SILHOUETTE SOFT® Skin Sutures
* Please note that individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.
The SILHOUETTE SOFT® non-surgical Face Lift is a technological innovation combining two actions: lifting and regenerating. The unique product can offer women and men what no treatment has ever provided in such a simple way: a redefined face, restored volume and reduced wrinkles by means of a 30-minute treatment at their doctor’s, for an immediate and natural result lasting up to 18 months.
SILHOUETTE SOFT® is based on special suture threads used to lift sagging skin on the neck and face. Often referred to as “the non-surgical facelift”, the minimally invasive procedure is less time-consuming than a traditional facelift, and does not require sedation or hospital stay. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic. It can take as little as 30/45 minutes, with patients being able to return home a short while after. Virtually no recovery or downtime is required. The result of the treatment with SILHOUETTE SOFT® is a more youthful and fresher appearance.
The next Generation of Thread Lifting
Why undergo a SILHOUETTE SOFT® thread lift treatment?
As one ages, the underlying soft tissues of the face progressively lose facial fat, collagen and elastin, and with it their elasticity and volume. As a result, the upper cheeks can look hollow, jowls along the jaw line and deepening of the naso-labial grooves might appear. The face looks more heavy, tired and aged. The SILHOUETTE SOFT® suture lift can re-suspend and elevate the soft tissues, refreshing and rejuvenating the face.*
The SILHOUETTE SOFT® is a facial rejuvenation technique that allows for a facial tissue suspension without having to resort to a full open facelift. It is therefore often referred to as “the non-surgical facelift”. Some of the advantages compared to a surgical facelift are that it is minimally invasive, is being performed in treatment rooms, not in theatre, and requires no general, only local anaesthetic. The treatment further does not need sedation, unless the patient is rather anxious and prefers a mild sedation.
The SILHOUETTE SOFT® produces subtle, yet significant changes. The degree of elevation of the sagging tissues compared to a surgical facelift is about 20%. While this result is not as drastic as with the open facelift, the advantage is a natural look: “You will still look like you” and friends and family will not instantly know that you had cosmetic surgery. Instead, you are more likely to be complemented on your ‘fresh’ and ‘well rested ’look.*
The 30-Minute Treatment
After a small local anesthetic, the doctor inserts the suture under the skin to a depth of about five millimeters.
No incision is required, as the suture is inserted using a fine needle. It is held in place with resorbable cones oriented in opposite directions (bidirectional).
Once the suture has been applied, the doctor performs slight compression of the tissue to reshape it by hand and to obtain the desired lifting effect. The non-inserted ends of the suture are cut off. One or more sutures may be applied, depending on the patient and treated area.
What are the Benefits of SILHOUETTE SOFT®?
- Minimally invasive, non-surgical facelift treatment
- Facial volume is lifted, restoring a fresher, more youthful appearance
- SILHOUETTE SOFT® requires no general anaesthesia or sedation
- Virtually no recovery or downtime is required
- Very little swelling, bruising, and far less discomfort compared to a traditional surgical facelift
- SILHOUETTE SOFT® provides immediate results.
- Additional lifting effects achieved over time. The sutures in the skin stimulate collagen production for an even more and longer lasting lifted effect
- Corrects mid and lower face sagging in the brow, cheek, jowls, or neck.
- Smoothens prematurely aging skin
- About 20% lifting of surgical facelift
- More achievable than a surgical facelift
- SILHOUETTE SOFT® achieves a natural look
* Please note individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.
SILHOUETTE SOFT® FAQ - Questions frequently asked by Patients
The SILHOUETTE SOFT® facial rejuvenation technique achieves best results for mid and lower facial areas like the large cheek area, but it can also be used to lift the brow, upper face and the neck. An application of SILHOUETTE SOFT® around jaw lines, for example, will give a facial contour and youthful shape.*
If you are in good physical condition, if you have a normal thickness of the skin, then you are already a good candidate for the Silhouette Lift facial rejuvenation treatment.
