MINT Thread Lift – The Benefits Of MINT PDO Threads
MINT threads are used in the MINT thread lift procedure, a cutting-edge remedy to sagging, ageing skin. Thread lifts have been widely used as an alternative to facelift surgery for well over a decade, but innovation has propelled the treatment forward. With non-surgical thread lifts, you can get some incredible, natural-looking results, without the need for surgery and in under an hour!
In this blog, we look in detail at the MINT thread lift and what makes the MINT threads so remarkable.
What Is A Thread Lift?
Before we delve into the specifics of the MINT thread lift, it might be helpful to give you a general overview of the thread lift procedure.
As you age, your body produces less collagen and elastin. It’s these two things that are responsible for keeping your skin plump and springy. So as your natural reserves deplete, you will notice your face changing. Without the firm structure that collagen provides beneath your skin, it can sink and sag leading to wrinkles and lines. The most common wrinkles that form are;
- Bunny lines
- Forehead wrinkles
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
The loss of collagen can also cause the fat pads that sit beneath your cheeks to slip lower, creating an unbalanced look, with a heavier appearance to your lower face area.
There are many treatments that can help to re-support your skin, but a thread lift, sometimes called a non-surgical facelift, offers such impressive results, it is easy to see why it’s the treatment of choice for celebrities like Gweneth Paltrow, Katie Price and Eva Mendes.
The ‘threads’ are medical-grade sutures made from either poly-L-lactic acid (PLA) or polydioxanone (PDO). This type of suture has been used for the past 30 years in the medical field because of its low risk of rejection and infection.
During your procedure, the threads are carefully inserted below your skin’s surface with a cannula to reinstate the lost structure. They do this by suspending the loose skin, basically ‘lifting’ it into place. This type of suture dissolves over time, so there is no removal required.
In essence, each thread lift treatment takes a similar approach, however, there are significant differences between the types of thread. This leads us to our next question…
What Is The MINT Thread Lift?
So, what makes MINT threads different from any other? MINT stands for ‘minimally invasive nonsurgical thread’ and it’s their patented technology that makes MINT threads the most robust and minimally invasive thread lift on the market.
What MINT threads have that others don’t is a unique formation that delivers instant, yet transformative results with very little discomfort.
Different brands of thread lift have developed their own type of thread, each using a differing technology to deliver their ‘lift’. In a MINT thread lift, the difference comes in the ‘barbs’ that sit along the thread. These barbs are what help to reposition your skin, they are what deliver that incredible lift. Many years of research and scientific study has gone into creating this design and judging by the outcome, it has been well worth it.
MINT threads feature press-moulded 360-degree barbs which have 4 times the tensile strength of traditional threads (tensile strength is how strong the thread is under tension, and when used in a MINT thread lift, these threads offer brilliant lift). MINT threads are made from PDO, which is a finer thread than PLA. This makes it more suitable for some treatments, like a nose lift or cheek lift.
What Can MINT Threads Do?
The MINT thread lift has some speciality areas where it is the most effective solution we offer, so what are they?
High cheeks are associated with youthfulness and good health. In your 20s and early 30s, your buccal fat pads – the fleshy bit of your cheek – sit high on your face but as the effects of age and gravity take hold, they can slip lower. This not only creates a droop in the skin beneath your eyes, but it can also give you deeper nasolabial folds. MINT threads will reposition the buccal fat pad, and although the lift is a subtle treatment, the change to your face will be significant.
The eyebrow area is another that tends to drop as you age. Your natural eyebrow arch is flattened out and you can have a more hooded appearance to your eyes. A gentle lift to your eyebrows helps to open up your face and rebalance your features. The MINT thread lift is well-suited thanks to the strength of the threads.
Your jawline can lose definition with age, becoming softer and saggier. MINT threads rebuild the lost structure beneath your skin, so your jawline is more contoured and defined. This helps to give your lower face a more delicate look, as well as treat drooping jowls.
Excess skin on your neck, sometimes called ‘turkey neck’, can make you feel self-conscious. The skin here tends to be crepey and thin, which is why the finer MINT threads work best.
Four Additional Benefits Of MINT PDO Threads
The MINT thread lift offers patients one of the most painless yet effective solutions to sagging and lined skin. There are obvious benefits, such as the quickness of the treatment (it takes less than an hour) and the long-lasting results – the effects of the MINT thread lift can be seen for up to 12 months – but what about some of the less well-known benefits of the treatment?
MINT threads minimise trauma when they are inserted, and when you pair that with the deft skill of our expert clinicians, you can expect a much-reduced recovery timeframe.
The design of the MINT threads means they don’t lose any tension when under pressure. They are the finest yet strongest threads available, so although they’re only the width of a hair, they will hold your skin in place for longer.
Now, this is probably one of the most exciting and helpful effects of the PDO MINT threads. As the threads dissipate, they stimulate new collagen in their place. This collagen retains the lift that the threads were responsible for so you will benefit from the treatment long after the MINT threads have gone.
Combine well with other treatments
The MINT thread lift is easily combined with a number of our other treatments to give you a more dramatic transformation. Depending on your desired outcome, we can use MINT threads alongside dermal fillers, PLA threads like Silhouette Soft or anti-wrinkle injections.
Is The MINT PDO Thread Lift For Me?
The best way to find out if MINT threads will give you the result that you want is to come and see us for a private consultation. Here we can look at your skin, get a better understanding of your problem and give you solutions that most suit you and your lifestyle.
Here at Elite Aesthetics, we’re a MINT Certified Clinic. Consultations are held either online if you prefer or face-to-face at our clinic in Greenhithe, Kent. We are a 10 minute drive from Dartford and Gravesend station, 15 minutes from Maidstone and only a 20 minute drive from London.