Innovative facelift technique presented

Silhouette Lift, a technique for surgeons to do a facelift without invasive surgery, received a demonstration Tuesday.

The technique involves putting fine threads into the skin and attaching the threads to the interior skin with small cones. Then by pulling the threats, the face or other part of the body can be rejuvenated, the presenters said.

The technique is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is patented by Al Kolster, who had been involved in the manufacturing of the first generation of suspension sutures, which were using barbs to lift and suspend tissue.

The company said that Kolster realized rapidly that the barbed sutures had flaws, both in safety and efficiency.

With the new system a one-time procedure takes just 60 to 90 minutes under local anesthesia, the firm said.

Silhouette Lift is not offering treatments to the public. The firm is marketing the concept to surgeons here.

A unique aspect is that the tiny threads can be tightened again years in the future to provide a facelift update. The technique is appropriate for browlift, necklift and buttock lift, the company said. And it can be combined with other beauty enhancement procedures.

In Costa Rica, the international trainer is Gustavo Leibaschoff, a physician educated in Argentine and a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

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