The face in youth is V-shaped. Over time the effects of aging and gravity convert the face to an aged A-shape. NOVA THREADS, NOVA MESH and NOVA LYFT are now available at Dr. Laurel’s PRP Bar. These dissolving sutures are inserted through pinholes. By stimulating collagen synthesis, enhancing volume, shaping and lifting they provide a revolutionary non-surgical method to restore a young V-shaped face.
NOVA THREADS are made of PDO (polydioxanone) material similar to that used in absorbable monofilament surgical sutures. As they dissolve over a period of 4-6 months, the NOVA THREADS continuously stimulate collagen synthesis and generate new connective tissue under the skin leaving nothing behind but the skin structure that has been created.
Single NOVA THREADS can be used instead of Hyaluronic Acid (HCA) Fillers to treat deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines and can also be used to eliminate troublesome neck and lip lines that are usually not amenable to treatment with fillers. Results can be expected to last an additional 15-24 months after the sutures have been reabsorbed for a total effect lasting 2-2 ½ years. Thereafter, it is possible to repeat the procedure.
By inserting multiple NOVA THREADS under the skin in a “mesh” pattern a NOVA MESH can be created to fill in cheek hollows and other areas of facial volume loss. The NOVA MESH acts as a temporary scaffold for the skin stimulating the generation of collagen and new soft tissue volume around the network of threads as they dissolve. This eliminates volume loss and helps to hold the skin against the ongoing effects of gravity. Through the process of reabsorption, the NOVA MESH gradually and naturally causes lost collagen and soft tissue to regenerate creating volume and adding definition to the patient’s features.
NOVA LYFT sutures are introduced into the skin in vectors through pinhole punctures. Once inserted they reshape the face by lifting and supporting sagging structures. Like all NOVA THREADS, the NOVA LYFT sutures absorb over a period of 4-6 months leaving nothing behind other than new soft tissue strengthened with collagen and elastin. The lift and shaping created with NOVA LYFT sutures continues for an additional 15-24 months for a total effect lasting 2-2 ½ years. Thereafter, it is possible to repeat the procedure.
NOVA THREADS are safe and efficient. Volume enhancement is visibly apparent within 1-2 weeks after placement of NOVA THREADS. After that, you can expect to see progressive improvement as the threads dissolve over a period of 4-6 months. With NOVA LYFT sutures, the lift is apparent immediately after insertion. NOVA THREADS are not visible or felt by the patient. They are inserted through pinholes and leave no visible cuts or scars. No special preparation is required before treatment and there is no downtime. NOVA THREADs are broken down by hydrolysis. NOVA THREADS are inert and do not cause antigenic or pyrogenic reactions. Some bruising may occur but it is unusual. As they dissolve, NOVA THREADS stimulate neo-collagenesis which strengthens connective tissue and tightens skin through “net effect”. The collagen remodeling effects are cumulative when several or multiple NOVA THREADS are placed.
NOVA THREADS can be used minimize fixed glabellar lines, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, lip lines, forehead lines, and neck lines. NOVA THREADS can also be used to define the vermillion border and increase lip volume (see before and after photos). Creation of a NOVA MESH provides an ideal means of restoring lost volume in the cheeks and other hollowed areas. NOVA LYFT can be performed on a drooping forehead, brows, temples, lower face, jaw-line and/or neck. NOVA LYFT also provides an effective nonsurgical means of performing a “tummy tuck”. Other areas that may be amenable to treatment with NOVA LYFT include sagging breasts, buttocks, and thighs.