PDO Thread Lift
We're excited to offer NOVATHREADS, a PDO Thread Lift non-surgical experience. The PDO Thread Lift procedure safely and instantly lifts loose skin on the face, neck and the body with minimal downtime.
A youthful face is often associated with a "V-shape". With the aging of tissues and the action of gravity, this "V-shape" diminishes or inverts over time. The idea behind the PDO thread lift is to either to create a scaffolding in order to support the tissues and keep them in the "V-shape" or where necessary to delicately lift the tissues and reposition the skin to recreate the "V-shape" where it's been lost.
Although NovaThreads can be inserted almost anywhere, they are especially effective in the neck and jawline. The lower third of the face is challenging to treat effectively with botulinum toxin or injectable fillers, which are most effective in the upper and middle third of the face, respectively.
Before and After
Frequently Asked Questions
What are NovaThreads and how do they work?
NovaThreads are hypodermic needles preloaded with a synthetic PDO absorbable suture. PDO (polydioxanone) sutures are surgical sutures that are used to perform cardiac surgery. All sutures are FDA-approved and PDO sutures are one of the safest materials that can be used in the body. Your skin will fully absorb the NovaThread within 4 to 6 months without leaving any scar tissue.
While the sutures are underneath the skin, your skin reacts, creating a "selective inflammatory response" producing collagen and creating a longer-lasting result.
This principle is behind many aesthetic procedures (such as fractioned lasers, skin tightening treatments and micro-needling). Healthy skin is excellent at repairing itself, and when inserting the NovaThreads underneath the skin to lift the loose skin, the skin heals itself by creating new collagen naturally!
Who is a good candidate for a NovaThread PDO Thread Lift?
For the right candidate, NovaThreads can provide a pleasing, natural rejuvenation of the face with the benefit of no general anesthesia, rapid recovery and very minimal cost compared to a facelift or a neck-lift. NovaThreads can also be combined with other procedures such as Botox, Injectable Fillers, Ultherapy, PRP, and Micro-needling, just to name a few!
Ideal candidates for thread lifts include:
Patients with minimal signs of aging who need just a small to moderate lift. Good candidates are those patients who are starting to see some droopiness of the brow, cheeks, jowls and/or neck and would like to see a lift effect, but do not want the risk, scars, or recovery of a real browlift, facelift, or neck-lift operation.
Patients who have had some relapse from a previous plastic surgery procedure such as a facelift or neck lift.
People who do not wish to undergo a surgical facelift or neck-lift for prolonged recovery and expense.
What areas can be treated with the NovaThread PDO Threads?
The most popular treatment areas are the brows, cheeks (midface), jowls, and the upper neck. However, Thread Lift can be performed virtually anywhere on the body, such as to lift loose skin on the upper arms, stomach, thighs and around the knees!!
How is the PDO Thread Lift performed?
The areas to be treated will be numbed with topical as well as local anesthetic.
The areas to be treated are then marked.
The threads are then inserted under the skin in precise locations using a small hollow needle to lift and support droopy elements without removing any skin. The inserted thread is then able to grasp onto the droopy skin and soft tissue to reposition the skin. This requires no cuts or incisions. It's purely done by injections.
With the lift effect secured, the hollow needle is removed without leaving any scars.
Depending on the desired effect of the lift, few to several sutures will be used.
The PDO suture remains underneath the skin. Different sutures and lengths will be used depending upon the area(s) you need lifted.
What is Nu-Lift and Nu-Mesh?
There are 2 different types of PDO threads and techniques.
Type 1 Barb Threads: These sutures are used for the Nu-Lift technique. These threads have tiny barbs on the entire length of the thread to gather tissue to lift the cheeks and sagging skin of where the threads are placed. This technique produces a more dramatic and immediate result. The skin will then build new collagen which will secure the lift and give the lift a longer lasting result.
Type 2 Smooth Threads: These sutures are used for the Nu-Mesh technique. These threads are smaller than the barbed sutures and are smooth (no barbs on the thread). These threads are placed under the skin vertically and horizontally to create a "mesh. This Mesh will serve as the foundation for new collagen production in the skin. The results appear naturally and gradually to improve fine lines and to firm the skin.
What is the recovery like after a NovaThread PDO Thread Lift?
Pain can be usually managed with acetaminophen (Tylenol) and/or ibuprofen (Advil). Stronger pain medicine is not typically required. You may have mild swelling and bruising for few days. Icing the treated area as well as arnica is recommended for the first few days. We recommend avoiding strenuous activity for few days.
What kind of results can be expected, and how long do the results last?
The result of the NovaThread PDO Thread Lift is immediate and even more noticeable after 1-2 weeks when all the swelling and potential bruising has resolved. The results will continue to enhance as your skin produces even more collagen over the next several months, also making the results of the thread lift last longer than the life of the threads.
As more than one treatment may be necessary to achieve the desired results, more threads can always be inserted to continue to improve the results as well as prolong your initial outcome. If you choose to have a more intensive surgical procedure or facelift at a later point, this can be done without any problems as the PDO sutures will be absorbed completely without leaving any kind of scarring.
What are the side effects of a NovaThread PDO Thread Lift?
Like any procedure using a needle, there is a chance of bruising and swelling. However, in most cases, the bruising and swelling is minimal and resolves within a week. There can be some post- treatment discomfort which usually resolves quickly in most patients. If the sutures, for some reason, become visible underneath the skin or migrate, they can be easily removed if necessary and new threads can be placed.
Pre and Post Care
Aspirin, Vitamin E – avoid for 10 days
NSAIDS nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – avoid for 7 days
Alcohol – avoid 3 days prior to procedure
Immune system diseases
Various acute infectious diseases (i.e., Influenza, etc.)
Inflammation of the skin in areas to be treated
A non-absorbable implant (Silicone) in the zone of thread insertion
Tendency toward Keloid scarring
Bleeding Disorders and some diseases of the blood
Neurotic psychological disorders
Post-treatment instructions and what to expect
Effects should be noticeable immediately after treatment. However, maximum effect will occur in 4-6 weeks.
Bruising and swelling are normal and to be expected. If bruising is visible you can take oral Arnica or apply topical Arnica gel to areas that are discolored.
Asymmetry and irregularity of the tissue is common and will generally resolve in one to two weeks
Pain at the insertion points is normal and may last several days after treatment. Please consult your treatment provider if moderate pain lasts beyond 2 weeks.
Things to AVOID:
Avoid Excessive movement or animation of the area injected for 2 weeks. THIS IS CRUCIAL for result and wellness.
Do not massage or manipulate the tissue(s) for minimum 2 weeks.
NO Aesthetic treatments including RF, IPL, Laser, or Microneedling for 4 weeks.
NO Strenuous exercise for AT LEAST 1 week after facial treatments and AT LEAST 2 weeks after body treatments. No deep squats for one month if you have had any threads injected into the buttocks area.
Avoid exposure to steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, or any water source that could be unclean or excessive in temperature for two weeks.
Limit Motrin and/or Ibuprofen for 2 weeks. Acetaminophen may be taken instead, if needed. (Inflammation is normal and needed for best outcome.)
WHEN TO CALL:
If any of the threads are exposed or start to extrude.
If you develop a reddened, hard, painful nodule over one or more of the threads.
If you experience increased redness, swelling, or pain at an insertion site.
Irregularity or visible ridges (buckling) of threads 2 weeks post-treatment.