What On Earth Is Mono Threading And Is It Really As Terrifying And Painful As Eva Mendes Makes It Look?

Eva Mendes showed us all what the cosmetic procedure looks like in this picture and, erm, wow...

Eva Mendes

by Annie Vischer |

Eva Mendes surprised everyone recently when she took to Instagram to showcase a cosmetic procedure called mono threading. Not only did Eva pique our interest with this fairly graphic insight into her chosen invasive treatment (those of you who are squeamish, look away now) but the famously private actress left us all dumbstruck with this rare insight into her day. Eva Mendes is rarely glimpsed by the press and her Instagram account is more often used as a tool to draw attention to the various causes she supports. Take into account the fact that the Hollywood elite very rarely disclose details of their cosmetic treatments to members of the press, let alone the world at large, and you very quickly realise the stand-out nature of Eva Mendes' Instagram post.

What Is Mono Threading?

We asked ourselves this very sames question after seeing Eva Mendes' Instagram post and we got busy investigating. The caption to Eva's post reads:

'Oye! @marianalvergara has finally opened her own @beautyvillavergara! This spa-home away from home is incredible! No office with bad fluorescent lighting. No sterile office vibe. This is my go to for all things beauty. A home where you can relax while being tortured by the best of the best. This is my happy place! Here I am getting some Mono Threads. Ayyy Dios! I'll update you with results if you care. So excited to support her as a skilled beauty technician opening her own Latina owned business! Pa'lante reina!'

In one of the comments posted under the same picture on her @beautyvillavergara Instagram page, Mariana Vergara wrote 'The threads shown are mono threads which stimulate collagen'.

We asked aesthetician and founder of Illuminate Skin Clinic Dr Sophie Shotter for her take.

'This is a type of threading procedure that uses a material commonly referred to as PDO,' explains Dr Sophie Shotter. 'When people think threading procedures they normally think of thread lifts. These use a slightly thicker thread than the ones used in mono threading. Thread lifting threads (unlike mono threads) have little barbs on them too. Mono threads have no barbs and are inserted under the skin to stimuate collagen.'

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What Sort Of Results Does Mono Threading Give?

When the threads are inserted within skin to stimulate the production of collagen there they can have a tighteningt effect,' says Sophie. 'The neck region where Eva Mendes' threads are placed is an area that women often notice becomes loose and loses tone. Some will say you can place types of PDO thread into fat to induce fat dissolving but I have never seen great results from that. Eva's threads appear to be placed just under the skin so I would say the aim here is purely to stimulate collagen and tone the area.'

How Much Down Time Is Involved?

'For most people a procedure like Eva Mendes' would likely last around 45 minutes max.' Sophie clarifies. 'Bruising is possible - that's something that I've seen a lot with mono threads. The skin is rich in blood vessels so it's common. If you look further down Eva's neck you can see lots of white lines in a criss cross mattern - that shows you how many threads have been used and that a reasonable number of needles were required. You're more likely to get bruising than swelling.'

What To Consider If You Are Interested In Booking In

As with many a cosmetic procedure in the UK, regulation is very vague and so you should be very careful about choosing a practitioner. Sophie notes 'this procedure should be done by medical professionals as it is a relatively invasive treatment. Ensure your practitioner is someone with medical qualifications who regularly does the procedure. Never be afraid to ask how often they complete your chosen procedure. Make sure that your practitioner is insured and that their premises is clean.'

How Else Can Mono Threads Be Used?

Dr Sophie Shotter reveals an interesting use of mono threads and it involves lips. 'Something else you can do with mono threads is have them inserted in the edge of the lip line to give a subtle enhancement without injecting filler and risking puffiness and bleeding. The threads stimulate collagen there and this enhances the lip line.'

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