How to (Not) Age Like a Supermodel!

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Today, we have something a little different. That’s right – today’s post was written by none other than Steffi, a good friend of mine. Recently, she booked an appointment for The Sloane Clinic’s brand new Silhouette Instalift. Want to find out more about her experience? Read on!

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By Steffi Ang

Threadlifts are the new ‘non-surgical’ facelifts. It takes just half an hour, and there’s no recovery time.

A-listers clamoring for threading facelifts can finally breath a sigh of relief with the latest advances in thread-lifting technology. Look at the arduous journey that thread-lifts have taken over the years, it’s no wonder why women are now queuing up for the latest Silhouette Instalift.

Flashblack to 2004, the FDA approved the use of Contour Threads, which were marketed as non-surgical facelifts that could help to lift the brow, and firm the neck or jaw line. But in 2007, early thread-lift patients suffered serious side effects, including infection and thread breakage. The “threads” used in these procedures aren’t the kind you’d use for needlepointing. The ones used for facelift purposes are barbed, meaning they have brambles that stick out and latch onto the skin.

Today, what’s old is new again in the world of cosmetic surgery. The Silhouette Instalift, the latest youth-enhancing treatment to receive FDA approval, is an updated version of what you may remember as the “thread lift” from the ‘90s.

Now, thanks to innovative techniques and high-tech threads, it’s getting a second chance from doctors and their patients who want a facelift without downtime or surgery. Promising to painlessly lift sagging skin and deliver natural-looking results, Silhouette Instalift is a relatively straightforward procedure.

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Doctors use a fine needle to puncture a hole the size of a dot in the cheeks near the nose. From this site, one or more threads equipped with tiny cones are threaded in directions that would best lift your skin. That’s where skill and expertise comes in. Your doctor will be the best person to judge where to place these threads, and exactly how many threads you’ll need.

So I asked the best experts in this area for their opinions. Dr Kenneth Lee, medical director and co-founder of The Sloane Clinic, has probably notched hundreds of Silhouette Instalifts under his belt. He’s apparently the go-to guy if you want the best ‘facelift-money can-buy-sans-scalpel’.

“Because the threads contain bidirectional cones, they’re able to self-attach to tissue, lifting without the need for hooks or anchors. Once in place, they trick the skin into producing more collagen. Six months later, the threads and cones dissolve, leaving the face lifted and plump,” he explains.

Dr Lee’s patients see results lasting from 12 to 18 months which is impressive for something that takes the same amount of time as an afternoon high tea tête-à-tête.

“Like fillers, it’s going to have to be repeated because it’s not permanent, but it’s also less invasive than a facelift,” he says. For Dr Kenneth Lee, that’s key. “Lifting and tightening without the knife is a major interest right now. This takes 30 minutes, and it doesn’t involve any cutting or stitching.“

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I couldn’t wait to get started with this procedure, encouraged by the promise of a wondrous transformation visible in the pre and post-treatment photographs in the clinic. Dr Lee’s Silhouette Instalift is done under local anaesthetic. Living up to his reputation as one of the most meticulous doctors in the industry, Dr Lee carefully marked out tiny red dots to indicate where the threads would go in and out of my face. Then, as I lay on the bed, covered in sterile paper, I could vaguely feel the doctor touching my face, putting some pressure on my skin, but I didn’t actually feel the needle pinch, maybe because my skin was already numb from the local anaesthetic.

Once both threads have been place in one side of the face, the good doctor turns to the other side to create the same lift in the second cheek. Dr Lee’s confident and meticulous nature set my heart at ease, and at no time at all did I feel any panic or fear contrary to my colleagues’ predictions.

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The whole process took just 30 minutes, though it felt far longer — despite my efforts not to dwell on what was happening. Immediately after the procedure, I was handed a mirror, and my heart skipped a beat as I could see the lift in my face already! I was given a whole list of post-treatment instructions which included not making excessive movements of the face, but honestly, my mind was already in elsewhere. I couldn’t wait to see my husband’s reaction! My husband — a hardened doubter of cosmetic surgery, even the non-invasive kind — was astounded when I walked in through the door.

He even compared my new face to a photo of me ten years ago when I was an intern living overseas. I couldn’t have hoped for a lovelier comment.

I returned to Dr Lee for a review in a week and we both agreed that this has knocked at least a decade off me. “Yet your face still looks natural — just more lifted, defined, and less lined. The lifting effect should be even more noticeable over the next few months as more collagen is produced, thanks to stimulation from the cones,” he explains. I left a convert of Silhouette Instalift, and a self-professed lifelong follower of The Sloane Clinic.

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