How long will collagen continue to generate after a Silhouette Lift? My face looks bloated.
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Placement of foreign material in the face as part of a "miniaturize" facelift is a bad idea.
Unhappy with results
How long does a silhouette face lift last
The Silhouette face lift is a suspension suture face lift.
The suture is a polypropylene (a permanent material like nylon).
Along the suture are 'cones' of absorbable material.
The material is supposed to stimulate collagen, so the suture lift holds.
There is NO scientific information to show that this face lift works.
Perhaps it does, perhaps it is hokum.
Sculptra effects are unpredictable - I have seen patients whose bodies saw no effect, and a few who did.
If your body absorbs the sculptra 'cone', and if there is no adhesion of your tissues to the permanent suture, it may slip out easily. But it may be embedded in scar and impossible to remove.
But this may not change your facial bloating and loss of shape. This is either from the procedure itself or from your body's response to Sculptra. If the former, it will slowly improve. If the latter, possibly not.
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Thank you for your question.
Without examining you, physically feeling the tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history, and discussing the pros and cons of any further treatments it is difficult to be comprehensive.
As Dr. Fechner stated the silhouette lift is not a commonly acknowledged technique for facelift. My understanding it is similar to the largely abandoned thread lift that surgeons have stopped using due to unsatisfactory results.
I would discuss with your surgeon regarding the expected outcome of this procedure. Sculptra is meant to give years of collagen stimulated results, if that is truly what the "cones" are made from. Again, this all is very unclear.
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