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Privé MEDSPA Skin Lifting and Regenerating with Silhouette Soft®...

In addition to the wide range of dermal fillers and neuromodulators which have become standard in the aesthetic market a new product has been gaining a lot of attention and popularity lately: the so-called “Thread Lift”. 

With the appearance of Lead Fine PDO threads: straight short threads made out of Polydioxanone (PDO) which are placed in the subcutaneous skin layer in rather large numbers (10 to 20 in the face only).  To our opinion these threads have only a regenerating effect: their presence triggers the immune system to react by stimulating the synthesis of collagen and thus skin regeneration.  Polydioxanone is a colourless, crystalline, biodegradable synthetic polymer also used in the preparation of surgical sutures.  There is to our knowledge, until this day, no medical authority in the USA or in the EU which has approved PDO threads for use in aesthetic procedures. 
In view of the foregoing we are happy to introduce Silhouette Soft®.

Silhouette Soft® at Privé MEDSPA

Silhouette Soft®

Silhouette Soft® is produced in the United States by the same company which introduced the Silhouette Lift® sutures in the plastic surgery market in 2006.  Silhouette Lift® threads are suspension sutures which are used in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. 

They are until today the only suspension sutures to have received approval from the American FDA (since 2006) and they are CE marked for the European market.  Since 2007 more than 20.000 Silhouette Lift® procedures were carried out successfully and presently every 15 minutes somebody somewhere in the world is being helped with Silhouette Lift®.

In October 2012 Silhouette Soft® was approved for use in the European market as a “spin-off” of the Silhouette Lift® sutures: they are shorter, with fewer cones and without the need to be stitched to the skin on either end.  They are best described as polylactic acid bi-directional bio-resorbable sutures with cones.  They have in the mean time also been approved and launched in the Latin American markets (including the massive Brazilian cosmetic market) and FDA approval and subsequent launch in the North American market is imminent.


Silhouette Soft® at Privé MEDSPA
Silhouette Soft® at Privé MEDSPA
Silhouette Soft® at Privé MEDSPA
Silhouette Soft® at Privé MEDSPA


Polylactic Acid (PLA)
Unlike other existing threads, Silhouette Soft® is made out of a natural component: polylactic acid, which is derived from renewable resources such as corn starch or sugarcane.  Being able to degrade into harmless lactic acid, PLA is used as medical implants in the form of screws, pins and rods (and now also lifting threads).  PLA breaks down gradually over a period of 6 to 24 months.  This gradual breakdown is desirable for creating a support structure.

The Silhouette Soft® suture is made of a clear resorbable material and 8 absorbable cones.  The length of the suture is 30 cm.  The eight resorbable cones are made of Lactide Glycolide (a mixture between lactic and glycolic acid) and they are positioned on the suture and separated by knots.  There are four cones on each side of the suture, free floating between tied knots each 0,5 cm apart.  Each series of cones faces the opposite direction and points towards the end of the suture, hence the term “bidirectional”.  Two knots 1,5 cm apart are tied in the central section of the suture.  These two knots are at equal distance from the middle of the suture.  There is no cone between these knots.



The insertion of the suture in the subcutaneous (adipose) skin layer occurs through an entry point in the middle of the suture pattern.  The entry point enables the insertion of each half of the suture respecting the appropriate orientation of the cones.  After the insertion of the sutures in the treated area a manual compression of the adipose tissue is performed to obtain the full and immediate result.
A local anaesthesia is required only at the entry and the exit points of the sutures.  The sutures are inserted under sterile conditions through the skin in the subcutaneous tissue.  The procedure is performed at the office and does not require any surgical incision or stitches.

Silhouette Soft® at Privé MEDSPA

How does it work?
Combatting the effects of ageing above all means restoring smoother and more toned skin, but also a more shapely face.  To meet this dual requirement Silhouette Soft® combines two effects: lifting and regenerating:

In which cases is Silhouette Soft® indicated?
Silhouette Soft® is recommended for men and women of 30 and over who are trying to combat effectively the signs of ageing, which do not want any heavy and invasive treatment, but are looking for real and natural results.

Silhouette Soft® treatment is suitable for all skin types – testing for allergic reactions proved negative in clinical studies.  Nevertheless the use of Silhouette Soft® is not recommended if you are allergic or sensitive to biomaterials.

Silhouette Soft® can be used for correction of the following areas:

The number of sutures to be applied is given here for guidance only.  Depending on the desired result and the condition of your skin some variation may occur.  Our doctor will give you exact information during your (free) consultation.

Combination with other procedures.
We are very enthusiast about Silhouette Soft® because it constitutes a perfect addition to dermal fillers and neuromodulators:

The three different procedures together constitute a complete and very efficient armoury in the war against ageing.

Why Silhouette Soft® is safe

Application of Silhouette Soft® must be carried out only by a doctor who has been trained in a Silhouette Beauty® Laboratory or by a certified Silhouette Soft® training doctor.


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