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Thread Lift

NovaThreads – Thread Lift in Palm Springs

After natural soft tissue volume loss, a decrease in elasticity, and loss of muscle tone, the lower half the face experiences extensive sagging. Sagging skin is incredibly hard to treat without an invasive procedure.

While dermal fillers and other injectables can do wonders for targeting wrinkles and deep folds, they’re somewhat ineffective for lifting sagging skin on the lower face. With the arrival of Nova Threads, you can now effectively treat jowls, sagging neck skin, and even droopy eyebrows without having to resort to major surgery.

Reasons to Consider a Thread Lift

Sagging skin is a natural, albeit unwanted side effect of the aging process. Usually, laxity occurs when the skin becomes damaged faster than collagen is produced. Combine this mismatch with gravity, and patients begin to notice drooping jowls and cheeks.

Until recently, patients had only one option for treating facial sagging – facelift surgery. While this procedure can be extremely useful for patients experiencing more advanced signs of aging, that isn’t always the case for every patient. Luckily, new innovations in surgical techniques have led to thread lifts, a non-surgical alternative that uses temporary suture to pull back excess skin and create a tighter appearance.

Not all thread lifts are the same. At Aesthetic Art, we’re proud to offer NovaThreads – one of the top thread lift options available.

NovaThreads – A Modern Approach to Sagging

NovaThreads are absorbable sutures that, once placed under the skin, lift drooping skin. These threads use incredibly fine needles and technologically advanced suture made from a material called PDO (polydioxanone). PDO is widely considered to be one of the safest substances to put in the body, and it’s commonly used in surgical contexts because it’s easily absorbed by the body and doesn’t create any scarring.

A thread lift is performed using two different types of threads: smooth threads and barbed threads. To produce the natural, long-lasting results, NovaThreads use barbed threads, which easily latch onto the tissue so that when they are implanted and pulled taut, they can physically lift sagging skin. These threads are excellent for lifting the sagging areas of the lower face, such as the jowls, which cannot be corrected with fillers. This type of lower face thread lift is similar to what is achieved with a surgical lower face lift, but without the downtime and recovery.

There are also types of sutures that are completely smooth, and while they’re not particularly used for physically lifting skin, they can still encourage long-term collagen production and enhance definition in the lips. Nova Threads can also be implanted in a mesh-like pattern so that the body can build a collagen network around it, treating fine facial wrinkles in the cheek.

Why We Love Nova Threads

While there’s no comparison for a surgical facelift, not every patient wants or needs such an invasive treatment. Thanks to these benefits, NovaThreads is an excellent alternative that helps patients improve their appearance, tackle the signs of aging and regain their self-confidence.

NovaThreads tightens skin without surgery

One of the biggest advantages of NovaThreads is that the entire procedure can be completed without surgery. For patients who are experiencing the sagging skin that comes with old age, undergoing surgery and anesthesia may not be an option. With this form of thread lift, nearly all patients can achieve tighter skin and restore their youthful appearance.

Thread lifts require little to no recovery

Skipping surgery also means that NovaThreads offers post-treatment benefits. Recovery from facelift surgery can take several weeks and requires multiple follow-up visits to ensure correct healing. By eliminating surgery, thread lift patients are able to go back to work right after their procedure and enjoy a shorter recovery time period with minimal risk of infection.

Long-Term Rejuvenation

Nova Threads does more than provide immediate lift: once they’re inserted into the skin, the threads stimulate the production of collagen in the skin. Even when the Nova Threads have been completely absorbed, the restored collagen network will stay behind. With Nova Threads, you will be able to enjoy instant lift as well a gradual firming and rejuvenation of the skin that can last for more than a year.

Patient Results


*Images courtesy of ThreadLift.

What to Expect During Thread Lift Treatment

There are many different factors that can affect the results of your thread lift; however, the most important one is the skill and experience of your surgeon. Proper placement and technique are essential for a safe, comfortable, and effective cosmetic procedure. When you visit Aesthetic Art for your thread lift, you can trust that you’re receiving the best care possible. During your consultation with Dr. Kato, our specialist will create a detailed procedure plan to determine what kinds of Nova Threads you will need and where they will be placed.

During your thread lift procedure, the treatment areas will first be numbed with a local anesthetic. Once you’re comfortable, the NovaThreads will be administered using an incredibly fine needle that’s been pre-loaded with the absorbable sutures. Our Palm Springs specialist will insert the needle parallel to the skin’s surface, then pull the needle out. Once placed, the NovaThreads will remain under the skin and never emerge.

One of the key benefits of this procedure is that it is only minimally invasive – placing the threads with the ultra-fine needles is the most invasive part of the entire treatment. As a result, patients don’t need to worry about extensive downtime or recovery following their procedure. Most of our patients are able to go back to work or their daily activities immediately after their visit. Some side effects like tenderness and swelling are expected; these side effects should dissipate after a week.

Palm Springs Thread Lift FAQ​

NovaThreads are surgical sutures that are made of polydioxanone or similar materials. The body safely and quickly absorbs this compound, which has been used in heart surgeries for over sixty years. There are two general ways in which threads are used for cosmetic purposes: the first is to lift saggy skin, and the second way is to create a “mesh” which reduces lines and wrinkles.  

Thread lifting can provide results for up to two years. Patients can prolong the procedure’s longevity by taking good care of their skin with skincare routines, exercise, and proper nutrition. This all helps to encourage healthy, elastic skin

After the procedure, you may gently wash your face the same day. You can resume wearing sunscreen and makeup the following day. The face will be tender when you smile or touch your face for approximately one week. Do not massage the face for three weeks after the procedure. Doing so will likely displace the NovaThreads or move the skin into an ineffective and undesirable position and can compromise your results.

This depends entirely on your situation and desired aesthetic outcomes. We’ll place different numbers of threads in different areas to encourage lifting, skin tightening, and cell regeneration. For lifting treatments, generally 3-5 threads per side are used. For meshing, 10-50 threads are often used.

The procedure is done with a topical numbing agent and local anesthesia. Meshing threads cause little discomfort. Placement of lifting threads can be painful, but the discomfort is brief, and generally does not last for more than a minute.

Patients typically experience some bruising, swelling, and soreness for several days following the procedure, but can easily manage these issues with over-the-counter pain relief medication. 

Refresh Your Looks at Aesthetic Art

With Nova Threads, lift your looks and your self-confidence. Discover how this anti-aging procedure can transform your appearance and improve your self-confidence by scheduling your consultation with our skin specialist. Call (760) 610-5558 to get in touch with Palm Springs Life Top Doctor today!

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