The Silhouette Lift is one of the newest methods of facelift, using FDA-approved absorbable Silhouette sutures. The special design of small biodegradable cones on the thread provides very tight adhesion and suspension over loose tissues. The material of cones, poly L-lactic acid, absorbed by body within half a year, will also stimulate collagens to regenerate to improve elasticity and texture of skin, reaching a double result of lifting and regenerating. This effective and long lasting method is independently used for patients with mild to moderate face sagging, and can also create a V-shaped youth effect for the face, lasting for 3~5 years on average.
The procedure is performed by inserting the suture 1.5cm in to the scalp skin with a fine needle, holding the sutures in place with resorbable cones oriented in opposite directions. Three to four threads can be applied to each side of the cheek, depending on the level of sagging and once the pulling directions and strengths are confirmed to be symmetrical, the procedures is completed by closing the small insertion point. The application of this procedure is very flexible; it can be independently used for regional adjustments on places just as the eyebrows, nasolabial folds, corner of the mouth, or jaw line. The results are quite effective in improving patient’s skin elasticity and flattening wrinkles.
It can also provide an overall lifting of the whole face, offering a more effective, cheaper alternative compared with a facelift surgery or other anti-aging aesthetic treatments such as Thermage or Ultherapy. Nevertheless, the higher level of sagging, the more number of threads needed, thus patients of older age may not be suitable for such type of mildly invasive procedure. It’s important that each individual’s skin conditions and indications are carefully evaluated before adopting this method and get maximum results.