Aftercare Instructions for PDO Threads

by | Jan 29, 2020 | Articles, Conditions, Skin care

PDO threads come in smooth, twist and barbed.  The smooth threads can be used in a pattern to help to smooth out wrinkles or acne scarring, the twist threads can add some volume to slightly deeper wrinkles and the barbed threads can be used for subtle lifting of tissues.

Threads are a synthetic absorbable suture (polydiaxone) that will dissolve over a few months without leaving any scar tissue.  The material is under the skin causing an inflammatory process that causes collagen to be produced creating a result that can last 12-18 months. Threads can be used in the face, neck, and many body parts as an adjunct to microneedling, laser resurfacing, Botox, fillers and PRP.

The result of the thread lift is immediate but becomes more noticeable after 1-2 weeks when the swelling and potential bruising have resolved.  The results will continue over the next few months as the collagen is produced however most people will see even better results if more threads are placed at a later point.  Minor side effects such as bruising, swelling, tenderness, numbness, small unevenness will typically resolve over a few weeks.

After treatment

  • Refrain from washing the treated area for at least 12 hours after your procedure.  Once you do start showering and cleansing the area be careful not to scrub or massage the area for 3-4 weeks.
  • No facials or use of items such as motorized cleansing devices or current devices like a Nuface for 3-4 weeks and no exfoliation products.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for about a week
  • Avoid extreme temperatures for about a week including saunas and hot tubs
  • Do not overstretch the treated area ie. opening the mouth wide for 4 weeks. Avoid dental procedures for a month if possible if your threads are near your mouth or jawline
  • Do not have laser procedures, radiofrequency or IPL near the treated area for 10 weeks.
  • No microneedling for at least 6-8 weeks post threads.
  • If you develop any redness, heat or other signs of infection contact your provider right away.  On occasion a thread can protrude.  If that happens also contact your provider.
  • An oral antibiotic is usually not required unless an infection is suspected
  • If you experience some discomfort Tylenol is recommended.  Avoid anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen as they can suppress collagen formation.


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