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Silhouette Soft – A Patient’s Experience

The Silhouette Soft thread lift is a revolutionary treatment taking the UK by storm. Dubbed “the puppet facelift” and “the one-stitch face-lift” in recent media coverage, it provides a true alternative to a surgical procedure. Performed entirely under local anaesthetic, it gives immediate natural lift as well as progressive restoration of lost collagen. There is little downtime and long-lasting effect.


One of my patients has shared her experience below…

“Dr. Shirin Lakhani and I discussed what I was hoping to achieve from the procedure and what Silhouette Soft could attain in this regard.  We decided upon having four threads (two either side of the face) with the focus being the lower jawline.

After my face was cleaned and sterilised, local anaesthetic was then administered to certain areas of the face by injection.  With Dr. Lakhani being a fully qualified anaesthetist I knew I was in safe hands.

Thereafter, thread insertion and exit points were marked upon my face; a needle was then used to make holes at these points.   Following this, another needle, with the first thread, was inserted at the bottom of the lower cheek.  The thread was pushed upwards towards the exit point, exiting close to the hairline.  The second thread was inserted, as per the first, closer to my cheekbone.  The process was then repeated on the other side of my face.  The experience during this time was akin to having dental work under local anaesthesia, i.e. you could feel the process but not feel any pain, other than the occasional pricking sensation, which Dr. Lakhani took as a cue to stop and readjust the needles trajectory slightly.

Once the four threads had been inserted, they were then individually pulled tight at both ends and manipulated until they were fully embedded.  This process felt like a hard massage, a feeling which was intensified by a popping sound; much like bubble wrap being popped, inside my head.

Then with the ends of the threads snipped, it was over.  The procedure took no more than thirty minutes, during which time, Dr Lakhani was extremely professional, working with speed and obvious dexterity, whilst offering constant reassurance.

Immediately following the procedure I thought I could see a slight difference, but it was difficult to tell through the redness and puffiness.  This procedure has been described by some as a ‘lunchtime’ procedure, however, I wouldn’t advise going back to work or making plans for that evening, unless you want questions.  That evening the swelling and soreness was at its maximum and I had to take ibuprofen before going to bed.

I found the first night difficult, but this was more due to being instructed to sleep on my back with my head elevated for five nights.  As a side sleeper I was worried I would be unable to do this but actually found it quite easy after the first night.  Other aftercare included keeping the face clean and make-up free until the incision points had healed, and no saunas nor aggressive exercise for three weeks.  Though the following morning I still looked swollen, the redness had subsided, and three days following the procedure I was able to carry out an overseas business trip without there being any indication (other than a small dimple at one of the exit points, which diminished over the course of the following two weeks) of a procedure being undertaken.

My face did feel very tender and ached in varying points throughout the course of the next ten days.  At my follow-up appointment seven days later, I was concerned as could feel a lump close to my jawline, Dr. Lakhani reassured me this was localised bruising and it would subside (which it did).

A week or two later and there is a definitive improvement in the jawline, the nasolabial folds have reduced and my overall appearance is a fresher whilst remaining very natural.  I am looking forward to seeing further improvement over the next couple of months, when the results are reported to be even more noticeable.

I will have no hesitation in repeating the procedure, once the effects have disappeared (reported to last 18 months).  I also highly recommend anyone considering Silhouette Soft to contact Dr. Shirin Lakhani to discuss further.”

Silhouette Soft can be used on many different areas:

  • contours of the face
  • jawline
  • cheeks and mid-face
  • eyebrow
  • neck

To learn more about this incredible treatment and whether it could benefit you, contact Elite Aesthetics on 01322381205 or


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Frequently Asked Questions

Results of a Silhouette Soft treatment are both immediate and long lasting. The visible benefits will last for a period of 12 to 18 months, although it should be noted that one’s age and lifestyle can have an effect on the longevity of the results.

What Our Clients Say...

4.97/5 from 1229 reviews

Dr. Shirin is a fully-trained and highly-experienced aesthetic physician, who works diligently to ensure a 5 star quality service, and brings an honest and ethical approach to every one of our clients. With over 20 years of experience in the medical field, including several years as a GP and a sub-speciality in anaesthetics, Dr. Shirin is fascinated by the harmony between medicine and aesthetics, and with her expertise, Elite Aesthetics is able to offer effective, doctor-led treatments to vastly improve the lives of our clients.

To find out more about how we’ve put a smile on customers faces in the past, read our testimonials below for first-hand accounts of a variety of our treatments. You can also find out more about what we think at Elite on our blog, as well as reading more about what the press says about us. Our delighted clients hail from areas including Greenhithe, Dartford, Gravesend, Bromley, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, and West Malling – as well as from further afield.

