You may not be a good candidate for threads if you have any of the following conditions. Please contact the office or your provider if you are unsure if you should have this treatment performed.
- History of COVID vaccine in the past 2 weeks or plan on getting it in the following 2 weeks after treatment.
- If you have a history of COLD SORES, please make sure your provider is aware of this ahead of time. You may require a prescription medication prior to your appointment in order to decrease the risk of recurrence.
- History of keloid scars, scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases, bleeding disorders, active bacterial or fungal infection, compromised immune system.
- History of facial filler treatment in the past 2 weeks.
- Botox within the past 5 days or plan on getting botox within the next 5 days.
- Pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Active acne in the area being treated.
- History of anaphylaxis allergy.
- Any allergy or foreign body sensitivities to plastic biomaterials.
- Surgery in recent months (3-4 months).
- Please wash your hair the evening before your treatment.
- Smoking and alcohol should be avoided for at least 1 week before the procedure because they can dehydrate the skin, increase risk of bruising, and delay healing. Smoking will decrease the duration of your thread results.
- Avoid consuming omega fish oils, vitamin E, chili ginseng, garlic, krill and other such supplements at least two days before the treatment. Green and ginger teas should be avoided as well. All of the above can increase the risk of bruising.
- Aspirin based products, like Naproxen/Naprogesic, Neurofen and Ibuprofen must also be avoided for at least 1 week prior to treatment.
What to expect:
- Immediate results are visible after the treatment with suspensory threads, as well as the area feeling tighter. Over the first few days to weeks, the tight feeling will relax to some degree.
- Experiencing slight discomfort and soreness in the first 2-5 days after the procedure is completely normal. There may be a dull pain that persists sometimes up to 2 weeks after. Chewing and/or facial movements (smiling, laughing, yawning, chewing) may be uncomfortable. Another kind of pain described as ‘twinges’, ‘zingers’, or ‘shocks’ may occur as well. This is caused by a thread being near a nerve and will gradually resolve within several weeks after placement.
- Swelling of the face can occur for up to a couple of weeks after placement of threads.
- Asymmetry or puckering/dimpling of the skin may occur and typically resolves on its own over time. If it persists past 2 weeks, please contact the office or your provider.
The treatment can have a minimal recovery time, but there is still plenty you can do to expedite your recovery and achieve optimal results.
- Ice the treated area for 5-15 minutes 4 to 5 times per day during the first week if you are experiencing bruising or swelling.
- Use of oral Arnica is advised to expedite recovery (we do carry this at the office).
- You can take pain medications such as Tylenol after the procedure, especially at night before bed.
- Avoid aspirin for at least a week after the treatment.
- Do not wash your face or hair for at least 12 hours.
- Avoid applying makeup or creams for 48 hours afterwards.
- Restrict facial movements (aggressive or prolonged chewing, wide yawns, and big smiles) for a couple of days to weeks after.
- Make sure to rest for a full day after getting the treatment.
- Avoid straining or placing pressure on your face as it may result in threads misalignment.
- Do not perform any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for at least 1 week.
- Consume soft foods for about a week.
- Avoid chewing gum for at least 2 weeks.
- Sleep with your head elevated for the first few nights to reduce swelling.
- Do not sleep on your face or side for at least 1 week.
- Do not pull your skin, massage or scrub the skin for at least 3 weeks.
- Avoid dental work and vaccinations for at least 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after the thread lift.
- Avoid skin treatments (including laser hair) for at least 4 weeks after.
- Avoid facial massage for 2 months after.
- Do not use baths or go in bodies of water for at least 1 week.
- Smoking and drinking alcohol can slow down the healing process and should be minimized as much as possible for 1-2 weeks after.
Call the office or your provider if:
- You are experiencing unusual or extreme pain or swelling.
- You see increased redness or drainage of fluid from the entry sites.
- A thread begins to poke through the skin.
- You have a fever.
How long does it take to recover?
There is minimal downtime, however it is best to allow at least 1-2 days of recovery.
Is it ok to return to work immediately after treatment?
It depends on the nature of your job and the environment you work in. Most feel comfortable returning to work 1-2 days afterwards. If you have a job that requires strenuous activity and movement, then you may need more time off of work.
When can I take a shower afterwards?
Avoid touching, wetting, washing your face for a minimum of 12 hours after the treatment. Even after that, it’s best not to scrub or massage the treated area for 2 weeks after. The face may be quite sensitive to the touch.
When can I resume my skincare lineup?
Usual washing, drying, moisturizing can be resumed after 48 hours. Avoid exfoliation, tugging, scrubbing for 3 weeks after.
Can I apply makeup?
Yes, 48 hours after placement of threads.
When can I resume my workouts?
Light exercises can be resumed after 1 week but do not perform any exercises that may strain the treated area. Yoga, and exercises that require bowing your head below the heart should be avoided for at least 1 week.
Can I go swimming after the treatment?
Avoid wetting the area for at least 12 hours. You should avoid saunas, hot tubs, pools, ocean and baths for the first week after treatment.