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How Does the MINT PDO Lift Work?


Patients will need to consult with a Sand Institute doctor before receiving a MINT PDO lift as there may be a more fitting thread lift for their needs.

While the MINT PDO lift is quick and non-surgical, there are many steps involved.

  1. The patient’s hair will be pulled back or arranged to provide greater visibility of the face.
  2. Markings are placed on both sides of the face to direct the placement of the threads.
  3. Local anesthesia is administered to ensure comfort and safety.
  4. A special pre-loaded needle is used to insert the MINT threads. The MINT lift uses a thread called PDO (polydioxanone), a medical-grade suturing material that anchors the skin and lifts it into a more youthful position. These non-allergic and non-antigenic threads feature unique 360-degree 3D helical barbs that allow for multi-directional contact with the tissues. These barbs achieve a stronger hold on skin tissues without over-pulling the skin.
  5. Once the threads are inserted into their designated areas, the threads gradually readjust the skin to help restore the patient’s youth and contour.
  6. Immediately after inserting Mint PDO threads, collagen production is stimulated, helping to tighten the sagging skin.

Recovery & Results

After your MINT PDO lift is complete, you will start to notice an immediate difference in your facial contours. Your results will continue to improve over the following three to four weeks.

Since the barbed threads are more securely anchored to the tissues, the results last much longer than many other non-surgical techniques. Additionally, patients will experience zero downtime and can return to their normal activities the same day.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Am I the right candidate for a MINT PDO lift?

    Am I the right candidate for a MINT PDO lift?

    The MINT thread lift is an excellent choice for patients who are looking to address common signs of facial aging but do not wish to undergo surgical treatments. A consultation is needed to establish a safe and effective cosmetic plan. Patients who are in overall good-health but experience line, wrinkles, and sagging skin on the face and neck may be appropriate candidates for a MINT PDO lift. Candidates will need to refrain from smoking, drinking, and taking blood-thinning medication and supplements for at least two weeks before and after their treatment.

  • Is MINT PDO lift painful?

    Is MINT PDO lift painful?

    Because numbing agents are used during the threading process, there should be little to no discomfort or pain. Nevertheless, some patients find that they experience some slight stinging. Any post-treatment discomfort can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication, such as TYLENOL®.

  • How long does a MINT PDO lift treatment take?

    How long does a MINT PDO lift treatment take?

    A MINT PDO lift typically takes between 20 and 30 minutes. If a patient is receiving treatment in multiple areas, their treatment may be longer.

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