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Don’t Smoke When Getting Threads. Why The Effects Won’t Last?

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, the longevity of those results can be affected by a number of factors, including smoking. This is because smoking can have a detrimental effect on the composition of the threads and the collagen matrix in the skin.

The threads used in PDO thread lifting are made of polydioxanone, which is a synthetic absorbable suture material that has been used in medical procedures for decades. It is known for its strength and durability, as well as its ability to stimulate collagen production. However, when exposed to the noxious chemicals found in cigarette smoke, the threads can begin to break down.

The chemical composition of cigarette smoke contains various toxins such as tar, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxides that can affect the PDO threads. These toxins can weaken the threads and reduce their effectiveness in lifting and tightening the skin. In addition, the heat generated by smoking can also cause the threads to break down more quickly.

The effects of smoking on the collagen matrix in the skin can also have a significant impact on the longevity of the results. Collagen is a protein that provides structure and support to the skin, and it is what makes the skin firm and elastic. Smoking causes a decrease in collagen production, which can lead to wrinkles and sagging skin.

Here’s a table that illustrates the chemical decay of threads material in real life:

Time Effect of Smoking on PDO Threads
Immediate Heat generated by smoking can cause the threads to break down more quickly
1 month Toxins found in cigarette smoke can weaken the threads and reduce their effectiveness in lifting and tightening the skin
3 months Collagen production decreases, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin
6 months The threads may have lost their effectiveness, and the results may not be as long-lasting as they would have been without smoking

It’s worth noting that different types of threads can have varying degrees of durability when exposed to smoking. Smooth threads, which are the most commonly used, provide a subtle lifting effect and are more sensitive to the chemical decay caused by smoking. Barbed threads, on the other hand, have small hooks or barbs that provide a more dramatic lifting effect, and are more durable than smooth threads.

Here is a table that shows which thread is the most durable whilst smoking:

Thread Type Durability
Smooth Threads Low
Barbed Threads High

In conclusion, smoking can have a significant impact on the longevity of the results of PDO thread lifting. It can affect the composition of the threads and the collagen matrix in the skin, leading to a reduction in the effectiveness of the treatment. To achieve optimal results and maximize the longevity of the treatment, it is recommended to quit smoking and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

 

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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
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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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