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A.T.A.I. is a recognised IE training partner for MINT Lift®, the most advanced thread lifting system available. Six levels of training to build your skills into a MINT PDO Thread expert.

MINT thread lift training will be available in 2022 and enrolments will open soon.

Small group 1:3 and Private 1:1 options available

MINT Thread Training Dublin PDO threads have become a popular minimally invasive alternative to surgical facelift procedures and have given rise to the emerging cat eye, V-line, and snatched jawline trends. With an innovative patented technology in which the barbs are press-moulded and configured in a 360-degree helical pattern, MINT™ PDO offers the most robust threads on the market. This revolutionary technology allows instant yet profound results while minimising pain & trauma – allowing clients to benefit from a shorter recovery.

What you will learn

  • How to provide consultation for better patient outcomes.
  • How to identify healthy and unhealthy psychological drivers for patients seeking treatment.
  • In-depth facial anatomy.
  • In-depth skin ageing and the face.
  • Effects of nutrition.
  • Treating ageing skin.

For delegates new to A.T.A.I, all our courses have a foundation of theory considered the minimum for delivering Cosmetic Procedures, as laid out by Health Education England (HEE). We follow these guidelines as best practices in delivering cosmetic procedures as Ireland at this time has no framework for the aesthetic sector,

For more details and payment plan options, please call us on +353 1 524 1511 or book a callback.

Course Name1:3 Group1:1 Private
Level 1Full Face Lift with MINT Fine€985€1965
Level 2Full Face Lift with MINT Fine + MINT Fix/Fix-mini€1230€2460
Level 3Brow Lift or Cat Eye Lift with MINT Petit€1230€2460
Level 4Nose Lift with MINT Up + MINT Tip€1230€2460
Level 5Neck Lift with MINT Fine€1230€2460
Level 6Neck Lift with MINT Easy + MINT Fine€1475€2950

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Aesthetic Doctor
Michelle Westcott

With over 16 years in aesthetic medicine, Dr Michelle Westcott is a master trainer. Michelle teaches a broad remit of aesthetic medicine including PDO threads, Silhouette Soft, Skin boosters, varied advanced filler modalities. Dr Michelle loves teaching: ” I am constantly learning, training and updating my skills, as I believe that knowledge is the most precious gift anyone can possess. Aesthetic Medicine is a field I feel extremely passionate about and I  strive daily to maintain the highest possible standards and strive to make patient safety and amazing aesthetic outcomes my priority.

Aesthetic Nurse
Lynn Murdock

Nearing 5 years in aesthetic medicine Lynn has performed thousands of procedures and is our lead dermal filler, PRP, and skin booster trainer. A qualified teacher and RGN, Lynn has a passion for aesthetic medicine and teaching and is as much a student as a teacher with constantly building her knowledge and skills. “Delivering an aesthetic outcome a client is happy with means having many tools in your bag. It is as much an art as it is science, and when you get that right the happiness it brings clients is truly rewarding”.

Key benefits of MINT Lift®

  • Perfect for soft tissue lifting
  • Strong, with an instant and immediate lift
  • Made of Polydioxanone (PDO) which is often used for surgical threads
  • Completely biodegradable
  • A guaranteed real lift, not just collagen promotion
  • Results last around 18 months
  • CE, FDA and KFDA approved

Training with A.T.A.I.

Confidence and competence are built through robust training. Our graduates are headhunted in the sector, we are a preferred provider of practitioners to the Therapie clinic network as our graduates display a level of competence head and shoulders above the average graduate of an aesthetics course. Yes, you can find shorter courses than what we offer but we stand behind our in-depth course programmes and that is reflected in the quality of our graduates which leads to better aesthetic outcomes for the general public.

Foundation modules included in MINT PDO training

  • Facial anatomy
  • Facial nerves
  • Facial symmetry
  • Volume loss to fat pads
  • Consultation and assessment
  • Patient selection
  • Managing expectations
  • Contraindications
  • Aftercare
  • Dealing with complications

There are 11 core modules delivered through online learning that have to be completed before booking practical training Delegates that have already completed a course with us do not have to repeat the common themes theory modules.

MINT is a Polydioxanone thread

The PDO in MINT™ PDO stands for polydioxanone. It’s a monofilament synthetic polymer used to create a suture or thread. PDO is nonpyrogenic and non-antigenic, making it a safe suture material for insertion.
The PDO thread undergoes biodegradation once it’s inserted into the skin. It fully dissolves into water and carbon dioxide via hydrolysis over a period of 4 to 6 months, not leaving behind any foreign materials in the body.
Not only is it safe, but studies have also shown that PDO elicits positive changes to the surrounding tissues that result in Neocollagenesis, a fibrous merging effect, fat reduction, tissue contracture, and an improved vascular environment.
The PDO threads used in aesthetic medicine today have been around for 10-15 years, but PDO sutures have actually been used in orthopaedic and cardiovascular surgery for over 30 years. While the application is newer, the concept behind PDO threads has been around for a long time.

About MINT PDO Threads

PDO Threads are part of the Regenerative skin remit that sets out to:

Reduce skin laxity – Environmental factors that contribute to skin laxity include ageing, genetics, stress, sun exposure, weight fluctuations, and smoking which reduce the collagen and elastin in our skin.

Increase skin elasticity – Skin elasticity is the skin’s ability to stretch and return to its original shape. Loss of skin elasticity is known as elastosis. Elastosis causes the skin to look saggy, crinkled, or leathery. Areas of the skin exposed to the sun can get solar elastosis.

