Every year new, creative surgical procedures are developed. The most actively developed new treatments are non-surgical.
We now offer the newest innovation and update of the thread lift, the Silhouette Lift, which uses dissolvable sutures that can be passed under the skin with small needles and only a minimal amount of local anesthetic, completed in under an hour.
Previous thread lifts including the Contour Thread, Aptos® Threadlift, Gold Threads and NovaLift used barbed, permanent sutures that were often associated with unsatisfactory results. Many of these treatments have been performed by poorly qualified physicians. Permanent sutures did not give the permanent results expected by many patients (which was not a realistic expectation).
The new Silhouette Lift threads have an improved duration, lasting one to two years. As the suture material dissolves, it may stimulate collagen production much like Sculptra injections, which are made from a similar product. Additional threads can be added over time and in different parts of the face to obtain greater improvement. The threads, like other non-surgical options, will never replace a traditional facelift or modified facelift like our Lite Lift®, however for many patients it provides a quick, simple and natural improvement with minimal downtime.
The Silhouette Lift is done in the office with a touch of anesthesia where small needles are inserted to place the threads. Tiny cones along the threads catch on to the tissues of the face to gently lift them. The cones, like the threads, dissolve over one or two years.
Following this quick procedure, we recommend ice for one or two days and Tylenol or Advil for any minimal discomfort. The results are immediate but improve over time. Both men and women do well with this procedure because of the short period of healing with quick return to work and normal social activities.
It is often helpful to combine this treatment with fillers such as Vobella, Volume, Juvéderm or Restylane and other injectables such as Botox. Skin care and energy devices like Thermismooth , IPL fotofacials, or Clear and Brilliant can tighten the face and neck and create radiant, luminescent skin with a healthy youthful glow.
Good candidates for the Silhouette Lift are healthy men and women in their thirties to sixties who are not overly thin or overweight and have reasonable skin elasticity. The Silhouette Soft product is manufactured in the United States and more than 150,000 procedures have been provided in the last three years.
We are pleased to offer yet another excellent non-surgical treatment for our patients at Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery and BioSpa Medical Spa in Newport Beach , Orange County.