NOVA Thread Lift

Conveniently located to serve the areas of Mountain View, San Jose and Carmel, CA

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A NOVA Thread Lift is a quick, minimally invasive treatment that uses biocompatible, dissolvable sutures to lift and smooth the contours and texture of the face and neck. Unfortunately, the combination of age and gravity causes sagging, wrinkles and creases to creep in. Luckily, NOVA Threads were developed to reverse these effects by allowing patients to enjoy a rejuvenating procedure without undergoing surgery. In fact, thread lifts have been nicknamed “lunchtime facelifts!” The threads are placed under the skin to either lift sagging tissues or smooth away lines and wrinkles by initiating collagen production.

The treatment can create a smoother, more youthful appearance for the face, jawline, and neck. The aesthetic and medical professionals at Wunderbar are here to help each patient look and feel their best. See how you can benefit from a treatment where no surgery or downtime is required! Call us at (650) 254-1200 (Mountain View); (408) 831-6229 (San Jose); (831) 656-9331 (Carmel-by-the-Sea) or for an initial consultation.


Facelifts have long been regarded as the most effective facial rejuvenation treatment. They have helped countless patients achieve a long-lasting, youthful-looking appearance. But within the past three decades, newer, minimally invasive treatments have been developed as alternatives to surgery. Now, patients have more anti-aging options, including injectables, radiofrequency treatments, and laser resurfacing. But not all of them solve certain forms of skin laxity. Suture suspension or thread lifting was first introduced in the 1990s as a viable alternative to facelifts.[1] However, despite their popularity, early thread lifts used plastic and other synthetic polymer sutures, which led to complications, and less than desirable results. [2]

How NOVA Thread Lift Works

Today, thread lift sutures are made out of PDO, or polydioxanone. These dissolvable, sugar-based polymer threads have been used for closing incisions during surgery for decades. PDO is biocompatible, which means it won’t cause an allergic reaction or be rejected by the body. And because it is sugar-based, when exposed to water, it slowly dissolves. Over time, as the thread is exposed to the water molecules contained in the dermis, the PDO undergoes hydrolysis and gradually disintegrates. However, in the meantime it has stimulated collagen production in the treatment area, so the skin becomes firmer, and the desired effect remains after the thread is gone. The PDO sutures take approximately six months before they are absorbed by the body, and NOVA Thread lift results can last up to 15 months afterward.

NOVA Thread Types 

Thread lifts are performed by threading a suture under the skin in the treatment area using a needle or cannula. Because they are implanted deep in the tissue, they are invisible on the surface, but beneath the skin, they are hard at work, stimulating the production of rejuvenating stores of collagen. 

NOVA Thread Lifts come in different textures that provide different results. Smooth threads are placed underneath lined and wrinkled areas so that the resulting collagen smooths and firms the area, and any creasing is diminished. Barbed threads are anchored beneath the skin, where the tiny protruding spines grip the tissue so that the thread can be manipulated to lift sagging tissue.[2] 

Types of NOVA Thread Lifts

NovaThread Lifts are performed using two different techniques, depending on whether you’ve chosen smooth or textured threads. Before your thread lift session begins, we’ll cleanse the skin and numb the areas being treated with a few injections of lidocaine. We’ll then create markings in the treatment area to guide thread placement. NOVA Threads use long, pre-threaded needles or cannulas that pierce the skin and are then slid through the dermis until the anchor point is reached. When the needle is withdrawn, the thread remains in place. The thread and skin can then be manipulated as needed, and then clipped, so that the end of the thread lies just beneath the surface of the skin.


NuMesh uses smooth threads and is used to strengthen and firm crepey or wrinkled skin. Overlapping vertical and horizontal sutures are placed beneath the skin in the treatment area to create a mesh, or net pattern. As the body responds to the threads and collagen is produced along the threads, a new supportive network is formed under the skin. This treatment may require a few sessions to achieve the desired results.


NuLyft creates a lifted effect for patients with skin laxity or sagging. Patients looking to achieve dramatic and immediate results can look to a Nova Lift technique. Several threads are anchored in place, and then can be pulled in different directions to create the desired lift instantly. After six months, the threads will dissolve, and the new collagen is left in place to support the lifting effect.

