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Silhouette Instalift® is an innovative procedure that is used to restore youthful contours to aging faces. Sometimes referred to as a “one stitch facelift,” this treatment is minimally-invasive and can be completed in just 30 minutes.
Redefining Facial Contours with Silhouette Instalift
As we grow older, the amount of collagen in our skin decreases. This contributes to sagging skin across the face, which obscures the graceful contours of the face. Silhouette Instalift uses unique temporary sutures to gently lift the skin and tissues to restore definition in key areas of the face. We are currently using Silhouette Instalift to:
- Eliminate sagging skin along the jawline
- Minimize draping on the neck
- Lift the brows and reduce sagging across the forehead
- Improve contours on the midface
- Add better definition to the cheekbones
The Technology Behind Silhouette Instalift
Silhouette Instalift is a unique type of temporary suture that is made of polylactic acid (PLA), a polymer that has a long history of safe use in medicine. Sutures made from PLA are re-absorbable, which means that they will be naturally broken down over time. Silhouette Instalift sutures consist of a single thread of PLA with unique cones incorporated into either end of the thread. Once the sutures have been inserted, these cones act as scaffolding beneath the skin to provide a gentle lift and restore definition. In addition to providing support, the sutures also stimulate the production of new collagen. By the time the sutures absorb, the skin will have a renewed firmness and volume, which prolongs the effects of the treatment.
How a Silhouette Instalift is Performed
First, your doctor will gain an understanding of your goals and discuss how Silhouette Instalift sutures can be used to reverse signs of aging and redefine facial contours. Then he or she will use a special marker to indicate where the sutures will be placed and inject a local anesthetic around each location. This is the only uncomfortable part of the procedure – after this step, Silhouette Instalift is completely painless.
Using a special needle, your doctor will then make tiny incisions at the suture entry and exit points. He will then thread a fine needle through these incisions and pull the suture along the length of the treatment area (for example, along the length of the jawline). Once the suture is in place, he will gently pull the suture until the cones move into position. Then he will massage the skin backwards or upwards to distribute the underlying tissues in their new location. Lastly, the sutures are trimmed so they won’t be visible above the skin. The process is repeated until all sutures have been placed. This typically takes about 15 minutes per side of the face.
Recovery and Results
Most of our patients are able to resume normal activities immediately. Swelling and bruising are not common side effects of this treatment, but you should expect some amount of redness to be present. Within a few hours, you will be able to easily conceal any redness with makeup. The results of Silhouette Instalift are seen immediately – you will leave our office with a more lifted, contoured appearance. You will also see a gradual improvement in your appearance as collagen develops over the coming months. You can expect to enjoy the results of your treatment for 12 – 18 months before needing a touch-up.
Before and After
Choosing a Doctor For Your Silhouette Instalift
Silhouette Instalift is very safe when it is performed by an experienced doctor who has a deep understanding of facial and neck anatomy. While the procedure is non-invasive, the sutures are inserted near several important structures, such as key facial nerves and blood vessels. To ensure your safety, you should only undergo this treatment with a doctor who has relevant training and experience in performing Silhouette Instalift. We can assure they will provide you with the safest and most natural results! Advanced Dermatology currently provides service to several locations in both New York and New Jersey, including but not limited to: West Islip, Fresh Meadows, Commack and Ridgewood. Please visit our Contact Page for a full list of our locations closest to you.