Reflections Health & Medspa

PDO Threading

PDO Threading is a thread lift (aka: Polydioxanone threading) procedure that uses a dissolvable suture to tighten and lift your skin.

The amazing thing is that these threads trigger the (fibroblast) cells in your body to produce more collagen which in turn gives your skin its structure and elasticity to provide an anti-aging effect.

Before and after for PDO Threading
PDO Threading Before and After

All of this works together to give you enhanced skin texture, fewer fine lines and wrinkles and more elastic skin.

What to Expect

Once inserted, the threads will tighten the skin and anchor it into place, reducing the amount of visible wrinkles in the skin. The increase in collagen levels also enhances skin volume, which has a plumping effect. After the threads are inserted, the skin begins to repair itself around the threads. This is why the skin remains visibly improved after the threads have been absorbed.

Are All PDO Threads The Same?

There are three types of threads

1 – PDO (Polydioxanone),

2 – PLA (polylactic acid), and

3 – PCA (polycaprolactone).

They are made from a colorless polyester that breaks down in your body after about 6 months. PLA and PCA threads are newer than PDO. PDO threads have been around the longest, since the 1980s.

PLA and PCA threads last longer and tend to stimulate more collagen production. PLA threads take about 12 months to be absorbed and PCA takes about 12 to 15 months. Each type of thread is best suited for a particular benefit. PDO threads are better at repositing and revitalizing tissue while PLA and PCA threads are better at lifting sagging parts of your skin.

What you should know


  • One week prior avoid smoking and alcohol to minimize skin dehydration and speed up the healing process.
  • Avoid aspirin-based products, like Naproxen/Naprogesic, Neurofen, and Ibuprofen, as they can cause bleeding, unwanted side effects and complications.
  • A day before and after, avoid performing high-intensity exercises and going to a sauna or steam room.
  • Two days before (at least): Avoid omega fish oils, Vitamin E, chili, ginseng, garlic, krill, and other blood-thinning supplements.

After Treatment Care

  • Minimal recovery time, however, some patients may experience nausea after the thread lift procedure due to the anesthesia. However, this will pass after sipping small amounts of water.
  • If you are prone to bruising or experiencing slight bruising or swelling then ice the treated area for a few minutes,  four to five times during the day for the first week 
  • Slight discomfort is normal in the first two days after the procedure is normal, it will gradually reduce.
  • Restrict facial movements for one day. Make sure to rest for a full day after getting the treatment.
  • Facial Straining: Avoid straining or placing pressure on your face as it may result in threads misalignment.
  • Use Caution with Strenuous Activity. You can move around wherever you want, Avoid heavy lifting for three weeks.
  • If you need painkillers stick to consuming them after a meal to avoid any risk of nausea.
  • Preferably avoid aspirins for the next two weeks after the treatment.
  • Makeup: Avoid applying makeup or facial cream for at least 48 hours.
  • Straws: You should not drink a beverage with a straw 
  • Soft Foods: Focus on drinking liquids or consuming soft foods for at least a week.
  • Gum: Chewing gum should be avoided for at least two weeks.
  • Elevate when possible: Try keeping your head elevated for a week.
  • Don’t pull your facial skin, massage, scrub or exfoliate the skin for at least three weeks. You are also not supposed to wash or touch your face for at least 12 hours.
  • Follow practitioner’s care guidelines regarding the incision wounds.
Mapping for PDO threading
  • Sleep on your back as it is recommended to prevent any swelling. 
  • Avoid getting any dental treatment for at least two weeks after getting the PDO thread lift.
  • Don’t perform any strenuous activity or heavy lifting for three weeks.You can move around wherever you want, but 
  • It is best to avoid aspirins for the next two weeks after the treatment.

And Get to Know Each Other!

It’s important to know you as it is important for you to get to know us. At Reflections we work with you to achieved your goals and we know that “trust” goes a long way. This is how we start to build that powerful bond with each other. 

To start it off right, we should meet to discuss your skincare goals. Then you’ll get to ask all your questions you need in order for you to feel confident and secure before we start your treatment.


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