Instant Thread Lift is the hottest kept secret to instantly look younger. NovaThreads is an FDA approved procedure using PDO absorbable sutures to lift, tighten and smooth skin. It gives instant result without the knife.

Face threads are back, they are new and improved.  They are the most popular cosmetic procedure in Asia and Europe!  The results are instant, improve skin appearance with time and leave no telltale scars.

What exactly is an Instant Thread Lift?

It’s the latest and the hottest trend in cosmetic surgery world as people are looking for instant results, with no downtime.
In about 30 minutes, your face will look instantly better and no scars for life.

What is the difference between Nova Threads vs. Silhouette Lift or Instalift®?
They are both FDA approved absorbable thread sutures for skin lifting and tightening.
Nova Threads were the first FDA approved absorbable PDO sutures. They have been around in Europe and Asia for about 10 years and due their overwhelming popularity.  Nova threads are made from PDO (Polydioxanone) sutures, while Silhouette Lift is made out of Poly L-lactic acid (PLLA). Please see the comparison chart below.

Nova Threads

Silhouette Lift

PDO material

PLLA material

Fully Absorb in 4-6 months

Fully Absorb in 12-18 months

Inserted 2-3 mm deep

Inserted 5 mm deep


Harder to remove

Smaller needle entry

Larger needle entry

Result lasts 4-12 months

Results last 12-18 months

Thinner suture so not felt under skin

Cones under skin can be

Why choose Instant Thread Lift versus surgical face-lift?

The choice is personal.  While severe cases of skin laxity is best addressed with surgery, with mild to moderate cases one can chose other options.
One should ask themselves these questions: Do you want surgery? Do you want scars? Do you have 2-3 weeks recovery time? If you answered NO to any of these, then you should consider alternatives Instant Thread Lift.

How long do results last after Instant Thread Lift compared to a surgical face-lift?

Instant Thread Lift result last about 1-2 years. Surgical face lifts typically last 5-10 years. You can have touch up lifts in 1-2 years for maintenance.   For facelift it harder to have repeat or touch up facelifts due to scarring.
Is there downtime after Nova Thread Instant Lift?

There is no social or professional downtime after this procedure. No addicting pain meds to take and no antibiotics to upset your stomach. You might develop a small bruise and swelling for 1-2 days.

How do they Face Threads work?

They stimulate your body to produce collagen in the area where the suture is placed. Over time, approximately 4-6 months, the suture is broken down by the body and the collagen produced is yours to keep.

What are the types of threads?

Smooth- used for superficial wrinkles and lines
Volumize- used for defining the lip border, filling and lifting the deep wrinkles or fold, ex: smile lines.
Lift- lifting power with small barbs that “lifts” the skin up and returns it to its original youthful and natural place.

How long do results usually last?

The duration depends on the depends on the area treated and amount of threads used. Simple and quick procedures like smoker’s lines, wrinkles and lip border contour, usually last 3-6 months, while eye brow lift, neck lift tend to last about 12-18 months.

Types of Threads to achieve any look you want.

Which areas can be helped with Nova Threads?

Nova Thread is FDA approved for all skin areas. 

Most common aesthetic uses are:

  • Lip Borders for a natural pout
  • Eye Brow Lift
  • Smile lines around eyes
  • Smoker’s Lines
  • Saggy Jowls
  • Saggy Cheeks
  • Saggy Necks
  • Décolletage
  • Upper Arm Tightening
  • Breast Lift
  • Tummy Lift
  • Butt Lift
  • Cellulite
  • Knee Lift

How long does the procedure take?

You will have a one-hour appointment.  Twenty minutes for skin prepping and numbing.  Then care is taken to plan made to plan location of lifts to achieve desired results.  Actual procedure takes about 15-30 minutes depending on area of treatment.

How do I prepare for this procedure?

If you are taking blood thinning medication such as aspirin ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, important to stop one week before procedure.  We recommend start using Vitamin C Serum few weeks before the procedure to help skin heal faster.

What are the most common side effects?

The most common side effects are bruising, bleeding and soreness. Very rarely one can have infection, suture migrating or becoming visible through the skin.

How long is the recovery?

There is no downtime with this procedure and minimal swelling is expected the next day as part of the response generated by the body to start collagen production.

Can I go back to work after the procedure?

In general yes for treatment for wrinkles and/or smile lines.  For eyebrow lift, cheek or neck lifts, swelling may last for 48 hours.  Most chose procedure on Friday or Saturday and go back to work on Monday.

Dr. Lin is one of the first female physicians to pioneer the thread lift technique in San Mateo.


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