Recommended For Silhouette Lift
Silhouette lift is recommended for patients with sagging skin and wrinkles in neck, eyebrows and mid-face areas, or patients with jaws or eye bags. The procedure is also recommended for patients simply wanting a rejuvenated facial appearance.
Not Recommended For Silhouette Lift
Some patients may have allergies which will not allow them to be good candidates for a silhouette lift procedure.
Discharge From Hospital
Overnight stay is not required
Duration Of Operation
1 to 2 hours
Silhouette lift is a minimally invasive procedure, mostly done to rejuvenate the appearance of the middle face, neck and brow region. The process effectively elevates and corrects drooping tissues in these areas with the help of very fine threads that are inserted under the skin. The threads themselves are very similar to those used in facelift surgery – they are made from polypropylene, a material which is currently used for sutures and stitches inside the body.The special facelift procedure called the silhouette InstaLift is an FDA-approved procedure and also used commonly. Surgeons use absorbable sutures with tiny bi-directional cones in this "instant" procedure in order to lift and suspend the deeper layers of the skin.
Silhouette lift is a very safe and effective procedure which offers immediate results. The procedure also has considerable advantages to traditional facelift surgery:
● No incision – a silhouette lift is a minimally invasive procedure; it means that there is no incision used during the operation. Patients will have no visible scars as well as the risk of infection is minimized as well.
● Speedy recovery – the average silhouette lift recovery period is much shorter than with full facelift surgery.
● Anesthesia – there is no need to use general anesthesia for a silhouette lift as it used in traditional facelift surgery, local anesthesia is used instead. Therefore, more people can have this procedure, since some people are incompatible with the risks associated with general anesthesia.
● Good results – a silhouette lift provides immediate remarkable results which last for a certain period before other procedures may become more necessary.
Vitamins, blood thinners, anti-inflammatory drugs, some herbal supplements, and herbal teas should be avoided at least 1 week before the silhouette lift. In addition, smokers should stop smoking at least one week before the procedure. If the patient suffers from any infection around the face or neck region, it needs to be treated before the silhouette lift.
How It Is Performed
Local anesthesia is firstly used in the area where the sutures or threads will be placed. Once it applies, the surgeon creates a micro-incision before starting to insert the threads into the treated area. Typically, a long needle is used for this part of the procedure. The threads used have a small umbrella-like part which latches on to tissue, lifting and repositioning it accordingly.
Once the desired appearance is achieved, the needle is removed, and the thread is knotted under the skin. This cannot be seen or felt at this point. There is no need for bandages or sutures for this procedure.
Patients usually return to normal activities in around two days after the silhouette lift procedure. The skin needs around a week to 10 days to completely recover from the procedure. All marks relating to the silhouette lift are invisible by this point. During the first two days, if the patients may experience swelling, discomfort, and pain, they can use icepacks and painkiller to ease these post-op side effects.
For around 3 weeks after the procedure, some restrictions need to be taken into account. Patients must avoid rubbing their face too much or trauma to the face or neck. No pressure should be applied to the face as it can move and remove the silhouette threads.
Patients may face some problems, risks and complications associated with a silhouette lift procedure can include:
- Nerve damage
- Allergic reactions to used materials
- Complications associated with local anesthesia
- Delayed or slow healing
- Revision surgery
Silhouette lift side effects may include one or more of the following:
- Pain (not severe)
- Mild bleeding
The average silhouette lift success rate is over 90%.According to patients’ reviews, the average silhouette lift success rate is over 90%.
Before And After
A silhouette lift procedure offers immediate results. With this procedure, patients can successfully achieve 30 to 70% of the results of the traditional facelift surgery. Along with the cost advantage. The procedure itself can be combined with other non-invasive treatments or more traditional plastic surgery procedures such as liposuction.
Are Results Permanent?
No, silhouette lift results last between 3 and 5 years, depending on the patient’s aging process or lifestyle.
Is It Painful?
Not at all. Patients may experience slight discomfort during the recovery period, but that’s all.
Are There Any Silhouette Lift Alternatives?
Back To Work
Yes, there are a surgical facelift, laser treatments, chemical peelings and skin resurfacing options but results of each procedure may differ.
This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in June, 2019.