How long does a PDO thread lift last?

Thread lifts can last for approximately 12 months depending on aftercare and lifestyle. Certain factors contribute to required another procedure sooner such as poor skin volume or elasticity which occurs particularly in older people. 

PLA and PCA thread lifts, which we use at Secret Looks, tend to last longer since the sutures take longer to dissolve.

Potential PDO thread lift complications

PDO thread lifts have a much lower risk of complications than facelift surgeries. There’s less risk of scarring, severe bruising, or bleeding when performed by a trained professional.

Minor complications occur in 15 to 20 percent of procedures but are usually easily corrected. Potential complications include:

  • Visible sutures (especially in people with thin skin)

  • Pain

  • Minor bruising

  • Infection

  • Snapping of threads

  • Accumulation of blood (hematoma)

  • Dimpling (orange peel-like skin texture)

  • Inflammation

  • Salivary gland injury


PDO thread lift recovery and aftercare

  • Recovery from a PDO thread lift is minimal. You may have some swelling and bruising for the first 24-48 hours but you can return to most of your daily routines right away.

  • You should avoid rubbing your face as much as possible for 3 weeks after your procedure to avoid accidentally dislodging the thread. You’ll also likely be advised to avoid excessive movements with your face, pursing your lips, smoking, and drinking through a straw for the first several weeks.

  • Other activities you may want to avoid for 3 weeks include sleeping on your side, intense exercise, and visiting saunas. Sleeping with your head propped on a pillow can help you avoid accidentally rolling onto your face during the middle of the night.

  • You will be given an extensive recovery and aftercare leaflet at your appointment which your practitioner will discuss with you.