Yesterday, I had the One Stitch Face Lift – not as radical as it sounds and not one stitch either but that name is more recognisable than its other name, the Silhouette Soft Lift. I’ve added in a picture at the bottom of this post of the procedure taking place so if you are squeamish, don’t go further than the last para.
As we age, skin gets slacker, and my area of concern was just under my chin where the skin has lost its firmness. When I say ‘concern’, I had just started not to like it, grabbing it in front of the mirror (which I am sure didn’t help anything) and wishing it wasn’t there. I’m happy to age, genuinely, but I’m also very curious about anything that can make subtle improvements to the ageing process – no trout pouts or super-size cheeks for me. What I want to do is age well and sometimes, depending on genes, it’s possible to be amazing for your age, but often, it isn’t. So, while I don’t want to be some time and gravity defying monster, I certainly would like to fall into the ageing well category.
It’s no secret that I love a bit of Botox in my forehead and have a small amount of cheek filler to just keep them plump (this also has the beneficial knock on effect of reducing nose to mouth lines) and I’m prepared to experiment with procedures. The Silhouette Soft Lift appealed because it’s a temporary procedure done with local anaesthetic (up to now I have always said I will never have anything that involves a general – a tweak here and there just isn’t worth the risk). The aim of the procedure is to place dissolvable stitches with small cones along their length which are then pulled back to anchor tissue in a more firm position. Results for permanent, similar, thread lifts are variable, whereas the Silhouette Soft, because it is temporary, is not quite such a commitment. The upshot of the stitches, inserted with a long needle, so no cutting, is that they encourage collagen growth and once dissolved, the theory is that you should have nice new collagen to keep everything tidy and firm. A cautious view is that this will last 18 months to two years, but it may well last longer.
So, what was it like? Being as blunt as I can, because if you’re considering it, it’s what you need to know, it’s not comfortable – at all. I chose Dr Darren McKeown to do the procedure, because I’ve known him now for several years and he is a ‘less-is-more’ man and he’s spent many years in the NHS repairing and reconstructing (tendons, mainly). The most painful part was having the local anaesthetic along the jaw line – Darren described as like a bee sting and it is; bear in mind that nobody wants to be stung by a bee! Ouch. Thereafter, you don’t feel much other than some rummaging (I haven’t had a caesaerian but I imagine it’s a rather similar feeling) around in your face. It was weird. About half way through, I imagined I could feel strings hanging out of my face and to be honest, only just stayed this side of hysterical – it totally freaked me out, but I did manage to keep it together, thankfully. I am not normally squeamish at all, but there was something about it that gave me the heeby-jeebies. The procedure didn’t last long – about twenty minutes of the rummaging and Darren and I were chatting pretty much all the way through (he is delightful, I might say). Afterwards, I went straight to a launch.
As soon as Darren had finished and I looked in the mirror, I could see the effect immediately. There is absolutely no doubt that my chin looks firmer and less ‘loose’. However, now there is a little swelling a bruising so I am back to square one, but I have had a glimpse of how the final result will be and I will be delighted if it stays that way. I will of course, update in a few weeks time. Right now though, I look like a vampire has bitten me a few times!
The conclusion so far is that yes, it hurts initially, yes, it feels extremely weird, but for the small amount of time it takes and the potential results, totally worth it. This procedure costs around £1400 and I’d genuinely recommend Darren without hesitation – he was kind, gentle as he could be, and we had a bit of a laugh at the same time.
Darren’s details are HERE.
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What happens to the cones, do they dissolve as well? Do they look like fir tree cones or traffic cones? I don’t think that I could cope with any procedure that leaves something in my body.
The cones dissolve. x
I’ve heard about this, but can’t think where I saw it. I hope your happy with the results once everything settles again.
Oh my God Jane, STOP IT. I nearly just fainted reading that! YUKKKKK.
You don’t need this!!
Jane, do you have a recommendation for Botox practitioners? I would love to get rid of my angry frown lines but terrified I’ll end up with a plastic face.
Darren or Courthouse Clinics (Wimpole Street) – that’s where I go and can completely recommend. x
Yeah, kinda hard to unsee that photo.
I had this done by Dr Sebagh last Thursday. I concur on the pain – absloutely unbelievable. I can honestly say I cried and cried and begged him to stop but he had only done half of my face so I had to continue. I have 6 sutures and am very bruised 8 days on. It took 30 minutes and the anaesthetic was very painful going in. I felt like the inside of my face was being pulled out. I then had to get on a tube a train and then drive to Cobham for the svhool run. I would recommend some down time as the whole procedure is a massive shock to the body.
I would say you look great in the pictures and even for me 8 days on my chin is firm and my cheekbones are back. I also had my lips done and some botox and I am happy with things so far. The receptionist tolds me within 3 months I will look fab – here’s hoping! The botox is superb and I am 51.
That’s really interesting.. I definitely think you had more pain than me by the sounds of it though. I’m also very pleased with the result.. it’s not radical but rather a ‘tweak’ and my chin has absolutely improved. Thanks for letting me know your experience!
Hi, it’s some months since your procedure, Jane, please can you tell me how it has settled and your marks out of ten for the results? Many thanks
Ooh yes thank you for the reminder. Well, I think I’d have to say again the result is subtle but overall I am pleased. It’s completely settled now and I was expecting a little more tightening but am not displeased with it because I don’t ever have anything too obvious. As a subtle ‘tweak’ it’s good – 7/10, but if you’re expecting some more major tightening result, it’s not for you. xx
Can you please tell how many threads you had?
Hi, fascinating stuff, i’m thinking of getting this done for my jaw line, which bit of your face did you have done, I know there are several different areas that can be done, and what did you want to acheieve and most importantly, are you happy with result, is it what you thought?
I am happy although it is a mild result. I had under my chin done to tighten and I would say yes, it has slightly tightened. If I did it again, I’d want it a bit tighter!
How refreshing to find you!!
I am in the process of booking my silluette soft lift but can’t decide who should do it???? Please help!!
I have seen dr khan and wife Lesley and dr sebagh but now reading your experience dr Darren seems pretty fab?? I’m 43 do about the same amount of tweeting as you I would say and just want my lower face/ jowls refreshed.. I must say I’m a tad nervous of this procedure it’s all the tugging I think…aargh! Never the less want it ASAP so any advice would help me no end..:-))
As I said, I think it did make a subtle difference but subtle is really where it’s at but it’s a while since I had it now and you forget what you looked like before! You aren’t suddenly going to have a chiseled jaw. Since you are asking, I got a very good effect from a filler ‘lift’ that did actually make a difference in my jaw line and neck. That was with Dr Richard Brightman at Courthouse Clinics – if you ask for it say it’s what I had because I don’t know if there is an actualy name for it yet. The tugging isn’t nice, but it’s bearable of course – and yes, Darren is fab.. meticulous and very careful. I can’t fault him. x
It is a miraculous treatment. Took 5 yrs off in 1/2 hr. No pain, no blood just a slightly tightened skin. Worth every penny.