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A NovaThreads procedure is a non-surgical alternative to a traditional facelift, providing skin tightening and long-term textural improvement of the skin. Board-certified dermatologist and skin tightening expert Dr. Jason Emer performs this remarkable treatment to subtly lift sagging skin on the face and neck, treat acne scars, and volumize lips. At Dr. Emer’s state-of-the-art office in Beverly Hills, NovaThreads is often paired with additional skin tightening and collagen-boosting treatments to deliver beautiful, natural-looking results

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A more youthful appearance starts with the face, but not everyone is a candidate or has the downtime or desire for a surgical facelift or neck lift. A NovaThreads thread lift can be an excellent alternative to cosmetic surgery for patients who want to tighten the cheeks, lower face, jowls, and neck area.

In the hands of an expert like Dr. Emer, NovaThreads can be strategically placed to create subdermal “scaffolding” that provides support for facial tissue. Dr. Emer can also perform this procedure to gently lift tissue and reposition the skin to restore aesthetic contours.

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Right for you?

Am I a Good Candidate for NovaThreads?

A formal evaluation by an experienced, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist like Dr. Emer is needed to determine if you are a good candidate for NovaThreads. NovaThreads procedures are minimally invasive and offer a range of benefits, from repairing scars to fighting signs of aging.

Patients with significant skin sagging and/or thin skin may not be ideal candidates for a NovaThreads lifting procedure and may require surgical lifting to see their desired results. In those instances, Dr. Emer has a team of board-certified plastic surgeons who perform facelifts, neck lifts, and transformative body lifts.

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How Does NovaThreads Work?

NovaThreads are extremely fine, colorless threads that can lift, contour, and volumize the skin. Made from an organic, dissolvable material called polydioxanone (PDO), NovaThreads can be smooth, twisted, or barbed for different applications.


Dr. Emer begins each NovaThreads procedure by identifying, marking, and applying topical anesthetic to the desired treatment areas. He then selects the right threads for your procedure.

NovaThreads can be smooth, twisted, or barbed. Each type is used to achieve different results.

Some NovaThreads come preloaded on fine needles. Others are manually threaded through the interstitial tissue, parallel to the surface of the skin, using a cannula. Dr. Emer will carefully select the best method to precisely target your cosmetic concerns.


Smooth threads that are preloaded on baby-fine needles work to improve the texture of the skin and fine crepey skin such as around the mouth, under eyes, on the lips or neck, and on the elbows and knees. These do not lift the tissue, instead they create a structure that supports the skin and promotes gradual tightening over time through long-term collagen production.

NovaThreads are threaded horizontally through the dermis, allowing Dr. Emer to gently manipulate the skin to create a smoother, tauter appearance.


Over the course of a few months, the sutures dissolve and stimulate collagen production, which lifts and repairs the skin, creates additional volume, and reduces the appearance of scars, fine lines, wrinkles, folds, and indentations.

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NovaThreads Neck Lift and Face Lift

NovaThreads can provide natural-looking facial rejuvenation for clients who do not want or need a full surgical facelift or neck lift. In this procedure, Dr. Emer uses barbed NovaThreads to gently lift the facial skin to a new elevation point, restoring a more taut and youthful appearance.

It’s here that Dr. Emer’s skill and artistry are critical to obtaining great results. He knows precisely how to place and pull the threads in such a way that they don’t pinch or overlap, and he uses just the right number of threads to achieve a natural look. After applying the main threads, he then uses smaller needles loaded with smooth baby threads to plump and build collagen in key places.

This same-day, in-office procedure offers immediate results that improve even more in 6 to 12 weeks as the threads dissolve and collagen rebuilds.

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NovaThreads to Treat Acne Scars

NovaThreads are an excellent option for treating a wide range of acne scarring. After performing a laser treatment to address redness, Dr. Emer uses smooth NovaThreads made from a very fine, thread-like material and applies them using thin needles. This application technique creates a kind of crosshatched “scaffold” just underneath the skin of the face or body.

This is sometimes referred to as a “spider web” facial. The needles are removed as soon as they are all inserted. They leave behind a mesh of PDO threads that support the skin and stimulate new collagen production as they dissolve. The application process is quick and painless, and the results take effect quickly.

For acne in particular, Dr. Emer recommends a combined treatment program for optimal results. Your customized acne scarring treatment may include CO2 laser resurfacing, microneedling with PRP, RF microneedling, Halo laser, and Bellafill for scarring.

