Are you ready to do something about fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin? Until relatively recently, you had two choices: The scalpel or the needle. Now there is a third option that gives long-lasting, natural-looking results: The thread lift.
The surgical route includes invasive surgeries such as facelifts and brow lifts. These involve significant cost and a long recovery time. The nonsurgical route uses fillers such as Juvéderm, Sculptra and autologous fat. It can involve muscle-immobilizers such as Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. These injectables yield excellent results for many people but typically only last a few months.
A happy medium between these two extremes is the thread lift. Our office uses a trusted brand called NovaThreads.
What is a NovaThreads Lift?
Thread lifts are sutures and threads injected under the skin and anchored at the lowest point of the treatment area. The threads are precisely lifted and anchored again at the apex point. The process is highly effective at tightening the cheeks and jawline. However, NovaThreads can be used almost anywhere. On most people, they are impossible to detect once placed.
Three main types of threads currently used for this procedure are polydioxanone (PDO), polylactic acid (PLA) and polycaprolactone (PCA). PDO, which has been used the longest, is the type used in NovaThreads.
How Do NovaThreads Work?
When NovaThreads are placed, they not only lift the skin; they trigger the body’s healing response. Collagen, a building-block protein, floods the area and forms around the threads, ultimately keeping the repositioned tissue in place.
Are the Sutures Permanent?
What sets NovaThreads apart is the use of next-generation PDO suture materials. Used in many surgeries, they are fully absorbed by the body within about six months.
How Long Does a Thread Lift Last?
NovaThreads work in two distinct phases. The first phase, during which the injected suture lifts the tissue, lasts between four and six months. The collagen-building response then kicks in and continues the visible impact. In all, the effect from NovaThreads can last for a year or longer.
Why Choose NovaThreads over a Surgical Facelift?
Because thread-lifting is minimally invasive, it is performed outpatient using local anesthetics. You can drive yourself home right after the treatment. A traditional facelift entails weeks of healing time. Typically, thread lift patients experience no more than temporary bruising or tenderness, similar to injectable fillers. Bleeding, scarring, and infection are exceedingly rare compared with traditional facelift.
Last, and perhaps most important, NovaThreads are a substantially more affordable option than a surgical facelift.
If the NovaThreads thread lift sounds like a good fit for your beauty goals, the next step is an evaluation. Contact our South Side Chicago Facial Cosmetics’ office to discuss all your facial rejuvenation options with Dr. McCullom.