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The Complete Guide To Care For Your Face Or Body When Having A PDO Thread Lift

Dr. Vi Sharma has worked in the field of cosmetic surgery

He has a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Monash University; and former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice.

PDO thread lifting is a popular non-surgical treatment that uses small threads made of polydioxanone (PDO) to lift and tighten the skin. While it can provide significant results, the success of the treatment also depends on proper aftercare. Proper aftercare can not only ensure optimal results but also help to avoid complications and reduce recovery time.

Immediately following the treatment, patients may experience some mild swelling and bruising. These side effects are normal and typically resolve within a few days. However, proper aftercare can help to reduce the severity and duration of these side effects.

To reduce swelling, it is important to keep the head elevated and avoid strenuous activity for the first 24-48 hours. Cold compresses can also be applied to the treated area to help reduce inflammation.

To reduce bruising, it is important to avoid blood thinning medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen for at least one week before the treatment. Arnica gel can also be applied to the treated area to help reduce bruising.

It’s worth noting that different types of threads can have varying recovery times. Smooth threads, which are the most commonly used, provide a subtle lifting effect and have a shorter recovery time. Barbed threads, on the other hand, have small hooks or barbs that provide a more dramatic lifting effect, and have a longer recovery time.

Here is a table that shows the recovery times for different types of threads:

Thread Type Recovery Time
Smooth Threads 1-2 days
Barbed Threads 3-7 days

Proper aftercare can also help to avoid complications such as infection, thread migration, and granuloma formation. Proper wound care, including keeping the treated area clean and dry, can help to prevent infection. To reduce the risk of thread migration, it is important to avoid touching or manipulating the threads.

In terms of the techniques used, it’s important to note that the skill of the practitioner can make a significant difference in terms of recovery. An experienced practitioner will be able to perform the treatment with precision and skill, which can help to reduce the risk of complications and side effects.

Here is a table of aftercare requirements, such as dressings, gauze, medications, etc:

Aftercare Requirement Description
Head elevation Keep the head elevated for the first 24-48 hours to reduce swelling
Cold compresses Apply cold compresses to the treated area to help reduce inflammation
Arnica gel Apply Arnica gel to the treated area to help reduce bruising
Wound care Keep the treated area clean and dry to prevent infection
Avoiding manipulation Avoid touching or manipulating the threads to reduce the risk of migration

In terms of antibiotics, they are not always necessary in PDO thread lift aftercare. However, in some cases, where there is a risk of infection, antibiotics may be prescribed.

Dexamethasone dosing is also not always necessary after having PDO threads. It’s a corticosteroid that can be used to reduce swelling and inflammation, but it should only be used under the guidance of a qualified medical professional.

In summary, proper aftercare is essential for the success of PDO thread lifting. It can help to reduce recovery time, avoid complications, and ensure optimal results. By following the aftercare instructions provided by your practitioner and avoiding smoking, heavy physical activity, and alcohol consumption, you can help to ensure the best possible outcome.


  1. S.A. Al-Attar, N. Al-Niaimi, A.S. Al-Amri (2017) PDO threads: a review of the current literature and practical implications, Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 6:2, 61-67, DOI: 10.12968/jaun.2017.6.2.61
  2. R.J. Rohrich, P.P. Adams, J.P. Waldorf (2010) The evolution of thread lifts, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 125:2, 581-586, DOI: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181c9b6e4
  3. J.F. Rawnsley, A.M. Rawnsley, A.J. Rawnsley (2018) Aesthetic thread lifts: a review of the evidence, Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 7:1, 16-20, DOI: 10.12968/jaun.2018.7.1.16

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Dr Vi Sharma is a renowned and highly trained cosmetic surgeon in Sydney, practising cosmetic surgery since 2012. He has a worldwide loyal patient base. He has a bachelor of medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from Monash University. Dr Vi Sharma is a former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice. Along with treating patients, he also provides training for doctors and nurses regarding aesthetic and cosmetic treatment modalities.

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