MINT™ PDO Thread Lift

Rediscover Your Youth with MINT™ Lift

Collagen and elastin are the essential proteins comprising the foundational framework of the skin and play a crucial role in maintaining the skin’s firmness and youthful appearance. As you grow older, your body’s production of these proteins slows down, leading to sagging skin and the emergence of wrinkles.

Prevention is the optimal strategy for preserving skin firmness and elasticity, but what options are available if you’re already grappling with the effects of aging? How do you reduce unwanted signs of aging, such as deep smile lines, jowls, diminished jawline, sagging neck, and fine lines?

Rediscover your youth with MINT™ Lift, the nonsurgical solution that tackles the effects of aging and the loss of collagen.

Discover MINT™ Lift

MINT™ Lift is one of the most popular treatments in Korean beauty, delivering instant lifting results using innovative, patented technology. MINT™ stands for Minimally Invasive Non-Surgical Thread and it is an absorbable suture designed to lift and tighten sagging tissue without surgery. 

Not only does MINT™ Lift address sagging skin and wrinkles, but it also promotes the growth of new collagen. MINT™ threads are made of polydioxanone or PDO, a safe and biocompatible material that stimulates your body to produce collagen as it dissolves, to restore the skin’s firmness and elasticity.

Thread lifts can be the ideal option for you if you are looking for a nonsurgical face lifting procedure. Treatments involve minimal pain and downtime, and the results can be seen immediately, helping patients rediscover their youth in as little as 1 hour and for up to 1 year.

Benefits of MINT™ Lift

Benefits of MINT Lift infographic

  • Lift and tighten sagging skin without surgery 
  • Little to no downtime 
  • Cost effective procedure 
  • Instantly visible results
  • Lasts for up to 1 year 
  • Promotes new collagen growth 
  • Made of safe material that fully dissolves over time 
  • Can be used in tandem with other treatments 

How MINT™ PDO Threads Work

There are two main types of threads available: lifting threads and smooth threads.

Lifting Threads 

Lifting threads are PDO sutures that have barbs or cogs that anchor onto tissue. Once secured, the threads are pulled to lift and lock the tissue in place to tighten and contour your features.

Other threads in the market have threads where barbs are created by making cuts into the thread, which affects its durability. MINT™ threads feature 2 designs created with patented technology that makes it the ideal PDO threads on the market to enhance your facial features: the barbs are press molded onto the thread in a 360-degree helical pattern.

Close up of barbs

These 2 key features determine the strength and duration of your thread lift:

1. Press molded barbs of MINT™ threads can provide a stronger and longer lasting lift because the threads dissolve at a slower rate compared to cut threads.

2. MINT™ threads offer all around fixation to anchor itself onto the tissue, which offers maximum security and fixation.

press molded MINT vs conventional cut sutures

Smooth Threads 

Smooth threads are PDO threads without the lifting barbs and helps to improve skin texture, elasticity, volume, and fine lines. PDO. They are shorter and thinner and are placed more superficially in the skin. As the threads dissolve, the PDO stimulates the production of new collagen to build volume and contracts surrounding tissue to tighten the skin. They can be a more natural and subtle option than fillers.

Treatable Areas of Concern

MINT™ PDO threads can be used to: 

Treatable Areas of Concern infographic
  • Reduce nasolabial folds/smile lines 
  • Define jawline and reduce jowls 
  • Lift and restore facial volume 
  • Contour cheekbones and facial line 
  • Reduce eyelid hooding and asymmetry 
  • Create “fox eye” or “cat eye” look 
  • Improve forehead lines, 11 lines, crow’s feet 
  • Improve undereye hollows and lines 
  • Lift and tighten neckline 
  • Improve nose bridge and lift tip 
  • Define and volumize lip borders 
  • Reduce marionette and smokers’ lines 
  • Tighten skin to improve double chin 
  • Reduce fine lines and tighten skin on the body 

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I see results? 

MINT™ lifts are a minimally invasive and non-surgical cosmetic procedure that typically takes about an hour to complete, and results can be noticeable right away. Patients typically experience little pain and minimal scarring, with results improving gradually as swelling, redness, and bruising subside over time.

