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Tell Me More About Novathreads in Pittsburgh

Updated: Aug 16, 2022

Novathreads are a brand of PDO threads (Polydioxanone). It’s a synthetic suture used in cardiothoracic surgery. They completely dissolve within 4-6 months and stimulate collagen production. 

Novathreads and Sugar threads in Pittsburgh
Novathreads and Sugar threads in Pittsburgh

Novathreads are one of the few FDA approved PDO threads and made in the United States. 

They are not a replacement for a face lift. Not everyone is a candidate and proper consultation prior to treatment is important. They are ideal for patients who are accustomed to aesthetic treatments and take proper care of their skin. They are also a great preventative treatment for younger patients and result in a natural look. They do not replace neurotoxins or filler, but work well in conjunction with. Neurotoxins target the muscle, filler replaces fat loss, and PDO threads target the skin. They help with the structure. Without proper structure, everything else will begin to sag and wrinkle.

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Collagen is the structure of our skin, and the production of collagen begins to slow down around the age of 30. Environmental and lifestyle factors also break down collagen, such as sun exposure, pollution, smoking, and poor diet. The threads stimulate collagen through neocollagenesis. The threads are broken down, absorbed and metabolized; leaving collagen in their place. 

Novathreads are sutures preloaded onto a cannula (blunt needle) and inserted through needle insertion points. No cutting or sutures involved. When the patient leaves the office, they may be a little red, swollen, tender and they will have tiny needle marks near the hairline that are covered with a tiny band-aid.

The procedure is typically not painful, but some patients do experience mild discomfort. Local anesthetic is injected and, in some circumstances, topical anesthetic may be applied. The patient will feel a pressure and tug sensation. Afterwards they may be tender, especially with big animation or pressure applied to the face. 

Post treatment:

  • Avoid excessive animation of the face for 2 weeks 

  • Avoid massage or manipulation of facial tissue for 2 weeks

  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 72 hours

  • Avoid makeup for 24 hours 

  • Take extra strength Tylenol as directed for pain and discomfort

  • Apply ice with minimal pressure as needed for discomfort 


  • Please arrive without makeup, a clean face, and hair pulled back away from face

  • Avoid any medications that thin blood for a week before treatment to help reduce the risk of bruising 

  • Increase Pineapple intake and take Arnica Montana to help with bruising

You may notice results instantly; however maximum effect will occur in 4-6 months once the threads are completely dissolved. Results will last 12-15 months, depending on the patient’s daily lifestyle factors.

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