The MINT Thread Lift
Age, gravity, sun exposure and genetics all contribute to changes that occur in the face over time. As the dermal structure weakens, sagging and droopy skin can cause a worn and fatigued appearance, and the face tends to lose its youthful definition. The shifting of fat deposits and weakening of supporting structures can also create disharmony between facial features, making you look older than you feel. The MINT lift is a highly advanced non-surgical procedure designed to lift areas of the face and achieve a naturally refreshed and younger-looking complexion.
What is the MINT Thread Lift?
The MINT, or Minimally Invasive Nonsurgical Thread, is a facelift designed to restore the youthful structure and shape of the face. The procedure targets the mid-face, jowls, forehead and eyebrows, and works by gently pulling and raising soft facial tissue to create a more defined appearance. By correcting droopy skin and repositioning fat, the MINT lift restores a smoother, more proportional and aesthetically pleasing facial aesthetic. The MINT is a sterile, absorbable suture composed of PDO (polydioxanone) and is both non-allergic and non-antigenic, which allows for a safe and reliable procedure.
The MINT lift is composed of innovative and highly advanced technology. Compared to the common cutting thread, MINT uses bi-directional, molded barbs to anchor onto the soft tissue and approximate it to the desired position. The barbs are also arranged in a 360-degree helical configuration, which increases anchoring strength and works to lift the skin in a 3-dimensional fashion. The stronger, more durable threads lead to a more effective and longer-lasting lift.
How is the MINT Thread Lift performed?
The MINT lift is performed as an in-office treatment under local anesthesia and takes from 30 to 60 minutes to complete. Small incisions are made within the hairline to avoid any visible scarring, and the threads are carefully inserted into the target areas to anchor and elevate the skin. The versatility of the MINT technology allows for a highly customizable treatment, as the length can be adjusted for different areas of the face. Compared to other thread techniques, the MINT’s tensile and anchoring strength allows for a better, more visible hold and transformative improvements to your facial structure. Since the MINT is composed of PDO, the thread is completely biodegradable by hydrolysis. As the threads gradually dissolve within the skin, they also help to stimulate collagen production.
The procedure will be different for each patient, depending on their targeted treatment areas and cosmetic goals. In your consultation with Dr. Kim, she will analyze your facial proportions and design a MINT treatment plan based on your unique anatomy and aesthetic desires. This thorough process, combined with her surgical precision and expert artistic vision, is what allows her to achieve personalized and natural-looking results for her patients.
What Areas Can Be Treated with A MINT Thread Lift?
Thanks to its adjustable length and innovative technology, the MINT procedure can improve multiple areas of the face, including:
How do I Prepare for a MINT Thread Lift?
In your consultation with Dr. Kim, she will review your medical history to ensure there are no issues that will interfere with your treatment or results. Generally, she does advise against the consumption of alcohol for one week before undergoing the MINT lift, as well as aspirin, NSAIDs and herbal medications. If you are a smoker, Dr. Kim advises discontinuing smoking for at least one month before and after your procedure, as this can significantly increase the risk of complications occurring. In your consultation, Dr. Kim will walk you through all the pre-procedure requirements, as well as how to care for the site during the recovery process.
What is Recovery Like After the MINT Thread Lift?
Immediately after the procedure, you should expect some soreness at the anchoring sites, including in the temple area and behind the ear. For the first few days following treatment, you may experience some facial swelling and bruising, which should subside within five to seven days. Dr. Kim generally recommends that patients begin taking pre-procedural arnica to help reduce swelling and bruising.
The recovery period will vary for each patient, depending on how their face is adapting to the new contour. While some patients feel comfortable returning to work immediately after the procedure, it is crucial to discuss this with your physician first, particularly before resuming exercise and other intense activities. To ensure optimal results, Dr. Kim gives each patient detailed post-operative instructions. Following these aftercare directions will allow you to get the most out of your MINT lift.
What Results Can I Expect from a MINT Thread Lift?
