Also known as a “thread lift” the Silhouette Lift is a non-surgical treatment designed to subtly lift the skin of the neck, face, cheeks, jowls and eyebrows using thin, dissolvable, completely safe surgical sutures.
Also known as a “thread lift” the Silhouette Lift is a non-surgical treatment designed to subtly lift the skin of the neck, face, cheeks, jowls and eyebrows using thin, dissolvable, completely safe surgical sutures. These sutures use tiny cones to grab and anchor the skin, which in turn reposition and elevate deep, sagging structures of the face. Moreover, the lifting action stimulates the growth of natural new collagen. The end result is a natural, subtle looking facelift-like rejuvenation … without the surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT CAN A SILHOUETTE LIFT TREAT?
This in-office procedure creates subtle lifting of the sagging face, jowls, neck and eyebrows without the surgery.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A SILHOUETTE LIFT?
Anyone looking to correct signs of facial aging can benefit from a Silhouette Lift. This day in age, many people are in search of a younger facial appearance, especially the brows, face, and neck without undergoing surgery. If you are looking for subtle facial lifting with minimal downtime, the Silhouette Lift is for you.
WHO ARE THE BEST SILHOUETTE LIFT CANDIDATES?
The perfect candidates are those who are hoping for subtle facial rejuvenation, not those who are hoping for dramatic facelift results. We recommend Dr. Tcheupdjian’s Soft Face Lift for these people. Think of the Silhouette lift as a step up from facial fillers like Botox, Juvederm and Restylane, but not as much as the full facelift.
HOW IS THE SILHOUETTE LIFT DONE?
We use only oral and local anesthesia for sedation. Then, the dissolvable sutures, with their miniature cones are inserted via two or three entry points. The sutures are guided beneath the skin and are anchored to the deep skin tissue. The cones then work to reposition the sagging tissues back to their youthful, elevated position.
HOW LONG WILL A SILHOUETTE LIFT PROCEDURE LAST?
Patients can expect the entire treatment to take about an hour.
WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA IS USED DURING THE SILHOUETTE LIFT?
Only oral sedation, which entails taking to sedatives to relax, and local lidocaine injections to the treatment sites are used. Of course, any patients requesting twilight sedation or general anesthesia can be accommodated, but we try to avoid these methods in an effort to keep recovery as quick and easy as possible.
DOES THE SILHOUETTE LIFT PROCEDURE HURT?
No, since we use local and oral anesthesia, there will be little, if any, discomfort.
HOW MANY SESSIONS OF THE SILHOUETTE LIFT ARE REQUIRED?
You’ll see results after just one treatment, but like any other procedure, we recommend doing the Silhouette Lift be performed once every few years, as you’ll continue to age as the years go by.
WHERE ARE THERE INCISIONS PLACED?
There are no incisions, per se, only minuscule injection sites where the coned sutures are introduced into the sagging skin.
WHAT ARE THE THREADS AND CONES MADE OUT OF?
The Silhouette Lift threads and cones are comprised of dissolvable polypropylene suture material. This type of suture material is not new and has been used safely in surgery for many years. The cones are bidirectional and patented.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SUTURES INSIDE MY FACE?
Since the material is made out of Poly Lactic Acid, the sutures themselves will promote collagen remodeling, which means in addition to the lifting, you’ll receive positive plumping of skin that has caved as a result of aging. The sutures will eventually dissolve and disappear about a year and a half after initial introduction.
WILL MY FINE WRINKLES AND CROW’S FEET IMPROVE WITH SILHOUETTE LIFT?
Unfortunately, the Silhouette Lift is not indicated for fine wrinkles and crow’s feet. The Silhouette Lift is a deep-tissue lifting procedure and does not change the outside appearance of the skin (fine wrinkles or sun damage). This is where Botox, lasers and chemical peels come in as the finishing touch of your complete facial rejuvenation.
IS THE SILHOUETTE LIFT PROCEDURE SAFE?
Yes, but you should trust only the hands of an expert and experienced surgeon. After thousands of global cases, to date there have been no reports of adverse reactions.
CAN MY BODY REJECT THE THREADS USED WITH THE SILHOUETTE LIFT?
