The MINT lift is a minimally invasive procedure that can make you look younger and more refreshed without the down-time of facelift surgery.
Until recently, the only way to address problems caused by facial skin laxity, such as drooping jowls and cheeks, was to have a facelift. Now thread lifting has evolved to the point that it is one of the most popular procedures for anti-ageing and is quickly filling the gap between injectables not being enough and the need for a surgical facelift.
MINT threads are made from sterile absorbable suture material and feature bi-directional and helically positioned small barbs to effectively anchor the soft tissue before lifting it to the desired position. They are most effective in the cheeks, jowls, jawline, brows and neck.
Instead of the skin being surgically removed, thread lifting supports the skin from within and the skin is suspended. The threads can help lift and tighten soft tissue as well as stimulate collagen production in the dermis. This is important as collagen helps to keep our skin strong, voluminous and supple and supports ‘growth factors’ that greatly influences the condition of our skin. As we age, we gradually produce less and less collagen, which can lead to an 80% reduction in skin thickness by about age 70. This loss of volume and strength is a large factor in the creation of excess skin and wrinkles. As the skin grows weaker, it’s no longer able to support the tissues beneath it adequately, meaning that gravity pulls it downwards and stretches it.
In other words, thread lifting provides ongoing and progressive rejuvenation for the facial tissues. Some lifting can be seen immediately after having the procedure and, because the MINT lift stimulates the production of collagen and prompts tissue contraction, the results continue to develop for a number of months. The threads themselves are broken down and absorbed by the body while the lifting effect remains, typically lasting up to one year. Also, you will notice a gradual improvement in your skin’s tone and firmness.
The MINT lift procedure is considered a minimally invasive treatment because it does not cause any scarring or trauma to the skin. For many patients, the biggest advantage of having a thread lift rather than a facelift is the greatly reduced recovery time associated with thread lifts. Usually you can resume normal activities straight away.
The MINT lift rejuvenates and makes the skin look more rested and firm and results in more defined facial contours. It allows you to achieves a youthful look without scarring and the need for general anaesthesia, and is a more affordable option or alternative to a full facelift.
If you have some jowling, volume loss or just feel your face would benefit from a subtle lift, or if your dermal fillers aren’t giving you enough volume but you are not ready to undergo facelift surgery, the MINT lift may be your best option.