How does it work?
This is an easy two-step procedure that does not require any surgical skills. No scalpel, no anesthesia (numbing cream recommended) and no downtime. The perfect recipe for happy patients!
Insert the pre-loaded needle at subdermal level.
Remove the needle. The absorbable PDO thread is now in place.
What does “PDO” mean?
PDO stands for Polydioxanone, which has been used in cardiothoracic surgery for decades! It is fully absorbed by hydrolysis within 4 to 6 months and doesn’t create any scar tissue. The foreign body stimulates collagen synthesis and the skin structure created will hold for another 12 to 15 months.
The bad reputation of threads that were used in the past was due to the fact that they weren’t always absorbable and that there were more complications for those who didn’t have any surgical skills.
Using PDO solves that issue.
Restoring the V-Shape.
Although PDO Threads can be inserted almost anywhere, one area where they are especially effective is the neck and jawline.
The lower third of the face is challenging to effectively treat with botulinum toxin or injectable fillers, which are most effective in the upper and middle third of the face, respectively.
A beautiful and healthy face has a “V-shape.” With the aging of tissues and the action of gravity, this “V-shape” diminishes or inverts.
Luckily, the two different types of PDO Threads Techniques, respectively using SMOOTH and BARBED threads, can either create a scaffolding in order to support the tissues and keep them in the “V-shape,” or where necessary, to delicately lift the tissues and reposition the skin to recreate the “V-shape” where it’s been lost.
What are NOVA-Mesh and NOVA-Lyft?
Nova-Mesh consists of creating a mesh under the skin using the Smooth or Twist PDO Threads, usually 5 threads per area, inserted in 2 or 3 directions, creating a “Net” or “Hashtag” underneath the skin. The Nova-Mesh technique relies on the action of the needle and the reaction to the foreign body to stimulate new collagen.
The Nova-Mesh technique allows to greatly improve the appearance of at least 3 high-demand areas: Lips, Neck and Cheeks.
The EZ-Lip Fill, EZ-Neck Mesh, EZ-Cheek Mesh with are 3 quick, simple and efficient procedures:
- The EZ-Lip Fill technique consists of a very simple lip enhancement procedure using Smooth PDO Threads (for a slight enhancement) and Twist PDO Threads (for a little more volume). Most of the time no anesthesia will be needed although at times a numbing cream can be used if necessary. With NovaThreads there are no worries about injecting equivalent quantities as you would with a filler, as the results are always symmetric. The procedure itself will last 5 minutes, and the results last about 3 months.
- The EZ-Neck Mesh technique consists of placing a net of 5 to 10 Smooth PDO Threads for the reduction of submental sagging, chin lines and the correction of the “turkey neck,” or 10 to 15 Smooth PDO Threads in lower and lateral neck area to smoothen and equalize that area. Currently, there is no alternative procedure of that type, and it can be combined with botulinum toxin to relax the platysma cords and erase the horizontal wrinkles. The duration of the procedure does not exceed 5 to 15 minutes.
- The EZ-Cheek Mesh technique consists of creating a network of threads in the cheek on a more superficial layer, and to enhance the results (volume) of deeper dermal filler injections. 5 to 10 Smooth PDO Threads should be placed on each side. The procedure also lasts 5 to 10 minutes and is very easy to perform, with no need for anesthesia and no post-procedure bruising. It is also useful to create texture when the skin is very thin and not “ready” for the EZ-Cheek Lift.
Nova-Lyft uses the barbed threads – barb1 (Unidirectional) and barb2 (Bidirectional). Those barbs or cogs provide an extra grip that allows for a real lift of the skin.
The Nova-Lyft procedure consists of creating a real “skin repositioning” or tightening, depending on the type of Novathreads barb used, and the area of treatment.
barb1 (Unidirectional) and barb2 (Bidirectional) are used in the jaw line, the cheek, belly and buttocks in association with the smooth threads following a ratio of 1 to 4 or 5.
- EZ-Jaw Lift: The unidirectional barbed threads (barb1) create a lifting effect after being positioned within the skin, and after the massage, following the removal of the needle. This lifting/repositioning effect is always taking place in an upwards fashion, in the direction of the needle entry point.
- EZ-Cheek lift: The bidirectional barbed threads (barb2) are used to reposition/accumulate the skin towards the middle of the area treated, or to spread the skin toward the ends of the threads. The removal of the needle creates a temporary tunnel allowing the barbs to move. The shrinking vs. spreading effect is generated by the massage of the skin which instantaneously positions the barb.
- EZ-Neck lift: Specific areas for bidirectional threads (barb2) are the submental zone, where it is used to spread the skin towards the 2 threads’ exit points, and in the cleavage, when wrinkles due to breast augmentation or aging are present.
The placement of either the unidirectional barbed thread (barb1) or the bidirectional barbed thread (barb2) is simple and fast (a few minutes per thread), but does require more skills than the Smooth PDO Threads or Twist PDO Threads, due to the bigger gauge of the needle used and the deeper layer of insertion of the threads.