A new softer alternative to face lift surgery, less invasive and safer.
Dr Paul Charlson
FRCGP DPD DRCOG DOccMED FBCAM
Paul says ”I have been using thread lifts for some time. They provide a mechanical lift to the face or neck and tighten the jaw line or brow. They provide collagen stimulation and the result improves over time. In the right patients the results are very pleasing”.
Threads we use are mainly cogged threads made of polydioxanone (PDO) . These are simple to insert and create lift and collagenisation . The main area we use them is for lifting the mid and lower face. We sometimes add neck and brow lifts. However Paul considers that mild to moderate jowl treatment is where threads are particularly useful. The lift probably lasts about 18 months but it is the collagenisation that is useful as well as the mechanical lift. The best patients do not have very slim faces nor severe jowls where surgery is a better option. Full face PDO lifts are £2000.
We always remind patients these are not a substitute for surgery but an alternative for those that want a cheaper minimally invasive technique with lower risk and downtime.
The threads we use are top quality MINT threads manufactured in South Korea the epicentre of cosmetic procedures. They are biodegradable and safe. They provide lift and more importantly turn back the clock restoring the skin’s firmness and elasticity.
MINT PDO are the only device to have three FDA clearances (USA regulators) for facial suspension surgery, skin approximation and nasolabial fold reduction.
Results are seen after 4 weeks
NON SURGICAL FACE LIFT OR THREAD LIFT OR PUPPET LIFT
PDO surgical facelift costs around £2000 but it depends on the type of lift and thread count. Please ask us
MINT THREAD NON SURGICAL FACE LIFT
MINT components are natural and fully absorbable. poly dioxanone , has been used for many years in various pharmaceutical and medical applications.
The development of MINT®is based on years of experience. They are fully biodegradable and used for surgical sutures. They are cleared by FDA in the USA.
The visible benefits of MINT® treatment can last up to 18 months.
MINT® can be used to treat various parts of the face:
- Lower jaw
- Cheeks and cheekbones
No special preparation is required prior to MINT® treatment.
However, we recommend that you discuss your expectations and ask your doctor any questions you have before starting treatment. Inform the doctor of any treatment you have already received and of any medicines you are currently taking.
Sadly anyone with no training can provide thread lifts until the regulations are enacted in 2024 . This is likely to be classed as a surgical procedure and rightly only experienced and trained medical practitioners will be able to perform these procedures. MINT will not supply anyone who is not trained or qualified
After MINT® treatment, as with any cosmetic treatment, some slight swelling, redness or bruising may sometimes be observed, but these disappear within days.
There is sometimes a slight wrinkling of the skin (required for optimisation of the treatment) which disappears very quickly. If you experience any side effects, talk to your doctor.
You must not use MINT® if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
No, the treatment is performed under local anaesthetic of certain points of the area to be treated, so avoiding pain during insertion of the suture.
- During the week following treatment, do not undergo any dental surgery, and avoid facial massages or any beauty treatment.
- For the first few weeks, avoid any contact sport.
- Preferably sleep on your back.
- In the event of pain, take a pain reliever according to your doctor’s prescription.