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Can You Feel the PDO Threads Under The Skin?

PDO threads are used for minimally invasive procedures that involve lifting the skin to achieve better-looking and tighter skin by creating tiny entry points and inserting them into the face. The process is usually done in around 45 minutes and the patient can immediately see the effects. While some would love this idea, others may be iffy or even squeamish about the feeling of threads under their skin.

So can you feel the PDO threads under your skin? Usually, PDO threads are so thin that they can’t be felt or seen underneath the skin. But in some rare cases, people with thin skin can sometimes feel them if they press hard enough on the skin. This won’t be permanent though because PDO threads are absorbable and will dissolve themselves in the skin over time.

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Will The PDO Threads Under The Skin Cause Discomfort?

PDO threads are very rarely felt under the skin during and after application. Although PDO threads come in a variety of types and sizes, they’re extremely thin. PDO threads generally won’t feel uncomfortable or painful under your skin.

In some rare cases, there have been times when a person with extremely thin and sensitive skin can feel the PDO threads underneath their skin. Even then, they had to press hard onto the skin to reveal and notice the PDO threads.

Since PDO threads are absorbable, these noticeable threads peeking through the skin dissolve on their own after a few weeks to months. The feeling of PDO threads under the skin can take a little time to get accustomed to, but the threads will no longer be felt afterwards.

Most people would not have this problem. But if you’re concerned with feeling or seeing the threads through the skin, you should seek medical attention from your doctor. This may be a sign of botched procedures that can lead to complications.


The skin will be thoroughly cleaned by your doctor using antiseptic solutions. Typically, a topical anesthetic is applied to help you cope with any minor discomfort. Depending on your desired skin lift improvements, areas of the skin where the PDO threads will be inserted will be drawn out.

Your doctor will determine and recommend the appropriate size, gauge, and type of PDO thread for your specific case. Symmetry and balance between the two sides of the face are thoroughly measured. The PDO threads are properly inserted into your skin with a cannula needle through the subdermal skin tissues. Experts will be able to administer the threads with proper and precise depth into your skin so that the threads will be effective, but invisible.

The threads are anchored onto strong points and the needles are pulled out. The doctor will twist and adjust the threads to create the desired lifting effect. The threads are trimmed and antiseptic cream is applied to the exit points to promote healing.

How to Care For and Manage PDO Threads

Fortunately, PDO thread lifts are known to have a short recovery period. Usually, patients can go back to their normal routines without having much else to do. However, you may experience some slight swelling, redness, and irritation in the treated areas.

To avoid accidental breakage of the threads, avoid scratching on the areas for the first week after the treatment. You should also avoid sleeping on the treated areas in order to avoid exerting additional pressure on the PDO threads. Limit exercise to light to moderate intensity for around 1 to 2 weeks post-procedure to avoid stretching and irritating the area.

Complications and When To Seek Medical Attention

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Visible Threads

If the threads under the skin are visible, it might signify a botched procedure. Possibly, the threads may not have been inserted deep enough, or properly into the surface of the skin. Although the threads will be absorbed and dissolve on their own, it is best to consult a medical professional to determine if there are added risks. Your doctor may also touch up on your thread lifts and fix any problem areas.

Thread Exposure

Threads that are exposed are an immediate cause for concern. This can signal that there is thread breakage and that the surface of the skin is broken, resulting in the thread being exposed to air.

This can trigger a myriad of complications starting with an infection in the opening of the skin. Immediately call your doctor for medical attention. They will remove the existing threads and let your skin heal before replacing the threads.

Skin Dimpling

After PDO threads are inserted into the skin, dimpling may form as a result of the skin healing around the threads. You might be able to observe dimples or depressions on the skin that was not originally there. This can be an occurrence in rare cases. Typically, they should go away on their own after 2 to 3 weeks as the PDO threads dissolve into the skin.

If you are concerned about the dimpling, you may consult a medical professional for sound advice. In some cases, threads can be displaced and may need manual adjustment from the doctor.


Inflammation on the skin that doesn’t go away in 24 to 48 hours, or is worsening over time may be a sign of an infection. Your skin may not be healing properly, or your body may be rejecting the foreign object underneath your skin.

As first aid, apply a cold compress on the areas to relieve any discomfort. Call a medical professional and they will be able to advise you on what can be done to remedy this. They may recommend the removal of the threads and replacement with newer and more suitable ones.

Should You Consider PDO Thread Lifts?

If you’re looking for a procedure to help improve your skin, by giving it a rejuvenated look and moderate lift without undergoing plastic surgery, PDO thread lifts may be a good option for you. They’re considered a safe and minimally invasive procedure that gives instant, as well as lasting results.

PDO thread lifts are a great option for boosting your skin’s texture and volume. For dull-looking skin, PDO threads are known to stimulate collagen production, which is responsible for the regeneration of damaged skin cells. The skin will also shed any old skin tissue to make way for new, younger skin tissue to grow.

If you have sagging skin, PDO cog or screw threads can be a great option to physically lift the problem areas. Your doctor will insert them through tiny entry points and anchor the threads onto stronger points of the skin to pull the skin giving a tighter appearance.

Who’s a Good Candidate for PDO Thread Lifts?

Healthy individuals with no underlying skin or autoimmune conditions are eligible to get PDO thread lifts. Anyone looking for an improvement in their skin, usually above the age of 25 can seek their medical health professional for advice regarding thread lifts. Signs of aging can be combated with these revolutionary threads.

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PDO thread lifts are a minimally invasive and effective treatment for your skin problems. They aren’t normally felt or seen underneath the skin. However, in some rare cases of people with thin skin, they can feel them when they press on these areas. This should not be a cause for concern, except when there is a skin infection, dimpling, and thread exposure. Expert medical professionals will be able to administer the procedure well to avoid these.

At Dr. V Aesthetics, we have the expertise to provide you with the best treatment. We are equipped with the latest cutting-edge technology that aids us in our procedures on our patients. PDO threading is among the many services that we offer, and our team of professionals can help you meet all your aesthetic needs. You may reach us here.


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