We are one of the few practices in Scotland to offer Silhouette Soft or 'Thread Lifts'.
What are the benefits of Silhouette Soft?
Silhouette Soft, also known as the 'thread lift', is the only non-surgical option to lift the face and defy the skin's gravitational pull instantly. The results are immediate and noticeable - your skin will look lifted - but very natural. What's even better is that results will continue to improve over the coming months. The treatment can be used to address some parts of the face which other modalities are unable to tackle easily, effectively and minimally invasively.
What areas can be treated and how does it works?
Silhouette Soft targets areas of the face and neck, brow and jowls. The jowls and neck in particular are notoriously hard to tackle non-surgically the treatment uses unique re-absorbable surgical threads made of polylactic acid which are dotted with tiny bi-directional cones. As the polylactic acid dissolves it stimulates collagen production by the body. This gives the face a secondary lift several months later.
Can you tell us more about what the treatment involves?
A local anaesthetic is administered and the clinician inserts Silhouette Soft threads under the skin using a fine needle. The cones are anchored in the tissue just below the skin to hold the threads in place. After inserting the stitch the clinician applies slight pressure to reshape the surface of the skin and obtain the lifting effect.
How long is the recovery time and how long do the effects last?
The treatment is carried out over one session which takes under an hour. Recovery time is minimal and it is possible to resume normal activity without anyone knowing the treatment has taken place. The tiny needle barely leaves a mark and if there is any post treatment bruising it is minimal and will resolve in a few days. The sutures dissolve after 18 months, leaving in their place natural 'scaffolding' created by the surplus of collagen. This collagen acts as a 'mesh' under the skin, maintaining a lifted appearance long after the threads have dissolved. This facial re-shaping ultimately lasts for 18-24 months and then the process can be repeated.
Who is this treatment suitable for?
This treatment is most likely to be suitable for men and women between the ages of 40 and 65. As a rule of thumb, if you can lift the skin on your face by about 1cm with your fingers, you are most likely suitable.
What other treatments do you offer in the Practice?
As well as treatments carried out such as Silhouette Soft, Botulinum injections (using Botox, a prescription drug) and dermal fillers, our team is highly trained to provide chemical skin peels, Medical Microdermabrasion, Dermalux LED light therapy, IPL hair removal and IPL for removal of facial thread veins. We also provide Semi-Permanent Make-Up.
Are there anything happening in the market that you feel will revolutionise the industry?
We have always believed that these treatments should be provided in a safe, clean, regulated, clinical environment. So we are delighted that new legislation is being enacted in Scotland which will regulate the aesthetics industry. New guidelines have been very recently issued to monitor the premises where aesthetic treatments are practised. These premises will be inspected regularly in order to make the environment safer for our patients.
Treatments have come away from being surgical towards being non-invasive - how do you think aesthetic treatments might evolve next so that they are more accessible?
Silhouette Soft is fast becoming the 'reference treatment' for minimally invasive skin lifting of the mid-face, jowls, neck and brow, allowing clinicians to address a far wider scope for patients' needs without resorting to surgery. In addition new materials and techniques are being developed all the time. Advanced aesthetic practitioners can give their patients more natural results by careful and precise placement of dermal fillers and hence more value for their money.
For people who are thinking of having a facial aesthetic treatment - how should they approach it in the early stages?
It is your body and you owe it to yourself to be informed. It is always best to get a personal recommendation. Not all practitioners have the same amount of training or experience, this is usually reflected in the price charged. Not all aesthetics products are the same quality either. Make sure you ask about the safety and effectiveness of the product. Research them yourself on the internet. And so you can decide with confidence, ask to see the practitioners' photographs of their own patients so you can assess their results for yourself.
Silhouette Soft benefits at a glance
- Immediate skin Lifting
- Gradual regeneration of the body's own collage lost as part of the ageing process
- Non-surgical treatment
- No general anaesthetic, no scalpels
- Areas which can be treated include mid-face, neck, brow and jowls
- Treatment takes less than an hour to complete
- Minimal recovery time
For more information visit please contact one of the staff at the Practice.