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Silhouette InstaLift™ in Santa Barbara – Thread Lift

Plastic surgeons are now offering a facelift solution that doesn’t require any surgery. The procedure is called Silhouette Lift, which is a non-surgical procedure where a plastic surgeon inserts threads of biodegradable cones into the skin in order to lift its sagging portions. It is thought that the cones are absorbed over time, however, during the time of placement it has been shown that the material stimulates collagen formation. Silhouette Threads were FDA approved in 2015.

Discover your youthful look. The thread lift can help reduce the sagging of the face and restore volume which results in a more youthful appearance. If you want a non-invasive approach to a facelift which can help rejuvenate your skin and help it look vibrant and beautiful, contact Dr. Sheffield at SB Aesthetics to discuss a treatment plan to determine if you are a candidate for silhouette lift.

Call (805) 318-3280 to schedule your consultation or submit an inquiry with our online contact form today!

Do You Need a Silhouette Lift?

As people grow older, the skin has the tendency to droop and sag. In order to lift the skin in the face, people look at facelift. However, there are people who are concerned about general anesthesia, scarring, complications, and looking unnatural. For people who don’t want to have a facelift but want to achieve a significant lift, then they can opt for this surgery. The procedure is for people who are looking for a safe alternative to facelifts.

What are the Benefits of This Procedure?

There are several benefits you can get from Silhouette Lift. The first one is that there is very little downtime. The procedure is also performed under local anesthesia. You can go back doing your daily routine after two to four days. On the other hand, a normal facelift has a downtime of up to three weeks.

The thread lift also provides natural-looking results. You will not look “done’ after the procedure. You do not have to worry about visible scars and the long-term potential risks of an ‘operated look” to the face.

How Is The Candidacy For Thread Lift?

Most suitable for this procedure are people who have just begun to show signs of facial aging or who have mild signs of aging. Signs include some skin laxity in the mid-face, as well as fine lines and wrinkles around the nose, mouth, and chin.

Candidacy for the procedure can also be low due to several factors which include the degree of:

-The cheek and mid-face sagging skin
-The extent of moderate sagging skin
-How early the facial aging is occurring, and what the visible signs of mild aging are
-Whether the skin has mild or moderate laxity, especially in the mid-face
-And, additionally what are the fine lines and wrinkles around the nose, mouth and chin

Each of these factors determines the candidacy for the procedure and ultimately the quality of the results. If candidacy is low, then other options are discussed during consultation.

What are the Risks of a Thread Lift?

Just like any other cosmetic procedures, there are some risks involved in thread lift. There will be minimal risk for scars in the operating regions since this technique is primarily a puncture technique to place threads in the subcutaneous plane of the face. There may be some skin dimpling initially or gathering of the skin, however, this resolves within a few days or weeks. Other complications include bleeding, bruising and hematoma in the operated area. There is also the uncommon risk of accumulation of fluid under the facial skin after the procedure. However, it is still relatively safe compared to facelifts.

Can a Thread Lift Provide the Same Results as a Facelift?

The results of a thread lift and a facelift are not the same. With this aesthetic procedure, there is no excision of the excess skin. That’s why it is only recommended for people with no major excess skin in the face and earlier signs of aging. The ideal candidate for the procedure is a patient in their late forties and fifties with a medium thickness of the skin. The less ideal patient is one with heavy wrinkling and very thin skin or a patient with very thick skin.

What are Silhouette Threads?

Silhouette threads were developed as plastic surgeons improved their suspension sutures techniques with the use of cones in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. The threads are made of polylactic acid that is absorbable. The material has been used in plastic and cardiology surgery for years. The product, as well as the technique, has been approved by the FDA as an effective and safe method for facial rejuvenation.

How is a Silhouette Lift Performed?

This minimally-invasive procedure is performed by inserting thread with cones into the area of the face that needs lifting. The cones are bidirectional, which means that it can be pointed in any direction. The cones use the tissues above it as an anchor and then pull the tissue below it, which lifts the skin in the process. The cones are positioned facing each other in order to squeeze the tissue with each other.

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Interested to know about your Instalift options?  Whether you are thinking about having cosmetic surgery, a non-surgical procedure or have had prior surgery and are seeking additional touch-ups, it is critical to work with a skilled plastic surgeon that specializes in facial procedures. Dr. Robert Sheffield is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon at SB Aesthetics offering services to those in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Oxnard and Ventura, CA, and the surrounding communities.  Dr. Sheffield offers patients a customized treatment plan and is available to answer your questions. To schedule a consultation, call 805.318.3280 today.


If you are considering plastic surgery in Santa Barbara, CA, or anywhere around Santa Barbara County, contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation with top plastic surgeon Dr. Sheffield

601 E Arrellaga St #101, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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