In a state of suspense

Leading Plastic Surgeon Launches New Skin-Suspending Facelift…

Those wanting to eliminate the signs of ageing without going under the knife for traditional facelift surgery can now instead access the less-invasive Silhouette, a new type of thread lift procedure developed in California and trialled extensively throughout the US.

This new improved version of the procedure was unveiled at this year’’s British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) conference, and avoids the pitfalls of similar treatments which have received negative press in the past for their side effects.

Michael McKiernan, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Aurora Clinics, explains:

“”The idea of using threads to ‘suspend’ the facial tissues and improve skin appearance isn’t new: until recently a product based on barbed threads was widely used to create a rejuvenated appearance.

However, side effects such as prickling and even splitting of the sutures caused loss of grip and the eventual failure of the treatment, leading to a loss of confidence in the procedure.”

Unlike the traditional thread lift, the Silhouette uses polypropylene threads in which knots have been made and around which soft, dissolving cones have been placed.

The sutures are placed just under the skin and the cones are placed in ‘point first’, along the line of desired lift. When traction is placed on the thread, the cones anchor in the soft tissues and hold firmly, allowing the skin to be elevated, reducing wrinkles and heightening cheeks.

Pairs of sutures are then tied together in small incisions hidden in the scalp. The cones cannot be seen or felt and eventually dissolve, as new collagen will have grown to hold the threads in place.”

Michael added:

“”The Silhouette technique is suitable for people of all ages but may appeal particularly to a younger age group who do not want to have a full facelift procedure, but still want to combat the signs of ageing and gain a visibly rejuvenated appearance.

It is also viable because of the minimal downtime required, as the procedure can be carried out under a local anaesthetic. The threads can also be used for neck lifts.“”

Michael McKiernan is one of four Plastic Surgeons operating at Aurora, headed up by clinic founder Adrian Richards. The other surgeons, Nitin Vaingankar and Michael Tyler, complete the team, each bringing different specialist skills to the clinic to enhance the offering.

The arrival of Silhouette is the latest offering from Aurora, which offers popular aesthetic treatments such as cosmetic wrinkle treatments, dermal fillers, microdermabrasion and intense pulse light (IPL) treatments for hair reduction.

Aurora has the full support and input of leading Plastic Surgeons and trained Aestheticians, making it a dedicated centre for non-surgical aesthetic procedures. It also has ground-breaking skin analysis technology that identifies conditions including sun damage, pigmentation, acne and dry skin –to allow highly trained aestheticians find the most effective and tailored solution for each individual.

Skin analysis and cosmetic surgery consultations at Aurora you can book an appointment by calling 01324 578290. For further information about the services of Aurora and its locations, visit

Categories:  Facelift Surgery