Years ago, a traditional facelift was the best option for addressing signs of facial aging like wrinkles, sagging skin, and volume loss. Today, there are more options than ever for restoring youth and vibrancy to the face, without the lengthy downtime of a surgical facelift. Patients with less advanced signs of aging, or those who simply do not want to undergo an invasive surgery have other options that can produce excellent results. One option is a new type of threadlift known as the MINT lift: Minimally Invasive Nonsurgical Thread Facelift. This procedure stimulates the body’s natural anti-aging responses, tightening and lifting the facial tissues in the months following the treatment. The expert plastic surgeons at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Michigan are pleased to offer the MINT lift to patients in the Birmingham and Dearborn areas.
What is the MINT Lift?
Threadlifts have been available for years, but older versions of the treatments have been replaced with new options, like the MINT lift. The MINT lift is an FDA-approved threadlift that uses an absorbable barbed suture material to lift the facial tissues and increase collagen production.
Collagen and elastin, essential components of the skin, are plentiful in youth, but begin to decline with age. As production slows down, the skin begins to sag, wrinkle, and lose its volume and firmness. Collagen production is stimulated when the body’s tissues are injured, and the MINT lift creates small, controlled injuries beneath the skin to encourage the body to restore the facial tissues. The threads absorb slowly, stimulating collagen production for a year or more after the procedure takes place. Because they dissolve naturally, there is no need to remove the threads—they provide the anti-aging framework, and the body does the rest.
Benefits of the MINT Lift
Patients who choose the MINT lift can look forward to a lifted, rejuvenated appearance after the MINT lift treatment. Although the main goal of the procedure is to lift sagging tissues, collagen production can help to reverse many different signs of aging. The MINT lift can help to improve the overall youthfulness of the face, often softening folds in the skin and tightening the jaw line.
The results of the MINT lift give most patients a boost in confidence and self-esteem. They look and feel younger, without the need for an invasive surgery. This treatment is extremely convenient for patients with busy lifestyles, as there is little to no downtime involves with the MINT lift. Patients can resume their normal activities almost immediately, and only a local anesthetic is needed during the procedure.
The thread facelift does not produce the dramatic results of a traditional facelift surgery, but it can be a great option for patients who want more subtle results, do not want to undergo surgery, or would like to postpone the need for a surgical facelift.
Who is a Candidate?
Because the MINT lift is non-surgical, good candidates can be any healthy adult with sagging facial tissues who would like subtle lifting results. Patients should have realistic expectations and understand the limitations of the procedure. The MINT lift is a long-lasting, effective rejuvenation procedure, but patients who are looking for more dramatic results may want to consider surgical options. Before-and-after photos can help patients determine whether or not a MINT lift will help them reach their goals. Only a plastic surgeon can make a decision about individual candidacy, however.
The MINT Lift Consultation
Before undergoing a MINT lift, patients must discuss their goals with one of our Masri Clinic experts to determine whether or not the treatment is the appropriate choice. During the consultation, the plastic surgeon will perform an examination of the area to be treated, ask questions about the patient’s goals and health history, and make recommendations for treatment options. Some patients can benefit greatly from a MINT lift, while others may be better served with another procedure. Dr. Haitham Masri and his associates will provide alternative treatment options if the MINT lift is not a good fit. Patients should use the consultation to learn more about the procedure and to ask questions so they can make an informed decision about their treatment options.
Preparing for a MINT Lift
Patients may need to make preparations in the weeks leading up to the procedure. People who smoke will typically need to quit for at least two weeks prior to the treatment and for several weeks after, as smoking can affect proper healing. Certain supplements and medications may not be taken as they may increase bleeding risks.
MINT Lift at Masri Clinic
Before the treatment, a local anesthesia will be administered to ensure that the patient does not feel any pain during the procedure. Once the area is numbed, the surgeon will insert barbed polydioxanone (PDO) sutures, which lift the facial tissues evenly. Several threads will be used to rejuvenate different areas of the face. The procedure typically lasts around one hour. Patients should see a modest improvement immediately after treatment, with further results appearing gradually.
