Silhouette Soft threads are a modern development in the field of thread lifts. No Cutting. No Surgery. Minimal downtime. The procedure is done usually within 30 minutes.
Dr Gordon Ku has performed hundreds of these procedures and regularly trains other doctors in this procedure.
What is a Silhouette Soft® Thread Lift?
Silhouette Soft® is a non-surgical procedure that aims to address signs of aging by tightening certain areas of the face and neck. While the Silhouette Soft® procedure is less invasive than some surgical procedures, it still carries certain risks and potential side effects. Recovery times can vary depending on the individual.
What are the steps in a Silhouette Soft® Thread Lift Treatment?
During your consultation, your physician will evaluate your cosmetic concerns and review your medical history.
Like all medical procedures, the Silhouette Soft® thread lift carries certain risks. It’s important to fully disclose your medical history prior to treatment, as some conditions or medications could increase these risks. Some skin allergies and neurological conditions, or medications can jeopardise your safety or results.
During the Treatment
Before conducting the treatment your physician will evaluate your needs and explain where the Silhouette Soft® sutures will be placed using a marking pen. The treated areas will be sterilised, and you may be given a topical anaesthetic to numb the area prior to the suture’s insertion.
The Silhouette Soft® thread lift involves inserting sutures into the fat layer under the skin. Some people may experience a low level of discomfort during and after the procedure, but this can vary depending on the individual. Once the suture has been applied, the doctor performs slight moulding of the skin to reshape it by hand and to obtain the desired lifting effect. The non-inserted ends of the suture are cut off.
The number of sutures applied depends on the skin laxity and condition.
Following the Treatment
The insertion of Silhouette Soft® elicits a minimal inflammatory reaction, this is normal and required. After placement patients may experience some slight side effects, This may include minor pain, swelling and bruising.
Following the procedure, some patients may notice an immediate tightening effect. This is due to the bi-directional cones on the suture helping to hold the skin in a lifted position. Over time, the polylactic acid in the suture may stimulate the body’s collagen production. This can contribute to a gradual improvement in the contours of the face. However, results can vary and it’s important to have realistic expectations.
Your physician will provide you with post-treatment recommendations and an aftercare programe to follow to ensure the best possible result.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is Silhouette Soft® different to other types of “thread lifts”?
Silhouette Soft threads, made in the USA, are designed with a unique cone technology that aims to provide a comprehensive lift of the tissue. This is different from some other types of threads on the market, which may use different designs.
Other types of threads on the market, such as Korean-made PDO threads, may provide different results and have different effects on the body, such as scar tissue formation.
What are the components of Silhouette Soft®?
Silhouette Soft® monofilaments are made of Polylactic Acid (PLLA) while the cones are made of poly (L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA). Polylactic Acid (PLLA) and poly (L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) are two types of biocompatible polymers that are often used in medical devices. While they are generally well-tolerated, individual reactions can vary.
How can Silhouette Soft® be used safely?
Silhouette Soft® is subject to numerous sanitary controls. It has been developed after 6 years of research in permanent suspension sutures with cones used in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Silhouette Soft® has been used in over 150,000 treatments worldwide and is available in 70 countries. While many patients have had positive outcomes, like all medical procedures, it carries certain risks and potential side effects.
Which areas can Be treated?
Silhouette Soft® can be used to treat various parts of the face
- Contours of the face
- Jaw line
- Cheeks and mid face area
- Under-eye hollow
However, the effectiveness can vary depending on the individual and the specific area being treated.
What must be done before Silhouette Soft® treatment?
While Silhouette Soft treatment doesn’t typically require extensive preparation, it’s important to discuss your expectations and any questions you have with your doctor before starting treatment. You should also inform your doctor of any previous treatments you’ve received and any medications you’re currently taking.
What happens immediately after Silhouette Soft® treatment?
Like all medical procedures, the Silhouette Soft® thread lift can have side effects, which can include infection, inflammation, pain, swelling, bruising, and skin irregularities at the entry points. While these side effects often resolve within a few days, they can vary in severity and duration. If you experience any side effects, it’s important to consult with your doctor.
If you experience any side effects, you should talk to your doctor.
Are there any contraindications To Silhouette Soft® treatment?
Patients with foreign body sensitivity or known or suspected allergies to implant or instrument materials, particularly plastic/biomaterial, should consult with their doctor before undergoing the procedure, as these conditions could increase the risk of complications. Do NOT use in patients with active sepsis or infection, active (or history of) autoimmune disease, patients under 18 years of age, pregnant or breastfeeding women, or patients with limited ability or un-willingness to follow post-treatment recommendations.
Is Silhouette Soft® treatment painful?
The Silhouette Soft® treatment is performed under local anaesthetic, which helps to manage pain during the procedure. However, some patients may still experience some discomfort.
Are there any recommendations to be followed after Silhouette Soft treatment?
After Silhouette Soft treatment, there are several recommendations to help ensure a smooth recovery. These include avoiding touching the face or applying makeup for 24 hours, taking pain relief if needed, sleeping in an elevated position, and avoiding certain activities and treatments for specified periods. It’s important to note that recovery can vary between individuals.