Silhouette InstaLift Procedure – Nonsurgical Facelift
Silhouette InstaLift Prcedure Overview
The Silhouette InstaLift procedure is a nonsurgical facelift performed on the mid-face and cheek area. It uses special sutures, comprised of a biomedical copolymer and containing bidirectional cones. The body absorbs the material, and the bidirectional cones anchor to the subcutaneous tissue, lifting and repositioning it.
This Silhouette InstaLiftvprocedure addresses signs of aging caused by gravity, such as sagging skin, creating a sharper jaw line, enhancing the face’s contours, and lifting the deeper skin layers for a more youthful appearance. With no incisions, patients experience no scarring, and Silhouette’s biodegradable material is FDA-approved and dissolves completely. What’s more, side effects are so minimal that patients may return to their normal routine immediately after the procedure.
- Preparation: Begin preparing for your procedure at least two weeks ahead of time, especially if you take blood thinning medications or smoke. Blood thinning medications include NSAIDs like aspirin and Ibuprofen, as well as certain vitamins and supplements like Gingko biloba.
- Anesthesia: Silhouette InstaLift requires only a local anesthesia. Discuss your anesthesia options with Dr. Vallecillos during your preoperative consultation.
- Preoperative Consult: Bring any questions you have about the procedure and postoperative care to discuss with Dr. Vallecillos, as well as your medical history. Also, share your goals in undergoing this procedure to allow the doctor to help manage your expectations.
After applying the local anesthesia, Dr. Vallecillos gently inserts a needle to a depth of 5mm, guiding it through the subcutaneous tissue, extracting at each exit point, which anchors the bidirectional cones. These protrusions allow the thread to anchor evenly and lift sagging facial tissues. The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes to complete, and the patient may immediately resume his or her normal activities.
Silhouette InstaLift FAQs
Who is a candidate for a Silhouette InstaLift?
InstaLift is safe for all adults who enjoy good health, have maintained their weight for at least three months, and want a more youthful appearance without undergoing major surgery.
What is the recovery time for a Silhouette InstaLift?
Minimal. Patients may resume normal activities immediately.
Are there risks or side effects associated with the Silhouette InstaLift?
Patients may experience mild inflammation, pain, swelling, and bruising. Less common side effects include sensory nerve injury, asymmetry, and banding.
Does Silhouette InstaLift have FDA approval?
Yes, the product earned FDA approval in April of 2015.
What are the InstaLift sutures made of?
The sutures are comprised of a biomedical copolymer, glycolide and L-lactide, which the body fully absorbs over a three-month period.
What areas does the procedure treat?
Silhouette InstaLift treats the mid-face and cheek area, increasing volume, restoring contours, and lifting sagging skin.
Does the procedure require a general anesthesia?
No. Dr. Vallecillos numbs the treatment area with a local anesthetic before performing the procedure.
Is the Silhouette InstaLift different from other thread lift procedures?
Yes. Previous thread lift procedures use hooks and barbs to move the surface of the skin. InstaLift repositions subdermal tissue using bidirectional cones. The body absorbs the sutures completely, stimulating collagen production to restore volume to the mid-face area.