What is NovaThreads?
Thread lifts - also known as suture lifts, thread lifts involve the use of threads or sutures made from the same materials used in surgery to close wounds. When placed under the skin, they can be used to tighten and volumize areas of the skin that are loose or sagging. Much like suspension cables, they are designed to hold up the skin in place, and provide a supportive structure that defies the effects of gravity and aging.
What can thread lifting do?
Thread lifts can be a great way to rejuvenate and restore youthful contours to areas such as the brows, cheeks, jowls and the neck area. The benefits of a thread lift include shaping and lifting, and can give dramatic results that last from 18 months up to 5 years, depending on the type of thread used. Thread lifts are a good option for those aged 30 to 60 years, for whom gentle sagging may be apparent, but collagen deposits are still enough for regeneration. Younger patients who want to improve their facial contours, or those with facial asymmetry may also consider this treatment.
How is a thread lift performed?
Before a thread is inserted, markings are made to determine the proper point of entry, directional vectors and exit point. Depending on the type of thread (single direction or bi-directional, for example) the entry and exit points will vary.
Some techniques require a small incision to be made at the entry point, while the newest methods need only a puncture wound to be created with a large gauge needle. A thread is then inserted along the previously marked lines. Once tightened, the thread's cones or hooks help to hold the skin in a lifted position. Areas such as the cheeks may need multiple threads or a looping thread to plump up the cheek fat for a youthful, volumised result. The neck area is usually supported with laced sutures that lock the skin to the lower jaw area to give a contoured neckline.
The results are immediately visible and continue to improve in the next 2 months as collagen remodeling takes effect. The threads are invisible, although can sometimes be palpated (felt with the fingers) in certain areas. Some patients feel minimal discomfort such as a slight ache or sensation while chewing or smiling, but this fades within the first week. Slight dimpling, bruising, and swelling is normal within the first few days, but improve rapidly as the sutures are absorbed. The incisions made for the entry and exit points are tiny and heal without unsightly stitches.