Suture Suspension Lift Defined
Suture Suspension Lift (SSL) is, in its simplest terms, a procedure that lifts loose skin or flabby soft tissue.
Where traditional lifts required a surgeon to make large, dramatic incisions in order to create results, the SSL experience is quite the opposite. And whereas traditional lifts are only temporary, requiring repeated procedures as the years go by, The SSL technique leads to permanent results. Instead of extensive incisions, the SSL technique utilizes several minor puncture wounds, through which we place special FDA approved internal sutures to contour and shape the face and body. The procedure is so minimally invasive that it is done utilizing local anesthesia - it does not require IV sedation or general anesthesia! We attach and lift sagging and misshapen anatomical features to immovable and fixed anatomical structures, resulting in a permanent "fix." You'll be wide awake and comfortable during the entire procedure, and you will have little or no "down time" for recovery. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities of daily living or work the very next day.
The Reynolds-Serdev Technique - In Depth
The Reynolds-Serdev Techique lifts the deep moveable subcutaneous tissue by anchoring it to non-moveable tissue (fascia which covers the muscle, periosteum which covers the bone, or the bone itself). Employing this technique results in a more natural and youthful appearance. The Reynolds-Serdev technique is ideal for lifting the face, neck, chin, ear, nose, eyebrow, breast, buttocks, and abdomen.
This technique is significantly better than typical forms of of lifting, which are superficial and generally do not last as long. These superficial lifts go by the names of "Curl Lift", "Coffee Break Lift", "Contour Thread Lift", "Feather Lift", etc. These approaches appear similar but do not last nearly as long as procedures done using the Reynolds-Serdev Technique. (For patients who desire a cheaper but less permanent facial or buttock lift, we also offer the Silhouette Lift.)
- Key Benefits of Suture SuspensionImage: Drama Masks illustrate the concept of Suture Suspension
- No scarring
- No general anesthesia or IV sedation
- A natural look.
- Immediate results
- Reversible results
- Beautification Principles
Beautification of the face is best on 3 principles:
1-Proportion ("1/3" "1/3" "1/3")
Popular Suture Suspension procedures offered:
Face suspension / lifts - Replace a sad, sagging face with a happy face. Create a younger and more natural appearance.
Buttocks suspension / lifts - Narrow the buttocks while giving the appearance of more volume and lift. Elongate the legs.
Breast suspension / lifts - Lift the breast approximately 1-2 inches via a scarless puncture wound. Particularly beneficial to women who often suffer from keloiding from traditional breast lifts.
Custom Dimpling - Add beautiful dimples to your cheeks.
Suture Suspension Results
Results are seen after an SSL immediately, as seen in our before and after photos. Most of our before & after pictures were taken the same day or less than 48 hours later.
Suture Suspension Safety
There have been no reported significant complications reported using the Reynolds-Serdev Suture Suspension technique. This procedure has been in practice since 1996 and has been performed thousands of times.