May 19, 2018

PDO Mono Threads Aftercare

Written by Dr Kate Jameson

PDO Mono Threads

Thank you for attending Youth Lab for PDO Mono Threads . Please take the time to carefully read your post-treatment instructions below.


  • Avoid any heat-inducing activities for 2 weeks.
  • Do not perform strenuous exercise for 2 weeks. 
  • Do not touch or massage the treatment area unless instructed to do so.
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours.
  • Sleep on your back, slightly elevated. 
  • Avoid active cosmeceutical products (AHAs, retinols, vitamin C) for 24 hours.
  • Do not apply oil based makeup for 24 hours. 
  • Avoid blood thinning medication such as Aspirin & Ibuprofen for 7 days (unless medically necessary)
  • Avoid shaving/dermaplaning the treatment area for 7 days. 
  • No dental work for 4 weeks. 
  • Avoid facial treatments for 2 weeks (including facials, waxing, chemical peels, skin needling, Hydrafacial, IPL or laser)
  • We advise against dermal filler injections for 3 months to minimise cross-reactivity. 


The listed below are all normal side effects and should self resolve within a few days. 

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Post-treatment discomfort
  • Redness/discolouration
  • Lumpiness 
  • Sometimes a slight puckering or a dimpling of the skin may appear at the insertion points of the suture, which normally disappear between 2 and 4 weeks after treatment.

For further information on how to manage these side effects, please see ‘Management’. 

More severe complications may include:

  • Allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, rapid heart beat, rash) 
  • Nerve injury resulting in numbness, pain or muscle dysfunction 

If you experience any of the above severe complications please contact the clinic on (08) 9324 1604 (West Perth), (08) 9260 6800 (Claremont) or at (08) 9260 6880 (Joondalup)

If it is after hours (between 5pm and 9am) please email our emergency email at This email address is only to be used in cases of severe side effects. 

Please note this email may not be seen between the hours of 9pm and 7am so if any concerns arise during this time or if there is a high level of concern after hours present to your nearest emergency department or call 000.



Swelling  is a normal result of the injections and will generally disappear within 5-10 days.

Swelling may also appear asymmetrical, this is normal and not an indication of the end result. Natural asymmetries are normal.

Swelling Relief

  • Apply a cool compress to the area  for 10 minutes every hour on treatment day.
  • Take an antihistamine (e.g. 10mg loratadine)
  • Try sleeping on your back, slightly elevated, to prevent pressure build-up on the face 


Bruising is a common and expected side effect. This is not due to poor technique and will not alter the final result of your treatment. In order to reduce bruising, it is important to adhere to the aftercare regime. 

Bruising Relief

  • Avoid any medications containing NSAIDs, aspirin, vitamin E and ginseng for the week prior and the week following treatment, unless medically necessary and after discussion with your doctor/nurse.
  • Apply a cool compress to the area for 10 minutes every hour on treatment day.
  • Apply topical Arnica or Hirudoid cream to the affected area. 

We offer HEALITE II LED treatments for those cases where bruising is severe and not manageable with home remedies. 

Pain and Discomfort 

Post treatment discomfort is completely normal. However, if you are experiencing any extreme discomfort, nerve pain or numbness or muscle dysfunction please inform the clinic. 

Pain and Discomfort Relief 

  • Take regular paracetamol.
  • Apply a cool compress.
  • Sleep on your back, slightly elevated. 


How long until I see results?

You will begin to see the results at approximately 6 to 8 weeks post-treatment. You may require additional treatments to achieve your desired outcome as results depend on individual factors such as the condition of the skin prior to treatment, the presence of sun damage, adherence to aftercare, metabolism and lifestyle such as smoking . 

What results can I expect from the treatment? 

PDO mono threads are used to rejuvenate the skin and stimulate collagen, they do not lift the skin.

How long do results last? 

Results typically last up to 12 months. Results improve with time due to collagen stimulation. As per the consent process, results are variable and dependent on multiple client factors, particularly pre-treatment skin condition. Combination treatments with other non-surgical modalities are recommended. 

Please contact the clinic on (08) 9324 1604 (West Perth), (08) 9260 6800 (Claremont) or at (08) 9260 6880 (Joondalup) if you have any questions about your treatment or aftercare instructions.