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Removal of PDO Thread Complications in Los Angeles



PDO Thread Lifts have become increasingly popular as a non-surgical alternative to a facelift or neck lift. Composed of polydioxane material, these absorbable threads have small barbs that latch onto the soft tissue of the face in a unidirectional or bidirectional pattern in order to lift the soft tissue in a manner similar to a facelift or necklift. Once placed, the threads attach onto the soft tissue and are difficult to remove.

A small subset of patients who have undergone a thread lift may experience complications related to pain, discomfort, and or partial extrusion of the thread lift. If left untreated, these threads may poke out of the skin or cause artificial creases when the face is animated or still.  Even though the threads are dissolvable, it may take months to years for the problems to resolve on their own. 

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a plastic surgery expert on the management of infected or extruded thread lifts. His experience includes the removal of partial extrusion, complete extrusion, infected thread lifts, and inflammatory reactions related to thread lifts. Most procedures to correct thread lift complications are performed under local anesthetic with minimal discomfort or pain.


Dr. Karamanoukian also has vast experience in the management of filler complications, including hyaluronic acid, PMMA, and silicone biopolymers. Depending on the type of filler used, Vitrase or a similar medication can be injected into the area of treatment in order to dissolve the fillers. Synthetic permanent fillers can only be managed and not dissolved. 

If you’re experiencing problems with your thread lift procedure or do not like the cosmetic results overall, they can be reversed using minor surgical procedures performed at Cair plastic surgery.