MINT (Minimally Invasive Non-Surgical Threads) is an anti-aging procedure that is made from sterile and biodegradable PDO (Polydioxanone) threads.
As we approach the inevitable aging process, the fat and skin on our faces sag due to gravitational forces and the loss of collagen and elastin – two very important supporting structures in our skin.
Quickly becoming the go-to anti-ageing treatment that is ideal for facial lifting and rejuvenation without surgery – facial thread lifts help restore sagging facial tissues using special threads that have barbed hooks on them; “anchoring” them on specific points in the skin to lift and tighten skin tissues, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and promote skin rejuvenation.
When thread lifts were first introduced in the late 1990s, it was made of non-absorbable threads which were prone to infection and thread breakage. However, due to technological advancements and stringent regulations from the FDA – the emergence of newer, dissolvable threads promises much safer and potent results than before!
Introducing: MINT thread lift for a youthful, defined face
Originating from South Korea, MINT threads are the only PDO threads that has been registered with the FDA since 2012, and is now considered to be the gold standard in Korea.
Also known as the Korean facelift, MINT is designed for lifting the midface, lower face and jawline – instantly elevating and tightening sagging skin, stimulating the production of facial collagen, and providing a solid structure for the face.
Introduced into the deep layers of the skin via a blunt cannula, the absorbable threads feature a patented molding press technology and unique 360-degree helical barb design to achieve more powerful, longer-lasting results than other threads on the market.
Due to the versatility of these threads, doctors are able to conduct highly-customized treatments for a transformative improvement in their patients! In fact, results are so natural-looking that no one has to know that you got anything done!
What makes MINT different?
The 3 most commonly used threads in the market to date are PDO (Polydioxanone), PCL (Polycaprolactone infused with Vitamin C) and PLLA (Poly-L-Lactic Acid).
PLLA is the most frequently used material by far, and although all these threads are made with bio-stimulatory properties that work to stimulate collagen production and tissue regeneration within the skin – each of them comes with a distinct set of characteristics that bring entirely different results.
There are 2 main types of threads available, i.e., cutting and molded threads. The first usually results in weak, flimsy barbs and a thinner core, while the latter such as MINT is twice as big with a thicker core that is much stronger and more secure than the rest.
What makes MINT threads truly standout is due to 2 key features:
• Patented 360-Degree Rotating Arrows: the barbs exist in all directions along the thread, allowing it to retain its shape long after the procedure. This also gives it 3 X more fixating power for more secure anchoring of skin tissues.
• 3D Molded Barbs: shaped like an arrow and arranged in a helical configuration, this gives rise to a larger surface area for the threads to hook onto the skin, and a stronger lifting power that is built to last.
MINT thread lift at The Clifford Clinic
The secret to a beautiful, proportionate and vibrant face is that threads MUST be securely anchored to the appropriate fixed points. Depending on the type and number of threads used, as well as your overall skin quality to start with, all these factors will work together to determine how your results turn out.
At the end of the day, it is important that you get your thread lift procedure done with professional, highly-experienced doctors. Placing threads that are far too shallow or too deep in the skin can both cause problems – and it takes a doctor who is exceptionally familiar with facial anatomy to decrease the chances of permanent surface irregularities.
At The Clifford Clinic, our doctors are well-trained to execute the right techniques needed to pull off the delicate thread lift procedure with a wide variety of patients and skin types. You can also consider complementing your procedure with other skin rejuvenating treatments, including HIFU and Secret RF to maintain and accelerate your results and instantly take years off your face and age!
1. What is a typical procedure like?
First, a local anesthetic is injected to numb the treatment areas, and your doctor will mark the specific entry sites. Threads are then inserted into the skin via a tiny needle into the entry points so that the doctor can reshape and lift the skin accordingly, before finally dressing the incision site.
2. Is it painful?
A local anesthetic is applied before the treatment to numb the area and ensure a comfortable experience throughout.
3. How long is the treatment?
The duration of the treatment can range from about 30 minutes to an hour.
4. How much is the MINT thread lift procedure?
The cost of MINT thread lift in Singapore stars from $2,500, depending on the number of threads required.
Thread lifts are considered to be the more affordable option for a facelift, as compared to getting surgery done.
5. What are the side effects?
MINT thread lift is considered to be a minimally-invasive treatment with no downtime, so you can expect only mild bruising and swelling that will subside within the first few days. Since the threads are non-allergic and non-antigenic, this allows us to conduct a safe and reliable procedure for all our patients.
While dimpling and puckering of the skin can occur, thread lift treatment is designed to be a relatively simple, safe and effective procedure when done with the right professional.
After the procedure, patients are able to continue on with their daily activities, although smoking, drinking and intensive exercise should be avoided for the first few weeks.
6. Who are the best candidates for MINT?
The best candidates for the MINT thread lift procedure are those aged between 30 – 50 facing mild-to-moderate facial laxity – although it is not solely restricted to this range.
During your consultation, our doctors will first access your skin and then recommend the best solution to achieve your desired results.
7. What are the results?
After your treatment session, the threads will be naturally dissolved in the body over the next 3 – 6 months, stimulating collagen production in the body to improve your overall skin texture.
While you can notice lifting results immediately, the full results are usually noticed only around 6 – 12 weeks after your initial session.
Results from the treatment can last you up to 1 – 2 years, which means that maintenance treatments will be required in order to achieve permanent results.