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Silhouette InstaLiftMinneapolis, MN

As the effects of time and gravity take their toll on your skin, the face tends to lose its plump texture and youthful shape. As a result of aging and exposure to environmental elements, the skin becomes lax and begins to sag, creating a dull, tired, and droopy overall appearance. For patients with these cosmetic concerns, a surgical facelift is not the only treatment option. A Silhouette InstaLift™ is an excellent non-surgical alternative for those seeking to lift sunken skin and boost facial and neck contours for a more radiant and refreshed complexion. The procedure takes about an hour and a half, has little to no downtime, and doesn’t require the use of antibiotics. A Silhouette InstaLift can help you achieve a shapely, well-balanced facial aesthetic.

Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics is one of the premier cosmetic centers in the Minneapolis and St. Paul region for performing the Silhouette InstaLift. Board-certified surgeon and soft-tissue specialist Dr. Leslie Smith combines advanced training and highly developed techniques to perform this minimally invasive facelift procedure. In fact, Dr. Smith’s skills and aesthetic vision render her one of the most qualified cosmetic doctors in the Twin Cities for this exciting Facial Rejuvenation treatment.

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What is a Silhouette InstaLift?

The Silhouette InstaLift is a non-surgical facelift technique used to lift and tighten sagging skin around the face, neck, and jowls. This innovative method addresses sagging mid-facial skin on the outside and volume loss on the inside. It’s the only non-surgical treatment with advanced Micro-Suspension Technology™ that uses micro-cones to provide an immediate lift and a gradual boost in natural collagen production. The Micro-Suspension Technology™ lifts and adds volume to mid-facial skin. Based on your facial structure and cosmetic concerns, Dr. Smith can tailor the procedure specifically to your needs for a satisfying, personalized result. From correcting skin laxity to re-contouring facial features, the Silhouette InstaLift can provide a natural-looking improvement that can last up to three years. At Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics in Wayzata, MN, Dr. Smith performs this procedure under local anesthesia to ensure a smooth and comfortable treatment experience.

How is the Silhouette InstaLift Performed?

The steps of the procedure will vary slightly for each patient, depending on their unique needs and concerns. In your consultation, Dr. Smith will examine your condition and signs of facial aging to design an individualized procedural plan. Generally, you can expect the following timeline:

  • Pre-Treatment – You’ll meet with Dr. Smith for a consultation. Together, you will go over your expectations for the treatment so that we can tailor the treatment to best meet your unique needs. 
  • During TreatmentYou’ll get a local anesthetic injected into the tissue just beneath your skin. You will remain fully awake while the Silhouette InstaLift is placed, so you can communicate and follow directions as required. Once you are fully numb, micro-cones are placed in the deepest layer of the skin. The micro-cones and sutures are absorbed by the body and activate your natural collagen production overtime for up to three years, for a more youthful appearance. Dr. Smith will position them precisely where they need to be to achieve the lift you want. This process will take less than an hour.
  • After Treatment – You can look forward to an immediate lift in your cheeks and mid-face thanks to InstaLift’s Micro-Suspension Technology™. Its bi-directional cones will keep your mid-facial skin in an elevated position. And, as time goes by, your body will stimulate its own natural collagen production to maintain this more youthful appearance. Dr. Smith will then review with you any special care instructions to ensure you are aware of how to avoid complications and achieve the best possible results.

What Areas Can A Silhouette InstaLift Treat?

A Silhouette InstaLift is a unique, versatile procedure that can be used to improve various areas and features of the face. In your consultation, Dr. Smith will work with you to identify the problem areas and determine the techniques required to enhance your appearance and achieve your desired result.

Cheeks and Mid-face

As we age, the cheeks lose their youthful shape and volume and typically begin to droop. Droopiness occurs as collagen and elastin production diminishes and facial fullness depletes. When combined with the natural effects of time and gravity, these concerns can lead to a worn, lifeless, and prematurely aged appearance. The Silhouette InstaLift is an excellent solution to help lift the cheeks into a more youthful and plump position. In a minimally invasive procedure that can last up to three years, this facelift method can subtly pull the cheeks upward to enhance the mid-face, restore the balance between facial features, and create a naturally enlivened and refreshed overall complexion.


