MINT PDO is a thread lift that uses a minimally invasive, biocompatible suture to lift the skin of the neck and face. Thread lifts allow a plastic surgeon to work underneath the skin with only a few needle-sized entry points to create subtle, youthful results. Thread lifts use strategic anchor points to lift and tighten the parts of the face that contribute to the appearance of aging. There’s no need to go under the knife if you’re looking for a little pick-me-up. MINT PDO lifts can be performed in under an hour, only cause minimal discomfort, and best of all, there’s no recovery time.
You may have heard the expression “a stitch in time saves nine.” It’s a simple concept: being proactive and making repairs promptly prevents more involved labor and frustration in the future. It’s an ethos that serves many areas of our life well—including our appearance!
MINT PDO is FDA-approved and has been used in other life-saving applications like orthopedic and even cardiovascular surgery. Dr. Daniel H. Lin is committed to offering his patients the best of today’s medical advances, and this technology is no exception. If you’re ready to learn more about this innovative cosmetic procedure, schedule a consultation at Shine Cosmetic Surgery. Call (626) 810-6165 to speak with one of our friendly staff members in West Covina.
Don’t be put off by the acronyms. These abbreviations are as simple and effective as the product they refer to! MINT merely stands for “minimally invasive non-surgical thread.” PDO stands for polydioxanone, which is a kind of sugar-based polyester. However, this polyester isn’t going out of style: thread lifts are quite literally on the rise! (1) Unlike the thread used in other thread lifts, MINT PDO thread is a type of barbed suture (which also certainly makes it sound scarier than it is). The tiny barbs on MINT thread allow the thread to “catch” underneath the skin, so it can anchor, grab, and lift securely. The thread is inserted underneath the skin and attached to an anchor point, and then threaded through the connective tissue underneath sagging skin. Besides pulling the tissue into a more youthful position, it also creates a supportive structure that stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in the area. (2) And that’s something we could all use.
Collagen is crucial. This important protein composes our connective tissue, which is what keeps our skin tight and firm. Unfortunately, as we age, our body slows down its collagen production. When a person reaches their 70’s, their skin is up to 80% thinner than it was in their youth.
However, when the body registers an injury, it initiates a cellular healing process that triggers the production of new cells, and new collagen. When a MINT PDO thread is inserted underneath the skin, the body reacts as it would in response to an injury. So, besides the thread’s immediate mechanical lifting action, it also tricks the body into producing plumping, supportive, collagen. (3)
MINT’s patented technology ensures that this thread is powerful and precise. Thread lifts are excellent solutions for patients looking for a subtle lift to the skin around their jawline and enhancing the dimensions of their facial structure.
Unlike other more invasive surgical procedures, MINT PDO thread lifts offer a bevy of benefits. Inserting these supportive threads is fast and effective. As the body uses the thread to begin supporting its own production of collagen, the thread begins to biodegrade and is safely reabsorbed by the body. All that’s left behind is firmer, more robust skin.
MINT PDO thread lift benefits include:
- Quick, comfortable procedure
- Subtle, natural-looking results
- Gradual improvement
- Prevents future signs of aging
- Biocompatible and safely absorbed by the body
- Immediate results
- Can address specific areas of the face based on the patient’s needs
- No downtime or scarring
Thread lifts are a great option for those seeking a natural-looking, minimally invasive lift, but aren’t ready to commit to painful surgery and recovery. A thread lift with MINT PDO allows Dr. Lin to sculpt today’s most in-demand facial contours. When placed along the jawline, MINT PDO can tighten and define the jaw and neck. Threads inserted along the temple can bestow a sleek cat-eye, and placed elsewhere can emphasize angular cheekbones.
Candidates for a thread lift want to improve the firmness and contours of their facial features. Thread lifts are ideal for those hoping to stop the clock without undergoing a major surgical procedure. Because the thread is safely absorbed by the body and stimulates the production of collagen, MINT PDO threads are excellent options for those looking to “test-drive” a new more youthful look. A thread lift can give you a more youthful, revitalized look for an upcoming special occasion, or just a well-deserved burst of confidence.
