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NovaThreads | PDO Thread Lifting

NovaThreads is the Face-Lift alternative! It can fill wrinkles and slightly lift the skin. Additionally, as a result of the PDO being absorbed, the skin naturally produces collagen.

Polydioxanone is used for biomedical applications, particularly in cardiothoracic surgery because it is fully absorbed by hydrolysis within 4 to 6 months & doesn’t create any scar tissue. The foreign body stimulates collagen synthesis & the skin structure created will hold for another 12 to 15 months.

No Cuts or incisions. Purely Injections!

NovaThreads are needles that are pre-loaded with a PDO thread. Simply insert the whole needle in the interstitial tissue at subdermal level, parallel to the surface of the skin & pull the needle out. The PDO thread remains under the skin.

What are NovaThreads

NovaThreads are FDA-cleared, absorbable sutures placed under the skin during a thread lift procedure, to physically lift the tissue and enhance collagen production. NovaThreads work especially well to tighten skin on the neck, lower and midface, and jawline, to restore the face’s youthful V-shape.

These threads are made of a synthetic biodegradable material called PDO (polydioxanone), which is also used in an absorbable surgical suture. NovaThreads consist of hypodermic needles, preloaded with these PDO sutures. 

The needles are inserted just under the skin, parallel to the surface, and leave the thread behind when they’re pulled out.

Benefits of NovaThreads

  • This facial rejuvenation procedure is relatively quick and easy. Each PDO thread takes just a minute to place, with no incisions required. 
  • You’ll see an immediate result from the skin being lifted, with an enhancement in firmness for up to a year as new collagen develops.
  • Dissolvable PDO NovaThreads are less risky than the permanent sutures inserted in thread lifts of the past, which could attract infection-causing bacteria and leave scar tissue. 
  • If you’re not ready for any surgical procedures, like a facelift, a thread lift is a far more affordable, less invasive option.

Who makes a good candidate for a NovaThreads procedure?

The best candidates for a thread lift are typically in their 40s, with mild to moderate skin laxity.

It’s also important to have realistic expectations: this and other nonsurgical treatments won’t yield the same kind of results you’d see from a surgical mini lift or facelift.


What happens during a NovaThreads procedure?

Your doctor can place the threads in less than an hour. They’ll start by numbing your face with local anesthesia, so your thread lift shouldn’t hurt. 

There are two main techniques for placing NovaThreads.

  • The NuMesh approach creates a mesh-like scaffolding under the skin, as its name implies. Two smooth PDO sutures are placed vertically and three horizontally, on each side of your face. The threads boost collagen production as your body tries to heal around the foreign material, leading to increased skin firmness.
  • The NuLift uses barbed PDO threads under the skin’s surface, to pull it taut and reposition it. This type of thread lift can be performed on the face, neck, or jowls to address sagging skin. The threads physically lift the skin, and over time your body produces more collagen in a “selective inflammatory response” to the foreign material embedded in the tissue. This response firms the tissue over time, providing a mild skin tightening effect.

What should you expect afterward?

Thread lifts come with little to no downtime. You may be slightly swollen, bruised, or red for a few days, but it’s typically mild enough that you can still return to work the next day.

It’s best to skip moisturizer or vigorous facial rubbing for about a week after your procedure, so you don’t irritate the tissue. After a week, you can resume your normal skin care routine.

How long do NovaThreads last?

NovaThreads dissolve naturally over four to six months, but improved fullness and firmness due to new collagen can last up to a year.

To improve your results, your provider may recommend complementary treatments—such as microneedling, Botox, or filler—to address other skin concerns like fine lines, discoloration, and volume loss.

Are NovaThreads safe?

PDO thread lifts with NovaThreads are considered safe, when they’re performed by a reputable provider.

That said, results can vary widely with the doctor’s skill and experience. Even though thread lifts are available at medical spas, you should see a doctor who has a deep knowledge of facial anatomy and is well-versed in all surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, like a facial plastic surgeon.

Most NovaThreads complications are caused by poorly placed threads. Common side effects seen by RealSelf members include visible dents or bumps, asymmetry, and barbs showing from under the skin or even poking out. Additionally, threads pulled too tightly can break under excessive tension, and then the lifting benefit is lost.

If you’re unhappy with your results, you’ll likely have to wait it out while the threads dissolve.

Your doctor may be able to improve the appearance of a less-than-ideal outcome with additional treatments, such as injectable filler, to camouflage indentations.

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