PDO MINT Threads

What is different about these new threads and how do they compare to the older type of threads?

The new generation PDO absorbable revitalizing threads are very different to the older type of threads. These new absorbable threads have the advantage of dissolving within 9 to 12 months, yet still maintaining the revitalizing effect for several years to come before another procedure is considered. Another advantage is that their cannula insertion reduces the risk of bruising.  A revitalizing thread lift with these new generation absorbable threads is an effective and cost-conscious way to achieve the desired result without scarring and with a minimum of downtime.


How long have these absorbable threads been available?

The new absorbable threads have only recently been available in New Zealand, we have been using them since 2018 with very positive results.  However, they have been available overseas for a number of years. Although new, the material from which the absorbable threads are made from is the same material that has been used in conventional dissolvable sutures that have been used in surgery for many years.


What can a Thread Lift do for you? 

Your practitioner will advise you as to your suitability for threads. PDO MINT threads can lift and tighten the skin. There are monofilament plain threads that are used to cross hatch over fine wrinkled skin for thickening and strengthening the skin and also cogged threads for repositioning sagging areas. For those patients who are candidates, the threads are ideal for helping to delay the ageing process and address sagging areas such as:


  • The face and neck.
  • Cheek bone area, lifting the mid face.
  • Correction of the marionette line and naso-labial line.
  • Support of the neck skin area.
  • Jowling
  • Lift sagging eyebrows
  • Adjusting asymmetric brows and face.


Your aesthetic practitioner will advise you on the specific areas where you will achieve maximum benefit and how to plan your rejuvenation in combination with other treatments available at our clinic.


How do they work?

The suspension threads have a unique design and utilise specially developed and patented soft barbs (also known as cogs) that attach to the surrounding skin tissue (just like Velcro) to hold the skin in place and achieve the desired lift effect. The resulting beneficial effect can be achieved quickly and without any visible scars. For the mid face procedure a tiny incision is made close to the ear and the threads are positioned towards the chin and jaw line creating a firm hold on the underlying tissues without causing any trauma. The soft barbs (or cogs) hold to the tissue as they are gently contoured into place.

Your aesthetic practitioner may also choose the absorbable monofilament MINT threads for fine wrinkly skin; these threads dissolve within 9 to 12 months but still maintain the revitalizing effect for several years before another procedure is considered.   


 How long does the procedure take?

This depends on the number of threads being used in the procedure; however most procedures take 30 minutes.  During this time you are under a local anaesthetic. 


When can I get back to my usual social life?

The majority of patients resume normal social activities that day. The only risk to socialising would be the risk of noticeable bruising.


What are the possible side effects?

Occasionally some local discomfort or occasional sharp pain may occur; this can be treated with oral analgesics. Sometimes local bruising or temporary puckering of the skin may be evident.


Can this procedure be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

It is not uncommon to have this procedure combined with other cosmetic procedures such as Botulinum toxin to reduce facial muscle activity; dermal fillers such as hyaluronic acid or fat to enhance skin volume; and laser therapy to improve skin texture and collagen formation. Ask your practitioner for more information.


Call 0800 256 654 (08002lookgood) today for more information or for a consultation appointment to discuss how threads can help you.

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