I’ve always thought I’d have a facelift at some stage, but I’m only not long out of my 40’s – well maybe I’m nearing my mid 50’s – and I’ve had an excellent skincare regime all of my life. So I’m not quite ready for a full facelift. Well actually I am ready, it’s just not something I can afford to spend the money or time on at the moment. I do however HATE my jowls!! How did these things appear? When did it happen? It seems like it was overnight, and everyday I look at them it’s all I can see – oh unless I’m lying down of course, then photos look fantastic 🙂

I’ve had a couple of treatments to try and temporarily fix my jowls over the last couple of years. One of the treatments I had was to add filler to the jowl area (Big Mistake For My Face – left me feeling like a square jaw male!). Eekk – I’ll never do that again!

So what are jowls? Jowls are the saggy bits that sit around your chin (I have 2 – i guess we have 2 per person?) not being a medical person, I’m only going by what I think here. So your jowls are on the jawline roughly at the point of where your lips end. If that’s not confusing just draw an imaginary line from where your top and bottom lip join on the left hand side, down to your jaw/chin – and that’s your jowl. Do the same on the right side and that’s what I call my jowls – one on the left and one on the right. I just feel like the skin around my face is starting to get a little saggy and wasn’t as tight around my bones as it used to be. I’d started to age and my face was starting to convey my age, a little too clearly for my liking! I want to share my story about how I ended up getting my Silhouette Soft Threads done with Dr Niro.

So, what exactly are Silhouette Soft threads?

I’d heard of thread lifts because of being in the industry. Less invasive than a facelift, and not so permanent so that you can’t get rid of them if you don’t like them, they sounded like the perfect compromise. Thread lifts are basically that… threads, that are placed approximately 3 – 5mm under your skin with a super fine needle and held in place with little “anchors” that hold the thread while it is lifted and tightened to pull the tissues under the skin back to where you want them to be. It smoothes the skin at the same time getting rid of those wrinkles that gravity creates.

Threads are not permanent. They dissolve and can last anywhere from 1 – 3 years, although some patients report them lasting a little longer. I’ll leave my results to your opinion. I had a friend who had them done about 3 weeks before me and her results were astounding – BUT she is not quite 40 so I’m guessing her skin was not quite as lax as mine, and being a massive weight loss patient, I’m not the best example. Having said that I have seen some awesome results, and it’s definitely worth considering if you’re looking at some rejuvenation.

Threads are a lot more subtle than going under the knife, they make you look like you’ve just had a reeeeallly good holiday, a week’s worth of early nights and good sleeps, and perfect skin care all at the same time. You don’t look different at all, just more refreshed. It doesn’t change your face, just pulls it back to where it was maybe 5 or 10 years ago.

The great thing about threads is that the procedure only takes around one hour. You don’t have to stay in hospital and there is barely any downtime. As far as after my treatment, I had to take panadol for a few days, so for me it was uncomfortable. But I see my face changing ever so gradually and only so slightly – so instead of going forwards in age, it’s like i’m kinda going backwards just a tiny bit. Yes I’m happy! Would I do it again? In a heartbeat!

Dr Niro offers non-surgical treatments and is opening up a new clinic in Sydney soon, so stay tuned.



Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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