Treatment Areas

NOVA Threads can correct signs of aging in multiple areas. The most commonly treated areas include:

  • Sagging brows
  • Cheeks
  • Jowls
  • Neck
  • Crow’s feet
  • Jawline
  • Under eyes
  • Nasolabial folds


A NOVA Thread Lift allows patients to enjoy the many benefits of a facelift without the hassle of high costs and extended time recovering. 

Nova Threads allow patients to enjoy

  • A refreshed appearance without a lengthy recovery
  • Quick procedure with minimal discomfort
  • Can be customized to address specific concerns in the face and neck
  • Improved skin quality
  • Avoids the “over-filled” or “done” look from fillers
  • Temporary results that can be touched up or repeated as desired
  • Can be combined with other minimally invasive rejuvenating procedures


NOVA Thread Lifts presents interested men and women with a non-surgical way to refresh the face and neck. If you’re looking to correct moderate signs of aging and improve the appearance of your skin, then NOVA Thread Lifts may be the answer for you. Patients should be healthy individuals without active skin outbreaks.

Personal Consultation at Wunderbar

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Wunderbar Med Spa is staffed with experienced aesthetic medical professionals who will take the time to get to know more about you and the kind of aesthetic goals that you’d like to achieve. You’ll have an informative discussion that gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, and learn more about what NOVA Threads can do for you. We’ll examine the area you’d like to treat to ensure that a NOVA Thread lift will be a rewarding solution for your concerns. If another procedure would better suit your needs, you can count on an honest, professional recommendation. However, if you’ll benefit from this treatment, we’ll explain the steps, and give you detailed information so that you know exactly how to prepare and what to expect during and after your NOVA Thread lift.

Reserve your one-on-one appointment by calling (650) 254-1200 (Mountain View); (408) 831-6229 (San Jose); or (831) 656-9331 (Carmel-by-the-Sea).

Quick Procedure, Quick Recovery

There’s no downtime needed after a NOVA Thread Lift. You can return to your normal activities right after. And, NuLift patients will be able to see their results immediately! There may be some mild swelling and bruising during the first few days. You can relieve this by taking over-the-counter pain relievers if needed. Be careful not to rub your face for the next few days, as doing so may alter results. In a day or two, any swelling will have diminished, and you’ll be able to start enjoying your results. 

Corresponding & Complementary Procedures 

NOVA Thread Lift lets patients experience younger-looking skin without surgery. We may explore different possibilities to achieve your aesthetic goals. Your options include:

  • Dermal fillers: Wunderbar offers the entire line of Juvéderm and Restylane dermal fillers. These injectables use an effective Hyaluronic Acid gel to plump, volumize and smooth away wrinkles. Both Juvéderm and Restylane feature several different formulations designed to treat specific aesthetic concerns. Whether you want fuller lips, higher cheeks, or to just get rid of pesky crows feet, there’s a dermal filler that’s right for the job.
  • Neuromodulators: Dermal fillers and the results of a NOVA Thread Lift can improve the appearance of static lines and wrinkles. But, neuromodulators like Botox are an effective way to banish dynamic wrinkles – the lines that appear when we wrinkle our nose, furrow our brow, or make other facial expressions. Within a few days of a quick injection session, patients can look forward to a smoother complexion and a more youthful appearance.

Cost of a NOVA Thread Lift in Northern California

You can count on a treatment that’s designed and customized to match your ideal aesthetic. As such, pricing will be influenced by your needs and the extent of your treatment. To fully understand your anticipated expenses, contact us for a consultation. 


  1. Abraham, R. F., DeFatta, R. J., & Williams, E. F. (2009). Thread-lift for Facial Rejuvenation. Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, 11(3).
  2. HELLING, E., OKPAKU, A., WANG, P., & LEVINE, R. (2007). Complications of facial suspension sutures. Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 27(2), 155–161.
  3. Tong, L. X., & Rieder, E. A. (2019). Thread-Lifts. Dermatologic Surgery, 45(7), 931–940.