Mint Thread Lifts

Thread Lifting At A Glance

  • Best Results1-3 sessions
  • Treatment Recovery1-4 days
  • Procedure Time30 min
  • Skin SpecialistNurse
  • Duration of ResultsVariable
  • AnaestheticTopical, Gas, Numbing Cream
  • Back to WorkNext Day
  • Cost$$ - $$$

Mint Thread Lifts

I believe that the newer threads are much better than the initial threads a decade ago. Threads work by stimulating your collagen production naturally. They can be combined with dermal fillers, lasers, RF, ultrasound tightening, PRP & microneedling. Monofilament threads such as MINT threads are one of the most effective (& cost effective) threads on the market. The big advantage of threads is that they provide collagen stimulation & lifting without adding volume (bulk) to facial & neck areas. As with all non-surgical procedures, patient selection is critical.

FactsFacts on thread lifting

  • This technique uses PDO monofilament threads in key areas of the face & neck
  • Treatment areas include the jowls, cheeks, neck & jawline
  • Threads can improve skin laxity, tone & reduce wrinkles
  • Threads add lifting without increasing volume
  • I frequently combine threads with lasers & lifting devices such as RF & HIFU
  • Thread lifting takes 20 to 40 minutes to perform
  • The effects are maximal at week 10-12 & last up to 6-12 months
  • Monofilament threads are best for patients with mild to moderate laxity, early 20s to mid 50s typically
  • The most common thread we use is MINT (Minimally Invasive Non Surgical Thread)

How does thread lifting work?

Neocollagenesis. This means stimulation of your own collagen, as opposed to traditional ‘dermal fillers’ – replacement of collagen with hyaluronic acid. There is an age related decline of collagen starting in the mid 20s. In the late 40s to 50s your skin will lose approximately 40-50% of it’s collagen. This results in wrinkles, loss of elasticity & dermal volume.

Threads work in two ways. Firstly they can stimulate collagen by provoking a low grade inflammatory response in the deeper dermal layers. Patients who have a thread lift for the purpose of stimulating collagen will notice a gradual improvement in their skin’s tone and firmness. The second mechanism is to provide lifting of tissue. This can be achieved with more invasive thread lifting techniques using suspension or barbed threads.

What can treads do that dermal fillers can not?

The main advantage of thread is that they have the ability to lift without adding volume– super important for treating areas such as the lower face, namely jowls, accordion lines, neck & the jawline areas.

In the context of facial aging, adding volume to areas that are already ‘heavy’ & sagging will result in greater bulk. Threads have the potential to lift without adding bulk. This is why I combine threads with energy devices such as HIFU (Ulthearpy), & RF Radiofrequency as these modalities provide tissue lifting in the deeper dermal, fibroseptal & SMAS layers. The use of controlled energy & collagen stimulation from threads gives a synergistic effect.

What aesthetic results can be achieved with thread lifting techniques?

The wish list below. Results are best with combination treatments as indicated.

  • Heart shaped, higher cheekbone contour
  • Exotic, cat eye contour
  • Snatched, defined jawline (best combined with chin – neck liposuction & filler)
  • Softer smile lines
  • Softer eyebrows
  • Smoother neck lines (best combined with filler)

What area can be treated with threads?

Despite what you may see on websites – social media, I confine threads to key areas of the face & neck. The reason is that they have a much higher probability of working in these regions.

I do not advocate threads in the hands, arms or lower extremities as there are many other treatments that work better in these areas.

Davin’s Viewpoint no Monofilament Threads & Mint PDO

Monofilaments are underutilized in facial aesthetics. Even though there is a lack of good evidence (big trials, long follow-ups, standardised techniques), it is well known amongst specialists that threads can give good results – providing patient selection is accurate. Thread lifting is not for everyone. You must have dermal thickness that will hide the thread (more important with barbed threads), and the distal area must be pliable enough to lift. For example; heavy jowling will not lift with this method.

Threads are best combined with other modalities such as lasers (for improving surface changes & skin quality), energy devices such as HIFU or RadioFrequency as well as dermal fillers & muscle relaxants (Btx). With combination treatments, a synergistic effect is seen.

A final comment is that the duration of ‘thread lifting’ is not predictable. Maximal collagen stimulation is seen at week 8-12, thereafter there is a time associated degradation of PDO-threads. Even though companies say they last one year plus, in my experience, obtaining 6-9 months lifting is considered good.

In summary, patient selection is critical for predictable outcomes when it comes to thread lifts. They do not replace surgical efforts, however they can be a sensible stepping stone in the pathway of aesthetic dermatology.

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