The Silhouette Lift
Face Lift Treatment
The Silhouette Lift is a type of threadlift. A threadlift is a minimally invasive facelift technique that uses non-smooth threads to lift the facial tissues. There are different ways to make the threads non-smooth. A common method is to create multiple pre-cut barbs into the thread, which then stick out at an angle along the length of the thread. One disadvantage of pre-cut barbs is that they weaken the thread, since the thread is thinner, and hence mechanically weaker at the site where a barb has been cut into the body of the thread. The thread may therefore break more easily at the site of a barb.
The Silhuoette thread does not have barbs. Instead, it has knots (that are tied) and cones (that are threaded) along it length. The threads are inserted into the cheek tissues with a special needle, and because the threads are not smooth, each knot and cone serves as a small anchorage point that catches some tissue. This allows a lifting effect to be created when the thread, after having been sewn into the cheek, is pulled upwards. The top end of the Silhouette thread has a curved suture needle attached to it. It exits through a small (2 to 2.5 cm) incision made in the hair bearing temple at the beginning of the procedure. The needle is then used to stitch the thread into the thick muscle in the temple known as the temporalis muscle. This allows all the threads that have been inserted to be tied to each other in pairs, thus creating a firm suspension of the facial tissues with secure fixation into the temporalis muscle.
The temple wound is then closed with skin staples. The procedure takes 1 to 1.5 hours and can be completed under local anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Downtime is 1 to 2 weeks.