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Instant Thread Facelift Treatment by NovaThreads

The Instant Thread facelift treatment procedure is the best option for those who desire immediate and drastic results. NovaThread is an FDA approved procedure that utilizes PDO absorbable sutures to lift, tighten and smooth out your skin. The result is beautiful, youthful and rejuvenated skin with no traces of scar.

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About Thread Lift

Why Instant Thread facelift treatment?

Instant Thread facelift treatment is extremely popular in Europe and Asia due to being the most advanced rejuvenation procedure in the cosmetic world. In as little as 30 minutes your face can be brought back to a more youthful, radiant and healthy glow with absolutely no scars! What’s not to love about Instant Thread face Lift?

What is the difference between NovaThreads & Silhouette Instalift?

Both NovaThreads and Silhouette Instalift are FDA approved procedures that utilize absorbable thread sutures for skin tightening and lifting. Although both very similar in terms of their results, NovaThreads was first to be FDA approved although Silhouette Instalift had been popular in Europe and Asia for over ten years prior. Take a look at this comparative chart to see the differences between both procedures.

Nova Threads (Thread Facelift Treatment)

PDO material
Fully Absorb in 4-6 months
Inserted 2-3 mm deep
Smaller needle entry
Results lasts 4-12 months
Thinner suture not felt under skin

Silhouette Instalift

PLLA material
Fully Absorb in 12-18 months
Inserted 5 mm deep
Not as easy to reverse/remove
Larger needle entry
Results last 12-18 months
Cones under skin can be felt

Why choose Instant Thread Facelift treatment over surgical facelift?

Let’s face it, with major downtime of more than two weeks, the possibility of scars, and the amount of time it takes to go “under the knife,” choosing the Instant Thread procedure is really a no brainer for those who want a quick and easy makeover without the need for surgery.

Frequently Asked Question

You may have wondered about Instant Thread Lift treatment. If it's what you need or how it works.

Instant Thread facelift results 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. The facelift procedure is much more difficult to maintain or touch up due to scarring.

There is no downtime or pain medication required after this simple procedure. You might develop a small bruise or swelling for up to two days at worst.

Face Threads work by stimulating your body to produce collagen in the area where the suture is placed. Over approximately 4-6 months the suture is broken down by the body and the resulting collagen produced becomes naturally yours.


The different types of threads used for the facelift procedure include:

  • Lift – This thread helps get the skin back in place through lifting power and barb that helps achieve this.
  • Volumes – This thread is used for marking out the lip border, lifting and filling the deep wrinkles or folds.
  • Smooth – This is used for superficial wrinkles and lines that need only minimal work.

The results will be determined by the area worked on and amount of threads used. This noncomplex and quick procedure such as lip border contour or eliminating wrinkles, normally last three to six months, while more complex procedures like neck lift or eye brow lift usually last about 12-18 months.

Types of Threads to achieve any look you want:

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

The actual facelift procedure usually takes about 15-30 minutes, depending on the part to be treated or worked on. However, you will have a one hour appointment with 20 minutes dedicated to preparing the skin for the procedure.

If you are taking blood thinners such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, or Aleve it is important to stop one week prior to the procedure.  We recommend you start using Vitamin C Serum a few weeks before the procedure to help your skin heal faster.

Some of the most common side effects can include bruising, bleeding and soreness. On rare instances there could be infections, suture migration or becoming visible through the skin.

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

Yes! For minor treatments such as for wrinkles or smile lines there is virtually no downtime.  For an eyebrow, cheek or neck lift procedure there might be some swelling that may last for 48 hours.  We recommend you schedule your procedure on a Friday so you can go back to work on Monday no problem.

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