What are NovaThreads?
NovaThreads are hypodermic needles that are fitted or loaded with PDO absorbable sutures. These are synthetic and absorbable surgical sutures made of polydioxanone. The sutures are typically used in performing cardiothoracic surgery (like an open-heart surgery).
These sutures are also among the safest materials that can be implanted in your body. The facial skin can completely absorb PDO Sutures within four to six months and will not leave any scar tissue on your skin.
How it Works?
In medical lingo, NovaThreads work through a principle called selective inflammatory response. This principle is also used in several aesthetic procedures like chemical peels, fractional laser and micro needling.
Our facial skin is pretty good at curing and repairing itself, so by injecting NovaThreads we can get it to heal itself faster by naturally producing new collagen. Your skin will gently and gradually react to several inserted threads.
Although PDO sutures are fully absorbable, it does not necessarily mean the skin will not react to them. During the time frame needed to completely absorb PDO sutures, your facial skin will also repair itself around them. It is often called controlled healing and happens underneath your skin.
Find out what
Dr. Gallo can do for you.
During your consult with Dr. Gallo about the proposed NovaThreads procedure, he would listen to your specific aesthetic concerns and give you a few exciting treatment options that are suited to your personal desires and needs.
THE CONSULTATION WILL GIVE YOU THE CHANCE TO DISCUSS MATTERS LIKE:
- Goals of NovaThreads procedure
- Different treatment options that are available
- Likely outcomes of the procedure
- The type of anesthesia that will be used
- Any additional treatment that may be needed
- Any potential complications or risks
- The cost of the procedure
It is important to follow the instructions listed below before the procedure:
- Avoid products containing ibuprofen, aspirin or vitamin E
- Try to avoid direct sunlight and wear sunscreen when going out
- Refrain from nicotine products
- Purchase items like herbal supplements and Vaseline
- Stop drinking alcohol a week before surgery
- Avoid wearing makeup, hair gels or sprays on the day of your surgery
There are two techniques that can be used in a NovaThreads procedure. The first option is called NuMesh. It involves creating a new mesh under your skin. It is performed by inserting three sutures horizontally and two sutures vertically.
It is like a net and will serve as a base for new and natural collagen production. This mesh will tighten your skin from within naturally and the results appear natural too, and do not look drastic.
The second technique that we use is called NuLift. It is used for producing more dramatic and instant results. A PDO suture has a cog, which provides extra grip underneath your skin. PDO sutures will be inserted in manner similar to the first technique, but in this case, the sutures can be pulled in one or two directions, and can instantly reposition your skin. Just like the previous technique, your skin will produce new collagen, securing the lift nicely.
- Restrict your activity after the NovaThreads procedure
- Apply iced gauze pads to your cheeks and eyes to reduce swelling
- Keep the dressing dry
- When resting or sleeping, maintain your head in an elevated position
- Avoid food items that require prolonged chewing
- Avoid UV exposure
NovaThreads are minimally invasive and do not require significant time for recovery. In most cases, patients resume their usual routines immediately following the procedure. Patients may experience mild bruising, tenderness or swelling, which can be overcome using pain medications and skin ointments.
The procedure will provide your skin the natural looking lift that it deserves. It will also tighten and rejuvenate your skin. The procedure is minimally invasive and will enhance your facial structure and contours, giving it a more youthful appearance.