‘Mini Facelifts’ Now Available at Näva Medical Spa

Brookings, S.D. – July 21, 2022 – Näva Medical Spa, Brookings Health System’s aesthetic medicine clinic, now offers polydioxanone (PDO) thread lifts to help tighten loose skin on the jaw, cheek and neck area without surgery. Sometimes referred to as a mini facelift, the procedure uses dissolvable sutures to tighten and lift sagging skin. 

“Polydioxanone has been used for over 30 years in cardiothoracic surgery,” said Tonya Buchholz, CNP, clinician at Näva Medical Spa. “The material is fully absorbed by the body in four to six months. It doesn’t leave scars but does stimulate collagen growth. Collagen loss causes our skin to age. By reproducing collagen, our skin regains its structure and elasticity. The results from PDO thread injections include enhanced face contours, increased volume and improved skin texture.”

The FDA-approved process uses hypodermic needles preloaded with PDO thread. Several threads are injected into the skin, often in a mesh technique to recreate the face’s natural V-shape. The inserted threads create a scaffolding to support the tissues. The threads also delicately grasp onto the loose skin and soft tissue, repositioning them to the V-shape. Once injected in the skin, the threads’ presence triggers collagen production which builds upon the scaffold. 

PDO thread lifts are less invasive than facelift surgery. They can be performed in under 45 minutes and do not use a scalpel or any incisions. Patients report minimal to no pain after thread insertion. PDO threads are also cheaper than facelifts and provide immediate results with full results noticed after one to two weeks. Results typically last four to six months.

Appointments for PDO thread lifts are available every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at Näva Medical Spa. Individuals may make an appointment by calling or texting (605) 695-7394. 

Näva Medical Spa, located in Brookings Health System’s Outreach Clinic, offers private, confidential services tailored to individuals’ unique skin needs. State-of-the-art cosmetic techniques create natural results. Non-invasive procedures include laser hair removal and skin treatments to minimize the signs of aging. Medical-grade skin care products are offered as a part of a medically supervised skin care regimen selected for a patient’s skin type. More information on Näva medical spa can be found at brookingshealth.org/Nava.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic & Optical, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, emergency and extended care services. Brookings Hospital provides local access to doctors in Brookings and offers robotic da Vinci surgery and Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures, making it one of the premier rural community hospitals in South Dakota. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.

PHOTO: Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are injected into skin using hypodermic needles, as shown in the photo above, to tighten and lift sagging skin in the jaw, cheek and neck area. The FDA-approved procedure, sometimes referred to as a mini facelift, is now available at Näva Medical Spa. PDO thread lifts are a less invasive alternative to facelift surgery, with results typically lasting four to six months.