What Are PDO Complications?

PDO thread lifts are a popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure designed to stimulate collagen production to rejuvenate the skin and restore a youthful appearance. While these treatments are generally safe and effective, they can come with potential complications like any medical procedure. In this blog, we will explore some common complications associated with PDO thread lift procedures.


Thread Lift Complications

It doesn’t matter what type of thread you are using; there is a small chance that complications happen during the longevity of the procedure:

Bruising and Swelling

Some bruising and swelling are normal after a PDO thread lifts, but excessive or prolonged bruising and swelling can cause concern. These side effects usually subside within a few days to a week, but if they persist or worsen, you must consult your healthcare provider. Applying ice packs and taking Arnica tablets  as directed and avoiding strenuous physical activity can help reduce these symptoms.


Patients may develop hematoma in rare circumstances when a performing practitioner mistakenly injures or damages the wall of a capillary or small blood vessel , allowing blood to leak into the surrounding region during the procedure . This is basically a large bruise that eventually goes away after 1-2 weeks. 


Infection can occur after a PDO thread lift but the risk is extremely low and below 0.5%. To minimize this risk, a qualified medical professional must ensure that the procedure is performed in a clean and sterile environment. Patients should also follow post-procedure care instructions meticulously, including keeping the treated area clean and avoiding touching it with dirty hands.


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Facial Asymmetry

Another potential risk of thread lift is facial asymmetry. Face asymmetry can be caused by various circumstances, including the use of anesthesia, inherited face asymmetry, or more lifting on one side versus the other side. This can easily be remedied by adding more threads to the opposite side. 

Thread Migration

Thread migration refers to the unintentional movement of the PDO threads from their original placement, leading to asymmetry or uneven results. To minimize the risk of thread migration, it’s crucial to choose an experienced and skilled practitioner who can properly anchor the threads during the procedure. Additionally, avoiding excessive facial movements and trauma to the treated area in the days following the process can help prevent thread migration.


Dimpling and irregularities in a patient might arise after the procedure. Skin dimpling is usually temporary and always resolves with massage or even on its own. Keep an eye out for these irregularities and communicate with your practitioner.


Visit Ageless MD 

While PDO thread lifts can provide impressive results in facial rejuvenation, it’s essential to be aware of the potential complications associated with the procedure. Choosing a qualified and experienced practitioner, following post-procedure care guidelines, and being vigilant about unusual symptoms can help mitigate these risks. 

At Ageless MD, we provide the most modern and cutting-edge cosmetic treatments. Our main area of expertise is noninvasive face and skin rejuvenation. Contact us and schedule your appointment.