With advances in skin care, many people are choosing minimally invasive anti-aging treatments. These treatments provide a similar result to more invasive procedures, but without the discomfort or recovery of them. Silhouette InstaLift is a great alternative to a facelift for someone who is more hesitant about going under surgical procedures. This revolutionary skin care treatment was FDA-cleared in April 2015.
The production of elastin and collagen slows down as we age, causing our skin to sag, which can be especially bothersome on the face.
A traditional facelift includes surgery accompanied by extensive recovery.
Non-invasive procedures with lasers, radiofrequency energy, and fillers have helped, but have some limitations for areas such as the cheeks, jowls, and neck.
The Skin & Laser Surgery Center of New England now offers the Silhouette InstaLift, a new option for facial rejuvenation. The Silhouette InstaLift uses completely dissolvable surgical threads to lift and suspend sagging facial areas such as the cheeks, nasolabial folds, jowls, and neck.
What is the Silhouette InstaLift?
The Silhouette InstaLift has been used in Europe for almost 15 years and is the only FDA-cleared dual-action device for cosmetic rejuvenation.
To perform the Silhouette InstaLift, a thread is inserted through a tiny incision and placed under the skin, where the cones anchor it into place, lifting and suspending the skin and tightening the area. The results provide a subtle facelift without invasive surgery and downtime. As the threads begin to be absorbed, they trigger a wound response, stimulating the production of new collagen in the area, which provides further skin tightening and volume.
Would I be a good candidate for a Silhouette InstaLift?
The Silhouette InstaLift delivers the best results if you are in the early stages of facial and jowl sagging. It’s also a good option for those who have had a previous facelift but are starting to see some sagging again as the aging process continues. The treatment offers instant results that continue to improve over time, creating a youthful appearance that lasts up to 2 years.
Where areas can be treated with a Silhouette InstaLift?
- Jowls along the neckline
- Drooping skin under the chin
- Sagging cheeks
- Nasolabial folds from the nostrils to the mouth
How does the Silhouette InstaLift work?
The threads provide a mechanical fixation of the underlying tissue. This provides instant lifting and firming of the areas where the threads are placed. The cones are positioned in two directions along the threads they integrate with the skin. The entire procedure takes less than an hour.
What are the threads made of?
The secret to the Silhouette InstaLift is the suspension sutures. The threads are extremely safe and made from the same material used for over three decades in various biomedical applications. It is called glycolide L-lactide, a biomedical copolymer long used for dissolving sutures, and it is completely accepted by the body. In fact, as the body slowly absorbs the threads, it creates the secondary collagen stimulation of the procedure.
Is there recovery with a Silhouette InstaLift?
Following treatment with the Silhouette InstaLift, you may experience minor pain, swelling and bruising. Recovery time is minimal, with most patients returning to normal activities within 2-4 days. To allow the threads to intertwine with your tissue effectively, it’s best to avoid strenuous exercise or exertion for a week.
When will I see results and how long do they last?
Lifting is noticeable immediately and continue to improve as the threads integrate with your skin. The body’s reaction to the threads is to produce collagen in the area, which further enhances the skin tightening over time. Your body eventually absorbs the threads. Your results will last approximately two years.
Are there risks with an InstaLift?
After placement of the threads, patients may experience a minimal acute inflammatory reaction in their skin. Symptoms may include minor pain, swelling, and bruising. These resolve quickly. Rare side effects are possible sensory nerve issues, asymmetry, and banding.
How does the Silhouette InstaLift compare to other thread lifts?
Other thread lifts do not provide the same amount of lifting because they use smooth, curved, or slightly barbed sutures for the lifting portion of the treatment.
Rather than being smooth or barbed, the InstaLift threads contain sutures interspersed with tiny cones that effectively grab the tissue. This allows the threads to gather more skin, producing a more noticeable lift to the cheeks and jowls. The Silhouette InstaLift provides longer lasting results, while others last 6 months to 1 year.