Breast Lift With Pdo Threads
PDO thread lifts are the latest and revolutionary treatment for skin tightening and lifting, as well as V-shaping the face. However, at Carve & Sculpt Cosmetic surgery and laser clinic, we can now use threads, to produce impressive breast lifts. This treatment can offer a wonderful alternative to going under the knife.
How Does The Breast Lift With Threads Work?
The threads are made of the same absorbable material used for surgical stitches – polydioxanone or PDO. PDO continuously stimulates collagen synthesis under skin, which means the results improve over time. When inserted, they act as a ‘scaffold’ for the skin that helps to hold it against the effects of gravity. The threads are reabsorbed in 4 to 6 months, leaving only the new skin structure, which holds for another 18 to 24 months.
- The technique for thread insertion is relatively straightforward.
- Following are the direction of insertion of threads for breasts lift.
- The initial consultation is carried out discussing risks, benefits and alternatives to the procedure.
- Detailed measurements are taken, as indicated in Figure.
- The distance between the sternal notch and the nipple must be measured, which is usually eight to nine inches. This distance should reduce after the threadlift.
- A pinch test of the upper breast must also be conducted with callipers to measure thickness of tissue – this thickness should increase after the threadlift due to collagen stimulation.
- Pre-operative and post-operative photographs are taken, to show the patient what has been achieved following treatment .
- This allows the practitioner to fully assess the amount of lift achieved at follow-up consultations.
- The breasts are taped together and the patient is treated lying down. Depending on the degree of tissue laxity, the amount of threads will vary.
- Each entry point is anaesthetised with local anaesthetic.
- The correct tissue plane for the insertion of PDO threads is within the ligaments of Cooper.
It is the contraction of the ligaments of Cooper that will give the lift. The supporting ligaments of Cooper maintain the tone and shape of the breasts and when healthy, keep the breasts firm and tight on the body .
- No need for expensive, painful surgery with lots of downtime
- A quick and easy procedure, ensuring minimal downtime and discomfort
- Instant and long lasting results for up to 2 years
- Stimulated collagen production, improving tissue elasticity
- Improved skin texture and tone due to fibroblast stimulation
- Stimulation of new blood vessels, improving oxygen supply to skin
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I suitable for this treatment?
To achieve best results, we are only able to perform breast lifting with PDO threads for patients who have Grade 1 or 2 ptosis.
Please see the diagram
This means that, for those whose nipples are below the infra-mammary fold (the crease of the breast) the outcomes will not be as good as those whose nipples lie above the fold.
- We can only achieve good results for patients where the nipples are lying between ‘Normal’ and point ‘A’ or ‘B’.
- Unfortunately, for nipples lying between B and C, as shown on the diagram, surgical lifting will be needed.
What happens at my initial consultation?
- If this procedure is suitable for you, we always perform a medical consultation before the treatment.
- It is important that we can manage your expectations of the treatment to make sure that we are able to meet them.
- You will receive a thorough breast exam prior to any treatment and a detailed past medical history will be taken to make sure this treatment is right for you.
- The procedure takes approximately one hour, depending on the number of threads used. On average, between about 20 threads are needed each breast.
When does the effect appear and how long does it last?
- The first effects are visible instantly, but considerable improvement appears after 2 or 3 months, when induction of new collagen begins.
- The effect is long lasting – up to 2 years.
Is this a painful treatment?
- You may feel slight stinging, similar to an acupuncture treatment.
- We use a local anaesthetic for thread insertion.
- For a few days after the procedure, your breasts will be sore and feel heavy.
- Therefore we advise taking regular paracetamol and wearing a support bra for the week following your treatment.
What are the side effects and downtime?
- With the innovative technology adopted by the PDO thread lift, side effects and downtime are only limited to insertion technique of the practitioner. The procedure is performed by Dr Chetna Singh who is highly experienced doctor.
- You could walk out the clinic and go back work if you need to.
- There will be swelling and bruising for a few days after the procedure.
- There are no contraindications against returning to your daily activity.
- Reddening at the thread introduction points disappear between 3 and 5 hours after the treatment.
- After the procedure the breasts are taped vertically with the tape finishing on the shoulders. The patient is advised to leave this tape in place for the next 48-72 hours to support the breasts.
- They are also advised to wear a supportive bra, such as a sport’s bra, after the procedure for the next two weeks and a soft bra at night for two weeks.
- Past or current history of breast cancer
- Breast implants
- Pregnancy and breast feeding
- Bleeding disorders
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