The Silhouette InstaLift™ is a breakthrough facial rejuvenation procedure that lifts facial skin without the need for surgery. If early signs of jowls and skin laxity is bothering you, Summit Dermatology can offer an alternative to a full surgical facelift. Summit Dermatology is one of the first practices in the United States to offer the recently FDA-approved Silhouette InstaLift™, a non-invasive, non-surgical facelift that takes about 1 hour to perform and reveals instant, long-lasting results that only improve over time. Dr. Jessica Kim is excited to offer this to her patients who want comprehensive lift and rejuvenation without the anesthesia, incisions, scarring, and recovery time of full surgery.
What is Silhouette Instalift™?
Silhouette InstaLift™ is a non-invasive alternative to a traditional surgical facelift. It helps to address volume loss as well as skin laxity through not only instant lift of the skin, but also long-term collagen production. Specially formulated dissolvable sutures with bidirectional cones are used to mechanically fix deep tissue until collagen production ensures tissue fixation biologically. The entire procedure takes about 45 minutes and requires no incisions or anesthesia. Instead, lidocaine is injected locally to ensure patient comfort during the treatment.
While cosmetic dermatologists have performed thread lifts previously, Silhouette InstaLift™ provides a vast improvement thanks to the use of dissolvable threads and cones made up of a commonly used biomedical co-polymer that is well tolerated by the body called glycolide/L-lactide (PLGA), which is also used in Sculptra, a filler. This material slowly disintegrates as the body produces collagen, which provides a natural lift for the face in their place. Through the use of bidirectional cones, the lifting caused by InstaLift can be more finely controlled. Combined, these advantages result in the long-lasting effects of InstaLift while avoiding the potential side effects once felt by patients who chose previous versions of thread lifting.
The Silhouette InstaLift™ provides non-surgical skin tightening and lift in a manner that is effective and safe. It has been used in Europe for years, and is now finally FDA approved in US.
Lift and Regenerate for a More Youthful You
Silhouette InstaLift’s™ double action of lift and regeneration helps smooth the skin and contour the face, allowing you to look your best. First, the tissue is rejuvenation from within by the sutures, providing instant lift and contour. Next, the sutures stimulate collagen production, allowing for a regenerative effect that means the skin will continue to look better, firmer, plumper, and more youthful over time. The Silhouette InstaLift™ keeps on working long past the initial treatment!
During a traditional surgical facelift, volume loss is not addressed. A facelift ONLY tightens the skin, thus reducing jowls and drooping but not addressing underlying volume loss. Before InstaLift, at least two procedures would have been necessary to address both of these concerns, whether a surgical facelift plus fillers or a non-surgical skin tightening procedure plus fillers. Now, skin tightening and volume restoration can both be addressed in the same quick procedure with minimal downtime.
Recovery Time After Silhouette Instalift™
Another major benefit of the Silhouette non-surgical facelift™ is the lack of any major downtime. Following the procedure, you may be slightly swollen, red, or bruised. These side effects are common and should resolve on their own within a few days, or up to a few weeks in rare cases. Bruising can always occur following trauma to the skin, but there are steps you can take to help minimize the risk, including:
- Stop blood thinner medications such as aspirin but check with your primary care doctor first
- Stop blood thinner supplements such as fish oil for at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure
- Avoid alcohol for a week prior to the procedure
- Use arnica supplements before and after the procedure
By taking the above precautions, you will help minimize your chances of severe bruising. If you do bruise following the procedure, it can easily be managed with arnica and covered by makeup. In severe cases, a complimentary laser treatment can be provided to speed up the process. Swelling can be managed by keeping the head elevated at all times, including when sleeping, and by icing the affected area regularly.
Schedule a Silhouette Instalift™ Consultation Today
If you think you or someone you know may be a good candidate for the Silhouette InstaLift™ non-surgical facelift, contact Summit Dermatology to schedule your private consultation with board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Jessica Kim. We are proud to be one of the very first practices in America to offer this revolutionary new technology, and we are looking forward to making our patients shine with minimal downtime.
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