The Silhouette Lift is a less invasive facelift – with no slicing, stretching or stitching – at a cheaper price and with a shorter recovery time than a full surgical facelift

Gravity is all well and good, unless it’s pulling at your face. No amount of sunscreen, green smoothies and sleep will stop the softening of the jaw line and apparent slippage of the cheeks after a certain number of birthdays.

The solution used to be to pull it all up like a pair of slouchy socks, snip off the excess then sew it nice and tightly together. Sure, there was no more slackening around the chops, but the new face looked permanently shiny and surprised even after a significant period in hiding. Thankfully, cosmetic medicine has moved on.

Refining the Process

For the past 8 years or so surgeons have been refining the process of the thread lift; whereby surgical threads are inserted under the skin and secured into place. The results are toned down and so is the price tag.

The process has evolved from the threads being held in place first by sutures, which didn’t provide lasting results. Then, plastic surgeons in Europe and Asia experimented with feathers, followed by barbs and now cones, which have been proven to provide the best and most lasting support. We call it “The Silhouette Lift”.

The cones look like tiny little wizard’s hats placed along the thread – and work as a nice counter balance pulling up against the effects of gravity. The procedure is carried out while the patient is awake (under local anaesthesia) so they can remain aware of how much is being lifted and where. A thick needle is used to insert the thread into the fat layer underneath the skin, the thread is then anchored to the facial muscles. The thread passes up underneath the skin and is gently pulled by the surgeon to obtain the desired lift before being secured into place.

A Natural Look

Within a few weeks of being inserted under the skin the cones lodge into the surrounding tissue, a line of open umbrellas ensuring the effect of the threads is evenly distributed. The best bit: it works anywhere. Threads can be used for an eye lift, they can pull the neck back up into place, tighten droopy jowls and restore cheeks to their rightful position. Of course, all of these areas can be done in a single procedure giving a general tightening to wrinkled or sagging skin.

You may not want to contain your excitement when you see the results – but you’ll have to. It’s best to maintain a neutral expression for a few days and not to move the area too much while the cones settle into place. Steer away from video montages of people falling over and cats on youtube. Heed this advice – and the collagen gets a chance to grow around the cones. In time, they and the thread will dissolve – but the brand new collagen: that’s yours to keep, providing some permanent support in the lifted areas.

Less Downtime

A full facelift is still one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the US with about 165 thousand people going under the knife and forking out between $12 and $25 thousand dollars for a refresh. The Silhouette Lift has minimal down time (just keep a straight face)  and is about a tenth of the price. The results don’t last as long, but patients are opting for a subtle top up every couple of years with minimal down time, avoiding the cost and cuts of invasive surgery.