There is one unavoidable truth about aging: the effects of aging take a toll on your appearance. Over time, the regenerative abilities of our skin slow down enough that aging becomes visible in the thinness and laxity of our skin. But you can change the way you look at aging with the right anti-aging treatment. At Dr. Golberg Wellness & Functional Medicine in New York, NY we are proud to offer the newest anti-aging treatments available, including the effective NovaThreads!
What Makes NovaThreads So Effective?
NovaThreads have a reputation for being one of the most effective and long-lasting anti-aging treatments available for patients with mild to severe skin laxity. What is it exactly that makes this treatment so effective? Professionals praise this treatment for its innovative use of a suture material that has been around for decades, while others laud the treatment for being strategic in its targeted treatment areas. Overall, the effectiveness of this treatment centers around its revolutionary technique.
What Are NovaThreads?
You may have heard of a thread lift, which is a type of facelift for the lower jaw and chin that surgically inserts a thread beneath the jawline to tighten skin on the neck and jowls. And while NovaThreads is similar in that it uses a thread to create a lift, both the threads and the method of the procedure are vastly different. This treatment is a type of face and neck lift that can correct mild, moderate, and severe skin laxity. This treatment is non-surgical and minimally invasive, meaning it is usually completed on an outpatient basis right in the office.
How Do They Work?
This treatment uses several threads made with a unique material to physically lift and tighten skin in targeted areas on the lower face. With the use of a small cannula containing PDO thread, a skilled technician is able to insert threads beneath the surface of the skin to reform the V-shape of the cheeks and chin create a natural-looking youthful appearance.
What Is PDO?
PDO is short for polydioxanone, which is a compound that has been used to create absorbable sutures used in surgeries for decades. In fact, PDO first found its use in the medical field as a way to close incisions related to cardiovascular surgeries. Repurposed for cosmetic facelifts, PDO is a body-friendly type of suture that can sit naturally beneath skin and is eventually absorbed into the body.
Although PDO is reabsorbed by the body, the natural regenerative properties of the body – specifically collagen production – are stimulated by the compound, which further extends the results of this treatment.
What It Treats
As you might know, a traditional surgical facelift can be used to tighten and lift skin anywhere on the face, but is primarily used to lift skin on the lower face. This treatment is much more versatile than traditional facelifts. This treatment can be used to tighten and lift skin on many areas of the face, including:
- Upper neck
This treatment is effective for treating both the mid and lower face, and it can also be customized to your exact needs. Unlike a traditional facelift or thread lift, which is a one-size-fits-all solution, this treatment is designed to treat only targeted areas. The strategic placement of the PDO threads means that the treatment produces a result that is much more natural-looking than surgical lift treatments. And sometimes, it is possible to use this treatment to correct skin laxity around the eyebrows or other areas of the mid-to-upper face.
How Long Do Results Last?
Results of this treatment are considered long-lasting because the PDO threads take about 4 to 6 months to be absorbed by the body. By the time they have been absorbed, collagen production has been stimulated by the polydioxanone and will continue to last for several more weeks. Many patients enjoy results from this treatment for 6 or more months at a time, which makes it an effective alternative to other non-surgical facelift treatments that only last for 3 months or less.
Benefits of NovaThreads
There are many benefits to this treatment. For example, the fact that this treatment produces natural-looking results is a big draw for many patients. There are several other benefits of this treatment that are appealing to prospective patients, including:
The long-lasting results of this treatment are a huge advantage. Any treatment that can last for 6 months is a sustaining treatment that does not take time out of your life with continuous appointments to maintain results. One or two treatments a year will grant you the ideal appearance you are seeking, all with minimal pain and downtime.
For many patients, the fact that this treatment is not surgical is the biggest benefit. Non-surgical treatments are those that can be done without invasive techniques or the need for sedation. Non-surgical treatments are also generally safer for the patient and come with fewer risks. This treatment is the only non-surgical face and neck lift that uses threads to correct skin laxity. Other non-surgical treatments to tighten skin on the face include energy-based treatments, such as radiofrequency, and certain injectables.
