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Nova Volume LiftMinnetonka, MN

Nova Volume Lift

Are you looking for a way to turn back time without an invasive surgical treatment?

Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics is thrilled to introduce the unique and innovative Nova Volume and Lift procedure. This is a cost-effective, safe, and zero-downtime way to improve and rejuvenate the face and neck and give them a lifted and more youthful appearance.

For patients with mild to moderate signs of aging, like skin laxity and the appearance of facial lines, a less invasive Nova Volume and Lift may be an excellent alternative to total facelift surgery. Also known as a “thread” lift, this procedure restores a youthful profile to the lower third of the face without large incisions or an extended recovery period afterward.

Though thread lifts have been around for years, they’ve become much more popular in the past two years due to the potential for a smoother, more lifted appearance without going under the knife.

This procedure is a fantastic choice if you are considering facial rejuvenation but are concerned about invasive surgery and prolonged recovery. It is quick, effective and safe for women and men who want to avoid the prohibitive cost, downtime, or risk of a traditional facelift, with its potential for permanent asymmetry or disfiguration.

The Nova Volume and Lift is administered via injection and is absorbable within 4 to 6 months. It is hypoallergenic and not painful. The procedure takes about 90 minutes while the NovaThreads are injected into areas of your face that Botox and filler cannot access.

Our very own board-certified Dr. Leslie Smith believes in this product and procedure so much that her mother was among Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics’ first patients to receive the new Nova Volume and Lift. They are both delighted with her outcome and excellent long-term results.


The Nova Volume and Lift is a nonsurgical option to the traditional facelift recommended for some patients. This procedure works underneath the skin’s surface, using medical-grade threads to shore up the underlying skin structure, eliminate sagging skin and create a smoother, more youthful facial profile.

Skin will lift immediately, while firmness increases over time. The procedure has been used successfully in the medical realm for several years and now shows its value as a cosmetic procedure as well.

A Nova Volume and Lift uses absorbable surgical barbed threads inserted under your skin’s surface, pulled tautly and repositioned. This physically lifts your skin and also prompts your skin to produce more collagen, which adds to a more youthful appearance.

NovaThreads work exceptionally well to tighten skin on the neck, lower and midface, and jawline to restore the face’s youthful V-shape. Nova Volume and Lifts are also performed on the neck or jowls to address sagging skin there.

The other benefit the threads offer is that they stimulate your natural healing response, where your body treats the lines like an injury and makes more collagen where the threads exist. Collagen is a protein in your skin that will create more fullness and plumpness and it’s something you lose as you age, which leads to wrinkles and sagging.

This accounts for the lasting and continuing results over an average of over 1.2 years.



NovaThreads are absorbable PDO threads and surgical sutures composed of polydioxanone – a colorless, crystalline, biodegradable synthetic polymer. They’ve been used for over 60 years in cardiac surgeries and are considered one of the safest materials implanted in the body.

We make use of two styles of threads, barbed or twisted. Each type gives its result, and we use them alone or simultaneously with one another to reach your desired look. Trust your surgeon to know which to use and where after your thorough consultation when you discuss your goals.

Here at Sapphire, we’re excited to share that we now have NEW and improved barbed NovaThreads, which we use in multiple ways for a stronger pull. They now exist in a larger gauge which gives us more options when working with you to fine-tune your outcome using all of the tools at our disposal to create your refreshed and youthful look.


The Nova Volume and Lift can be performed right in our Minneapolis office using local anesthesia. The threads are delivered into the skin structure using a hypodermic needle, so no incisions are needed, and no visible scarring is left behind.

The procedure generally takes about 30 minutes to complete, and patients can return to regular activities right away. There may be some mild bruising and swelling after the process, but these generally subside within a few days.

On average, patients require 2 – 4 threads on each face side for a mid-face thread volume and lift and an additional 2 – 4 threads for the lower face and/or neck.


Once you’ve had your procedure, you’ll notice very little to no downtime. It’s possible you’ll be lightly swollen or bruised for a few days, but it’s typically reported to be so subtle that you may even choose to return to work on the very next day.

It’s best to skip moisturizer or vigorous facial rubbing for about a week after your procedure, so you don’t irritate the tissue. After a week, you can resume your normal skincare routine.

Avoid vigorous washing or scrubbing. Dr. Smith will confirm what products are safe to use on your face immediately following your treatment and the proper care for best results.


