If you’ve noticed the effects that aging has had on your face and want to do something about it, NovaThreads may be the ideal treatment for you. NovaThreads are a non-surgical treatment used to tighten the jawline, reduce neck wrinkles, lift the brow and nasolabial folds, and treat other areas on the body. Located in Boerne and serving San Antonio and the surrounding areas of Texas, McRae MD Medical Laser Center led by Dr. Elizabeth McRae offers NovaThreads to patients seeking skin lifting and tightening.


NovaThreads are a non-surgical, injectable treatment that can lift, tighten, and define facial contours on the face, neck, and body. NovaThreads needles are preloaded with an absorbable suture made of Polydioxanone or PDO. These PDO sutures are absorbable by the body and are left under the skin.

The threads cause inflammation that signals the body to boost collagen production in the area (triggering a natural healing process). The boost in collagen helps to lift and tighten the skin. NovaThreads are most often used to tighten the jawline, reduce neck wrinkles, lift the brow, and lift the lower face. However, they can be used in other areas of the body where lifting and wrinkle reduction are desired.

How Is a NovaThreads Procedure Performed?

On the day of your NovaThreads procedure, Dr. McRae will disinfect your face and apply a topical anesthetic to numb the targeted areas. Patients typically experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. Patients may also select to have lidocaine in addition to the topical anesthetic.

Depending on the areas being treated and the desired results, the appropriate type of thread will be chosen and placed under the skin one at a time via a long thin needle by Dr. McRae and an RN. The threads run parallel to the surface of the skin and are adjusted into the desired positions to lift and tighten target areas. The needle is then removed, and the thread is left under the skin. Treatments take approximately 15 to 30 minutes depending on the areas being treated.

What are Some Benefits of NovaThreads?

NovaThreads can provide many advantages over a traditional facelift. Some of these benefits include:

  • No cuts or incisions
  • Minimal downtime
  • Long-lasting results
  • Low risk of adverse reaction
  • Can be repeated if necessary
  • Dissolvable (do not remain in the skin permanently)

Patient Reviews

“Dr. McRae was very personable and informative. She took the time to explain everything. Her medical assistant Shannon was absolutely amazing! From the time I walked in to the time I walked out her staff was amazing!!! I absolutely would recommend Dr. McRae to everyone!!”

– Sandra W.

Am I a Good Candidate for NovaThreads?

If you want to tighten your jawline, reduce neck wrinkles, or lift the brow and nasolabial folds, but you’re not yet ready for a more serious surgical procedure, NovaThreads could be right for you. NovaThreads have many benefits over more intensive face lifting procedures, like minimal downtime, quick treatment time, and the lack of cuts or incisions required for the procedure. The average NovaThreads patient is 40 to 70 years old and in good health. A NovaThreads procedure can be performed on both men and women and in multiple treatment areas on the body.

If you have any specific questions, please contact our office today to set up a personal, one-on-one consultation.

What Kind of Post-Operative NovaThreads Care Can I Expect?

After your NovaThreads procedure, you may notice some minor swelling or bruising in the treatment areas. NovaThreads provide lifting and tightening by stimulating the body’s natural inflammatory response, encouraging the production of new collagen along the threads.

Patients can return to work or home the same day of treatment. Any pain or discomfort should subside in about two weeks. The threads placed under the skin will gradually dissolve within the skin and should be completely dissolved around the six-month mark. The results achieved with NovaThreads® may last an additional 18 to 24 months after the threads dissolve. After the results have begun to fade patients can opt to undergo another NovaThreads® procedure if desired.

What do NovaThreads Cost in San Antonio and Boerne, TX?

Depending on the number of threads necessary and the number of treatment areas, the price of a NovaThreads treatment can vary. We recommend scheduling an initial consultation, during which Dr. McRae or one of our trained technicians can assess your specific needs and discuss NovaThreads pricing for your specific goals.

Turn to McRae MD Medical Laser Center for NovaThreads Treatment

McRae MD Medical Laser Center is a leading medical spa specializing in non-surgical treatments to restore and rejuvenate your skin. Our services improve the overall health of your skin to prolong the youthful and beautiful appearance that makes you feel attractive and confident. Dr. Elizabeth McRae has served her patients for over 20 years, and under her leadership, McRae MD Medical Laser Center is now widely recognized for improving the well-being and quality of life for every patient. To find out if NovaThreads is right for you, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. McRae.