Subtle surgery trend
Many a famous lady is guilty of getting the cat face face lift. Without naming names, it's not hard to think of a few A-list faces that are so over filled and over pulled that their features become feline thanks to the eyes being stretched back. The added filler also results in what some have dubbed "pillow face". And what's worse, it's no longer just for the over 50s. Younger stars like 18-year-old Kylie Jenner, who has admitted to lip fillers, are experimenting with image-altering procedures too.
But a new wave of cosmetic surgery is sweeping beauty, and the resulting look is a lot less severe. In fact Dr. Leah Totton declares subtle surgery is officially en vogue.
"People want to look good, but they want to have subtle improvements," Leah explained to Cover Media. "I think that's the key change in trend. People are moving away from that over done, over pulled, wind tunnel look. A subtle lift is now much more desirable.
"I think we're seeing a real shift away from these invasive treatments with lengthy downtimes and quite high risk procedures. It's 100 per cent an area that will carry on growing."
And Leah isn't just forecasting this surgical change from afar; she talks from experience. After winning the 2013 series of The Apprentice UK, Leah and her new business partner Alan Sugar opened up the first Dr Leah Cosmetic Skin Clinic in London. One procedure that she's been championing for some time is Silhouette Soft, a non-invasive face lift targeted at women not quite at face lift age. Silhouette Soft is a thread lift treatment that uses bidirectional absorbable thread cones to lift and rejuvenate your facial skin, resulting in a fresher, more youthful appearance. The thread cones are inserted into the face and neck to lift sagging skin, and after treatment the cones gradually anchor themselves to the patient's tissue and stimulate the body’s collagen production.
"The lower face and the neck is notoriously problematic to teat," Leah said. "The neck is the holy grail in aesthetic medicine and it's impossibly difficult to treat. But Silhouette Soft can vastly improve it."
Silhouette Soft requires down time of only three to five days, though Leah reveals some can heal in a matter of hours. There is quite a lengthy after care process though.
"You need to be viewed by treatment doctor at seven to 10 days," she listed. "Sleep upright; three pillows for three nights - a travel pillow is good for this. No make-up for three days, avoid blood thinning medication, alcohol, take arnica tablets pre and post procedure. No strenuous exercise for three weeks and no dental work so you don't displace the threads."
The procedure works really well if you have an upcoming event, with Leah suggesting getting it done at least three weeks prior to the big day. However if you're a soon-to-be bride after a subtle lift, leave six weeks.