The treatment achieves excellent results for men and women between the ages of 40 and 70, who are not yet ready for surgery. SILHOUETTE SOFT can be a wonderful refreshment for that middle group of patients.
However, it is also an excellent option for younger men and women who would like to slow down the effects of ageing skin as the threads can support the skin to prevent sinking and sagging.
Your decision as to which practice or practitioner to choose should be based on the practitioner’s reputation, the practitioner’s apparent skill and the practitioner’s experience. In addition, the practitioner’s ability to communicate with you in a manner that is professional, sincere, unhurried and that makes you feel comfortable is of utmost importance. Please also see the information on “How to choose a Medical Aesthetics Practitioner”. We hope this helps you make the right choice.
Your SILHOUETTE SOFT® lift procedure is done in 2 mini stages.
(1) During stage one, through a small incision and using a very fine needle, Dr Bagwandeen inserts the anchoring suture threads into the skin of the facial area that you would like to rejuvenate.
(2) During stage two, Dr Bagwandeen pulls the threads tight to achieve your desired lifting effect.
The treatment requires only local anaesthetic and can take as little as 30 minutes to perform, up to two hours depending on the size of the area treated (how many sutures are being used and where). Sedation can be given by the doctor if the patient is very anxious and nervous. Usually, no sedation is needed; a hospital stay during or after the procedure is not needed either.
The principle component of SILHOUETTE SOFT® lift threads is polylactic acid. Therefore, the sutures used for your treatment are fully bio-degradable, meaning your body will dissolve them over time. The sutures will not need to be removed (similar to the sutures known for some medical stitching, just much longer lasting). During the next 3 months after the procedure, the suture threads will integrate with the surrounding facial tissue and stimulate the body’s production of collagen in these areas. In addition to the immediate lift of your tissue and smoothing of your skin, your skin will appear naturally fuller over time, even after the sutures have dissolved.
The SILHOUETTE SOFT® treatment requires virtually no downtime. You will experience light swelling in the days following your procedure and some mild tension in the areas that have been elevated. There will be discomfort at the anchor points of the threads. This can easily be managed by common oral analgesics and anti-inflammatories. In some cases, patients experience very slight bruising or a slight depression or skin irregularity at the entry points. These inconveniences disappear a few days after the treatment. The Patient can usually go back to work on the next day (depending on the nature of your work). Some patients prefer to take one or two days off after the procedure, depending on the size of the area treated (how many sutures have been used and where).
Usually, there is no recovery time as such. Should there be any pain or inflammation, this would resolve within a maximum of about two weeks. However, patients are required to minimise facial movements as much as possible for at least one, better two or three weeks after the procedure to avoid putting stress on the sutures. Therefore some patients prefer to return to social activities only within two or three weeks after the SILHOUETTE SOFT® treatment. You will be given simple pre- and post-procedure information to help ensure your treatment is safe. Dr Bagwandeen may give you further advice to ensure your recovery is as quick and easy as possible.
Use our “Prices” section for an up-to-date overview on available treatment options and price ranges for aesthetics treatments at CapeMAC. Always remember: We are a medical practice and as such strive to offer you treatments that actually have proven benefits for the condition/s being treated. It is not always possible to give you accurate treatment prices for aesthetic procedures without properly assessing the extent of the problem and determining the most effective treatment/s for such problem. Contact us now at CapeMAC to book an appointment with Dr Bagwandeen as a first step towards revealing a more radiant and confident you.
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We hope that this helps you understand a little more about Thread or Suture Lifts and assists you in making a better choice for your aesthetic treatments. To find out if a SHILHOUETTE SOFT® Lift treatment is the right facial rejuvenation option for you, please contact us at Cape Medical Aesthetics Centre. Also, you might still have anxieties about the use of a Thread Lift treatment with SHILHOUETTE SOFT®. Dr Manoj Bagwandeen will be glad to discuss any queries and questions you may have about the use of a suture lift for yourself. You are welcome to visit with us at CapeMAC in Panorama, Cape Town for more information and to get further advice on looking and feeling even better.
* Please note individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.