One of the biggest benefits of the MINT treatment is that it allows patients to resume their normal activities almost immediately, with no downtime and few side effects. Some swelling and bruising may occur in the first few days after treatment. Patients may want to scale back their activities during the first week after the MINT lift, while others feel well enough to keep up with their usual pace.
MINT Lift FAQ
Is a MINT lift painful?
Before the procedure, the patient will be given a local anesthesia. This will ensure that no pain or discomfort is felt as the sutures are inserted into the tissues. After the procedure, minor discomfort may occur, but patients can get tips for minimizing this from their plastic surgeon.
How old should I be to get a MINT lift?
There is no “right” age for any anti-aging procedure, including the MINT lift. Aging is a very individual process, and some people start to show signs of sagging skin earlier than others. The MINT lift is best for people with minor to moderate tissue sagging, which typically occurs in patients’ 40s and 50s, but can occur earlier in some cases. It is up to you when you feel that the treatment is appropriate. Your surgeon will also be able to advise you.
What are the risks of a MINT lift?
Like all cosmetic procedures, there are some risks associated with the MINT lift, although they are rare. Choosing an expert plastic surgeon and following all of his or her instructions will help to minimize risks. Some risks of the MINT lift may include:
- Facial paralysis
- Pigmentation issues
Your plastic surgeon will explain the risks to you at the time of your consultation to ensure you feel comfortable moving forward.
Can I get a facelift after I’ve had a MINT lift?
Once the sutures from the MINT lift have been absorbed by the body, there is no reason that you cannot undergo a facial plastic procedure like a facelift. Patients often use non-surgical treatments to postpone more invasive procedures, and many choose to undergo anti-aging surgery in the following years as aging progresses.
How do I know if the MINT lift is right for me?
Looking at before and after pictures can help you get a good idea of which procedures will best help you reach your goals. However, the best way to determine which treatments are the best fit for you is to schedule a consultation at Masri Clinic and get advice from an expert in aesthetic medicine.
How long will the results last?
The threads from the MINT lift will last about twelve months, stimulating collagen production on an ongoing basis. After the sutures have been absorbed, however, the benefits of the procedure can last for an additional six months to two years. The MINT lift is a long-lasting, non-surgical option for sagging tissues.
What are the sutures made of? Are they safe?
MINT lift sutures are made from polydioxanone (PDO). They are absorbable, FDA-approved, and are generally very safe. If you have any concerns about the procedure, your consultation is an excellent opportunity to get your questions answered. Most patients feel very comfortable with the safety of the MINT lift.
Can the MINT lift be used in areas other than the face?
Some surgeons do perform the MINT lift on other areas, but the face is by far the most common treatment area. If you are interested in rejuvenating sagging tissues in other areas of the body, you should ask your surgeon for the best options to suit your needs.
Will I need more than one procedure?
Patients who undergo the MINT lift should only need one treatment. The threads will gradually improve the youthfulness of the face over the months following the procedure, and there is no need to add additional threads.
What’s the difference between a MINT lift and a full facelift?
The MINT lift is a minimally-invasive procedure that subtly lifts and rejuvenates the face with absorbable sutures. There are no large sutures, and the results are long-lasting, but not as dramatic as surgical results.
A facelift, on the other hand, is an invasive but effective surgical procedure that lifts, tightens, and trims away excess tissue. It can produce dramatic anti-aging results that can last for a decade or more, but the procedure can be quite expensive and requires significant downtime.
The two procedures are very different, and each patient needs to make the decision that’s right for their unique situation.
Refresh Your Look with MINT
If you’d like to see the lifted, youthful skin of your younger years, then the MINT lift could fit perfectly into your lifestyle. Dr. Haitham Masri and his associates are standing by to help you refresh your look in a way that works for you. For more information, contact Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery in Michigan at 866-487-3223 to schedule your consultation.