As the effects of time and gravity take their toll on your skin, the face tends to lose its plump texture and youthful shape. From the eyebrows to the cheeks, the skin becomes lax and begins to sag, creating a dull, tired and droopy overall appearance. For patients with these cosmetic concerns, a surgical facelift is not the only treatment option. A Silhouette Lift™ is an excellent non-surgical alternative for those seeking to lift sunken skin and boost facial contours for a more radiant and refreshed complexion. With fewer side effects and less downtime, a Silhouette Lift can help you achieve a shapely, well-balanced facial aesthetic.
Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics is one of the premier cosmetic centers in the Minneapolis and St. Paul region for performing the Silhouette Lift. Board-certified surgeon and soft-tissue specialist Dr. Leslie Smith combines advanced training and highly developed techniques to perform this minimally invasive facelift procedure. In fact, Dr. Smith’s skills and aesthetic vision render her one of the most qualified cosmetic doctors in the Twin Cities for this exciting treatment.
What is a Silhouette Lift?
The Silhouette Lift is a non-surgical facelift technique used to lift and tighten sagging skin around the face, neck and jowls. This innovative method involves suspending and fixating the cheeks with a specially designed thread to elevate and refine the mid-face, while stimulating collagen and elastin production in the treated area. The Silhouette Lift can also be performed to smoothen out jowls, lift the brows and enhance the contour of the neck. Based on your facial structure and cosmetic concerns, Dr. Smith can tailor the procedure specifically to your needs for a satisfying, personalized result. From correcting skin laxity to re-contouring facial features, the Silhouette Lift can provide a natural-looking improvement that can last up to five years. At Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics in Wayzata, MN, Dr. Smith performs this procedure under local anesthesia to ensure a smooth and comfortable treatment experience.
How is the Silhouette Lift Performed?
The steps of the procedure will vary slightly for each patient, depending on their unique needs and concerns. In your consultation, Dr. Smith will examine your condition and signs of facial aging to design an individualized procedural plan. Generally, the treatment is performed in five planned steps:
- Pre-Treatment – Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Smith will administer local anesthesia to ensure you experience minimal discomfort during the process. You will remain fully awake while the Silhouette Lift is placed, so you can communicate and follow directions as required.
- Incision – Dr. Smith will make a small incision in the temporal region just above the ear. In the case of a neck lift, the incision will be made behind the ear. As a skin specialist, Dr. Smith is experienced in making conservative incisions that will reduce the risk of scarring.
- Silhouette Sutures – Using a unique device, Dr. Smith will insert the Silhouette Sutures into the predetermined locations on the mid to lower face. Depending on the desired lift, one or several sutures will be inserted to create an optimal contour.
- Repositioning the Skin – In line with your aesthetic goals and facial structure, Dr. Smith will slowly pull the Silhouette Sutures into position, giving the desired lift before anchoring them in the temporal region where they will be concealed.
- Closing the Incision – Fine sutures are used to close the incision. The incision site is small and hidden, so it generally does not require special dressings or coverings. Dr. Smith will then review with you any special care instructions to ensure you are aware of how to avoid complications and achieve the best possible results.
What Areas Can A Silhouette Lift Treat?
A Silhouette Lift is a unique, versatile procedure that can be used to improve various areas and features of the face. In your consultation, Dr. Smith will work with you to identify the problem areas and determine the techniques required to enhance your appearance and achieve your desired result.
Cheeks and Mid-face
As we age, the cheeks lose their youthful shape and volume and typically begin to droop. Droopiness occurs as collagen and elastin production diminishes and facial fullness depletes. When combined with the natural effects of time and gravity, these concerns can lead to a worn, lifeless and prematurely aged appearance. The Silhouette Lift is an excellent solution to help lift the cheeks into a more youthful and plump position. In a minimally invasive procedure that can last up to four years, this facelift method can subtly pull the cheeks upward to enhance the mid-face, restore the balance between facial features and create a naturally enlivened and refreshed overall complexion.
Eyebrows and Eyelids
Sagging eyebrows and eyelids are some of the most common concerns caused by the aging process. This issue occurs as the dermal structure weakens and the eyes lose their foundational support. While drooping eyelid skin can pull the brows downward, sagging eyebrows can weigh down on the upper eyelids. Both of these issues can make your face look tired, dreary and even upset. When pulled into the correct position, the Silhouette Lift can lift the lax skin around the eyes to reflect a well-rested and naturally relaxed profile. This technique can also alleviate the pressure or discomfort caused by heavy drooping skin and create a natural-looking improvement of the upper face.
