What is SILHOUETTE SOFT®?
SILHOUETTE SOFT® instalift device is a special suture that can you can use to perform a non-surgical facelift. The suture is made of polylactic acid which gradually dissolves, leaving behind natural collagen growth, with bi-directional cones made of lactide glycolide, which is a mixture of lactic and glycolic acids. These cones help to keep the threads in place. SILHOUETTE SOFT® comes in sutures that are 26.8 cm, 27.5 cm, and 30 cm long and with 8, 12, or 16 cones on each suture, and they come in packages of two sutures. A SILHOUETTE SOFT® procedure is sometimes called a “puppet face lift”, “one-stitch face lift”, or a “non-surgical face lift.” In some locations, SILHOUETTE SOFT® is called SILHOUETTE LIFT® or SILHOUETTE INSTALIFT™. It is similar to PDO threads (polydiaxanone threads).
Why do doctors use SILHOUETTE SOFT®?
Doctors such as plastic surgeons and dermatologists use SILHOUETTE SOFT® to correct early signs of aging such as light sagging. In skin that does not have severe sagging, the sutures offer an alternative to a surgical facelift as they lift and tighten skin. SILHOUETTE SOFT® is most suitable for patients in their mid-30s to mid-50s who still have a good support structure for their skin and for locations such as the mid-face, cheeks or cheekbones, facial contours, jaw line, eyebrows, or neck. Some doctors prefer using SILHOUETTE SOFT® because it is a 30-minute outpatient treatment that they can combine with other aesthetic treatments or use on its own, and some patients prefer this treatment because it requires only local anesthetic, it has minimum downtime, and the results are long-lasting. The procedure is sometimes called a thread lift or a suture lift.
How SILHOUETTE SOFT® works
The SILHOUETTE SOFT® sutures work by physically lifting sagging skin, with the bi-directional cones to hold the sutures in place after insertion. The materials used to make these sutures are biodegradable so they gradually break down within the skin, leaving no trace. In the meantime, the sutures provide structure for collagen growth, encouraging the growth of collagen so that when the sutures dissolve, a network of collagen remains to give the skin structure. Studies show collagen begins to encapsulate the sutures at about 30 days after insertion. The suture may begin to absorb around 181 days after implantation, and after a year, the sutures may show degradation.
When and how to use SILHOUETTE SOFT®
Although the SILHOUETTE SOFT® sutures gradually dissolve, because of the collagen growth the effects of a treatment may last about eighteen months to twenty-four months. This means that to maintain their treatment results, your patients should return every year and a half to two years. Only trained medical professionals should administer SILHOUETTE SOFT®. To use SILHOUETTE SOFT®, first use a ruler to draw a pattern on your patient’s skin. An angle pattern can allow skin traction in a particular location while a straight pattern can correct sagging skin while repositioning the volume. Be sure to disinfect the area you will be treating then twist the plastic clip to remove SILHOUETTE SOFT® from its pouch, slightly tightening the knots to prepare the thread. Inject a local anesthetic into the entry and exit points you are targeting. To insert the SILHOUETTE SOFT® suture, first create an entry hole with an 18G needle then insert the suture to a depth of 5 mm beneath the skin, in subcutaneous tissue, indicated by the black line at the end of the needle tip. Thicker skin, such as on Asian patients, may need deeper suture insertion to reach the subcutaneous level. Once you have inserted the needle, turn it horizontally and push it through the subcutaneous tissue and out the first exit point, gently pulling until the first series of cones is inside the adipose tissue. Then, insert the second half of the suture. Once the entire suture is within the skin, cut the thread but leave the free ends long. Repeat this procedure for each suture. Next, gently apply pressure while pinching the tissue with all the fingers of one hand, while pulling the exposed ends of the sutures, for the cones to connect with the tissue and maintain their position. Finally, trim the ends of the sutures.
What is the difference between SILHOUETTE SOFT® 8, SILHOUETTE SOFT® 12, and SILHOUETTE SOFT® 16?
The difference between the different SILHOUETTE SOFT® products is the number of cones on the threads. SILHOUETTE SOFT® 8 has 8 cones spaced 0.5 cm apart on a 30 cm long suture; SILHOUETTE SOFT® 12 has 12 cones spaced 0.8 cm apart on a 27.5 cm long suture; SILHOUETTE SOFT® 16 has 16 cones spaced 0.8 cm apart on a 26.8 cm long suture.
Can SILHOUETTE SOFT® be combined with other aesthetic treatments?
You should not use SILHOUETTE SOFT® where permanent fillers are present. Your patient should also avoid beauty treatments such as facials in the month after their treatment. However, you can combine SILHOUETTE SOFT® with dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid.
SILHOUETTE SOFT® side effects
Even with an anesthetic, your patients may experience slight discomfort as you place the thread. Other SILHOUETTE SOFT® side effects may include pain, redness, swelling, and bruising at the treated site, lasting for a few days before resolving on their own. Rarely, your patient could experience an infection or nerve damage after a SILHOUETTE SOFT® treatment. Your patient should let you know if their swelling or redness persists for more than a few days or if pain increases. These may not be all the possible SILHOUETTE SOFT® side effects.
Precautions when using SILHOUETTE SOFT®
You should not treat patients with SILHOUETTE SOFT® who are pregnant, you should not treat patients with SILHOUETTE SOFT® who are breastfeeding, and you should not use SILHOUETTE SOFT® to treat patients under the age of eighteen. Do not use SILHOUETTE SOFT® in areas with an acute or chronic skin disease or infection or in patients who have sepsis or an autoimmune disease. SILHOUETTE SOFT® is for single use only: do not resterilize the sutures and discard any unused sutures if they are in an open package.
After their SILHOUETTE SOFT® treatment, your patients can apply a wrapped cold pack to the area, and if they experience pain in the next two or three days, they can take an analgesic drug. Your patients should avoid makeup for the next day and wash, dry, or shave their face without rubbing or massaging the area for the next five days. It is best if for the first three to five nights after their procedure your patients sleep with their head elevated on pillows, face up. Your patients should avoid tanning beds or excessive sun exposure for the next two weeks, avoid saunas for the next three weeks, avoid other aesthetic treatments and face or neck massages for the next four weeks, and avoid sports such as running for the next two weeks. Your patients should also try to limit their face and neck movements for the next couple weeks after a SILHOUETTE SOFT® procedure and avoid dental surgery for the next three weeks. For about five days after their SILHOUETTE SOFT® treatment, your patients should apply a prescription antibiotic cream to the suture entry and exit points twice a day to help prevent infection.
Does SILHOUETTE SOFT® require a skin test?
SILHOUETTE SOFT® is made of biodegradable materials which doctors have used safely for many years. However, your patients should not undergo a SILHOUETTE SOFT® procedure if they have a known allergy or sensitivity to poylactic acid, lactide glycolide, or any other plastic or biomaterial.
How to store SILHOUETTE SOFT®
Store SILHOUETTE SOFT® at between 0 and 8 degrees Celsius, in a dry location away from direct sunlight. Avoid crushing or crimping the sutures.
Where to buy SILHOUETTE SOFT®
You can order SILHOUETTE SOFT® instalift device online from MedSupplySolutions.com or you can phone our friendly customer service associates to order this and other medical supplies. When you order SILHOUETTE SOFT® sutures from Med Supply Solutions, you can give your patients a non-surgical facelift to correct the appearance of sagging skin for a more youthful look.
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