As we ascend into our later years of life, many people begin to notice a sagging around the cheeks and face. Not long ago, the only option to improve the tightness of facial tissue was a surgical facelift. Today, the face can be reshaped using a minimally invasive procedure known as the Silhouette Lift.
The Silhouette Lift is an office procedure performed under local anesthetic and without hospitalization. The procedure is intended to make you look five to seven years younger by elevating, repositioning, and lifting loose skin around the brow, face, and neck. It works by utilizing fine threads, which are inserted painlessly under the skin. These threads are akin to those that would be used to support the deep structures of your face if you were to receive a more traditional surgical facelift.
The threads then remain in place. They are made from polypropylene, a biocompatible material with the human body, meaning they’re generally well tolerated. They are the same sutures used extensively in cardiovascular surgery and are FDA approved.
This innovative technique is an exciting and effective alternative to major surgery and is not designed to replace a classic face lift, as both options have their own benefits and downsides. The procedure works by lifting sagging facial tissue, redefining the contours of the face. The entire procedure can be done in about one hour with practically zero downtime.
Using local anesthetic, the threads are passed into the drooping facial tissue with a special needle. The threads are then able to latch on to the drooping soft tissue and muscle of the desired area. The threads are made with tiny knots and absorbable, lifting cones spaced in the appropriate position to lift and hold soft tissue.
Most patients experience mild discomfort and slight bruising and swelling for anywhere between one and seven days. Since the procedure is performed with needles, there are no incisions and therefore no visible scars. The Silhouette Lift is painless, and recovery time is nearly non-existent. Typically, patients can return to normal activities with makeup the next day.
The effects of the Silhouette Lift can be seen immediately. Patients can achieve 30% to 70% of what an invasive facelift may achieve, and a strong majority of Silhouette Lift patients report highly satisfying lift results. The Silhouette Lift generally lasts three to five years and can be repeated when the need arises. Many Silhouette Lift patients prefer to combine the skin tightening effects of the Silhouette Lift with other procedures. Patients may choose to re-suspend tissue with this technique in several years or go on to more traditional forms of plastic surgery.
Both men and women are suitable for this non-surgical face enhancement. Most patients range between the ages of 40 and 70 and should be in overall good health with normal skin thickness before considering the procedure. Contact us today for a consultation.