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PDO Threads by MINT™


MINT™ stands for Minimally Invasive Nonsurgical Thread. It is a monofilament suture made out of complex sugar polydioxanone (PDO). 

PDO sutures have been used in cardiovascular and orthopedic surgeries for over 30 years. This technology was studied and refined in countries like South Korea where MINT™ PDO was founded. MINT™ has since become a globally recognized brandwith certifications in multiple countries.

Innovative uses Stimulating smooth and monofilament, readily threaded onto a small needle. They are made from PDO (polydiaxanone) used in surgery for 20 years. These threads initiate growth factor release through tissue trauma. Fibroblast activation commences new collagen formation, which is remodelled at four weeks. New collagen has a tendency to shrink as it is remodelled. The effect is one of volume and shrinkage due to the sheer number of threads inserted. Stimulating threads should be considered as microfillers and lifters, providing a meshwork of new collagen, with initial tissue support.

All of the threads dissolve within 200 days, however they induce new collagen by release of growth factors and fibroblast activation. The improvement of the skin and subdermal tissues follows a four-stage process:


Frequently Asked Questions

MINT™ is a safe, absorbable suture designed to approximate sagging tissue. Once the thread is inserted into the skin, the tiny thread anchors onto sagging tissue and are then maneuvered to contour and define your natural features. The thread dissolves in 6-8 months and can stimulate your body to produce its own collagen to further improve the appearance of your skin.

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 safety and is the first PDO suture in the US market to have received two FDA clearances.

The procedure takes an average of 1 hour, and results can be seen immediately. Patients will experience minimal pain, minimal scarring, and minimal downtime compared to surgical procedures, and results will improve over time as the swelling, redness, and bruising go down.

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.

While one treatment may be enough for some, you may consider getting PDO threads another time. The threads dissolve completely in 6 to 8 months, so the treatment can be repeated as desired after consulting with your practitioner.

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.

Providers will normally administer local anesthesia prior to the procedure. You may feel pressure during the insertion of the threads and/or hear the “clicking” sound of the threads, but you should feel minimal pain during the procedure.

Yes. PDO threads can help both men and women.

The cost of PDO threads varies between clinics and the area of treatment. We recommend receiving an assessment from a provider to determine how much a treatment will cost.

The body absorbs PDO threads in 6-8 months after insertion, but the results can last for up to one year as the threads can help stimulate collagen production in the skin. However, results will vary depending on the degree of sagging, thickness of the skin, and the facial structure of the patient.

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