What Not Do After a Thread Lift?

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A PDO thread lift is a non-invasive anti-aging treatment designed to lift and tighten the skin instantly. Over time, it encourages neovascularization to further enhance your aesthetic. At Advanced Aesthetics Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV, we want to talk about what not to do after a thread lift so you can get the best possible results.

What Should You Not Do After Thread Lift

To ensure the best results, there are several things you must avoid after a PDO thread lift. These include sleeping on your stomach or side, wearing makeup, drinking alcohol, making extreme facial expressions, and receiving facials and facial massages.

Sleeping on Your Stomach or Side

One of the worst things you can do after a thread lift is to apply an excessive amount of pressure to the treated area. If you sleep on your stomach or side within the first five nights post-treatment, you may experience swelling, discomfort, bruising, or less-than-optimal results.

If you usually sleep on your side or stomach or toss and turn throughout the night, practice sleeping on your back for a few weeks before your treatment. If you still roll over after finding a comfortable position on your back, sleep in a recliner to mitigate the risk of you sleeping on your side after treatment. Alternatively, build a towel fort around yourself in your bed.

Wearing Makeup

There are several reasons why you should avoid wearing makeup in the first 12 hours after your treatment. Primarily, your skin is sensitive in the first several hours after treatment. Even cosmetics that usually cause you only minor skin irritation should be avoided.

Secondarily, it’s important that your skin is able to breathe during the first 12 hours after treatment. Cosmetics can suffocate your skin. Finally, most women apply a significant amount of pressure on their skin while removing their makeup. To mitigate the risk of applying too much pressure to your face, it’s best to just not wear makeup for the first 12 hours after treatment.

Getting Facials and Facial Massages

Facial massages and facials should be avoided for the first 10 days after treatment. Facial massages should be avoided to mitigate the risk of excessive pressure being applied to the treatment area. This mitigates the risk of swelling, bruising and the threads being forced out of place accidentally.

Facials should be avoided for the same reasons that wearing makeup should be avoided. Facials may involve excessive amounts of pressure applied to the treatment area. Some facials also involve the use of strong chemicals that can irritate the skin during the period of time after your treatment that your skin is sensitive.

Becoming Overheated

To summarize succinctly what you should avoid after a PDO thread lift, you should avoid applying too much pressure to your face and elevating your blood pressure. While you may not realize it, prolong heat exposure elevates your blood pressure significantly.

To keep your blood pressure within a normal range, avoid excessive heat exposure. To accomplish this, take a lukewarm bath rather than a hot shower and avoid tanning beds, dry saunas, steam rooms, steaming hot soup, and sunbathing. Staying hydrated will also help you to keep cool and maintain normal blood pressure.

Drinking Alcohol

You should avoid drinking alcohol for the first two weeks after your thread lift for a couple of reasons. First, alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it will flush out an excessive amount of water and essential nutrients that are vital for your skin health. Second, alcohol consumption increases your blood pressure significantly.


Unfortunately, smoking is another common activity that elevates blood pressure. Dozens of the chemical compounds in cigarette smoke, including nicotine, constrict your blood vessels. This means, among other things, that nutrients cannot flow through your bloodstream to your skin efficiently.

It’s important to note that any product containing nicotine will elevate your blood pressure. For example, smoking cessation tools, such as nicotine patches and nicotine gum must also be avoided. If you’re not confident that you can go 14 days without nicotine, ask your primary care physician for a referral to a specialist to help you quit before treatment.

Vigorous Exercise

The final most common activity that elevates blood pressure is vigorous exercise. Moderate exercise, such as walking, jogging, and swimming at a leisurely pace is fine. However, if your workout is so intense that you can’t sing or carry a conversation, it is too vigorous and you are placing your heart under undue strain.

What to Do After a Thread Lift

It’s important to avoid certain activities after a thread lift. However, what you do is just as important as what you avoid. Things you should do after a thread lift include applying a gentle antibiotic cream and attending a follow-up appointment a couple of weeks after your treatment.

Learn More About Thread Lift Aftercare Today

A PDO thread lift stimulates your skin’s collagen production to improve the appearance of your skin. However, for the best results, there are several things you must avoid and several things you must do during your recovery process. For example, you should avoid applying pressure to the treated area and elevating your blood pressure unnecessarily.

If you have any further questions regarding PDO thread lift aftercare or you’d like to discover if you’re a good candidate for this skin rejuvenation treatment, please contact our experts at Advanced Aesthetics Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV today to schedule an initial consultation. We are more than happy to answer any and all questions you may have.

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