At Save Face, we believe good work deserves recognition, so we’ve decided feature some of our accredited clinics in order to highlight their excellent standards.

This month is the turn of River Aesthetics in Lymington, where a patient unhappy with loose skin around her jaw and neck underwent PDO Cog Therapy in order to correct it. Take a look at their excellent work, and find out more about this revolutionary therapy.

Loose, Sagging Skin on the Neck

Turkey Neck

Loose, sagging skin on the neck can occur as a result of ageing and weight loss, but for some is just a case of genetics. Caused by a loss of elasticity in the skin and the emergence of the thin bands of muscle in the neck called the platysmal bands, the issue becomes more prominent with old age, but for those genetically predisposed it can appear as early as the late twenties.

Christine had hereditary loose skin that had caused her marked distress for a number of years. Her sister, who also suffered from the same problem, resorted to a surgical neck lift to correct the issue. In an effort to find a less invasive treatment with fewer risks of complication, Christine discovered a procedure called PDO therapy, and after thorough research decided to invest.

What is PDO Therapy?

PDO therapy is an effective cosmetic technique that lifts and tighten sagging skin tissues by inducing collagen production. It involves the implantation of fine, absorbable polydioxanone threads (similar to those used in medical suturing) into the subcutaneous layer of the skin using small needles. These threads remain implanted in the skin causing micro-injuries that stimulate collagen synthesis and tissue contraction. After six months, the threads will be absorbed into the body leaving new collagen in their place.

The procedures is usually carried out using local anaesthetic, and takes between 45 and 60 minutes depending on the treatment area. Side effects are minimal but may include swelling and bruising that lasts 2-3 days, and patients can continue with normal activities immediately after.

PDO therapy can be used on the cheeks, brow, jawline, neck, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, arms, thighs and abdomen. The lifting effect is at its peak after 6 months when collagen has formed around the threads, and lasts between 2-3 years.

PDO Cog Therapy Procedure

PDO Therapy at River Aesthetics

Christine had a 5 point thread lift using PDO cog threads (which are slightly barbed to induce a higher rate of collagen synthesis) to lift her nasolabial folds, jowl and marionettes. She also had multiple PDO mono threads inserted to improve the appearance of her double chin, loose connective tissue and platysmal bands.

The procedure was carried out by Dr Victoria Manning and took an hour to complete. There were no complications.

PDO Therapy – The Results

PDO Cog Therapy

Christine was reviewed at one month and three months after her treatment. These pictures were taken during her three month review.

Christine was thrilled with the results of her treatment, and left an amazing testimonial with Dr Manning, who said:

“Christine still needs further treatment, however there is a huge improvement in her general appearance. Her jaw line is more defined and her overall skin condition has improved dramatically. To improve the results even further, her next treatment will be further cogs in the neck.”

Save Face

PDO therapy is an effective non-invasive treatment for anyone looking to improve the appearance of sagging skin. As shown above, the results can be extremely impressive, but as with any non-surgical cosmetic treatment, complications can arise if carried out by an untrained practitioner.

River Aesthetics is a Save Face Accredited Clinic. This means the practitioners there have been assessed onsite against our comprehensive set of objective standards to ensure their safety.
If you’re interested in undergoing PDO therapy for loose, sagging skin, it’s vital to choose a fully-qualified professional who will be able to assess your case individually and provide you with the advice, care and follow-up consultations you need to stay safe.

Save Face is the only way for consumers to differentiate between professionally qualified practitioners and the unsafe and unethical.

Use the Save Face today to search our register of Save Face Accredited Practitioners in your area, and stay safe, not sorry.


Before & After Features
PDO Thread Lift