What is a Silhouette InstaLift?
The Silhouette InstaLift is an office procedure performed to immediately improve the youthfulness of the face. It is an excellent treatment to correct mild to moderate signs of aging in the lower two-thirds of the face, requiring no anesthesia or downtime.
What Parts of the body can a Silhouette InstaLift help with?
The InstaLift is currently approved for lifting on the mid-face area. The customized approach to treatment can improve several concerns, including creases around the nose and mouth, downturned corners of the mouth, and sagging jowls. The contouring of the cheekbones may also improve as a result of tissue lifting.
Are there different types of Silhouette InstaLift?
There is only one Silhouette InstaLift but there are various thread lift techniques that are used today. The PDO thread lift is one of them. While both lifts rejuvenate the face using dissolvable suture filaments, their material and structure are slightly different. The Silhouette InstaLift secures tissue in the fatty layer with bi-directional cones versus barbs or curvature, achieving results that last longer than 12 months.
What happens during an InstaLift treatment?
An InstaLift procedure is conducted with a local anesthetic. After mapping the treatment area with a surgical pencil, the points at which sutures will be inserted (and also where they will exit the skin) are treated with anesthetic injections. Numbing occurs within a few minutes. At that time, individual sutures are threaded under the skin. When all threads have been inserted, gentle sweeping massage motion is performed to manipulate tissue upward and backward. The massage also engages the bi-directional cones within the tissue to secure the lifting effect.
The most discomfort a patient can expect during their treatment is the insertion of the local anesthetic. This sensation is similar to getting dermal fillers. Once effective, the anesthetic adequately numbs sensation so the insertion of the threads is not felt. Slight pulling is all that most patients feel.
What Makes The Silhouette Instalift™ So Effective?
The Silhouette InstaLift is unique in the structure of the Polyglycolide/L-lactide (PLGA) filament that holds lifted tissue. The bi-direction situation of trumpet-like cones secures soft tissue and provides months of necessary scaffolding. The PLGA suture-like material also stimulates a collagen response. Over approximately six months, the treatment area receives an influx of new collagen protein. This supports the skin’s firmness long after the threads have resorbed.
Recovery from the Silhouette InstaLift Procedure
One of the benefits of the Silhouette InstaLift is that there is no real downtime to speak of. After treatment, mild soreness may occur. Some patients notice a little swelling. Bruising is also possible nut not as likely if certain medications are avoided before and after treatment (such as aspirin). In the areas of insertion, discreet puckering may be seen at first. As the tissue settles over a few days, this side effect goes away.
How Long Do The Results from an InstaLift Last?
The procedure itself may take as little as half an hour, depending on the number of filaments that are placed. In general, we tell patients to expect a 30- to 60-minute procedure.
Results from the InstaLift procedure can last approximately 18 months. It takes several months for the biodegradable filament to dissolve and, after this time, the skin is better-supported by natural collagen that has come into the area while the coned threads were in place.
Am I a Candidate for the Silhouette InstaLift Procedure?
A Silhouette InstaLift can achieve outstanding results in adults with mild to moderate signs of facial laxity and volume loss. A thorough consultation is conducted to evaluate the skin’s elasticity as well as laxity at the cheeks and jawline. Skin thickness is also observed. Individuals who have extremely thin skin or very little fatty tissue on the face may not achieve their desired outcome from an InstaLift.
What is the Difference Between a Thread Lift and a Silhouette InstaLift?
Thread lift techniques were marketed under several different names. They were popular for a short time but fell out of favor about ten years ago. This was because treatment inserted permanent barbed sutures into the deeper plane of facial tissue. The barbs were found to be only mildly effective at securing tissue and would sometimes “snap” loose. Barbs were basically tiny cuts in along the length of the thread, so the integrity of the entire lift was somewhat diminished from the get-go.
The InstaLift uses biodegradable sutures. There are no cuts in the length of the thread. The bi-directional cones are additions to the filament to provide the most stable lift possible. Along with the threat, these cones degrade over time.
How Much Can a Silhouette InstaLift Cost?
Each InstaLift treatment is carefully planned around the individual needs of the patient. The cost of this procedure varies depending on the size of the treatment area.
The best way to know what the Silhouette InstaLift can do for you and how much treatment will cost is to schedule your consultation with an experienced provider.
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