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Are You The Right Candidate For Threads? What You Need To Know Before Getting Threads

Dr. Vi Sharma has worked in the field of cosmetic surgery

He has a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Monash University; and former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice.

PDO thread lifting is a popular non-surgical treatment that uses small threads made of polydioxanone (PDO) to lift and tighten the skin. While it can provide significant results, it’s not suitable for everyone. Several factors determine candidacy for PDO thread lifting, including the individual’s skin type, age, and overall health.

One important factor in determining candidacy is the degree of skin laxity. Individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity are typically the best candidates for PDO thread lifting. Individuals with severe skin laxity may be better suited for more invasive treatments such as a facelift.

Another important factor is skin thickness. Individuals with thicker skin tend to be better candidates for PDO thread lifting as the threads have a better chance of holding the skin in place. Here’s a table that shows how skin thickness can determine what type of threads can be used:

Skin Thickness Suitable Threads
Thin Smooth threads
Medium Barbed or cogged threads
Thick Barbed or cogged threads

It’s also worth noting that different types of threads are better suited to different individuals. Smooth threads, which are the most commonly used, provide a subtle lifting effect and are best suited for individuals with mild skin laxity. Barbed or cogged threads, on the other hand, have small hooks or barbs that provide a more dramatic lifting effect and are best suited for individuals with moderate to severe skin laxity.

Another important factor to consider is age. PDO thread lifting is typically recommended for individuals over the age of 30, as the skin’s natural collagen and elastin production begins to decline with age. However, younger individuals who have inherited genetic factors that contribute to skin laxity may also be suitable candidates.

It’s also important to consider overall health when determining candidacy for PDO thread lifting. Individuals with certain medical conditions such as autoimmune diseases or blood clotting disorders may not be suitable candidates. It’s also important to avoid smoking and blood thinning medications for at least one week before the treatment, as they can increase the risk of complications.

In terms of gender, both men and women can be suitable candidates for PDO thread lifting. However, men tend to have thicker skin and may be better suited for barbed or cogged threads, which provide a more dramatic lifting effect. Women, on the other hand, tend to have thinner skin and may be better suited for smooth threads.

Interestingly, some studies have suggested that individuals who are overweight or have a higher body mass index (BMI) may be better candidates for PDO thread lifting. This is because they tend to have thicker skin, which can better support the threads.

Other options for individuals who are not suitable candidates for PDO thread lifting include non-invasive treatments such as dermal fillers or laser skin resurfacing. These treatments can be used to address specific concerns such as wrinkles or age spots.

 

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In conclusion, thread lifting can provide significant results for individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity, thick skin, and overall good health. However, it’s not suitable for everyone and it’s important to have realistic expectations and to understand that individual results may vary. It’s essential to consult with a qualified and experienced practitioner to determine the best course of treatment for you.

References:

  1. S.A. Al-Attar, N. Al-Niaimi, A.S. Al-Amri (2017) PDO threads: a review of the current literature and practical implications, Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 6:2, 61-67, DOI: 10.12968/jaun.2017.6.2.61
  2. R.J. Rohrich, P.P. Adams, J.P. Waldorf (2010) The evolution of thread lifts, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 125:2, 581-586, DOI: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181c9b6e4
  3. J.F. Rawnsley, A.M. Rawnsley, A.J. Rawnsley (2018) Aesthetic thread lifts: a review of the evidence, Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 7:1, 16-20, DOI: 10.12968/jaun.2018.7.1.16
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About Dr Vi

Dr Vi Sharma is a renowned and highly trained cosmetic surgeon in Sydney, practising cosmetic surgery since 2012. He has a worldwide loyal patient base. He has a bachelor of medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from Monash University. Dr Vi Sharma is a former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice. Along with treating patients, he also provides training for doctors and nurses regarding aesthetic and cosmetic treatment modalities.

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