Historically, the only way to correct the problems associated with facial aging, such as drooping cheeks and jowls, was to undergo a facelift. Even with the emergence of innovative light and laser therapies to tighten the skin, facial laxity is something most people encounter at some point. This is because a lot of the sagging that occurs happens beneath the skin, in the matrix of muscle and connective tissue that supports facial contours. Facelift surgery is effective. It is safe; and, when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, it can turn back time without altering the beauty of the face. Still, there are people for whom a facelift may not be the ideal approach. Luckily, there is an “in-between:” Nova Threads.
Nova Threads is a thread-lift technique that has been approved by the FDA and widely used to help men and women regain their youthful vibe without the risks and downtime associated with surgery. It is similar to the Silhouette InstaLift technique but uses a slightly different type of thread.
The Nova Thread Lift is a non-surgical procedure that lifts the subdermal tissue with PDO, or Polydioxanone sutures. PDO sutures have been used in surgical procedures for over a decade. The thread lift technique places these sutures, which may be barbed or smooth to achieve different results, in the dermis to provide an immediately higher scaffolding. Over time, the sutures naturally dissolve, but their effects remain. In response to the threads beneath the skin, the body increases its production of collagen, thereby accentuating the rejuvenating effects of treatment. It’s like aging backward!
A Nova Thread Lift is a convenient, comfortable procedure that is conducted in our Salem, OR office under local anesthesia. With tissue numb, Dr. Austin can situate sutures in strategic positions to hold the lips, cheeks, or other structure in place. The procedure is completed within about 45 minutes. Other than slight redness and minor tenderness that decreases over a few hours, patients typically do not encounter side effects that keep them from their usual activity.