Most people have heard of a facelift, but do they know what is involved and whether there might be better alternatives? A facelift is usually performed under general anaesthetic and works best for the lower part of the face, although it can be supplemented with a brow lift as one of many variations on the procedure. Incisions are made from the hairline, down in front of the ears, then behind the ears and back into the hairline. The skin is lifted up and backwards with excess tissue being trimmed away. Some scarring is likely and the face may be temporarily bruised and puffy. The patient can normally return to work after about two weeks although the healing process will take longer than this to complete.

During a PDO thread lift, polydioxanone (PDO) threads are inserted into the skin using very fine needles to create a supportive framework for the face that gives it a firm, rejuvenated appearance – all under local anaesthetic. Recovery times are far shorter than surgery and the cost is significantly less. Before being reabsorbed by the body, the threads stimulate the formation of collagen and elastin in the skin, which enhances the effect of the lift. Side effects are rarely more serious than a little swelling or bruising, and since no cuts or incisions are made the risk of scarring is minimal.

PDO is an ultra-thin (0.12 mm) synthetic fibre that is widely used in cardiology and general surgery, as well as to perform surgical face lifts. It is strong but biodegradable and non-allergenic. PDO threads need to be placed at the correct depth for maximum effect, so it is very important that aesthetic practitioners have a detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the facial tissues, nerves and blood vessels.

Esthetique Academy provides training on how to perform a PDO thread lift. The training is provided to qualified medical professionals only and courses can be taken in London, Nottingham and Liverpool. Esthetique Academy’s courses not only teach the skills required to carry out each procedure safely, they also equip trainees with business and marketing advice. There is pre-course reading material to ensure students get the most out of the training, and guidance on ordering the required products for those who wish to start up their own clinic. In addition, there is free one-year mentoring from one of the expert trainers, provided in the form of their personal phone and email contact details. The trainers are all leading doctors in the industry and can be contacted for advice on any aspect of the training.

Although less dramatic, a PDO thread lift has a number of advantages over a facelift. It is less expensive, less likely to cause scarring, involves a shorter recovery time and can be performed under local anaesthetic with less severe after effects or risk of complications. It is particularly noteworthy that the rising popularity of non-surgical cosmetic procedures suggests a high level of patient confidence and satisfaction.


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