This simple and safe treatment is undertaken using only small amounts of local anesthesia to insert the threads under the skin. The procedure involves no incisions or cutting of the skin. It avoids the risk of serious complications that can be associated with major facelift surgery, making it one of the most sought-after cosmetic treatments in the world today.
Silhouette Soft threads, which are designed and manufactured in the USA, are made from a clear absorbable material known as polylactic acid (PLA). PLA has been used in surgery for decades as a common suture material, and in cosmetic medicine as a potent collagen stimulator known as Sculptra™ (the liquid facelift), to produce long-lasting, natural volume replacement.
The unique property of Silhouette Soft is that tied on the threads are small cones made of the same material. These small cones literally act as an ‘anchor’ under the skin, lifting and repositioning the skin and tissues into a higher, more youthful-looking position, without any visible evidence of the threads being present.
Silhouette Soft threads have a natural bio-stimulation effect, producing natural collagen as the thread slowly breaks down resulting in a ‘collagen anchor’ to hold the skin and tissues in the in the tighter, lifted position for up to 18 months.
In 2013, Dr Strawford was one of the first doctors in the UK to train and start using Silhouette Soft. He is now an international conference speaker and trainer for other doctors with the Silhouette Soft procedures, and is recognized as a leading authority in non-surgical facelifts.
The procedure is carried out under local anesthesia and there is minimal discomfort
What do I look like immediately after the treatment?
The lifting of the skin will be evident immediately after the procedure and there may be slight swelling and temporary puckering of the skin, which usually settles within the first few days. Bruising is uncommon and usually easily covered by makeup.
The facial tissues will feel lifted and tighter and may be slightly tender for the first few days.
Most people are happy to return to work within 1 to 2 days following treatment.
Are the threads visible after treatment?
No. Following insertion the threads are under the skin and not visible unlike other previous thread treatments have been in the past.
What precautions do I have to take following Silhouette Soft ?
For 2 weeks following the treatment, you should avoid routine dental surgery, facial massage and beauty treatments, as well as any other activity that would cause a downward tension on the threads.
We advise you to refrain from vigorous exercise that would also cause excessive movement of the facial tissues, such as jogging, aerobics and horse riding.
After 2 weeks, the new collagen is forming around the threads making a secure connection to the skin, maintaining the lift, and you can resume your normal activities.
How long before I see the full results?
Following the initial lift of the skin and tissues, there will be a gradual improvement of the result in most cases, as new collagen is formed, resulting in tighter, firmer and smoother skin.
Which areas can benefit from a thread lift?
Any area of mild to moderate laxity of the skin of the face and neck can be lifted and tightened with the threads including the jowls, cheeks, neck and even the eyebrows can benefit from Silhouette Soft.
With increasing age there is a weakening of the collagen under the skin holding the facial tissues up, against the downward effect of gravity.
If you are able to lift the sagging tissues up by 1 to 2cm using your fingers, and are happy with the lift, then we can achieve this lift with Silhouette Soft.
What age is the best for the Thread lift?
You can have a Thread lift at any age to treat mild to moderate laxity that is causing gravitational descent of the tissues.
Patients in their 30s or 40s who are starting to notice a loss of definition along the jaw line, or the development of folds around the nose and mouth, are excellent candidates for the procedure. We can achieve a natural lifting of the tissues, avoiding the excessive volume or ‘pillow face’ look associated with overfilling with dermal fillers.
Patients in their 50s, 60s or above are also good candidates for face and neck-lifting with threads, as long as they are in good health and don’t have excessive laxity of the skin associated with heavy smoking and sun damage.
If there is thinning of the skin or loss of volume in the face, to achieve the best results this needs to be corrected first, ideally using an injectable collagen stimulator, such as Sculptra or Ellanse, prior to lifting with Silhouette Soft.
Dr Strawford has pioneered the use of combination treatments with collagen stimulation, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and Silhouette Soft thread lifting. He has a wealth of experience in these ‘natural face-lifting techniques’ and at your initial consultation will be able to advise which treatments best suits your needs.
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Consultation Fee payable in advance £50, refunded against treatment)
No. of treatmentsUsually one treatment needed per area including the face, neck and brow lift.
Recovery Time1-3 days, occasionally longer
Procedure time60-90 min
Back to normalMost patients feel able to return to work/normal activities within 1-3 days, excluding vigorous sporting activity, which is not advised for the first 2 weeks.
Discomfort levelMild discomfort
Duration of resultsUsually 12-18 months, can be repeated for a longer lasting result.
AnaestheticLocal anesthetic injection
DISCLAIMER: We are all unique. This means that treatment plans, the results, down time and recovery following treatment will vary from patient to patient. The information we provide is based on the extensive experience we have gained from treating a wide variety of patients, both men and women of different ages and is based on an average treatment experience. For more accurate information about how the treatment experience would be for you, we suggest you make a CONSULTATION with Dr Strawford at one of our clinics.
Why choose Skin Excellence Clinics
What makes Skin Excellence Clinics so special and why should you choose to have your medical cosmetic treatment with us?
- The guiding principle of Skin Excellence Clinics has always been to deliver exceptional patient care: this was the focus in 2005 when Dr Strawford started in the field of medical aesthetics and has remained the ethos we have followed for the past 11 years.
- Dr Ian Strawford, founder of Skin Excellence Clinics will help you to find the right solution: but only if appropriate for your needs and expectations
- You will receive a free medical consultation, where you will be given plenty of time and space to consider all of your options, before deciding if treatment may be right for you.
- We source the best products through official UK Pharmacies: we do not risk the safety of our patients, the quality of our service or the results of your treatments.
- Whilst many people naturally assume that cosmetic treatments are all about beautification: we can help to reduce the psychological and emotional effects of scarring, acne, rosacea, excessive sweating, hair loss and skin lesions.