A woman’s skin starts to sag and loose elasticity after she clocks 35. As we age, collagen which is responsible for giving the skin its suppleness and elasticity begins to decline due to changes in hormones.
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This exposes the skin to damage which takes a longer time to heal or repair. However, an anti-ageing treatment using polydioxanone (PDO) threads can help keep your skin firm.
A celebrity cosmetic dermatologist, Dr Jaishree Sharad, explains this procedure.
Polydioxanone threads procedure
This procedure uses a safe medical grade threads which get absorbed into the skin within 6-8 months. They are inserted into the skin with a fine needle in the direction that one wants to fix.
- A local anesthetic cream is applied on the area to be treated
- The cream is left on the skin for an hour to numb the skin so that the procedure is painless.
- The threads forms a net inside the skin once they are inserted.
- The thread promotes the synthesis of collagen in the dermis.
- The skin which was once sagging becomes tight and lifts up in 6-8months.
- About 2-3 sessions may be performed depending on how saggy the skin is.
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Advantages of Polydioxanone threads procedure
- It is safe
- It is non-surgical
- It is not so expensive
- The procedure takes about 20 minutes, meaning it is not time consuming.
Is the procedure painful?
The procedure is not overly painful. One can return to their daily activities right after procedure. Pain may be very minimal pain that would not require a pain-killer.
Who should go for this procedure?
People with loose sagging skin in areas like the chin, neck, jaw line, jowl, laugh lines, hands, and other areas can go for the procedure. Generally, people above the age of 35 with wrinkles can undergo the procedure. However, pregnant women should avoid the treatment.
How long do the results last?
The procedure lasts for up to 2 years.
What is the cost of the procedure?
Cost of the procedure depends on the number of threads inserted. A sagging chin will need about 8 threads which will cost Rs 4,000 per session. So if three sessions are done a month apart, the total cost comes to Rs 12,000 and this will last the patient for about 2 years which is rather cost-effective.
Does it require any maintenance?
Once the treatment is over, no maintenance is required. If sagging skin is noticed again after 2 years, the procedure can be repeated.
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