body has fully metabolised them. Their collagen stimulating effects remain active for this entire period. Beyond a certain age, our bodies are constantly losing collagen, so repeat treatments every 1-2 years are recommended.
Will I bruise or swell?
Minor bruising or swelling is common following PDO treatment. Rarely, this can be severe and may take over a week to completely heal. Therefore, it is recommended treatment is conducted at least a few weeks before any important events. If you bruise easily, you may be at higher risk of bruising. The risk of bruising may be lessened by avoiding blood-thinning vitamins, medications and foods for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment. Intense exercise, caffeine and alcohol should be avoided for 24 hours prior to treatment.
Are there any risks?
PDO treatments are very safe, however as with all medical procedures, do entail rare, but possible side-effects. These are discussed in detail during consultation and include the possibility of ongoing swelling, bruising, lumps, infection, and very rarely temporary nerve damage. All potential risks and side-effects are discussed in detail during each appointment.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for my appointment?
It is preferable you attend your appointment make-up free. If this is not possible, makeup in the targeted areas will be removed by our practitioners prior to treatment. If you wish to minimise your chances of bruising, it is also recommended that, where medically suitable, you avoid blood thinning medications and vitamins for 1-2 weeks prior. You should also avoid alcohol and caffeine in the preceding 24 hours and not partake in any heat inducing activities, such as heavy workouts, the day of treatment.
What are the after-care instructions?
Remain upright for 4-6 hours post treatment.
Avoid any heat-inducing activities for 48 hours post treatment. These include intense exercise, steam rooms, saunas, spas.
Avoid makeup for 24 hours post treatment.
Avoid blood thinning medications, vitamins and food for 48 hours post treatment.
Avoid placing any pressure on treated areas for 1-week post treatment. This includes vigorously rubbing or massaging the area unless instructed otherwise. If desired, ice may be gently applied to the treated area to help with any bruising or swelling.
Avoid tattooing, lasers or invasive facials for 2-weeks post treatment.
Is the treatment painful?
Almost all patients find PDO treatments very comfortable. A very strong numbing cream is applied topically, and the threads are inserted gently. Depending on your own pain tolerance, some gentle pinches or small pricks may be felt. Mild, localised tenderness may be felt for several days following treatment.
I’m needle-phobic, can I still have treatment?
Of course! Cosmetic Nurse Jana specialises in treating nervous patients and has many techniques to ensure your complete comfort. Please make sure you have a big meal prior to treatment.
I’m flying in to see you, can I have treatment on the same day?
Cosmetic Nurse Jana has many clients fly interstate to see her. Generally, she prefers patients to avoid flying for 24-48hours post treatment and to be available for a 2-week review if needed.
Who can’t have treatment?
Anyone under 18, pregnant or breast-feeding women, anyone unwell and anyone undergoing dental work or facial surgery 2 weeks either side of their appointment. It is the patient’s obligation to inform the practitioner of all medical issues and medications. All patients are consulted with a doctor prior to treatment where any individual medical issues or potential contraindications can be discussed.