If you’re experiencing signs of ageing on your face or neck and looking for a non-invasive alternative to a traditional surgical facelift, you have probably heard of a procedure called the Silhouette Soft thread lift. You may have been told that this is a gentle technique which provides natural-looking results and good facial mobility. But what is it exactly, what does it involve, and is it a good option for you?
Silhouette Soft thread is a biodegradable material made from polylactic acid (PLLA) and poly L-lactide-co-glycolide (PLGA). These two polymers have an extensive history of use in medical applications, and in this treatment they are used to make special sutures which include a string of carefully-designed cones linked by a filament. Silhouette Soft is manufactured in the USA and complies with strict quality guidelines. It is designed to break down in your body over time.
The Silhouette Soft thread lift technique helps reverse the signs of ageing on your face in two ways. First, during the procedure, your practitioner will insert one or more sutures and apply gentle pressure in order to shape and smooth the contours of your face. This provides an immediate, visible lift to your skin. The number of sutures inserted will vary, depending on your needs and goals. Second, in the months following the procedure, the small cones on the sutures trigger the formation of new collagen in the surrounding tissue, helping to maintain a smooth, shapely appearance over time. Silhouette Soft thread sutures are gradually absorbed by your body, and you can generally expect the effects of this treatment to remain for around 18 months.
One major advantage of this procedure is that it produces natural-looking results in a relatively short time. It generally takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete, and only requires a local anesthetic. Though you may experience some tenderness and bruising immediately after the treatment, this is typically minor and lasts for no more than a few days. The aftercare required for this procedure includes avoiding dental surgery and contact sports, sleeping on your back to protect the affected area, and potentially taking mild pain relief for up to 48 hours.
The Silhouette Soft thread lift technique is designed specifically to target ageing skin on the face and neck, including jowls, a sagging neck, and sagging cheeks. Before the procedure is carried out, your practitioner will sit down with you to discuss the results you are looking for, and how this technique can be used (perhaps in conjunction with additional procedures, such as anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers) to achieve your desired outcome.
Before undergoing any procedure – even one as minimally invasive as this one – it is important to discuss your options with a qualified practitioner who can help you to decide whether it is suited to your needs, goals, and circumstances. This technique is intended for use in adults, and there are some circumstances where it may not be suitable. In particular, if you have an active infection or an autoimmune disease, or if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, you will not be able to undergo this procedure. Allergies to certain materials may also cause problems, so if you have any concerns, be sure to discuss them with your practitioner.
When you are considering a Silhouette Soft thread lift, make sure that you are working with a properly trained physician who can offer you reliable results. If you are located in Melbourne, Dr Peter Paraskevas offers this procedure at The Sculpture Clinic. He is a highly experienced cosmetic surgeon who has completed advanced training in this technique, so you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.