Thread lifts are most effective for early to late-middle-aged patients with minor sagging and moderate lines and wrinkles. If you don’t have time for a long, invasive procedure and months of recovery, you may be an excellent candidate for a thread lift. Contact Shine Cosmetic Surgery in Covina to see if this quick fix is right for you. A personal consultation is your first step to achieving youthful definition in the face and neck.
During your consultation at Shine Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Lin and his team will examine your skin and discuss your concerns. You can look forward to an informative and honest consultation where your opinions are valued and addressed. If another procedure will deliver the results you desire more effectively, Dr. Lin will let you know! Like every procedure that Dr. Lin performs, your thread lift will be customized to you. He’ll determine the number of threads, insertion points, and angles to design a tailored procedure to revitalize your appearance. To learn more about the latest in cosmetic treatments and what goes on behind the scenes at Shine, follow our blog!
Thread lifting using MINT PDO threads is a straightforward procedure. And, you’ll be able to enjoy your results in less than an hour. A Shine team member will cleanse your face and or neck, and administer injections of a local anesthetic to keep you perfectly comfortable. Dr. Lin will then insert a tiny cannula, or hollow tube, under the skin in the area that you’re looking to tighten. The threads are then pushed through the cannulas into the connective tissue, where they act as a constrictive scaffolding, supporting and tightening the skin. Once these tiny cartridges and their attached needles are in place, they are carefully removed, leaving the threads in place. Because this procedure is so quick and causes minimal discomfort, no general anesthesia is required. A thread lift procedure can be completed in less than 30 minutes!
Recovery & Results
After your sutures are inserted, you may experience some swelling, light bruising, and sensitivity, but this tends to only linger for a few days. And, because the entry point for these tiny threads is needle-sized, patients are free from the visible scarring. You won’t be able to see or feel the threads under your skin, so the secret can stay between you and Dr. Lin! You may feel a sensation of tightness when moving certain facial muscles, but this subsides over time.
MINT PDO threads are biocompatible, so there’s no risk of an allergic reaction or other side effects. You’ll enjoy the subtle, sculpted effects of these threads as your body works to produce new, supportive stores of collagen in the area where these powerful little threads have been inserted. And, even as the thread gradually dissolves, you’ll notice a significant improvement in the coming months. (2)
Best of all, you’ll be able to enjoy your results as soon as your procedure is finished: talk about immediate gratification! MINT PDO threads in the hands of a skilled cosmetic surgeon can let you achieve the clean definition and youthful features that you’ve been dreaming about. Imagine tight voluminous cheeks, contoured cheekbones, an angular jawline, or a smooth leonine cat-eye. Thread lifts can make it happen.
Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
Another advantage of MINT PDO thread lifts is that these safe sutures can be combined with other anti-aging injectable cosmetics. Threads and injectables can complement each other for the ultimate surge of rejuvenating collagen enhancement and youthful, shiny glow. Dermal fillers like Juvederm can add volume for high-impact cheeks to enhance the angles that your thread lift creates.
Still worried about lines and wrinkles? If you haven’t given Botox a go, you’re missing out! This injectable is beloved by patients for the effective way it relaxes and smooths the surface of the face.
PDO Thread Lift Cost
The cost of your MINT PDO thread lift will depend on the number of threads required and the areas that you’ve chosen to treat. Your treatment will be tailored to address your specific skin concerns. The Shine team will be able to give you an accurate estimate for your thread lift after your personal consultation. To learn more about what a thread lift can do for you, contact our office and make an appointment today. It’s a small step that can make a big difference.
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- Lodish H, Berk A, S Lawrence Zipursky, Matsudaira P, Baltimore D, Darnell J. Collagen: The Fibrous Proteins of the Matrix. Nih.gov. Published 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK21582/