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Polydioxanone thread-lifting

A poignant medical liability piece for aesthetic nurses undertaking polydioxanone (PDO) thread lifting. The author provides the clinical background, as well as the anatomical areas which may benefit from rejuvenation with PDO threads. There is some discussion surrounding comparison with...

Thread lifting – the fundamentals

"Thread lifting” is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that is becoming increasingly popular internationally [1-3]. Threads are surgical sutures that can be utilised for facial and body contouring and rejuvenation. These sutures can be used for skin rejuvenation as bio-stimulators...

Suspension thread lift combination treatments

A true facelift can only be achieved through surgical means, at least for now, and given advances in techniques and anaesthesia, this has become far safer. Not everyone, however, requires a facelift. Non-surgical modalities such as thread lifts with or...

Thread veins and varicose veins: medical or aesthetic?

I was recently attending a national aesthetics conference when I got talking to a very well-known opinion leader in the aesthetics world. During the conversation, I was astounded to be asked: “What do you think now that NICE has agreed...

When does a non-surgical procedure fall within the scope of CQC registration? An update on cogged PDO thread lifts

In December 2018 the CQC ruled that any healthcare professional performing thread lifting now has to meet its full requirements for surgical procedures. Dr Bea Brookes takes a look at the decision. Non-surgical thread lift with dissolving threads has been...

How I Do It - Non-surgical approach to facial ptosis – the PDO barbed absorbable thread 5-point facelift

Polydioxanone (PDO) threads summary: Colourless, crystalline, biodegradable synthetic polymer Monofilament Biodegradation by hydrolysis Mainly urine excretion Absorption rate 180 days Breaking strength 53% at 42 days Long established safety record in general surgery as a suture material (PDS II Ethicon)...

The development of PDO threadlifting in the UK

Dr Jacques Otto looks at the development of polydioxanone (PDO) threads as an anti-ageing treatment, the creation of the Association of Polydioxanone Threads (APDOT) UK and what the future holds for threadlifting in the UK. Up to early 2014 the...