The neck is one of the thinnest and most delicate areas of skin on the body. It is often one of the first areas to show signs of aging and, in many cases, it can make you look older than your years. As years of sun exposure and aging take their toll, the neck’s smooth texture and slim shape tend to disappear. The Silhouette InstaLift is often performed to tighten, reposition, and refine the skin on the neck for a firmer, more youthful contour. This procedure can smoothen out creases by gently pulling the skin into a better position and accentuating its natural curve.

Benefits of the Silhouette InstaLift

When performed by a qualified and experienced physician, the Silhouette InstaLift boasts a myriad of benefits for men and women seeking to correct signs of facial aging and revitalize their appearance. The benefits of this procedure include:

  • Minimally invasive 
  • Versatile – treat various areas of the face and neck
  • An outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia
  • Treatment completed in less than an hour
  • Quick recovery, with most patients resuming regular activity within two to four days
  • Performed by a board-certified skin specialist to achieve satisfying, natural-looking results
  • FDA-approved for treatment of the mid-face and cheeks
  • Results lasting up to three years
  • Results can be extended an additional four years with a simple retightening procedure
  • Less expensive and less involved than a traditional surgical facelift

What to Expect After Your Silhouette InstaLift

Compared to the side effects and recovery time required for a surgical facelift, a Silhouette InstaLift is far less involved. The procedure is typically completed within an hour, and most patients can leave the office immediately. Common side effects include temporary soreness and discomfort in the incision site, which should subside within a few days. Most patients feel comfortable resuming regular activity in two to four days following the procedure. A full recovery is usually expected within ten days. Dr. Smith will walk you through any post-operative instructions to ensure you are fully aware of what to expect after treatment.

Silhouette InstaLift Results

Once the Silhouette InstaLift is complete, you will notice an immediate improvement in the skin’s texture and the contours of the face and neck. The result of this procedure is a well-defined mid-face and a more radiant holistic appearance. This procedure provides long-lasting results, with effects usually subsiding after three years. 

Schedule Your Consultation with Leading Physician Dr. Leslie Smith at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics

Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics in Wayzata, MN, is proud to be one of the premier cosmetic clinics in Minneapolis to offer this revolutionary non-invasive facelift. With a commitment to the satisfaction and happiness of every patient, Dr. Leslie Smith is passionate about helping patients eliminate concerns and feel more confident about their appearance. The Silhouette Lift is an advanced and convenient way to help you rejuvenate your profile and reclaim your unique natural beauty. If you would like to learn more about the Silhouette InstaLift or experience the benefits first-hand, call our clinic at (952) 460-1970 to schedule your consultation today.

Silhouette InstaLift FAQ’s

Can a Silhouette InstaLift be an alternative to a facelift?

While a Silhouette InstaLift is not a complete substitute for a traditional facelift, it can provide considerable improvement for patients with early to moderate signs of facial aging. A Silhouette InstaLift can create a long-lasting and natural rejuvenation effect. For patients with significant sagging, however, a surgical facelift may be a more suitable option. If you are unsure, Dr. Smith can help you decide which is the most appropriate treatment for you.

Who is a good candidate for a Silhouette InstaLift?

Silhouette InstaLift is most often recommended for patients in their mid-30s to age 50 who are seeking a rejuvenated, yet natural-looking appearance, as well as experiencing a loss of elasticity/sagging skin and loss of volume in the mid-face area. They may have previously received other cosmetic procedures. However, they are looking to avoid cosmetic surgery. While they have good skin quality, they also notice their nasolabial folds and/or sagging in their cheeks.


Some patients may be hesitant to schedule surgical procedures due to concerns about the medications prescribed for these treatments. However, men and women with these worries now have another option to help them avoid potential side effects. Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics offers Pro-Nox, an analgesic delivery system that reduces both discomfort and anxiety before and during your surgical procedure. A primary benefit of this option is that patients can control how much or how little they require.

Traditionally known as laughing gas, Pro-Nox is a specially designed system that takes effect quickly and eliminates some of the side effects of oral medications like Ativan, including drowsiness, dizziness, and tiredness. Since the effects of Pro-Nox disappear once you no longer need it, patients that choose this method have the option to drive themselves home if they wish. Pro-Nox is available for a small fee. If you prefer to use this pre-treatment system over the other numbing methods, let us know in your consultation so we can organize this accordingly.