The procedure is not painful, the treatment is performed under local anaesthesia. The procedure does not leave scarring, and does not take long with minimum downtime.
Immediately after the treatment, there is usually slight swelling and possibly minor bruising along the treatment area. There is mild discomfort during facial movements due to the threads pulling on the tissue with facial movements. Minor asymmetry from swelling and hypercorrection disappears within 2 weeks.
Most patients take less than a week but some patients may return to normal activities, including work, 1-2 days after thread treatments.