In recent years, there have been some major developments in the art of anti-aging. While a facelift is still considered a popular and effective method for looking younger, it’s simply no longer the go-to procedure for people looking to turn back the clock. There’s now a range of less invasive ways to tighten jowls, banish crow’s feet, soften nasolabial folds, and lift sagging skin. Dermal injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic and Sculptra™ have made anti-wrinkle treatment possible in a simple doctor’s visit with zero recovery time. But what if there was a procedure that fell somewhere between temporary dermal injectables and a full-on facelift?
The Silhouette Lift® is a new outpatient procedure that will leave your face looking younger and rejuvenated in 45 minutes. Patients of the Silhouette Lift can get back to their regular lifestyle after just two days, and the full results of the procedure will be visible in two weeks. The Silhouette Lift’s small incision and use of Silhouette Sutures® to mimic the skin’s natural contours make it a viable choice for patients looking to take a serious step toward anti-aging.
The Silhouette Lift is performed under a local anesthetic, which means the patient is awake but the treatment area is numbed. A small incision is made in the temporal area, near the hairline. A thin, straight wand is then pushed through the incision to make sutures starting at the base of the jaw line, and then moving upward toward the temporal area. The sutures are repeated on the other side of the face.
The Silhouette Lift uses patented Silhouette Sutures™ to make stitches underneath the skin. They are among the most advanced sutures used in medicine—formulated without irritating barbs and containing absorbable cones in order to adhere to deep tissue.
The Silhouette Lift is quite different from a traditional facelift. Most facelifts are performed under general anesthesia. During a facelift, a long incision extending around the ear or down the hairline is typical. This results in a more dramatic change and a longer recovery period. A facelift also does not include any sutures beneath the skin—instead, the skin is simply pulled taut at the incision points and sewn up there. However, it’s notable that Silhouette Sutures are stronger and more durable than the sutures used in a regular facelift.
Since the Silhouette Lift requires only a short incision, there is no hospitalization required. Most patients are able to return to their regular schedule in two days, and see the full results of their Lift after two weeks.
There are less risks and side effects associated with the Silhouette Lift than a facelift, because the Silhouette Lift is performed while the patient is awake. Expect some bruising, swelling, and soreness after the procedure.
The effects of a Silhouette Lift last about three years. After that, the sutures will begin to naturally absorb into the skin and the skin’s lift will fall. It’s important to note that the Silhouette Lift is not intended to replace the facelift. It is, however, a worthy alternative. The Silhouette Lift is well suited to people who are not in need of a full facelift or those who prefer a less traumatic surgery with an easier recovery period.
The decision to undergo any type of plastic surgery is not one that should be taken lightly. The best way to learn if the Silhouette Lift is right for you is to have a one-on-one consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area. Contact our representatives today to schedule a consultation for Silhouette Lift.