Non-Surgical Facelift: Achieve Visible Skin Lifting with Silhouette Soft Thread Lift
Skin ageing is a fact of life. The natural process of ageing takes place gradually over the years regardless of external factors. Studies have found that after the age of 20, collagen levels in the skin reduce by about 1 percent each year. In addition, existing collagen and elastin fibers become older, thicker and looser, resulting in inelastic and brittle skin.
Before the introduction of non-surgical thread lift treatment in Singapore, surgical facelift used to be the only procedure to achieve facial rejuvenation by addressing signs of facial ageing. A surgical facelift is typically performed under general anesthetic to ensure patient safety during the treatment. However, there is increasing concern over undesirable results, post-operative risks and downtime.
Over the last few years, we are seeing a rising trend in the number of people seeking facial rejuvenation with thread lift treatment, in particular Silhouette Soft Thread Lift.
What is Silhouette Soft Thread Lift?
Silhouette Soft Thread Lift is a non-surgical anti-ageing face-lifting procedure that provides visible lifting with gradual collagen stimulating effects to restore shapeliness to the face – naturally.
Commonly known as ‘lunchtime facelift’ or ‘one-stitch facelift’, Silhouette Soft Thread Lift uses resorbable sutures with tiny bidirectional cones. These special sutures are made of Polylactic Acid (PLA) monofilament. PLA is a key material for surgical sutures, orthopedic devices, medical implants and drug delivery systems. It is biodegradable and is completely safe for use in the human body.
How does Silhouette Soft Thread Lift procedure work?
Silhouette Soft Thread Lift achieves two outcomes with a single treatment:
- Visible lifting can be observed.
- Ongoing gradual regeneration of collagen is accomplished to restore lost volume and shapeliness to the face months after the treatment. The plumping effect will be more pronounced, yet natural over the next few months as more collagen is produced by the stimulation from the cones.
Your face undergoes collagen stimulation due to the threads that act on the subcutaneous tissue and activate fibroblasts found just under the epidermis layer of the skin.
As the threads are absorbable, they will dissolve in about 6 to 9 months after the treatment. However, your face will retain its lifted facial contours and maintain its shape for another 12 months or so (individual results may vary).
What is the process of Silhouette Soft Thread Lift treatment?
Silhouette Soft Thread Lift is a minimally invasive treatment done with local anaesthesia or oral sedatives. During the initial consult, the doctor will understand your needs and pain threshold. Different pain-preventing drugs will be administered accordingly to ensure comfort for the patient.
Each thread is inserted under the skin at precise points using only a fine needle. After inserting the thread, slight pressure will be applied on the treated area by pushing the threads upwards beneath the skin until they are taut and embedded. After the procedure, you can expect to achieve a visible lift and see an overall rejuvenation of the face.
What results can I expect after the treatment?
The sutures provide a support structure to lift sagging skin. The bioabsorbable cones are key to anchor and lift the skin to its new lifted position. For the next few months post-treatment, your skin will continue its rejuvenative effects by stimulating collagen production to replace loss volume which naturally diminish with age.
The plumping effects will be more pronounced, yet natural as the cones exert maximal effect until they are fully dissolved in about 9 months.
What areas can Silhouette Soft Thread Lift treat?
Silhouette Soft Thread Lift can treat several areas of the face. Common areas that doctors treat are:
- Mid-face including cheeks
- Jaw line
Consult your doctor because he may recommend a combination of treatments to achieve the most effective, yet natural outcome.
How safe are Silhouette Soft threads?
PLA, the key material of Silhouette Soft Threads are used by several biomedical and pharmaceutical applications. The treatment has one of the lowest incidence of complications as compared to other face-lifting treatments.
Silhouette Soft is CE-marked (CE 0499) for the European Market.
Who is a suitable candidate for Silhouette Soft Thread Lift treatment?
Silhouette Soft Thread Lift is suitable for men and women who want to achieve visible lifting of the face without undergoing a facelift surgery. This treatment is also suitable for people who want an effective, natural face-lifting result but are unable to tolerate the long downtime of a facelift surgery.
Any side effects? Any restrictions after Silhouette Soft Thread Lift treatment?
The treatment is generally safe. However, the patient may experience some soreness for 3-5 days. This is perfectly normal as the soreness will resolve in less than a week.
Patients are discouraged from undergoing any form of dental treatment and rigorous physical activities for about 2 weeks. It is also recommended that patients sleep on their back for 1-2 weeks to allow the swelling to subside and avoid any possible misalignment of the Silhouette Soft Threads.
Silhouette Soft Thread Lift vs surgical facelift
A surgical facelift is a surgical procedure that lifts and tightens loose facial tissue as a result of ageing. A surgical facelift is a more invasive procedure, but it provides a more permanent solution when compared to a thread lift treatment. The price of a surgical facelift treatment in Singapore starts from about S$10,000 but it is typically in the range of about $15,000 to $25,000. The result of a surgical facelift should last about 7 to 10 years. One of the main concerns that people have about undergoing a surgical facelift is getting the ‘windswept look’ caused by an exaggerated facelift procedure. Unfortunately, it is impossible to reverse face lift because of the removal of excess tissue.
On the other hand, Silhouette Soft Thread Lift is less invasive and more cost-effective than a surgical facelift. This treatment may appeal to people who are looking for minor fixes or small cosmetic enhancement. It combines a medical-grade thread material and the physical lifting of the skin to tighten loose skin and enhance facial contours. A thread lift treatment in Singapore starts from about S$1,800 but it is typically in the range of S$3,000 for a more visible lifting result. The result of a thread lift treatment is usually subtle but visible. One treatment can last about 1.5 to 2 years.
What else do I need to take note of?
If the doctor is inexperienced, there is a chance of skin dimpling if the threads are pulled too tight. Subcutaneous knots may also be visible. Always be sure to find out more about the doctor’s experience before committing yourself to the treatment.
Silhouette Soft Trainer Accreditation: Dr. Siew Tuck Wah
Dr. Siew Tuck Wah, Medical Director of the clinic attended Silhouette Soft Trainers’ Accreditation and is certified as a Silhouette Soft Trainer in May 2017. He has undergone extensive training in the use of Silhouette Soft threads to achieve the best result for patients.
- Visible lifting of cheeks and saggy jowls
People with loose, sagging skin who wish to opt for a non-surgical, safe face-lifting procedure to restore facial contours with long-lasting results.