What is Silhouette Soft Thread Lift?
Silhouette-Soft Thread Lift is a revolutionary non-surgical facelift treatment, which uses sutures or “threads” to tighten lax skin while stimulating collagen production. Suitable for both men and women, the minimally-invasive procedure can effectively correct jowls and sagging skin while lifting and regenerating the mid-face, jowls and neck. The result is a fresher, more rested appearance – without the downtime, associated risks or cost of surgery.
What causes the face and neck to sag?
With time, the soft tissues of the face and neck become lax – as a result of age, sun exposure or simply genetics. Meanwhile, the bony scaffolding of the face starts to reabsorb, while the facial muscles become weaker – resulting in a lack of structural support for the skin and underlying fat. If left untreated, this can make the patient appear tired, sad or even angry – even when they are in good spirits. Dr Sabrina is highly regarded for her skin tightening techniques such as Silhouette Soft® and FaceTite™, which work to lift and remodel the face and neck.
How does the procedure work?
A Silhouette Soft Thread Lift uses sutures or “threads” to lift and tighten the skin of the face and neck. Made from resorbable polylactic acid sutures, which dissolve to help stimulate your skin’s own collagen production, the sutures are inserted 3 to 5 mm beneath the skin using a needle (without any incisions) – while local anaesthetic is used at the entry and exit points. Usually 2-4 threads are placed on each side of the face or neck.
Once the sutures have been place beneath the skin, the sutures are pulled back to lift and smooth the sagging tissues, and can also be compressed and reshaped to obtain the desired lifting effect. The procedure can be performed in less than one hour. As patients usually remain fully conscious during the procedure, they can interact with Dr Sabrina – and even approve the results midway through the treatment.
Within 12 to 18 months the Silhouette Soft sutures are completely absorbed, while studies have shown that results last between 18 to 36 months (with some results lasting longer due to ongoing collagen production). However, as with all anti-ageing treatments, age and lifestyle can have an effect on the longevity of the aesthetic outcome.
- Less downtime – compared to surgical alternatives
- Long-lasting results – for up to 2 years
- Unrivalled expertise – performed by leading oculoplastic surgeon
Commonly Asked Questions about Silhouette Soft Thread Lift
Is a Silhouette Soft Thread Lift safe?
Silhouette Soft is a safe, minimally-invasive treatment which should only ever be administered by a trained practitioner.
What is the recovery period?
Following treatment, patients might experience minor pain, swelling and bruising – all of which are common side effects with any aesthetic treatment. Slight skin depressions or tightness can last for a few days following the treatment, but these are typically short lived. Most patients are back to work within 2 to 3 days.
What aftercare is required?
There are a variety of post-treatment recommendations to aid recovery and improve results. An ice pack applied immediately after treatment can be helpful, and no make-up should be worn for the first 24 hours. Patients are also advised to sleep facing up, and elevated by pillows for the first 3 to 5 nights. Your physician will provide a more extensive guide during the consultations.
What are the potential side effects?
Following a Silhouette Soft Thread Lift, some patients may experience bruising in the operated region. Rarer complications subside after proper treatment and may include the accumulation of fluid under the skin in the operated region, inflammation or infection of the scar and tissue, and uneven skin surface in the treated areas. Further risks include feeling the sutures under the skin, facial asymmetry, or prolonged painfulness of the cheeks and temples.
Can I still benefit from toxin and hyaluronic acid dermal fillers?
Silhouette Soft Thread Lift is an excellent complement to other cosmetic treatments, such as dermal fillers and toxin. The latter can continue to be injected during Silhouette Soft Thread Lift as well as after treatment.
About Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai MS, FRCS
Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai is a distinguished international oculoplastic surgeon with a 20 year career in researching and developing aesthetic eye rejuvenation techniques. She is one of London’s foremost eye specialists and has featured on the expert panel for Safety In Beauty in the UK.
Known as “London’s Eye Rejuvenation Expert”, Dr Sabrina’s revolutionary treatments have been covered in Tatler, Vogue, The Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan amongst others.
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What beauty experts have to say
“For anyone that’s losing sleep about the state of their eyes, Sabrina Shah-Desai (a powerhouse ocular plastic surgeon) is the person to see to put things right. Her treatments are super refined, undetectable and all done with the lightest touch.”Brides Magazine
“The procedure itself was not uncomfortable. It felt a little warm in some areas but other than that nothing. I had some swelling for about 3 days and had an intermittent stinging sensation. It is now 2 weeks on and I am very happy with the result. I would definitely recommend this treatment.”
“Excellent results from Botox, fillers and Plexr. Would highly recommend Sabrina. I felt very safe in the hands of Sabrina. She is very friendly and explains everything in detail. Her clinic in Harley street is very calming and relaxing and her staff are also excellent. If you’re thinking about having eyelid surgery as I was then try Plexr with Sabrina. Results are brilliant. Worth every penny!”
“Mrs Shah-Desai was utterly professional from our first consultation. I had Plexr for my upper eyelids and thereafter Botox. I'm thrilled by what this gifted consultant has been able to restore to my face. I was terrified of losing my natural expression; Mrs Shah-Desai listened to my concerns and has ensured I look like a much better yet entirely natural version of myself. Sabrina is beautiful and she is not afraid to use her talents to let you be beautiful too.”