How do Novathreads work?
For the smooth and twisted threads they are placed in the superficial layers of the skin to increase collagen and improve fine lines and wrinkles.
For the barbed lifting threads, first, the skin is marked to show the thread location. The entry areas are numbed with local anesthesia, and then the threads are placed into the skin utilizing a cannula. The skin over the threads is then smoothed deploying the barbs in the threads, and the remaining threads are snipped from the skin.
The benefits of barbed threads include, tighter jaw line, improved contouring of the cheek, softened smile and marionette lines, and lifted jowls. Finally, threads placed in the neck restore its youthful profile and reduce deep wrinkles. Results of the barbed threads can be seen immediately after the threads are inserted. This procedure is done in the office and is minimally invasive. The threads are fully absorbed by the skin within 6 months and results last up to one year. Patients can expect downtime lasting for up to one week. Generally, minimal swelling and bruising may occur within the first few days.
Can Novathreads be combined with other treatments?
Novathreads are often combined with other treatments depending on our patient’s goals. Novathreads is often combined with Ultherapy and chin and jawline fillers for patients looking to improve lower facial sagging and to define the jawline. Additionally, we often will combine Novathreads with treatments to improve the skin’s surface like Fraxel laser, CO2RE laser, or microneedling.
Please visit Laser Dermatology for more information.
Who is a good candidate for Novathreads?
Novathreads is ideal for patients looking for a minimally invasive procedure with little downtime. Patient selection is key with Novathreads as it is not everyone. Novathreads is not a substitution for a face lift, and not useful for those with significant lower face skin laxity. It is best in those with mild to moderate sagging of the jowls who are under 60 and have thinner skin.
If you have significant sagging of the skin, are over 60, and looking for a dramatic difference then you are likely a better candidate for a surgical face lift with a plastic surgeon.