What is a threadlift facelift
The threadlift gives you back your youthful face without general anesthesia, without hospitalization and without a long recovery time. The threadlift is an in office procedure for patients seeking a significant mid-face lift without major surgery, without prolonged recovery, with minimal risk, and without the high costs associated with traditional surgical face-lifts.
What are the benefits of a thread-lift?
It is an in-office procedure, which takes less than one hour to perform.
It is comfortable, with minimal if any discomfort without any need for general anesthesia or sedation. You will get a natural result that can last 12-18 months or longer.
Thread-lifts are suitable for both men and women.
Thread-lifting is ideal for correcting signs of aging in the nasolabial folds (smile lines), the expression lines, and the jowls.
Who performs the Silhouette Lift™ procedure
Only a few select surgeons perform the Silhouette Lift procedure. Each surgeon has to be trained on a hands-on course that is sponsored by the manufacturer. Dr. Bader was one of the leading providers of the once popular Contour Thread Lift, which is no longer available. The Silhouette Lift™ procedure is similar to the Contour thread procedure, from a technical standpoint. Dr. Bader performs the procedure himself and is assisted by his nursing staff.
More commonly, patients prefer newer dissolvable threads, which are safe, easy to place, and much less costly.
Is threadlifting safe?
Thread-lifts are performed under local anesthesia and only requires a small nick in the skin. The risk of complication is extremely low when performed by a competent surgeon.
What are Silhouette Sutures™?
The threads are made of polypropylene, which is one of the most common non-dissolvable sutures used today. The body does not react against this suture. There are knots on the suture, which hold it in place. In order to assist with the knots securing itself in the skin, dissolvable cones are in place which last 1 year.
These sutures are not commonly used today and only a handful of surgeons in South Florida are certified to use them.
More commonly, dissolvable sutures are used.
Where are the sutures placed for the Silhouette Lift?
The thread placement is customized for each patient. For the smile lines (nasolabial folds), two or more sutures are used to suspend the fold. For the jowls, two or more sutures are often used to elevate the jowl. The diagram below is ONE EXAMPLE of the vectors used commonly for Silhouette lifting. For dissolvable threads, other vectors are often used.
How long does the thread-lift last?
Like a traditional facelift, the aging process continues and gravity will always win over time.
For the Silhouette lift, the threads do not dissolve and the lift itself will be long lasting. With time, the sutures can usually be tightened and not completely replaced, to restore a youthful appearance without the need for placing new sutures. This is in contrast to a facelift, in which the entire surgical procedure must be repeated.
With dissolvable threads, the lift lasts 12-18 months if not longer. The threads themselves dissolve in approximately one year.
How is threadlifting different than a traditional facelift?
This procedure is totally different: much simpler, much safer, & much faster recovery.
With this lift, a small nick is made, usually with a needle. Through this little opening, the threads are placed under the skin.
There is no extensive surgery.
There is no removal of skin.
There are no stitches on the outside of the skin when the dissolvable threads are used.
With the traditional facelift procedure, an incision is made around the front of the ear, around the back of the ear and into the scalp. The skin on the cheeks is loosened and most of its connections to the deeper tissues are severed. Sutures are placed to tighten the deeper SMAS, thus creating the lift. The excess skin is surgically removed and the skin is then closed with stitches and sometimes staples. Some physicians still use drains that are placed to reduce the risk of blood collecting under the skin.
Why choose Dr. Bader?
Dr. Bader was one of the first in the State of Florida to perform thread-lifts since they were first available. He has been performing thread-lifts since 2005.
He has performed more Contour thread-lifts than nearly anyone in the State of Florida.
Now he uses the latest technology available in threads to give you the result that you are looking for with minimal downtime, almost no risk, and at about 15% the cost of a surgical facelift.