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MINT PDO Thread Lifts and Dermal Fillers: All About Collagen

by Dr. Daniel Lin

Collagen is a key component that keeps skin cells strong and resilient. Collagen production depletes by one percent each year after the age of 20. As a result, our skin becomes thinner and more fragile as we grow older.(1) This collagen decrease also happens in conjunction with our body’s decrease in oil production, making areas such as the face prone to wrinkles, creping, and fine lines. Therefore, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of treatments that stimulate collagen as we age. 

Minimally invasive nonsurgical thread (MINT) lifts and dermal fillers are two effective ways to stimulate collagen production in the face. Thread lifting can rejuvenate areas of the face that are prone to sagging, and dermal fillers can replace lost volume, providing a minimally-invasive, fast treatment that can help you look your best.

Shine Cosmetic Surgery may have exactly the treatments you are looking for to restore your youthful visage and encourage healthy collagen production! At his West Covina office board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin has provided first-class facial rejuvenation procedures for many patients. Contact us at (626) 810-6165 for further information on how a MINT PDO Thread Lift procedure and dermal fillers can help you in your journey toward your aesthetic goals.

Collagen and Skin Aging

Collagen plays a crucial role in bodily tissue function. This fibrous protein:

  • Aids skin elasticity
  • Supports skin hydration
  • Maintains joint health
  • Supports tendons
  • Protects vital organs

Factors in Skin Aging

Skin aging is a complex biological process influenced by a combination of intrinsic (internal) and extrinsic (external) factors.

Intrinsic Factors

  • Genetics
  • Cellular metabolism
  • Hormones
  • Metabolic processes

Extrinsic Factors

  • UV light exposure
  • Pollution
  • Ionizing radiation
  • Chemicals
  • Toxins (2)

One intrinsic factor in aging is the amount of collagen in our skin. But levels change considerably over time, which contributes to the appearance of visible signs of aging. This is due to a number of factors, including collagen fragmentation, a reduction in total collagen, and decreased cell-collagen fiber interactions.(1) 

What Nutrients Stimulate Collagen Production?

The body combines two amino acids to produce procollagen. Procollagen is a substance that can develop into any one of a number of different collagen types, and can be stimulated by a number of nutrients such as vitamin C, glycine, proline, and copper. Many people take supplements to support healthy collagen production.

Unfortunately, diet alone is usually not enough to make a substantial difference in collagen production, so we may search for additional ways to promote collagen in our bodies, such as facial cosmetic surgery, and injectable fillers.

Collagen Boosting Options at Shine Cosmetic Surgery

Shine Cosmetic Surgery offers patients in Southern California two highly effective non-surgical facial rejuvenation options for renewed collagen production.

MINT PDO Threads

To solve the problems of wrinkled skin and depleted collagen in the face, Dr. Lin offers the MINT PDO Thread lift procedure. Fine biocompatible barbed or smooth threads are placed just beneath the skin to lift and smooth facial features. PDO is an abbreviation of the thread’s constituent ingredient; polydioxanone, a biocompatible component that is slowly dissolved by the body over time. A MINT PDO procedure has several benefits.

  • Minimal incisions
  • Encourages collagen production
  • Negligible scarring
  • Reduces wrinkle appearance
  • Long-lasting results
  • Smooths and tightens facial skin
  • Softens features
  • No downtime

As well as being particularly effective ways to recontour the jawline and lines around the eyes and forehead, barbed PDO threads also stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen fibers, to create a well-balanced, reinvigorated facial appearance.

Dermal Fillers

According to recent research studies, dermal filler procedures are the second most common nonsurgical aesthetic procedure performed. In fact, in the last 5 years, fillers have seen an estimated 58% increase in popularity!(3) Dermal fillers are an effective way to rejuvenate your face by boosting volume and smoothing lines and wrinkles.

  • Stimulates natural collagen production
  • Non-allergenic biocompatible substance
  • Moldable for individualized facial contour outcomes
  • Fills fine lines, wrinkles, and depressed scars
  • No downtime
  • Long-lasting results

Fillers are most commonly used to treat the nasolabial folds, glabellar lines, the eyes’ periorbital region, and the mental crease below the bottom lip. When injected into the targeted areas, dermal fillers support the body’s natural scaffold of collagen and elastin. 

