Facial sagging and skin laxity are some of the earliest and most noticeable signs of aging, occurring primarily in the lower face and jowl areas. In most cases, that sagging is caused in large part by a loss of collagen or a “slow-down” in the production of collagen and elastin, two essential components that help skin look and feel firm and resilient. Years of sun damage, chronic stress, and good, old gravity also take a toll, and even your genes and facial shape can determine how much sagging you’ll have and how noticeable it will be.
For many years, the only way to lift sagging tissues and restore a more lifted appearance was through surgery. Lower and full facelifts work by accessing, detaching and then repositioning skin and underlying tissues so the face appears “lifted” and younger. But as good as that sounds, a facelift is still surgery, and that means it also comes with some risks and downsides, including the risks of infection and tissue damage, as well as a prolonged and uncomfortable recovery and a pretty high price tag. Plus, as good as a facelift can be, the results are not always completely predictable, which means there’s no guarantee you’ll like what you see once your face is all healed.
The good news is, not everyone needs a facelift to lift sagging skin and droopy jowls. Many patients can benefit from a minimally-invasive procedure called NovaThreads® to elevate jowls and other areas of sagging skin without incisions, anesthesia, or major expenditures. In fact, the NovaThreads procedure is so straightforward, it can be performed in less than an hour, providing you with long-lasting results you’ll notice immediately.
NovaThreads are special sutures that are placed beneath your skin, capturing the underlying layers of tissue so they can be gently lifted and repositioned. NovaThreads sutures are synthetic, made from a material called polydioxanone or PDO. That’s the same material in the absorbable sutures used in surgery, and they’re preloaded into a special syringe for ultimate precision during placement. And that means they have a long and proven history and safety profile, so you can feel confident about the procedure and your results.
Once in place, NovaThreads also help promote the development of collagen so your skin looks and feels firmer naturally. Today, NovaThreads are used in many women and men who want to lift sagging skin without undergoing surgery. In addition to lifting lax skin in the face and neck area, NovaThreads are also used in other areas of the body, including the tummy, buttocks, and thighs.
The procedure begins with an application of a local anesthetic to numb your skin. Then, Dr. Pastorek uses the special NovaThreads hypodermics to inject the threads into just the areas where they’re most needed for very precise and reliable results. NovaThreads sutures are available in different “textures,” enabling Dr. Pastorek to achieve truly customized results.
Most patients receive two to three threads per facial side to lift sagging tissues and restore lost volume around the lips, cheeks, and eyes. Procedures take less than an hour, and afterward, you’ll be free to go home.
Of course, the biggest benefit of NovaThreads is the ability to lift loose, saggy skin in one in-office visit. But the treatment offers other benefits as well. By avoiding surgery, you also avoid potential complications like nerve damage and infection, as well as the risks associated with general anesthesia. Recovery is much faster; in fact, there’s virtually no downtime at all. Once your procedure is done, you can get back to your regular activities and no one will be the wiser. There’s also very little discomfort during or after your NovaThreads procedure, and you can expect immediate results that can last up to a year or longer.
As effective as the NovaThreads procedure can be in lifting loose skin and other tissues, it's not always the best choice. If you've had prior facelift surgery or if you have a lot of deep wrinkles, another procedure might be more suitable to help you achieve the results you want. Dr. Pastorek will be able to determine if you're a good candidate during your consultation visit.
Don't let aging, sagging skin control how you feel about yourself and the way you look. NovaThreads could be just what you need to lift lax skin and restore a more youthful profile. To learn more about the NovaThreads procedure and other options that can help you get the results you want, book an appointment online today.