Silhouette InstaLift is a game-changer for those who want a more lifted, youthful facial appearance without resorting to invasive surgery. This non-surgical cosmetic procedure can lift the mid to lower face, focusing on the cheeks, chin and jaw areas. It can also address smile lines in the midface or jowls and marionette lines in the lower face.
The procedure involves a skilled practitioner like Dr. Leslie Smith inserting tiny threads with attached micro-cones into the deepest layer of your skin. These threads elevate your tissues, providing a lift and stimulating collagen production for a rejuvenated appearance.
PDO Vs. PLLA Threads: What’s the Difference?
Polydioxanone (PDO) threads and poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) threads are two types of threads used in non-surgical facelift procedures. The Silhouette InstaLift uses threads and cones made predominantly of poly-L-lactic acid, a material that has been used in tissue regeneration for over 30 years.
Both PDO and PLLA threads are safe and provide numerous benefits. PDO threads dissolve within six months, while PLLA threads last longer, maintaining their effects for up to two years. Both thread materials stimulate collagen production and provide natural-looking results, but PLLA is more effective at stimulating collagen.
Are PLLA Threads FDA Approved?
PLLA threads, like those used in Silhouette InstaLift, have been FDA approved since 2016. The FDA granted its approval after evaluating the safety and efficacy of PLLA threads for non-surgical facelift procedures. The approval ensures that you can trust the quality and safety of PLLA threads as a viable option for facial rejuvenation treatments.
Who Can Benefit From Silhouette InstaLift®?
Silhouette InstaLift is ideal for most patients in their 40s and 50s, but individuals in their mid to late 30s and even those in their 60s and 70s can also benefit. If fillers aren’t giving you the lift you desire, Silhouette InstaLift may be the perfect solution. Fillers can be dense and hang on loose skin, making them less suitable for patients with sagging skin that needs a lift.
Does Silhouette InstaLift® Really Work?
Yes, Silhouette InstaLift has been proven to be an effective non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment. Numerous patients have experienced successful results, with noticeable improvements in sagging skin, smile lines, jowls and marionette lines.
Silhouette InstaLift’s PLLA threads and micro-cones lift the deepest layer of the skin, and the micro-cones anchor it in place, resulting in a subtle, natural lift. Additionally, the PLLA threads stimulate collagen production, which contributes to firmer, more youthful skin over time.
It’s important to note that individual results may vary, and the effectiveness of the treatment can be influenced by factors such as your age, skin condition and lifestyle. To ensure the best possible outcome, consult with a qualified and experienced practitioner, like Dr. Leslie Smith, who can assess your individual needs and determine if Silhouette InstaLift is the right treatment option for you.
Can Silhouette InstaLift® Achieve the Same Results as Facelift Surgery?
Silhouette InstaLift offers a subtle, natural lift — it is not a replacement for facelift surgery, as it can’t provide the dramatic skin tightening some patients need. It is ideal for those with mild to moderate skin and tissue sagging in the face. The procedure gently pulls the deep layers of your skin, providing a refreshed appearance without the invasiveness of facelift surgery.
Is Silhouette InstaLift® Treatment Painful?
The Silhouette InstaLift procedure is designed for easy placement and minimal discomfort. You’ll be under local anesthesia and completely numb in the areas being treated during the process. Typically, three to four threads are placed on each side of the face, with each thread being about the thickness of a few hairs for optimal patient comfort.
Downtime and Recovery: What to Expect
One of the many benefits of Silhouette InstaLift is the minimal downtime. You can have the procedure done on a Friday and be back to work by Monday. It’s normal to experience some swelling for a few days, but you can use ice to help alleviate any discomfort. Most patients don’t even need pain medication like ibuprofen after the procedure. You may notice a tiny dot or divot in your cheeks for a couple of days, but this should resolve on its own.
For optimal results, avoid activities and actions that will disrupt your facial tissues for several days:
- Wait 24 to 48 hours before applying makeup
- Stick to softer foods for the first five days, such as shakes and eggs, and avoid chewing gum
- Refrain from heavy workouts for five days to prevent straining your face
- No facial massages for 10 days; be gentle when cleansing your skin, and lightly pat rather than rub skincare products into your skin
How Long Does Silhouette InstaLift® Last?
The results of Silhouette InstaLift can last up to two years, thanks to the threads stimulating collagen production in your tissues. This collagen boost helps to maintain the lift and overall improvement in your facial appearance.
What Is the Cost of Silhouette InstaLift®?
The cost of Silhouette InstaLift is quite reasonable, ranging from $2,600 to $2,900. When compared to the cost of facelift surgery, which can run between $15,000 and $17,000, Silhouette InstaLift is a much more affordable option. Additionally, it’s a cost-effective alternative to fillers, where a single syringe can cost between $600 and $800. Most patients require multiple syringes of filler to achieve their desired results, and they don’t generally last as long as Silhouette InstaLift.
Dr. Smith can help you weigh the benefits and costs of each treatment option to determine what will work best for you.
The Bottom Line: Cost-Effective, Natural-Looking Rejuvenation
Silhouette InstaLift is an innovative cosmetic procedure that provides a subtle lift to the mid and lower face without the need for invasive surgery. With its many benefits, including a natural lift, minimal downtime and discomfort, collagen stimulation for long-lasting results and an affordable price tag, it’s no wonder more and more people are turning to this non-surgical facial rejuvenation option.
To learn more about Silhouette InstaLift and find out if you’re a good candidate, contact Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics in Wayzata, MN. Call 952-460-1970 or complete our online contact form to schedule your consultation today!