The Silhouette Instalift is a type of threadlift that uses the addition of dissolvable cones to provide patients with an immediate lift to facial skin, diminishing the appearance of nasolabial folds, jowls, and sagging.
- avg. recovery
About the Procedure
Early signs of aging are more apparent on the face, and may include deepening nasolabial folds, drooping cheeks, and jowls. For those who are not ready to pursue a more aggressive or surgical procedure, a thread lift is a minimally invasive, outpatient treatment that offers immediate improvement. The Silhouette Instalift is a type of thread lift that has additional cone structures on each thread. These cones allow for easier tissue fixation to the thread, providing more noticeable results. It is common for a thread lift to be combined with various other facial rejuvenation treatments such as laser resurfacing or dermal fillers to further enhance skin volume and texture. Prior to treatment, the patient's face and/or neck will be marked to indicate insertion and exist point for the threads. Each thread will consist of 3 linear points. The center mark will represent the insertion point and the two end marks will be exit points. All insertion and exit points will be infiltrated with a numbing anesthetic. Once the patient is thoroughly anesthetized, small incisions will be made at every insertion point so the needle can easily be guided beneath the skin. Each thread is inserted in two parts. First, the needle will be inserted into the center insertion mark and guided linearly to the previously marked exit point. The needle will be forced through the skin and pulled outwards, pulling half of the thread through the face. Next, the second half of the thread will be inserted through the same center point and again, threaded linearly though the skin and out the pre-determined exit point. Excess thread will be trimmed. This process will be repeated for every thread. Once all thread have been placed, the provider will manipulate the face so that the cones are able to properly attach and lift the tissue. Improvement in wrinkles and sagging is noticeable immediately after the procedure with continued improvement for several months afterwards as collagen production increases facial volume to further diminish fine lines. Inserted threads will eventually dissolve with effects lasting for as long as 2 years depending on lifestyle.
The goal of a Silhouette Instalift is to reposition facial and neck tissues thus restoring youthful proportions and appearances to the face.
What to Expect
Silhouette Instalift is a type of thread lift that uses tiny cones to gather tissue into a higher, tighter position for improved facial contours. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a Silhouette Instalift procedure.
- Avoid blood thinning medications
- No alcohol for 1 week prior
- No smoking 1 week before
- Local anesthesia
- Needles are inserted into the area to be lifted
- Threads are inserted through the needles
- Barbs along the thread act as cogs to grasp, lift and suspend the skin
- Needle is withdrawn and tissue is 'gathered' over the thread
- Excess thread is cut
Recovery after a Silhouette Instalift is minimal. Patients may experience minor inflammation and bruising which typically resolves within 1 week. Most patients return to work and normal activity, with the exception of exercise, within 1 day.
The ideal candidate for Silhouette Instalift is experiencing early signs of aging such as mild wrinkling and sagging skin. Candidates desire a minimally invasive procedure with little downtime.
Not Recommended For
Silhouette Instalift is not recommended for patients with more severe signs of aging or loose facial skin who would better benefit from a more invasive facelift procedure.
Side effects from Silhouette Instalift may include soreness, swelling, bruising, and minor puckering of the skin.