This treatment is FDA-approved, which means it has passed considerable testing and trials to become available on the general market. But more than the FDA approval, this treatment is safe because it comes with very few risks of side effects. For example, the PDO threads are very unlikely to cause any allergic reactions in patients, and the method of the treatment will not cause scarring on the skin. And because it is not a surgery, this treatment will not require the use of general anesthesia or any of the risks associated with that type of heavy sedation.
More than anything, this treatment is an effective anti-aging option, and for most patients, that alone is enough of a benefit to book an appointment. Anti-aging treatments that quickly lift and tighten skin for a long time are rare gems in cosmetic treatments. As an anti-aging treatment, this method can reverse the effects of time on the skin even for the most severe levels of skin laxity in the lower and midface.
When you are confident about your appearance, it is only natural that your self-esteem gets a boost. This treatment allows you the freedom to stop worrying about your appearance and lets you get back to enjoying life without being self-conscious about sagging skin on your neck and chin. This final benefit of the treatment is invaluable for many patients.
What Can You Expect With NovaThreads Treatment?
As with any innovative treatment, many patients are curious about what they can expect from treatment. There are several steps you can expect before, during, and after treatment.
You will need to attend an initial consultation. This appointment is one part intake evaluation and one part planning for treatment. At this appointment, we will discuss your appearance goals, your expectations for treatments, and how the treatment works in detail. We will also examine the condition of your skin, particularly any worrisome areas of skin laxity that you bring to our attention.
We will gather some general medical information about you, including any medications or supplements you are currently taking and any previous cosmetic treatments you have had. We may also request to take photographs of your skin to use as a reference for how well you are responding to the treatment. It is possible we will explore additional treatment options during your consultation that might be a better match for your specific needs.
For this treatment, we cleanse and numb the targeted treatment area with a topical numbing cream. Once your face is numb, a hypodermic needle with the preloaded PDO thread is used in targeted areas to lift the skin into a higher position. After the thread is secured in the skin, the needle is removed and the process is repeated for each of the targeted areas. From start to finish, this treatment takes about 45 to 60 minutes to complete.
Recovery for this treatment takes about 7 to 10 days. During this time, it is important to follow the post-treatment instructions we provide to ensure that you will heal well from the treatment. Recovery for this treatment generally means sticking with only light activity for about 2 weeks, after which you are free to return to all of your normal daily activities, such as exercise.
Many patients notice results during their recovery. Results from this treatment are most obvious once you are fully healed from the treatment and can be enjoyed for up to 6 months or more. You can maintain the results of this treatment with regular treatment appointments once or twice a year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is This Treatment for Everyone?
This treatment is generally good for any patient suffering from any amount of skin laxity in the cheeks, chin, and neck. More than that, this treatment is a safe option even for patients with sensitive skin or darker complexions since it comes with virtually no risk of creating scars.
Can You Combine This Treatment?
This treatment is frequently combined with other cosmetic treatments for anti-aging. In particular, it is common to combine this treatment with injectables that can address skin issues on the upper and midface. For example, neurotoxin injections can be used to relax wrinkles on the forehead, dermal fillers can be used to fill in lost volume in the mid-face, and PDO threads can be used to lift skin on the lower face and neck. Combining treatments like this can create a comprehensive and natural-looking result.
This treatment can also be combined with skin resurfacing treatments, such as lasers, radiofrequency, dermaplaning, and facials. We can help you create a treatment timeline for additional cosmetic treatments so that you can easily achieve all of your appearance goals.
Are You a Good Candidate for Treatment?
If you want to correct mild, moderate, and severe laxity with safe and effective treatment, then you are likely a good candidate for this treatment. This treatment is ideal for patients who are not interested or who do not qualify for surgical facelifts. You may be a good candidate for this treatment if you want to:
- Lift and tighten skin on the neck
- Correct skin laxity on the jowls
- Contour the lower face and jawline
- Restore a youthful appearance
Renew Your Beauty With NovaThreads!
It’s time to change the way you look at aging and rethink the treatment options available to you. If you would like to renew your beauty with NovaThreads, contact Dr. Golberg Wellness & Functional Medicine in New York, NY to schedule your initial consultation! We look forward to helping you achieve all of your appearance goals!