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NovaThreads Thread Lift in San Diego & Carlsbad

So you’re starting to notice signs of aging such as jowls, sagging skin on your neck, or deepening nasolabial folds. You need a little more help than fillers can provide, but you’re not ready for facelift surgery. Have you considered a thread lift?

If not, we encourage you to reconsider—because thread lifts are totally different (and infinitely better) today than what was available in the past. And you couldn’t make a better choice for your treatment; La Jolla Cosmetic Medical Spa was named a 2020 top NovaThreads thread lift provider in San Diego, CA. Our Carlsbad and La Jolla locations both offer the thread lift procedure, so it’s easily accessible for our Encinitas, Oceanside, and San Marcos patients.

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Jul 16, 2024
Ana is absolutely fabulous. Her touch is so gentle. She explains everything simply and answers all q…*
May 25, 2024
Ana was so helpful and did a great job and gave me a lot of encouragement. *
Jan 29, 2024
The lines around my mouth are significantly diminished. *
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What Are NovaThreads?

NovaThreads are an FDA-cleared product made in the USA from polydioxanone (PDO), a substance that your body can naturally break down and safely absorb without forming scar tissue. In fact, PDO threads have been used for close to 30 years in the medical field, known as a safe suturing option for delicate procedures like heart surgery.

NovaThreads are specially designed to be used in aesthetic medicine to lift and contour sagging skin. Threads are inserted using a small needle, where they sit beneath the skin, helping to lift and add structure to aging tissues. But that’s not all—while NovaThreads are in your skin, they trigger natural collagen production, helping your skin become naturally firmer, smoother, and stronger.

NovaThreads absorb in about 4 to 6 months, but the extra collagen stays for long-lasting improvements.

What Are the Benefits of NovaThreads?

There are so many benefits to enjoy with these innovative threads! Here are a few of the big ones:

  • Minimally invasive, in-office treatment
  • Local anesthetic only (lidocaine)
  • Noticeably lift and smooth sagging skin on the face and neck
  • Immediate results
  • Little to no downtime

NovaThreads Treatment Areas

While thread lifts became popular for lifting the lower and face and neck, they also work beautifully to firm the skin in many different areas of the body. Popular treatment areas include:

  • Face (brow, cheeks, nose, jawline, lips)
  • Nose
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Breasts
  • Upper arms
  • Abdomen
  • Knees
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
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What Is a PDO Nose Thread Lift?

A PDO nose thread lift is a nonsurgical rhinoplasty (“nonsurgical nose job”) approach that uses PDO threads to temporarily reshape the nose without surgery. This customizable technique can:

  • Straighten the bridge of the nose
  • Lift a drooping tip
  • Build out the radix (the top of the nose near the forehead)

Results from nose thread lifts typically last up to 2 years.

How Does the PDO Nose Thread Lift Work?

We use 4 to 8 threads (either barbed or specially designed nose threads) for this approach. When injected into the bridge or tip of your nose, the threads elevate and reposition the tissues to give your nose a straighter and more lifted look. While these threads will eventually dissolve, they stimulate extra collagen production to give you even longer-lasting results.

Am I a Candidate for a PDO Nose Thread Lift?

You may be a candidate for a nose thread lift if you are looking for minor nose corrections or don’t want to commit to surgical rhinoplasty just yet. You may also be a candidate for a liquid rhinoplasty or “filler nose job” with JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™ XC. We’ll discuss all your options with you during your one-on-one consultation to determine the very best treatment plan for you.

If you have plans to have a surgical rhinoplasty done in the next 12 months following your thread lift, we recommend speaking to your surgeon first to make sure you will still qualify for surgery with your threads in place.

Take Your BOTOX®, Filler, or Skin Tightening Treatment to the Next Level

NovaThreads are especially awesome when performed in conjunction with BOTOX, dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM®, or other skin-tightening treatments.

While your BOTOX and filler injections plump the skin and smooth lines and wrinkles, your NovaThreads provide a more youthful foundation by lifting the underlying tissues—it really is like a non-surgical facelift!

When used in tandem with skin-tightening treatments like Ultherapy® or ThermiSmooth®, your NovaThreads provide the instant results you want, while the collagen-building power of the energy-based treatments follow through with long-lasting, natural skin remodeling.

What to Expect at Your NovaThreads Appointment

We perform NovaThreads treatments in our LJC office treatment rooms. Appointments typically last between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on how many threads we are placing. Prior to treatment, we will numb the area with lidocaine, a mild local anesthetic. This will keep you comfortable throughout your treatment, and wear off in the hours afterward.

What Is NovaThreads Recovery Like?

Following your treatment, you can return to your normal day right away. We will ask that you not rub your face or do any vigorous exercise for the first 1 to 2 days. And of course, the best part is that your results are noticeable right away!

How Long Do NovaThreads Last?

The lifting effects from NovaThreads typically last between 6 and 12 months, after your body naturally absorbs the PDO material in the threads and collagen production starts to slow again. If you wish to maintain your results, you can repeat treatment.

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Since 1988, more than 36,000 patients have had safe, successful procedures at La Jolla Cosmetic Medical Spa.

How Much Does a NovaThreads Thread Lift Cost in San Diego, CA?

The cost of a thread lift at our San Diego med spa locations in La Jolla and Carlsbad will vary depending on the size of your treatment area and the number of threads injected. Please visit our dedicated pricing page for more details.

Learn about financing your treatment on our financing page.

A Few More Thread Lift FAQs

Q: Is a thread lift worth it?

A: A thread lift is almost always worth it for those in search of moderate skin tightening or lifting without surgery. If you have a significant amount of loose skin on your face, abdomen, or other areas, you may get longer-lasting and more effective results with a surgical procedure such as a facelift or tummy tuck.

Q: Is it better to get dermal fillers or a thread lift?

A: Dermal fillers certainly offer benefits of their own, but if your primary goal is lifting or tightening your skin, a thread lift is usually a better choice. Fillers add structure and volume, but threads combat the downward pull of gravity and address more significant laxity. Not sure which treatment is right for you? Just ask! We’re happy to point you in the right direction.

Q: How painful is the NovaThead treatment?

A: The treatment isn’t typically painful as we numb the area with injectable lidocaine before we start. This keeps you comfortable without making you groggy, so you can drive yourself home right away. You might feel some pressure as the threads are placed, but most people describe this feeling as a little strange rather than painful.

Q; Do celebrities get this treatment?

A: Celebrities are no strangers to thread lifts! While we won’t speculate about which stars are rumored to have had the treatment done, Eva Mendes is a big name who has owned up to having threads placed. And she looks great!

Q: How many times can you get a thread lift?

A: There is no limit on the number of times you can get a thread lift because the barbs eventually dissolve and disappear. You can return for a repeat treatment whenever your results begin to wear off, which is usually after 6 to 12 months.

Q: Can the threads break?

A: Breakage is a potential (though rare) complication. Excessive muscle movement may put pressure on a thread and break it, allowing it to migrate a bit. If this happens, rest assured that it won’t pose any threat to you and likely won’t cause any visible differences in your look. If you think one of your threads may be broken or migrating, give us a call and we’ll make sure you’re taken care of.

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Last reviewed by a La Jolla Cosmetic Medical Spa Editor on June 13th, 2024. Meet Our Medical Editors

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