You might think that the only way to completely revitalise your appearance with a facelift would mean you’d have to undergo drastically invasive plastic surgery. Thankfully, medical technology coupled with cosmetic innovation has progressed to the stage where this is no longer the case. Men and women can now undergo a non-invasive ‘One-Stitch’ facelift that takes very little time, makes the procedure almost invisible and where the effects can last for up to 18 months.
We all show the signs of ageing in different ways. The most common giveaway in our fight against time shows on our face. As we grow older we develop wrinkles, lines around our mouth and eyes, our jowls drop and the elasticity in the skin fades as we lose collagen. There are many smaller procedures that tackle these problems in isolation, but only a facelift can include them all in one go. With the new One-Stitch facelift, you can reap all the benefits without the need to undergo major surgery. The treatment works by threading Polylactic Acid fibre, known as Silhouette Soft®, from your hairline and down under the skin of your cheeks. The Silhouette Soft® threads are completely absorbable and have a number of minute bidirectional ‘cones’ along its length which anchor themselves into the skin. Once in place, they are then tightened to pull up any excess skin, thus removing wrinkles and making your skin look much smoother. Despite the name, there is generally more than one ‘stitch’ required, but this depends on which area is being treated.
With no special medical preparation needed, other than a discussion with our expert team and the application of a local anaesthetic, the procedure should take no more than 30 – 45 minutes. Most people can return to their daily routine straight away. The overall effect is two-fold. The first one is an immediate improvement as your once sagging skin is lifted to regain the shape and tone you may have lost. The second benefit takes a little longer to see. The Polylactic Acid (PLA) in the fibre is a biodegradable, biocompatible polymer. This acts in the deep tissue of the skin and encourages the skin to regain its volume which slowly restores the shape of your face naturally. The rejuvenated effect will last up to 18 months.
One-Stitch Facelift FAQ
Q. Is it safe?
A. Silhouette Soft® has been developed, and is based on, six years of experience in suture suspension with cones and is commonly used in both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery in the United States, where it is also known as Silhouette Lift®. Silhouette Soft® is made in Michigan in the USA and is subject to numerous sanitary controls. Silhouette Soft® received CE 0499 approval and the ISO 13485 standards are in accordance with European Directive 93/42.
Q. Are there any side effects of the One-Stitch facelift?
A. There should be no major side effects. As with any cosmetic treatment, you may experience minor swelling, redness or mild bruising for a couple of days, but this can be covered by make-up and will soon dissipate. You may also experience a temporary wrinkling of the skin, a necessary part of the treatment, but again this will soon disappear.
Q. Which areas can be treated?
A. Silhouette Soft® fibre can be used to treat various parts of the face including the lower jaw, cheeks and cheekbones, eyebrows, neck and the contour of the face. As this is a relatively new procedure, new applications are continually being developed.
Q. Can I continue my normal routine after the procedure?
A. Whilst most clients can and do, there are a number of activities to avoid afterwards. Do not undergo any dental treatment, facial massages or other beauty treatments for 7 – 10 days after the procedure. Avoid any contact sports for a few weeks and you should preferably sleep on your back. If you do feel any discomfort, take the directed dose of over-the-counter pain relief until it subsides.
Find Out More
For more information or to arrange a complimentary consultation with Cosmetic Doctor and Aesthetic Expert, Dr Qureshi please call our Glasgow office on 0141 573 1473. Alternatively, you can Email Luxe Skin or complete our online Enquiry Form. However you choose to contact us, you can be sure that our friendly, professional staff will treat your request with complete discretion.