How the MINT™ PDO Treatment Works
MINT™ PDO’s skin-firming actions are described in part by its name. MINT stands for minimally invasive nonsurgical thread, and PDO describes the thread’s polydioxanone composition. This complex sugar has been used for more than 30 years to make sutures used in orthopedic and cardiovascular surgeries. MINT™ PDO’s patented molding technology creates 3D helical barbs in the thread that securely tighten and contour sagging skin to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds and other signs of sagging.
As a minimally invasive procedure, the insertion of MINT™ PDO threads does not require general anesthesia or significant incisions. Patients report experiencing minimal pain during the procedure, require no downtime, and typically notice immediate results. In addition to skin firming produced by the placement and manipulation of the threads, MINT™ PDO also helps improve skin elasticity and texture and reduces the appearance of fine lines by stimulating collagen production and neovascularization.
MINTTM PDO Frequently Asked Questions
PDO threads are strategically inserted into the skin and then pulled in directions in which the thread’s tiny barbs maneuver the skin to naturally firm areas experiencing sagging, folding, and hollowing. The sugar composition of the PDO also helps stimulate collagen production and neovascularization for further enhancement of skin elasticity, texture, and fine line decreases.
Ideal Mint™ PDO patients tend to be aged 20-60 with medium-depth skin layers that are neither too thin nor too deep. Those with thicker skin may not realize optimal results, while thin skin may force the threads too close to the skin’s surface.
Results from a Mint™ PDO are immediately noticeable, and further improvements may be seen over time due to the procedure’s stimulation of collagen production and neovascularization.
The versatility of Mint™ PDO means it can be used on most areas of the face, but the primary areas treated are nasolabial folds, smile lines, jowls, jawline, marionette lines, and eyebrows, chin, and neck.
With prep work, numbing, and post-care, most patients are in our office for an hour to an hour and a half, but only about a half-hour of that time represents the thread insertion and maneuvering.
Clinical studies have proven Mint™ PDO to be safe, with only a few infrequent side effects that are easily resolved. Most patients experience some mild swelling, and some also experience mild bruising, though both conditions resolve themselves within days. Patients can resume normal daily activities and wear make-up on the day after the procedure. Patients should avoid high-impact sports and strenuous exercise for one to two weeks and not schedule any significant dental procedures for two weeks.