Restore volume – As we age and lose collagen and elastin, the skin starts to sag, a hollowing out of facial areas begins as we lose volume from the facial fat pads. Injectable collagen stimulators aid in the restoring of facial volume loss and are often incorporated with traditional dermal filler.

Skin tightening – Through complementary therapy such as combining micro-needling, PRP, and traditional injectables, a more youthful appearance can be achieved with immediately visible results in many cases.

Collagen production – Collagen is such a central building block of the body, contained in bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Collagen is also found in many other body parts, including blood vessels, corneas, and teeth. The word’s etymology is Greek, “kólla,” which very aptly means “glue” there are at least 16 types of collagen in the body; we concern ourselves with the four main types, type I, II, III, and IV.

Hyaluronic Acid & Skin boosters are the perfect complementing treatment

The role of hyaluronic acid is to help bind moisture in the skin and help produce collagen and elastin. As we age, our bodies produce less and less hyaluronic acid; volume is lost from the fat pads, interconnecting tissues lose strength. The lack of hyaluronic acid production leads to a lack of skin hydration and skin laxity, leading to the formation of wrinkles in the skin.

Skin boosters contain a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, also depending on the brand cocktails of amino acids and peptides. Skin boosters tend to have the consistency of a gel-like substance, which enables them to be distributed very smoothly and evenly throughout the skin.

The purpose of the skin booster is to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin through the release of hyaluronic acid and other compounds specific to each skin booster brand. That is essentially what makes skin boosters different to many other skin treatments. The purpose of skin boosters is not to cover up or hide skin imperfections. All regenerative skin health treatments can remedy these imperfections by stimulating the natural production of collagen and elastin.

Skin boosters are all about skin tone texture hydration and improving skin laxity. It is why skin boosters are often referred to as injectable moisturisers and are becoming an increasingly popular treatment to improve the skin’s texture, create a better skin tone, treat skin laxity while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Combining treatments provides a treatment pathway more suited to many clients expectations. From PDO threads, chemical peels, dermal filler through to IPL all benefit from paring with skin boosters. Training with A.T.A.I. opens your career to a world of options.

What are the training fees for MINT threads?

MINT PDO Thread training is provided through a 6 step system from basic to expert. Courses can be booked together for an overall course fee reduction of 20%. Practitioners cannot progress to higher levels of training without foundation training. However, for practitioners that are already trained in other PDO thread lift techniques, there is the possibility for recognition of prior learning. This will be assessed on a case by case basis and the practitioner will need to demonstrate competence with varied techniques and provide proof of training.

MINT PDO Thread Lift Training Fees Dublin

I am a beauty therapist or non medical professional can I attend this training?

Thread lifting is a highly skilled minor surgery requiring local anaesthetic, it is not suitable for non-medical professionals.  We delegate a medical professional as an NMBI registered nurse or midwife, IMC registered doctors and dental council of Ireland dentists. International delegates are welcome and will also have to verify qualifications and current membership to a medical board.

Do I need to bring my own model?

No, we provide all models for the practical component of the course. If you do wish to bring along a model, please let us know at the time of enrolment.

Are MINT PDO threads good quality?

MINT PDO threads are one of the higher quality threads on the market. Produced with a patented press-moulded method which produces a more robust thread and allows for greater precision when inserting. Due to the moulded design, it creates less trauma to the skin and thus quicker healing times. The robustness of the thread allows easier handling for the practitioner, this, also aids in less stress at the insertion points a more accurate insertion, a more comfortable treatment for the patient.

Can the thread lift procedure go wrong?

PDO thread lifting is a highly skilled procedure that is invasive compared to typical skin treatments; it is classed as minor surgery. PDO threads are an implant that dissipates over time; however, damage can be done to muscle tissue, nerves, leaving scarring through poor technique. In short, without the proper training, PDO threads can go very wrong and open the practitioner up to litigation. If we bring basic logic into the equation injectable, local anaesthetic is used before the procedure, highlighting the treatment’s invasive nature compared to other procedures. The marketing of PDO threads as minimally invasive is only correct compared to traditional face lifting surgery.

Who is able to attend this training?

Nurses and doctors can attend this course. We only accept NMBI registered nurses, IMC & Dental Council Ireland, doctors with current valid registration.

Is there a practical component to the training?

Yes, the course is structured with the delivery of theory of approximately 30 hours through our virtual learning environment. In addition, the practical days see you observing the PDO procedure plus hands-on PDO thread lift to the indication of the course level. All our courses have a strong focus on practical skills.

Do I need specific coverage for PDO threads on my insurance during training?

No, our insurance covers you on the practical treatment days. Once you have qualified you will, of course, need to update your insurance to cover the new procedures.

Can I combine MINT threads with other treatments?

Yes, PDO threads, in general, lend themselves to complementing treatment. All regenerative skin treatments such as skin boosters, tissue stimulators. Laser and light therapy, platelet-rich plasma and medical micro-needling are all treatments that can be used to attain specific aesthetic outcomes for the patient.

Are MINT threads FDA approved?

In 2013, MINT™ received 510(k) clearance from the FDA as a Class II medical device, by demonstrating that the device to be marketed is safe and effective. MINT™ received global registrations for lifting indication from seven countries, such as the Korea MFDS, Europe CE, and China CFDA, to assure its excellent technological capabilities and reliable safety. In 2020, MINT™ became the only PDO suture in the US market to have received dual FDA clearances and is the only device of its kind to receive clearance for a lifting indication for nasolabial fold depth reduction.

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