We have not experienced any rejections, nor has there been a documented case of suture rejection. But in theory our body can reject anything, and since the sutures are self dissolving and eventually disappear, there should be no fear of rejection.
HOW SOON CAN I SEE THE RESULTS OF THE SILHOUETTE LIFT?
Results of the Silhouette Lift are visible immediately following the treatment.
WHAT IS THE DOWNTIME ASSOCIATED WITH THE SILHOUETTE LIFT?
Different patients have different definitions of “downtime” but expect some bruising and/or redness for about one to three days after treatment.
WHAT OTHER PROCEDURES CAN COMPLEMENT A SILHOUETTE LIFT?
This depends on the patient, but many patients will combine the Silhouette Lift with Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, and/or other facial fillers. Some even combine the Silhouette LIft with the traditional facelift. Additionally, lasers can offer the finishing touch on your facial beautification by addressing sun damage and skin resurfacing.
ARE THE SILHOUETTE LIFT THREADS VISIBLE?
No, the threads are very thin and are not seen under the skin.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SILHOUETTE LIFT AND A “THREAD LIFT”?
Thread lifts use tiny barbed threads to grab and lift the inner skin tissue. The threads used in this procedure are barbed and non-dissolvable. They’ve been around for many years (you might have also heard it called a “Contour Thread Lift”). The primary difference is the Silhouette Lift’s use of the biodirectional cones, which have proven to provide profound results over the thread lifts.
HOW ARE THE RESULTS OF A SILHOUETTE LIFT COMPARED TO FACELIFT?
With a surgical soft facelift the excess skin is excised and removed. The deep structures are permanently anchored and repositioned to a more youthful position, thus achieving longer-lasting results. Since extra skin is not removed with Silhouette Lift, the results are subtle. We estimate overall results are about 30 to 50 percent of a surgical facelift.
WHAT ARE THE KEY BENEFITS OF A SILHOUETTE LIFT?
This is a single, safe procedure that rejuvenates the aging look of the face, neck and brow by subtly lifting the sagging deep structures of the face, neck and brow.
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF A SILHOUETTE LIFT?
The goal is to enhance the definition of the jaw lines and elevate/reposition droopy eyebrows.
WHO DOES NOT QUALIFY FOR THE SILHOUETTE LIFT?
Those who are pregnant or are on blood thinners are pretty much the only ones who will not qualify.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
Some bruising, redness, swelling, facial tightness and discomfort can be expected. The degree to which these occur vary from patient to patient. Additionally, extremely rare risks include infection, asymmetric healing, irregular skin appearance and transient numbness.
WHEN CAN YOU RESUME NORMAL ACTIVITIES?
Typically after one day, but some patients report two or three days.
WHAT DOES THE SILHOUETTE LIFT COST?
Expect to pay between $2500 and $5000 depending on the treatments sites. Financing is available. The fee includes your pre-op visits, surgeon’s fee, supplies, drugs, recovery, post-op visits, etc.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT AFTER THE SILHOUETTE LIFT?
Expect to rest. Don’t partake in any strenuous exertion for at least a few days. Expect to sleep on your back with the head elevated.
ARE THERE ANY PRECAUTIONS AFTER THE SILHOUETTE LIFT?
We ask of you to avoid touching and manipulating your face and/or neck. Avoid staring at the mirror until you’re completely healed. Mostly, relax, relax, relax.
ARE THE RESULTS OF A SILHOUETTE LIFT PERMANENT?
No, the results are not permanent, but mostly because we can’t stop the aging process. That’s impossible. But we can fight it for a few years, and that’s what the Silhouette Lift can do. The results will not be as long-lasting as a surgical facelift, which is also routinely performed at our practice. And you can augment the results of your facial rejuvenation with the use of fillers like Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, Sculptra, Radiesse, and others.
WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARD GETTING A SILHOUETTE LIFT?
Schedule your consultation at any one of our four locations in Arlington Heights, Chicago’s Gold Coast, Oak Brook or Naperville. We’re currently waiving our consultation fee, so it’s no cost, no obligation. Schedule today by clicking here or calling us at 847.259.1000