what is a silhouette lift?
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Results Aren't as Reliable as With Traditional Facelift
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If Deemed a Candidate, Lite-lift™ May Be an Ideal Option
The technique requires limited incisions and takes a vertical lifting approach, in contrast to the traditional facelift, which requires extensive incisions and lifts or pulls the face towards the ears horizontally. The modern techniques used allow us to perform most LiteLift® procedures in the office under local anesthesia. Also, removing the risk of general anesthesia opens the door for more people to pursue facial surgery. All too often people do not move forward with undergoing the desires facelift surgery due to their overwhelming fear of the risks associated with general anesthesia.
This is a modified facelift that can be performed in the office with a local anesthetic and improve signs of aging around the neck, jawbone and lower face. Because the incisions are limited, there is less bruising, swelling and healing time for most patients. Many patients can be back to work in one to two weeks looking rested and more youthful.
The best candidates for #LiteLift are non-smoking patients 35-60 years old with early changes of the lower face and the neck. They also have a face and neck line beginning to sag, but whose skin has elasticity and whose bone structure is well defined. Older patients who cannot or do not wish to have a longer operation or general anesthetic can be improved with a Lite Lift™.
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What is a Silhouette Lift or thread lift facelift?
This is absolutely NOT a facelift.
It is a less invasive alternative that is being marketed, and the ability of this technique to get the job done is definitely limited.
My opinion is similar to most surgeons who specialize in facelifts. If you are a patient who has the changes that warrant a facelift (loose excess skin, sagging of the deep muscle layers in the face and neck, volume loss, sagging of the jowls, etc) then the best answer for you is a real facelift procedure. There is absolutely nothing that will come close to the results you can achieve with that.
My preference is a deep plane facelift or a variation of an extended-SMAS facelift based on each individual patient's anatomy. This includes a necklift and for the majority also includes a platysmaplasty. Liposuction in the neck can be performed if needed.
Facelift or Silhouette Lift
A silhouette lift is not a facelift. It is a procedure using threads that pull the skin but does not remove skin. I have seen patients who have had this with irregular and temporary result.
A person who needs a facelift should remember that facial aging includes skin laxity, loss of volume and laxity to the tissues under the skin. Facial rejuvenation should include all of these factors. After 29 years performing facelifts, I am able to tell you silhouette lift is a gimmick.
Visit several experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons to discuss options for facial rejuvenation. I am sure you will be able to make an informed decision before you choose which option is right for you.
What is a silhouette lift?
I tell potential facelift patients to think of creating a more beautiful or handsome face by working on three tissue levels. The bony structure should be appropriate to make a woman’s face heart shaped and a man’s face chiseled and angular which is described below. Next the fatty layer should be reduced or shaped allowing the shape to be seen and finally excess SMAS and skin evidenced by the presence of jowls) should be removed from the face and neck.
Following the beauty principles outlined in my book on face and body beauty, women look the most feminine, youthful and attractive with heart shaped faces. Heart shaped faces have cheeks that are full and round in the front. Cheek augmentation using a dermal filler (I prefer Restylane Lyft) or with cheek implants for a permanent enhancement will create full, round cheeks anteriorly that will feminize the entire face.
"Jowls" are sagging facial tissues and an indication for some form of a SMAS facelift. The underlying SMAS layer, of the face, must be dissected, lifted, trimmed and re-sutured. The excess skin is then removed and the facelift incisions closed.
My most popular facelift is the minimally invasive, short incision facelift that has all the benefits of more invasive facelifts (traditional, mid-face, deep plane and subperiosteal facelifts) but with these added benefits:
•very small incisions
•minimal tissue dissection = less bruising and swelling = rapid recovery
•can be performed in 90 minutes or less, with or without anesthesia
•no incisions within the hair = no hair loss
•excess fat can be removed
•excess skin removed
•cheeks, chin and jaw line can be augmented with dermal fillers (I prefer Restylane Lyft) or facial implants
•most patients fly back home to parts all over the world in as little as 3 days post-op
Hope this helps.
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