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NovaThreads for Lip Enhancement

Dr. Emer often includes NovaThreads in lip augmentation treatments to complement lip fillers. For this procedure, Dr. Emer inserts tiny, corkscrew-shaped NovaThreads directly into the lips. These twisted threads lift and evert the lips, giving them enhanced definition that can last up to 6 to 9 months. The results are subtle and natural-looking.

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How Long Do NovaThreads Last?

NovaThreads stay in place for about 4 to 6 months. As they dissolve, new collagen is formed, which lifts and tightens tissue and improves the texture of the skin. Many patients enjoy their results for a year or more. Results vary depending on the type and number of PDO threads used, your body’s unique response to the treatment, and your commitment to your aftercare regimen.

The Dr. Emer Difference

How Does Dr. Emer Do NovaThreads Differently?

As a pioneer and innovator in facial and body sculpting, Dr. Emer has developed innovative ways to maximize the lifting and collagen-boosting effects of NovaThreads. By drawing on his expertise and experience, he can recommend highly effective combination therapies to enhance your NovaThreads results.

Dr. Emer is meticulous and thorough when formulating your unique treatment plan. He will carefully assess your skin type, facial structure, and cosmetic concerns to create the optimal combination of treatments to achieve your desired outcome.

Minimally invasive facial sculpting procedures that Dr. Emer may perform to complement and maintain your NovaThreads results include:

Silhouette InstaLift

Silhouette InstaLift thread lift for improved skin tightening. In this video, Dr. Emer combines a Silhouette InstaLift on the lower face with NovaThreads along the marionette lines to achieve optimal results.


Fractional lasers such as Fraxel and Halo for further skin textural improvements.

Ablative lasers such as Erbium and CO2 for skin resurfacing and enhanced collagen production

Volume Restoration

Permanent volume restoration solutions such as silicone injections or fat grafting


Renuvion helium plasma radiofrequency for an enhanced Non-Surgical Facelift


Microneedling RF devices (such as Fractora and Morpheus8) for enhanced skin tightening and contouring


Radiofrequency energy treatments such as Thermage or InMode BodyTite / FaceTite

Semi-Permanent or Temporary Fillers

Semi-permanent fillers such as Bellafill and Radiesse for longer-lasting volume replacement throughout the face

Temporary dermal fillers such as BellaLift, Juvederm or Restylane to sculpt aesthetic contours


Ultrasound energy treatment (such as Ultherapy) for skin tightening and collagen stimulation

Custom Care

Patient-tailored peels and skincare protocols


“I absolutely love the results of the cheek filler and NovaThreads Dr. Emer placed around my jowl area. He was very patient and attentive. Him and his lovely cosmetic consultant created a treatment plan for me and I’m excited to return and have the rest of the treatments he suggested done.”

– Geneva H

“I was told I had skin laxity, not cellulite. Jeremy recommended a combo of mesotherapy, novathreads and Thermage. He told me Nurse ReVay has performed hundreds and there’s been improvement with every procedure. The staff and nurse were kind and patient and did their best to keep me comfortable.”

– Anonymous

NovaThreads Recovery

NovaThreads is a quick and gentle in-office procedure that takes just 30 to 45 minutes and involves little to no downtime. Patients can drive themselves home or back to work directly after their visit. It is recommended that patients anticipate up to two weeks for thread entry points to heal and for bruising and swelling to subside. The threads will dissolve beneath the skin entirely within a few months.

Basic aftercare involves keeping the treated area clean and protected for about a week. carries an extensive collection of professional-grade dermatological products that can assist with healing and maintaining results. Dr. Emer often recommends LAMELABO Gel Cleanse and Sente Contour Pressed Serum, which together can cleanse, tighten, and restore volume to the skin to support your NovaThreads results.

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How Much Do NovaThreads Cost?

Achieving the transformative results that Dr. Emer is known for requires intricate combinations of treatments that are tailored to your unique facial structure and tissue. The cost of your NovaThreads procedure will depend on the treatment area, number of threads required, and whether you combine your thread lift with complementary procedures. Complete pricing information will be provided at your consultation.

Schedule a NovaThreads Consultation in Beverly Hills

Dr. Emer is world-renowned for his facial sculpting expertise. With his refined technique and custom combinations of minimally invasive cosmetic treatments, he provides the best NovaThreads treatments in West Hollywood. To find out if NovaThreads is right for you, contact our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Emer.