Aging is tough on our faces — the skin all over our face sags. Over the past decade, more and more options such as lasers, fillers, and radiofrequency skin tightening have given people various non-invasive methods for countering the effects of aging. But in the cheeks, jowls, and the neck, the options have been more limited as many of those new procedures don’t have much impact on these areas.
But at Diamond Medical Spa & Vein we offer a new option — the Silhouette Lift™. The Silhouette Lift™ uses surgical threads to lift and suspend sagging facial areas such as the cheeks, nasolabial folds, jowls, and neck. The threads also stimulate an inflammatory response that builds collagen for a secondary benefit.
What is the Silhouette Lift™?
The Silhouette Lift™ has been used in Europe for over a decade; the FDA approved it for use in the U.S. in 2015. The Silhouette Lift™ uses dissolvable threads that have a series of tiny cones spaced down the thread. The thread is inserted through a tiny incision and placed under the skin where the cones anchor it into place, lifting and suspending the skin and tightening the area. The results provide a subtle facelift, but without the surgery and downtime. Beyond the thread’s instant lifting characteristics, as the threads begin to be absorbed they also trigger a wound response, with the fibroblasts in the body producing new collagen in the area, further tightening the skin above.
Silhouette Lift™ results
Results are immediate, and patients can achieve from 30 to 70% of what a traditional invasive facelift could achieve. Results last from six to 10 years and can then be repeated. The Silhouette Lift™ is made even more effective when combined with other treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers, laser therapy, chemical peels, or microdermabrasion.
Areas the Silhouette Lift™ can address
- Lift sagging eyebrows
- Adjust asymmetric eyebrows
- Reposition sagging cheeks
- Lift drooping soft tissue of the mid and lower face and neck
- Smooth out premature skin aging
- Lift sagging neck skin
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and is meant to elevate, reposition, and lift lax skin on the brow, face, and neck. Dr. Yates first determines the locations where the Silhouette coned threads will provide the best lifting. Next, he inserts the fine threads painlessly under the skin. These threads are very similar to those used in full surgical facelifts to support the deep structures of the face.
In a Silhouette Lift, ™ the threads are passed through the droopy facial element with a special guide needle. The threads grab onto the droopy soft tissue and muscle of the desired area, tightening it.
The Silhouette Lift™ is not painfu, and most patients return to their normal activities the next day.
Interested in the benefits of a facelift without the surgery? Call us at 563-275-4701 and ask us about the Silhouette Lift™.