The neck is one of the thinnest and most delicate areas of skin on the body. It is often one of the first areas to show signs of aging and, in many cases, it can make you look older than your years. As years of sun exposure and aging take their toll, the neck’s smooth texture and slim shape tend to disappear. The Silhouette Lift is often performed to tighten, reposition and refine the skin on the neck for a firmer, more youthful contour. This procedure can smoothen out creases by gently pulling the skin into a better position and accentuating its natural curve.
DECEMBER SPECIAL: Silhouette Lift for the Jowls and Jawline
At Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics, the jowls are often the most troubling cosmetic concern for patients with aging skin. Jowls refer to the sagging skin below the chin or jawline that develop as the skin thins and loses elasticity. They can create unsightly lines around the corners of the mouth and tend to disturb the lower facial contour, significantly aging the face as a result. The Silhouette Lift is a highly effective solution for those seeking to lift this loose skin and correct the appearance of jowls.
For December 2019, we are offering patients a Silhouette Lift special for the jowls and jawline. Contact Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics today to learn more about how this procedure can restore beauty and balance to your face.
Benefits of the Silhouette Lift
When performed by a qualified and experienced physician, the Silhouette Lift boasts a myriad of benefits for men and women seeking to correct signs of facial aging and revitalize their appearance. The benefits of this procedure include:
- Minimally invasive – requires only a small incision disguised within the hairline
- Versatile – treats various areas of the face
- An outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia
- Treatment completed in less than an hour
- Quick recovery, with most patients resuming regular activity within two to four days
- Performed by a board-certified skin specialist to achieve satisfying, natural-looking results
- FDA-approved for treatment of the mid-face and cheeks
- Results lasting up to four years
- Results can be extended an additional four years with a simple retightening procedure
- Less expensive and less involved than a traditional surgical facelift
What to Expect After Your Silhouette Lift
Compared to the side effects and recovery time required for a surgical facelift, a Silhouette Lift is far less involved. The procedure is typically completed within an hour, and most patients can leave the office immediately. Common side effects include temporary soreness and discomfort in the incision site, which should subside within a few days. Most patients feel comfortable resuming regular activity in two to four days following the procedure. A full recovery is usually expected within ten days. Dr. Smith will walk you through any post-operative instructions to ensure you are fully aware of what to expect after treatment.
Silhouette Lift Results
Once the Silhouette Lift is complete, you will notice an immediate improvement in the skin’s texture and the contours of the face and neck. The result of this procedure is a well-defined mid-face and a more radiant holistic appearance. This procedure provides long-lasting results, with effects usually subsiding after three to four years. Dr. Smith can extend these results with a straightforward 20-minute retightening treatment to help you maintain a firm texture and rejuvenated profile.
Schedule Your Consultation with Leading Physician Dr. Leslie Smith at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics
Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics in Wayzata, MN, is proud to be one of the premier cosmetic clinics in Minneapolis to offer this revolutionary non-invasive facelift. With a commitment to the satisfaction and happiness of every patient, Dr. Leslie Smith is passionate about helping patients eliminate concerns and feel more confident about their appearance. The Silhouette Lift is an advanced and convenient way to help you rejuvenate your profile and reclaim your unique natural beauty. If you would like to learn more about the Silhouette Lift or experience the benefits first-hand, call our clinic at (952) 460-1970 to schedule your consultation today.
Silhouette Lift FAQ’s
Can a Silhouette Lift be an alternative to a facelift?
While a Silhouette Lift is not a complete substitute for a traditional facelift, it can provide considerable improvement for patients with early to moderate signs of facial aging. A Silhouette Lift can create a long-lasting and natural rejuvenation effect. For patients with significant sagging, however, a surgical facelift may be a more suitable option. If you are unsure, Dr. Smith can help you decide which is the most appropriate treatment for you.
Is the Silhouette Lift safe?
Over 17,000 Silhouette Lifts have been performed to date in more than 55 countries. As with any cosmetic procedure, there are risks and side effects. However, those associated with the Silhouette Lift are mild and rare. This facelift method, as with all cosmetic treatments, should only be performed by a trained physician, like Dr. Smith, to ensure a safe procedure and minimal risks of complications.
Some patients may be hesitant to schedule surgical procedures due to concerns about the medications prescribed for these treatments. However, men and women with these worries now have another option to help them avoid potential side effects. Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics offers Pro-Nox, an analgesic delivery system that reduces both discomfort and anxiety before and during your surgical procedure. A primary benefit of this option is that patients can control how much or how little they require.
Traditionally known as laughing gas, Pro-Nox is a specially designed system that takes effect quickly and eliminates some of the side effects of oral medications like Ativan, including drowsiness, dizziness, and tiredness. Since the effects of Pro-Nox disappear once you no longer need it, patients that choose this method have the option to drive themselves home if they wish. Pro-Nox is available for a small fee. If you prefer to use this pre-treatment system over the other numbing methods, let us know in your consultation so we can organize this accordingly.