How long will my results last? 

After your PDO thread lift, the threads are absorbed by the body in 6-8 months, but the benefits can last for up to a year because they stimulate collagen production and neovascularization in the skin. The degree of sagging, skin thickness, and facial structure of each patient will affect the outcome of the treatment.

How long is the downtime? 

After your PDO lift, you may immediately resume your daily activities. More intense activities such as exercise can be resumed after a week, but please consult with your provider beforehand.

How safe is it? 

MINT™ threads are made from a complex sugar polydioxanone (PDO). PDO is a synthetic, biodegradable polymer that’s been used in medical applications for over 30 years. It’s a type of suture material commonly used for closing wounds and surgical incisions because it’s absorbable by the body over time.

MINT™ is backed by over 6 years of published studies for its safety and is the only PDO thread to receive more than one FDA clearance (MINT™ is triple FDA cleared).

Am I a good candidate for PDO threads? 

Please schedule a consultation first to determine if you are an ideal candidate for MINT™ procedures. During the consultation, you should discuss what concerns you want to address and the look you desire so the provider can properly address the area of concern.

Before any MINT™ lift, it is important to schedule a consultation to see whether you’re a suitable candidate. During the consultation, you can discuss your specific concerns and desired outcomes with the provider, so that they can provide a personalized treatment plan so the provider can address your areas of concern effectively.

How much does it cost? 

The cost of a PDO thread lift depends on the patient’s needs and anatomy. While prices vary according to the areas that need to be treated, they start anywhere from $A – $B on average.

Can I get other treatments in combination with PDO threads? 

Yes! MINT™ lifts are compatible with many other procedures, so you can take advantage of all the best things each treatment has to offer for synergistic effects. Target wrinkles with neuromodulators, restore volume with dermal fillers, address skin texture with laser treatments, and take care of sagging skin with MINT™.

Are there any side effects? 

Common side effects may include soreness, minor bruising, swelling and mild discomfort. If you experience any other complications or an extended period of side effects, please consult with your provider. To avoid the risk of complications, we recommend that you verify your provider has received professional PDO thread training credentials.

Can I get a MINTlift more than once? 

While some may achieve their desired results with a single treatment, it may be worth considering additional PDO thread lifts. Since the threads are completely absorbable, you can undergo more thread lifts to continue enjoying the benefits of MINT™ over an extended period.

Are all PDO threads the same? 

Although PDO threads are typically made of the same material, the manufacturing process can differ between brands. Conventional PDO threads are often manufactured by cutting the barbs from the core of the thread, which can result in a weakened structure and an increased likelihood of breakage. MINT™ uses patented technology to press-mold the barbs onto the surface of the thread to maintain its structural integrity.

What’s the Difference Between Face Lifts and PDO Thread Lifts? 

For patients with significantly sagging skin and tissue, a facelift may be an ideal long-term solution, provided they can afford the investment and recovery time. A facelift can produce a dramatic transformation that can last up to a decade. However, PDO threads can be an alternative for those seeking to lift and tighten their skin through a minimally invasive procedure that avoids the need for extensive surgery and at a lower cost than a facelift. The results of PDO threads are immediate and natural-looking, with minimal downtime and trauma.

Face Lift 

PDO Thread Lift 

What It Does 

Long-term solution to sagging skin in the lower half of face 

Minimally invasive, lifts and tightens skin while boosting collagen growth 

Longevity of Results 

Can last around 10 years 

Can last for up to 1 year 

Cost of Procedure 

Relatively high as an outpatient procedure performed in a surgical center 

Lower than surgery as an in-office procedure 

Recovery Period 

Invasive procedure generally requires at least 2 to 4 weeks of recovery 

Minimal tissue trauma and reaction leads to minimal downtime 

Procedure Duration 

Surgery takes around 2 to 4 hours under general anesthesia 

Procedure takes an average of 1 hour 

The journey to a more beautiful and confident you are just a thread away, so contact us today to learn more about MINTLift.