What is a Silhouette InstaLift®?
A Silhouette InstaLift is a non-surgical, in-office procedure using threads composed of absorbable (dissolving) suture material to uniquely lift sagging skin.
This procedure uses sutures (threads) to lift and reposition drooping tissue in the mid and lower face. This sharpens, contours, and defines the areas around the mouth and jawline. These sutures eventually dissolve and stimulate collagen production which enhances your result and helps the skin to retain a youthful appearance over time.
Who Benefits From a Silhouette InstaLIft®
This nonsurgical procedure mostly benefits those with early signs of skin sagging or drooping. Often, depending on skin concerns and or genetics, this procedure may be applied to younger and older demographics, and typically lasts between one to three years post-treatment.
This in-office procedure can result in some immediate bruising and skin changes that may be noticeable for a few days. It is best to schedule this procedure with that in mind.
What Makes InstaLift® Different from Threadlifts of The Past?
Threadlifts of the past were placed differently in the face and used nonabsorbable sutures with barbs to secure traction in the skin. This often caused unsightly pulling and visible tracks in the skin, or an unnatural appearance when the patient was smiling, moving their head, or talking. Due to its absorbable nature, area of placement, and depth of placement, Silhouette InstaLift® should not be thought of as a “thread lift” or associated with complications from such procedures of the past. Furthermore, the sugar molecules that compose the InstaLift® suture are different from Threadlift sutures of the past. InstaLift® sutures are biodegradable, meaning they dissolve slowly over time. They do however, have the benefit of stimulating new collagen growth in the area of placement, enhancing the subtle but visible lifting results of InstaLift®.
What Are InstaLift® Sutures Made Of?
Each InstaLift® suture is composed of two biodegradable sugar materials, 1) a glycolic polymer called polyglycolic acid (PGA), and 2) poly-L-lactic acid (PLA or PLLA). The long suture is made up of only PLLA, while the specially designed absorbable tiny cones are a combination of 82% PLLA and 18% PGA. Both sugars are routinely used in dermatology – PLLA is the main ingredient in some absorbable sutures as well as the volumizing injectable used in Sculptra procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. This procedure allows our highly-trained practitioners to achieve harmony and balance in the face where fillers and neuromodulators cannot by lifting and “re-draping” the cheeks and jowls non-surgically. The results help to achieve and recreate the youthful curves of the face, particularly along the cheeks and jawline.
In most patients, no. More conservative, less dramatic results are achieved with Silhouette InstaLift® than a traditional facelift or necklift. However, for those patients that have only mild to moderate facial laxity (skin sagging), or for those that do not want a surgery, InstaLift® may be part of a treatment plan to achieve proper restoration of facial proportions and natural balance.
No. There is minimal discomfort associated with the Silhouette InstaLift® procedure. Both the entry and exit points of the suture are numbed with lidocaine anesthetic. Furthermore, the sutures are placed in the fat, a soft tissue plane of the face that has a lack of pain nerves and therefore very little sensation to discomfort. The patient may feel a slight pulling sensation during suture placement, but pain should not be felt.
The most ideal candidates for the Silhouette InstaLift® procedure have good skin elasticity and mild to moderate skin laxity, particularly of the jowls, jawline, and cheeks. Extremely thin patients with decreased skin thickness may not be great candidates, as the sutures reside in the fat layer and safe placement in this case may be more challenging.