Most patients will see immediate results from their Nova Volume and Lift and continue to benefit in the months following treatment as the insertion of the threads stimulate collagen growth. NovaThreads are designed to be absorbed by the body over time, allowing the body’s own collagen production to maintain natural results.

While the results of a Nova Volume and Lift are not permanent, they can be very long-lasting. Many patients enjoy positive results for 12-18 months before they start to see skin laxity and movement of facial muscles and tissue once again. Plus, the procedure stimulates collagen production which over time, will minimize skin laxity and lines the more you have it done.

The results of the Lift can also be further enhanced with additional procedures like our Twist and Smooth threads that create volume when used with the Lift threads.


While the Nova Volume and Lift offers numerous benefits to the right patients, it isn’t right for everyone. This procedure is an effective way to turn back time for patients with mild to moderate signs of aging. A thread lift may produce results for someone in their 30s, for example, but it will do less for someone in their 60s with sagging skin.

Patients with significant skin sagging and deep facial creases will likely not see satisfactory results without a surgical lift procedure.

The Nova Volume and Lift is perfect for people who want to rejuvenate a prior facelift. The Nova Volume and Lift can help address many problem areas such as crow’s feet around the eyes, laugh lines, marionette lines in the mid and lower face, jowl lines and neck wrinkles.

The procedure is quick, minimally invasive and produces long-lasting results. Contact us today at (952) 460-1970 or book your consultation online to see what it can do for YOU!


It’s a scary fact that this needs to be said, but while thread lifts are becoming increasingly popular, some have gained access to “facial threads” and attempted to apply them under their skin. This is dangerous for multiple reasons and most often leads to irreversible damage.

First, it’s not clear where these DIY facelift practitioners get their threads or if they are authentic PDO threads.

Secondly, without a professionally trained and specialized doctor, you risk hitting nerves that could permanently paralyze parts of your face. You could also hit a vein or artery that causes you to bleed out.

Finally, you also risk botching the aesthetic results, which may or may not be able to be modified in the future. That could ruin your face.

Did we mention this is all done with the lack of professional anesthesia?

Do NOT DIY this procedure or trust anyone who isn’t adequately trained and experienced in properly administering facial rejuvenation, like our Dr. Leslie Smith, a board-certified surgeon of 19 years.


When you have your Nova Volume and Lift performed by an experienced surgeon like Dr. Smith, she can customize the procedure to your specific needs. This means the thread placement and the number of threads used will vary from patient to patient.

Dr. Smith will work closely with you to ensure she fully understands your cosmetic goals before performing your procedures to ensure your results do their best to meet your expectations.


Some patients may need or want other treatments that complement a NovaThread Volume Lift. You may choose from Botox and other fillers that can create an even more lifted look in locations surrounding your threads to support the results.

You may also want to invest in laser resurfacing for external improvements that lead to a softer, smoother and more youthful appearance that inspires collagen rebuilding and gives more of a plumping effect.

Any other treatments you might choose to add to your rejuvenation journey should occur at another appointment, but you can plan your full scope of treatments with Dr. Smith ahead of time.


Call us today at (952) 460-1970 or book your consultation online to learn more about how Dr. Smith can use this zero downtime, affordable procedure on you to give an enhanced and youthful appearance immediately, which will continue to improve over time and will last for about a year.


What do you have to avoid after a thread lift?

Immediately after the treatment, you’ll want to avoid sleeping on your stomach or side, wearing makeup, drinking alcohol, making extreme facial expressions, and receiving facials and massages. These help you to skip harsh chemicals, undo pressure or raise your blood pressure – all of which risk unnecessary complications and skewing your final results.

What’s the best position for sleeping after a thread lift?

Sleeping on your side or stomach puts extra pressure on your face. Avoid this by sleeping on your back with your head propped up to minimize swelling for about one week after your procedure or add a rolled-up towel behind your neck to hold your head still during sleep.

Are Nova threads safe?

NovaThreads are hypodermic needles or blunt cannulas preloaded with an absorbable suture that we insert into the skin. The sutures made of PDO (or polydioxanone) are one of the safest materials used in the body (the same material used in cardiac surgeries).

How many times can you have a NovaThread Volume Lift?

How long the effects of your lift treatment last will determine how often you should have treatment. Many patients have regularly scheduled PDO thread lifts once or twice a year.