02/08/2013

Lifting and Regenerating

In addition to the wide range of dermal fillers and neuromodulators which have become standard in the aesthetic market a new product has been gaining a lot of attention and popularity lately: the so-called “Thread Lift”. 

In Cyprus we saw the appearance of PDO threads: straight short threads made out of Polydioxanone (PDO) which are placed in the subcutaneous skin layer in rather large numbers (10-20 in the face).  To our opinion these threads have mainly a regenerating effect: their presence triggers the immune system to react by stimulating the synthesis of collagen and thus skin regeneration.  Polydioxanone is a colourless, crystalline, biodegradable synthetic polymer also used in the production of surgical sutures.  There is to our knowledge, until this day, no medical authority in the USA or in the EU which has approved PDO threads for use in aesthetic treatments. 

In view of the foregoing we are happy to introduce Silhouette Soft®.

Silhouette Soft®

Silhouette Soft® is produced in the United States by the same company which introduced the Silhouette Lift® sutures in the plastic surgery market in 2006.  Silhouette Lift® threads are suspension sutures which are used in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.  They are until today the only suspension sutures to have received approval from the American FDA (since 2006) and they are CE marked for the European market.  Since 2007 more than 20.000 Silhouette Lift® procedures were carried out successfully and presently every 15 minutes somebody somewhere in the world is being  “Silhouette Lift®ed”.

In the spring of 2012 Silhouette Soft® was launched in the US market and a bit later in Europe as a “spin-off” of the Silhouette Lift® sutures: they are shorter, with fewer cones and without the need to be stitched to the skin on either end.  They are best described as Polylactic acid bi-directional bio-resorbable sutures with cones.

Unlike other existing threads, Silhouette Soft® is made out of a natural component: Polylactic acid, which is derived from renewable resources such as corn starch or sugarcane. 

The Silhouette Soft® suture is made of a clear resorbable material and includes 8 absorbable cones which are positioned on the suture and separated by knots.  There are four cones on each half of the suture.  Each series of cones faces the opposite direction and points towards the end of the suture, hence the term “bidirectional”. 

How does it work?

Combatting the effects of ageing above all means restoring smoother and more toned skin, but also a more shapely face.  To meet this dual requirement Silhouette Soft® combines two effects: lifting and regenerating:

  • The lifting effect is immediate and discreet as it is the result of compressing and elevating tissue at the time of adjusting the suture.  After inserting the suture, the doctor applies slight pressure on the treated area.  In this way the doctor reshapes the surface of the skin and makes it visibly smoother.
  • The regenerative effect is gradual and natural: polylactic acid (PLA), the principal component of Silhouette Soft® is a natural polymer known in the medical field for many years (suture thread, orthopaedic pins, screws and nails for bone fractures are all made of PLA).  It is because this product is particularly biocompatible with the human body and also completely biodegradable that such applications have been developed.  Once the suture is applied, the PLA acts on the deeper layers of the skin and naturally stimulates the production of collagen.  This action which continues over time helps increase the volume of saggy areas and restores shapeliness to the face (or other body part) gradually and perfectly naturally.

Silhouette Soft® is recommended for men and women of 30 and over who are trying to combat effectively the signs of ageing, which do not want any heavy and invasive treatment, but are looking for real and natural results.

Silhouette Soft® treatment is suitable for all skin types – testing for allergic reactions proved negative in clinical studies.  They can be successfully applied for reshaping or lifting of the facial contour, the lower jaw, the cheek and/or cheekbones, the eyebrows and the neck.

Find more detailed information on this website (click here) or call for a (free) consultation.

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