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Gabriela Mercik

Gabriela Mercik

HEBE Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Clinic, UK

Title: PDO thread lift - An innovative new treatment in non-surgical cosmetic medicine

Biography

Gabriela Mercik is Medical Director of Hebe Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine Clinics and Director of Dermagenica Ltd. Her research career began in Poland 15 years ago in Cardiology and internal medicine. She worked in the hospital of Heart and Lung transplants for 10 years. She carried out research in fi eld of LDL-apheresis and published in the American Journal of cardiology. For the last 5 years has been working in hospitals in Northern Ireland in General Medicine, Cardiology, Palliative Care and Rehab departments. She developed an interest in aesthetics three years ago and has studied Dermatology with a special interest in skin rejuvenation. She is an advanced aesthetic trainer in biomimetic skin rejuvenation mesotherapy, dermal fi llers, threads and botulinum toxin. She practices cosmetic medicine in her clinics in Northern Ireland.

Abstract

Beauty Lift is a thread made from polydioxanone (PDO), a thread which dissolves in up to 8 months and which yields amazing rejuvenation results. Th e application of the thread is practically non-invasive and painless, takes up to 50 minutes, leaves no scaring or cuts and the minor redness disappears within a few days. In addition, you can apply it almost anywhere on the body. Th e threads were created as an alternative for patients who do not want to go down the route of surgical face lift but still want the eff ects of a surgical face-lift . Th reads are used for regeneration of skin, improving the structure of the face, neck and décolleté and breasts, buttocks, abdomen or even elbows and knees. Th ese threads provide a natural and youthful appearance of the skin and protect against wrinkles for a long time. PDO is a material known and used in medicine for many years. So far, it has mainly been used in surgery. Five years ago, a Korean doctor produced research which showed that the PDO thread, used in conjunction with acupuncture, relaxed the muscles and tendons. For two years, this method has been used by physicians in aesthetic medicine throughout the world. Based on clinical observations, it was found that the PDO stimulates tissue neocolagenesis process, which stimulates the production of new collagen. In addition, activation of fi broblasts results in stimulating the synthesis of elastin. It was also found that the eff ect of polydioxanone causes the synthesis of natural (endogenous) hyaluronic acid. PDO thread is placed in a sterile, very thin needle with which is placed in specifi c areas of the body. Depending on the location, the threads are introduced into the skin, the subcutaneous fat or muscle. It improves skin texture-it becomes thicker, tighter, fi rmer and improves colour, and then narrows the pores. It also smoothes fi ne lines. Th e length of the thread varies. Shorter strands are ideal for revitalizing and smoothing fi ne lines around eyes, twisted, thicker strands injected intramuscularly in the forehead act as an alternative to Botox. Th e aesthetic eff ect is more natural than the injections of botulinum toxin, as it does not paralyse the muscles. Only to weaken the infl uence of their actions, the muscles are relaxed, and thus, facial skin is smoother. With long PDO threads, oval face can be corrected. Th e main indications for PDO threads are: Facial: Vertical and horizontal wrinkles on the forehead, brow lift , slender, soft tissue, drooping eyebrows, the lower eyelid, lift ing the cheeks, nasolabial furrow, double chin Body: Folds and wrinkles of the skin on the face and neck, fi rming and increasing sagging breast tissues and stretch marks on the buttocks, abdomen, arms and elbows and even knees Entering the PDO thread into the skin will give immediate improvement in the appearance. Aft er about 10-14 days, the process of natural body protein synthesis begins and continues throughout the period of holding the threads in the body (about two years).

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