What Is a Silhouette InstaLift®?
The Silhouette thread lift is a revolutionary approach for patients just beginning to have noticeable facial sagging. It uses absorbable sutures studded with micro-cones to stimulate collagen growth, restore facial volume, and lift sagging skin around the mouth and cheeks.
What Can a Silhouette InstaLift® Correct?
An InstaLift® can tighten sagging tissues and skin and raise your cheeks. This restores a more youthful appearance without surgical intervention. The skin is secured using sutures and should remain lifted long after the threads dissolve.
Deepening of the nasolabial folds between the lips and cheeks can be addressed with a Silhouette InstaLift®. The thread lift tightens the skin and tissues, reducing the depth of these folds. The promoted collagen growth helps maintain the effect, and it can have some benefit for creases.
The Silhouette InstaLift® helps create the appearance of facial volume because it lifts the pads and the skin. This is especially beneficial in the cheek region.
Additional treatments (like dermal fillers) can be combined with a thread lift for greater volume.
How Is a Silhouette InstaLift® Done?
The first step in your treatment is a consultation with Dr. Butler. He will examine your condition and determine if an InstaLift® will adequately address your concerns.
Dr. Butler will answer any of your questions about the procedure and provide you with preoperative instructions.
Dr. Butler will use local anesthesia to numb your face,preventing you from feeling pain during your treatment.
Once your face is numbed, Dr. Butler will carefully insert the Silhouette InstaLift® sutures into your mid-face. This is done using a fine needle. He will position them for maximum effectiveness and secure them to your tissues.
Is Recovery Time Needed After My InstaLift?
You will experience some minor bruising, redness, and swelling where the threads are inserted — these side effects may last several days. It is a good idea to refrain from physically demanding tasks or direct sun exposure until these symptoms have faded.
Is InstaLift Painful?
Dr. Butler uses local anesthesia and an oral sedative to ensure that you do not feel pain during your procedure. Patients may experience mild discomfort for a few days, which can usually be treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications as needed.
When Will I See Results From My InstaLift?
You will see the lift results of your procedure immediately, which improve further as swelling resolves over the subsequent week. Collagen growth will occur more slowly. It may take several months for you to notice the results of the increased collagen production.
How Long Do Silhouette InstaLift®Results Last?
Most patients will see beneficial results that last between 12 and 18 months. After that, the effects of the lift will begin to fade, and tissue sagging may reoccur. Collagen growth will improve the skin permanently but will not stop the aging process.
How Often Should I Get Silhouette InstaLift®?
Silhouette InstaLift® treatment can be repeated after a year.
Dr. Butler usually suggests that patients who desire more long lasting and definitive results consider facelift surgery..
Frequently Asked Questions About Treatment
How much does Silhouette InstaLift® cost in Santa Monica?
The cost of Silhouette InstaLift® varies depending on the extent of correction desired and the number of specialized threads necessary. Dr. Butler’s staff will explain the pricing of all cosmetic treatments during your consultation.
Am I a good candidate for Silhouette InstaLift®?
Anyone concerned with the effects of aging on their face is a potential InstaLift® candidate. Ideal candidates are in good health and want to correct mild to moderate facial sagging, volume loss, and midfacial folds.
What makes the Silhouette InstaLift® unique?
Silhouette InstaLift® uses patented Micro-Suspension Technology™ to create a lifting effect that lasts longer than injectables or other nonsurgical options. It is a faster and less invasive option than a facelift. The Silhouette InstaLift® is often more effective and longer lasting than other nonsurgical alternatives, including other thread lifts.
Unlike other thread lift options, Silhouette InstaLift® threads dissolve within weeks, having stimulated collagen production and tightening, with residual benefits.
What are Silhouette InstaLift® threads made from?
The threads are made from a series of biodegradable sugar molecules that stimulate collagen growth as they degrade, giving them several advantages over older non-dissolving threads.
- They do not have barbs to hold on to the skin layers, making them less likely to damage the skin.
- They dissolve within weeks and will not create unnatural creasing that can occur with facial movements (associated with older thread lift technology).
- The collagen proteins grow to reinforce the shape of the face that the Silhouette InstaLift® threads create.
Is Silhouette InstaLift® safe?
Complications are rare and usually minor.
Risks are unusual, but may include:
- Nerve damage
- Facial asymmetry