Read How I Improved My Lichen Sclerosus

Had a consultation with Elite yesterday, I must say I was a bit nervous, but Dr Shirin was so friendly and helpful.
I was given lots of advice and was given treatment options that were within my budget.
A few weeks after the P Shot I've really started to see a difference and have gained my confidence back.

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Elite is an outstanding professional clinic with high standard treatments. All the staff members are friendly and offer you honest opinions when it comes to products and treatments. This is a welcoming clinic that I can 100% recommend. Treatments are spoken through and explained in detail, also aftercare. I have been going nearly a year now and am happy with all the treatments I’ve had, wouldn't go anywhere else. The Bocox treatment started to work within a few days, which I was surprised about. So glad I went to Elite for treatment.



Thank you Dr Shirin, the O Shot has really helped me with my Lichen Sclerosus. I'd heard about the treatment on the LS Facebook Groups and message a few people that had treatment with Dr Shirin. I was like many in the group who had run out of treatment options and using creams on a daily basis. I have to say a few months after treatment, I can see a real positive change and I'm hoping my LS will continue to improve. Dr Shirin did say that I might have to have a second treatment given how severe my case is.




A great discovery in the neighbourhood ! There is no need to go up to London for a beauty treatment of any kind. You'll find a whole range of different treatments suiting all age groups and concerns. Welcoming, reassuring, friendly, professional, high tech. I shall be back for more. I love the results of the Thread Lift I had.


Great service as always, skin is glowing very happy


Very happy with the result of my recent visit. For sure will continue with Elite in future

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We have extensive knowledge and experience in the medical and aesthetics industries, but we know that above all, the results matter! All of our treatments are vigorously tested in-house before we offer them to our clients to ensure they are safe, effective and will give you, our wonderful clients, the results you want. Your happiness, well-being and satisfaction are at the very core of everything we do here at Elite Aesthetics, and as a result we will never over-treat or carry out a procedure that Dr. Shirin, deems inappropriate or unsafe. Ethical treatment guides our practice, and we aim to become an industry leader in this respect. This means you can always feel confident that you are in safe hands when you choose Elite Aesthetics.

Our practice is led by our founder, Dr. Shirin Lakhani, who is an advocate for greater regulation in the aesthetics industry. Dr. Shirin and Elite Aesthetics believe greater regulation is vital to the development of aesthetics industry as a whole, and as such, our clinic’s philosophy is based on providing doctor-led care to the highest, medically approved standards. We adhere to stringent ethical and medical principles ensuring all the procedures we offer are safe and effective. Dr. Shirin is also fully registered with the GMC (reference number 4634863), and Elite Aesthetics is CQC (Care Quality Commission) Registered, an endorsement recognised by the UK Government, The Department of Health and NHS England.

Elite Aesthetics has been awarded Thread Lift Certification by MINT Threads.

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17:16 05 Jun 23
Hi, Alex here,Just had my Lichen treatment today with Dr Shirin,The whole team at elite are very friendly, comforting and understanding, and did everything they could to give me a wonderful and welcoming experience. They are all so kind, friendly and knowledgeable, world experts at what they do. I am lucky to have them near London. They are also super responsive on the phone and email, so I know they care about thier patients, and I'm very well taken care of, (as with other clinics I have been to, its often difficult to get them to respond to questions), but this clinic is the most responsive I have ever seen!This is a beautiful and wonderful place and I highly recommend it, and I will be recommending it to all my friends as well. They definitely deserve the super high reviews they are getting, so I'm happy to add another one! A Big thank you from me and my family for all you have done for us during this journey!

Margaret QuirkeMargaret Quirke

19:44 11 Apr 23
Great team, friendly and professional. Made me feel very comfortable. They explain everything in detail.very welcoming upon arrival too.I've been going now for a number f weeks and the attitude and cleanliness is consistent. The reception area is always spotless no matter the weather.The staff attitude is always friendly and they put me at great ease

Salima CharifSalima Charif

09:34 30 Mar 23
Good service, honesty and excellent customer service as always 👍

Valerie LambValerie Lamb

08:40 15 Mar 23
Yesterday I had a 'body sculpt' session, to help lymphatic drainage. I was zipped into a suit up to my waist. This massaged and lightly squeezed my feet, ankles, calves, thighs and abdomen. I was breathing oxygen rich air via nasal tubes. It was very relaxing and I slept really well last night. Thank you Elite Aesthetics.

Izzy ChaplinIzzy Chaplin

20:11 09 Mar 23
Today was the first time I visited Elite. The staff were all so friendly and accommodating. Dr. Shirin is so knowledgeable and really helped me understand all the concerns I had. I will definitely be returning. I highly recommend Elite to everyone, especially those concerned with the menopause !


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