You will notice improvements to your skin immediately after the procedure. The MINT lift will produce a visible lift and firmer, more youthful skin. The results will continue to improve over time, with optimal effects becoming visible after six to 12 weeks. The MINT lift’s strong, durable threads can raise and hold the skin for up to 12 months, though some patients may require a MINT booster after six months. Dr. Kim will work with you to determine the frequency of treatments required to maintain and achieve your desired look.
What are the Benefits of a MINT Thread Lift?
The MINT lift is a highly customizable treatment that offers benefits for patients of all ages and facial structures. When performed by an experienced physician like Dr. Kim, the MINT facelift can achieve the following:
- Long-lasting lift in the cheeks and brows
- Reduced nasolabial folds
- Reduced marionette lines
- A slimmer, V-shaped jawline
- Reduced double chin
- Tightened, firmer and smoother-looking skin
- Improved facial definition
- Cellular renewal through collagen stimulation
Schedule a Consultation at Dr. Haena Kim’s Clinic in Walnut Creek, CA
Dr. Haena Kim is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon dedicated to the beautification and reconstruction of the face and neck. She has years of experience working with patients of all ages and skin types, attending to each patient with expert artistry and uncompromising attention to detail. Always keeping abreast of the latest advances in cosmetic enhancement, Dr. Kim draws on proven and highly developed techniques to help patients achieve long-lasting and satisfying results. Combined with her extraordinary artistry, she strives always to create natural-looking improvements that balance smoothly with each patient’s unique features.
Dr. Kim has introduced the MINT facelift for patients seeking to lift sagging areas of the face and reclaim a smoother, more youthful complexion. With the ability to treat multiple areas, this procedure can help to restore harmony between facial features and revitalize your natural beauty. If you would like to experience the benefits of a MINT lift or find out more, contact Dr. Haena Kim MD at (510) 570-1566 to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Haena Kim Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is located in Walnut Creek, CA. We serve the surrounding East Bay areas, including Contra Costa County, San Ramon, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Danville, Richmond, San Pablo, and Lafayette.
Frequently Asked Questions
The MINT lift is suitable for adults who live a healthy lifestyle and have maintained their weight for at least three months. This procedure would be beneficial for those who have experienced a loss of shape and definition in the face due to sagging skin and shifting fat deposits, which may be the result of age, gravity and sun exposure. Thanks to its versatile technology, the MINT lift can be adjusted to meet your needs; whether you are looking to shape the jawline or lift the cheeks, this treatment can help you achieve your ideal facial aesthetic. In your consultation, Dr. Kim will also evaluate your medical history and health to determine whether the MINT lift is a suitable option for you.
All procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, carry a certain amount of risk. Although a MINT lift is not a surgical facelift, it is a slightly invasive procedure. While there are risks associated with treatment, these are exceedingly rare. Common side effects include bruising, swelling and dimpling, while rare complications may include infection, facial paralysis or pigmentation issues. Consulting an experienced surgeon like Dr. Kim will significantly reduce the risk of complications occurring. Dr. Kim is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with an in-depth knowledge of the facial anatomy. She draws on highly developed, clinically-tested techniques to minimize risks, and takes every measure to ensure your safety.
The MINT lift is composed of highly advanced technology. Compared to traditional thread lifts, the MINT uses molded barbs, shaped like an arrow and arranged helically, to anchor and position the skin tissue. This unique configuration is achieved through a patented molding-press technology used in the manufacturing process. Combined with its 360-degree rotation, this thread has one of the strongest lifting and pulling powers amongst all non-invasive thread lifts. The MINT lift is also uniquely composed of PDO (polydioxanone), which means it safely dissolves within the body and can help to stimulate collagen and encourage cell renewal. The MINT facelift provides a convenient, versatile and highly effective non-surgical method for restoring balance and structure to the face. This treatment can help you reclaim a refreshed, more youthful profile and can ultimately redefine your facial aesthetic.