Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Everything you wanted to know about PDO Thread Lift Training

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Who is Eligible to Train in PDO Threads?

Every MD, DO, PA, NP, or RN who has an active medical license is eligible to train in PDO Thread Lifting with Hands-On.

However, RN’s and Mid-Level providers should check with their supervising physician and their state/province/country licensing board for any special provisions regarding the placement of PDO threads in patients.  Please note that taking any CME-approved training does not change your legal scope of practice in any jurisdiction.

Training may take place in hotel or clinical office settings.  While clinical office settings have many advantages for lighting, ergonomics, and access to supplies, one can do thread lift training in a hotel environment for small groups of 4 or fewer trainees.

Do all Courses Available Online Come with CME Credits?

No.  That is why we only refer you to CME-Accredited courses on this site.  Most PDO Thread Lift training courses advertised online are NOT CME-approved.

Most hands-on PDO Thread training available in North America does not come with AMA Category 1 level CME credits.  This means that your training has not been independently verified to be factual and free from bias.

Beware of books on PDO Threads.  Some of these are written by very experienced providers who may only treat a certain ethnic group of patients.  What might be an appropriate treatment plan for a 40 year-old Asian with flat cheekbones, would not look great on a 40 year-old caucasian or latina woman.  It is important that your training course illustrates the differences in aging between different ethnic groups.

Can I Really Learn This in a Day?

You probably cannot.  That is why we only recommend training that is blended including a didactic component that is taken over many days, even weeks prior to doing your first case under supervision.

It is imperative that when you consider a PDO Thread Lift training course, that you know how many hours of enduring materials (written texts, videos, streaming content) are included with the training.  If the answer is “none” or “we give a 1 hour lecture prior to doing the cases”, then there is a good chance you will not feel ready to assess all kinds of patients and do cases when you return home.

While there are many different types of CME Credit, all training courses we list have AMA Category 1 CME compatible credits with some co-sponsored by the AAFP.  This represents the gold standard in CME credits worldwide.  These credits are reciprocal with…

Do I Need to Know Botox, Dermal Fillers and PRP when doing Threads?

While threads are a great stand-alone treatment that can lessen the need for toxins and fillers, the best results are when threads are done along with these other modalities.

PRP can enhance the amount of tissue made from smooth threads.  Dermal filler can give that immediate gratification before the threads can produce new tissue.  And Botulinum Toxin can temporarily immobilize an area like the brow and forehead to allow time for the threads to create the fibers that will support this area without disruption.

Do I Need Hands-On Training?

The tasks of anesthetizing the tracts and finding the proper tissue planes in the subcutaneous fat is best learned when proctored.  It will seem much more straightforward after seeing it done live and feeling the difference between being in the right plane and too shallow or deep.

Experienced plastic surgeons and providers who have worked extensively in the subcutaneous space doing small cannula liposuction will find this procedure similar to their current skill set.  There is one CME-approved online didactic which might be an option for these providers or providers who have a partner or supervisor who can perform supervision after a CME didactic is completed.

I am a Visual Learner. How Will A Book or Online Curriculum Help Me?

Any enduring materials should contain a number of narrated treatment videos so you can see how it done prior to doing it yourself.

However, understanding how threads interact with the subcutaneous fat, and learning the safety margins of the facial anatomy still require an important amount of “book learning” too.  Yet sadly, some training courses do not even discuss lidocaine toxicity, or the path of the superficial temporal artery and the important nerves of the face.  This is inexcusable.  Those courses are not listed here.