While growing older may impart more wisdom, the aging process can often make itself visible in less than flattering ways. Although wrinkles are the side effect most often cited by cosmetic patients, lines and creases aren’t the only development to come with aging. Sagging, drooping skin is among the most recognizable signs of aging skin and can occur seemingly overnight.
Getting older doesn’t mean you have to look aged. With NovaThreads® in Portland from our experienced dermatologist, men and women can turn back the clock on their appearance without having to undergo lengthy or unnecessary surgery.
The Science Behind Sagging Skin
Healthy, young skin is abundant in elastin and collagen, proteins that keep skin tight and firm. Over time, however, sun exposure, environmental stressors, and the aging process damage elastin fibers and collagen cells. As the body gets older, it doesn’t complete cellular turnover at the same rate, allowing damage to create a negative cosmetic effect faster than cells can be replenished.
The aging process often starts with the development of fine lines, which quickly deepen into wrinkles. At the same time, collagen damage and cell loss cause skin to lose its firm texture, leading to the development of increasingly fragile, thinning skin. Combined with the effects of gravity, these consequences can leave patients with sagging skin that has lost its elasticity and firmness.
Current Facelift Solutions
Patients today have a wealth of options for rejuvenating facial skin and smoothing fine lines. However, amidst the wide array of available injectables or dermal fillers, treatments that lift sagging skin without the need for invasive surgery are few and far between. Furthermore, not every patient needs or wants to pursue a surgical facelift. While a facelift does offer long-lasting results to sagging facial skin, there are less invasive procedures that can produce similar results.
Recent years have seen a rise in non-surgical facelifts by way of comprehensive injectable dermal fillers; the so-called liquid facelift is as an increasingly popular alternative to plastic surgery. However, this offers only temporary benefits that require frequent touch-ups. Between these two solutions, NovaThreads® emerges as the ideal solution for minimally invasive, highly effective treatment that produces stunning results and a lasting aesthetic benefit.
What are NovaThreads®?
Designed specifically to address the difficulties presented by fragile, sagging skin, NovaThreads® offers an innovative and non-surgical alternative to invasive facelift surgery. This procedure does not involve removing loose skin; rather, NovaThreads® lifts skin from strategic points using re-absorbable sutures that are implanted under the tissue. The sutures don’t just physically tighten and lift sagging skin – their unique polydioxanone compounds are found to encourage collagen production in the skin for an additional lifting effect. Since its approval by the FDA as an absorbable suture, NovaThread has become among the most reliable alternatives to surgery.
Given the highly durable nature of the suture, NovaThreads® can lift skin on the lower face, jawline, and neck, which are common areas of concern. With this procedure, patients can now experience natural, subtle rejuvenation without having to worry about invasive surgery.
Beyond facial application, a form of NovaThreads® has been adopted as a viable minimally invasive option for lifting sagging skin and tissue of the body without surgery. NovaLift for My Body targets stubborn trouble spots, including tightening the upper arms, lifting the breasts, tightening the abdomen (tummy tuck), lifting the buttocks, and lifting and tightening the upper knee and front thigh areas.
The Science of NovaThreads®
Polydioxanone, also known as PDO, is used commonly for medical applications, is fully absorbable by the body, and doesn’t create scar tissue. During treatment, needles that are pre-loaded with the PDO thread are inserted into the treatment area parallel to the surface of the skin. The needles are then pulled out while the threads stay in place; it’s as simple as that.
Once the sutures are inserted, your body reacts to their presence by triggering your skin’s healing mechanisms. Production of collagen increases, and your skin will naturally lift and heal itself for months after the NovaThreads® application. The combination of the collagen synthesis and the absorbable sutures creates results that last up to an impressive 12-15 months.
Because a thread lift is minimally invasive, most patients don’t experience downtime for recovery; you can usually return to your normal routine immediately after the procedure. Some patients do experience mild side effects like bruising, swelling, tenderness, and small amounts of bleeding. More serious side effects like migration or the threads become visible are quite rare. NovaThreads® can be reversed and are removable.
Am I a Candidate for NovaThreads®?
At our state-of-the-art practice in Portland, our mission is to provide all patients with the information needed to make the right decision for their bodies. During your consultation with our experienced team, we’ll discuss all available treatment options and your concerns to ensure whatever treatment you choose provides you with the results you’re looking for.
At the Key Laser Institute, we’ve successfully used NovaThreads® to address sagging in the following areas:
- Face, lips, and eyes
- Lines and wrinkles
While NovaThreads® is an excellent alternative to plastic surgery, how the treatment is applied varies from patient to patient. For the best results, we strongly recommend coming in for a consultation with our experienced dermatologist. Together, we’ll identify the areas of concern, help you explore and understand all available treatment options, and ensure you have the right information to make the best decision for your appearance.
Schedule Your Non-Surgical Facelift Consultation at Key Laser Center
Our physicians and highly skilled medical staff are often the first in the nation to master the latest cosmetic techniques and treatments. It’s our intensive training and our commitment to patients’ safety that allows us to perform effective treatments with amazing results. Trust your NovaThreads® treatment with Key Laser. To learn more about this innovative anti-aging solution and facelift alternative, we encourage you to schedule your consultation with leading Portland dermatologist Dr. Key today!