As the years pass, your skin loses much of the elasticity and fullness present during your youth. Collagen cells deplete and don’t naturally regenerate, which allows your skin to sag and pool into lines, wrinkles, and folds.
A facelift can restore facial contouring, but comes with a long list of potential complications. For those who want a more youthful, well-rested appearance, a thread lift offers a great solution without the risks inherent in a facelift.
A thread lift is an advanced medical aesthetics procedure that uses a series of temporary sutures to lift and tighten your skin. Some of these threads are made of polydioxanone (PDO), a safe material that your body eventually absorbs and processes.
The threads create an immediate, subtle lifting effect. Even better, your body responds to the threads by creating new collagen, which provides an ongoing plumping effect. This can extend your results by years, making PDO thread lifts an outstanding value.
PDO thread lifts are well-tolerated and carry little risk of side effects like bruising, bleeding, or infection. While the effects cannot rival a full facelift, PDO thread lifts also carry none of the risk of serious side effects that come with surgical procedures.
The threads used in a PDO thread lift are very versatile and can be used to lift and tighten skin in many areas of your face. Some of the most popular areas of focus with a PDO thread lift include:
During your consultation at IVY Infusions, our nurses will discuss how a thread lift can improve your facial contouring or if other treatments might be a better fit for your aesthetic goals.
A topical numbing cream reduces sensation in the treatment area. This allows one of our highly trained nurses to painlessly insert the threads using a thin needle. She trims away any excess thread material.
The entire process takes just moments. There’s no significant discomfort and you can resume normal activities immediately after your thread lift. Just take care to sleep on your back for a few days to avoid placing undue strain on your face.
The best way to learn more about PDO thread lifts is to come in for a face-to-face consultation at IVY Infusions. Book your consultation by phone or online today.
MINT™ is the latest news in Korean beauty that can deliver natural results without invasive surgery. Why stress out about your skin when you can look refreshed and rejuvenated in no time?
MINT™ stands for Minimally Invasive Non-surgical Thread. It is a unique absorbable thread designed to approximate and fixate sagging tissues. The thread is made from a complex sugar polydioxanone or PDO – a safe suture material that has been used in orthopedic and cardiovascular surgeries for over 30 years. Treatments involve minimal pain and minimal downtime, and the results can be seen immediately, so you can look and feel your best in no time. It’s time to stop worrying and start rejuvenating!
MINT™ PDO threads are designed with a unique patented technology that can help enhance your features. There are tiny barbs strategically placed and molded all around the thread. Once the threads are placed into the skin, the barbs anchor onto sagging skin and the thread can be maneuvered to achieve a naturally youthful and defined look. Not only can it improve the appearance of sagging skin, PDO can help promote the stimulation of collagen and neovascularization which helps to improve skin elasticity, texture, fine lines, and volume for a beautiful rejuvenation.
Common results that may be achieved with PDO threads include:
Because MINT™ is a minimally invasive and nonsurgical procedure, the procedure takes an average of 1 hour and results can be seen immediately. Patients will experience minimal pain, minimal scarring, and results will improve over time as the swelling, redness, and bruising go down.
MINT™ threads are made from a complex sugar polydioxanone or PDO – a safe suture material that has been used in orthopedic and cardiovascular surgeries for over 30 years. Not only that, MINT™ is also backed by more than 6 years of published studies for its efficacy and safety and is the first and only PDO suture in the US market to have received two FDA clearances.
After the procedure, you may immediately resume your daily activities. More intense activities such as exercise should be resumed after a week, but please consult with your provider beforehand.
The cost of PDO threads depend on the patient’s needs and anatomy. While prices vary according to the areas that need to be treated, they start anywhere from $A – $B on average.
Please schedule a consultation first to determine if you are an ideal candidate for MINT™ procedures. During the consultation, you should discuss what concerns you want to address and the look you desire so the provider can properly address the area of concern.
While one treatment may be enough for some, you may consider getting PDO threads another time. The threads dissolve completely, so you can get treated to enjoy the benefits of MINT™ all over again for an extended period.
Yes! MINT™ is compatible with many other procedures, so you can take advantage of all the best things each treatment has to offer for synergistic effects. Target wrinkles with neuromodulators, restore volume with dermal fillers, address skin texture with laser treatments, and take care of sagging skin with MINT™.
Common side effects may include soreness, minor bruising, swelling and mild discomfort. If you experience any other complications or an extended period of the side effects, please consult with your provider. To avoid the risk of complications, we recommend that you verify your provider has received professional PDO thread training credentials.
While PDO threads are made of the same material, the manufacturing process of the thread itself varies from brand to brand. Conventional PDO threads cut the barbs from the integral core of the thread, which weakens it and makes it more prone to breakage. MINT™ uses an innovative patented technology to press-mold the barbs onto the surface of the thread to maintain its structural integrity.
|Face Lift||PDO Thread|
|What It Does||Long-term solution to sagging skin in the lower half of face||Minimally invasive solution to sagging skin that also stimulates collagen production|
|Longevity of Results||Can last around 10 years||Can last for up to 1 year|
|Cost of Procedure||Relatively high as an outpatient procedure performed in a surgical center||Lower than surgery as an in-office procedure|
|Recovery Period||Invasive procedure generally requires at least 2 to 4 weeks of recovery||Minimal tissue trauma and reaction leads to minimal downtime|
|Procedure Duration||Surgery takes around 2 to 4 hours under general anesthesia||Procedure takes an average of 1 hour|
|Postoperative Scarring and Pain||Scarring is left behind from incision marks around the ears Skin numbness & muscle soreness may persist for month||Non-surgical treatment leads to minimal scarring Patients can see the process and results in real-time|
The journey to a more beautiful and more confident you is just a thread away, so contact us today about MINT™ PDO.