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Personal Consultation with Dr. Lin

During your personal consultation with Dr. Lin, you can discuss the areas of your face that you would like to see improvements in. He will conduct a physical examination of your face and decide which treatment or combination of treatments would benefit your situation the most. 

At Shine Cosmetic Surgery we provide a range of ways to boost your body’s ability to make new collagen fibers and restore your confidence in the way you look! Arrange to speak to facial rejuvenation expert Dr. Lin by completing an inquiry form on our website, or contact our office directly by calling (626) 810-6165 to book your personal skin rejuvenation consultation!

PDO Thread Lift Procedure

A PDO Thread Lift is a simple in-office facial rejuvenation procedure that takes less than one hour to complete. After thoroughly cleansing your face, Dr. Lin will administer a local anesthetic for your comfort during the procedure. Once this has taken effect, he will begin addressing sagging skin and wrinkles by carefully inserting the fine PDO needle in a shallow position under the skin as an anchor. Once the needle is removed, the thread stays in place. After both sides of the face are anchored, he will skillfully manipulate the threaded areas of your face to tighten and smooth your appearance. A fast procedure and negligible discomfort make a MINT PDO thread lift a great choice for patients seeking a convenient way to deal with their facial lines and promote collagen production.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers reduce the appearance of static lines in the face and plump areas of volume loss. Dr. Lin can administer fillers via injection to multiple areas of the face including the around vertical lip lines, at the corners of the mouth, and the nasolabial folds. Fillers are naturally integrated and metabolized by the body, so there’s a very low risk of adverse effects. This procedure is a fast and effective way to stimulate collagen and restore facial tissue volume.

Results of Your Facial Rejuvenation

Patients who opt for MINT PDO thread lift or dermal fillers will notice the long-lasting collagen-boosting benefits of both procedures. If you are interested in exploring your non-invasive skin rejuvenation options, please get in touch with us! Contact our front desk at (626) 810-6165.  

Cost of Facial Rejuvenation in West Covina, CA

The cost of restoring your body’s collagen supply will greatly depend on the type of service you receive. The best way to find out about your individual treatment options is to schedule an individual consultation with Dr. Lin at your earliest convenience so that you can map your treatment accurately with expert knowledge and advice from an experienced cosmetic surgeon!


Is a MINT PDO thread lift considered a surgical procedure?

The MINT PDO thread lift procedure is classified as a minimally invasive facial rejuvenation treatment. There are no large incisions and no noticeable scars. The biocompatible PDO threads are dissolved by the body in the weeks and months after your treatment, making this a highly desirable, safe alternative to more invasive surgical procedures.

Which facial filler is the best?

Nowadays, there are many different types of dermal filler available for skin rejuvenation, so it can be difficult to choose the right treatment for your individual needs. The best course of action is to speak to a medical professional such as a cosmetic surgeon or dermal filler expert to discuss your options and pick a treatment that will work best for your skin’s specific profile.

How do I get rid of facial wrinkles?

There are various surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation options for patients who want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Surgical options include facelifts, mid-face lifts and facial fat grafting. Non-surgical options include the MINT PDO thread lift, dermal fillers such as dermal fillers, and liquid facelift procedures.

Which cosmetic procedures increase collagen production?

Many aesthetic procedures are available from your cosmetic surgeon to encourage your body’s natural production of collagen fibers. These include the MINT lift with barbed PDO threads. When inserted into the skin, these stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen fibers, improving smoothness and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Fillers are biocompatible, and are metabolized by the body slowly, so they’re a safe way to plump and redefine your features, the effects of which can last for many months.


  1. Varani, J., Dame, M. K., Rittie, L., Fligiel, S. E. G., Kang, S., Fisher, G. J., & Voorhees, J. J. (2006). Decreased Collagen Production in Chronologically Aged Skin. The American Journal of Pathology, 168(6), 1861–1868. 
  2. Ganceviciene, R., Liakou, A. I., Theodoridis, A., Makrantonaki, E., & Zouboulis, C. C. (2012). Skin anti-aging strategies. Dermato-Endocrinology, 4(3), 308–319. 
  3. Akinbiyi, T., Othman, S., Familusi, O., Calvert, C., Card, E. B., & Percec, I. (2020). Better Results in Facial Rejuvenation with Fillers. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open, 8(10).  

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