Silhouette InstaLift is a new FDA approved bio-stimulatory vector lifting suture that uses a proprietary PLGA suture with cones made of the same material. The cones provide instant lifting of tissue in the midface, lower face, and neck in the direction (vector) that the surgeon places the suture. Over time the PLGA material breaks down while stimulating natural collagen creation and volumization that contributes to the longterm “lifted” effect and appearance. The procedure requires only local anesthesia and no downtime. European studies show that results are maintained for up to a year or longer. Good candidates for the procedure have mild skin laxity without heavy folds or jowls. The procedure is not a substitute for face and neck lift surgery or soft tissue augmentation (filler injections, facial implants, fat grafting) for those who need more improvement and it does not interfere with any future surgery or injections.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Silhouette InstaLift FDA cleared?
The product earned FDA-clearance in April 2015
Q: Who is a good candidate to have a Silhouette InstaLift procedure?
Silhouette InstaLift is the ideal minimally-invasive solution for many men and women who are interested in refreshing their appearance without major surgery, injections or lasers. It offers a new and unique technology to lift sagging facial skin.
Q: What are Silhouette InstaLift sutures made of?
Silhouette InstaLift sutures are made from glycolide/L-lactide (PLG), a polymer that is frequently used in medical devices and is well tolerated by the body. The fully resorbable sutures have bidirectional cones that provide both lift and excellent anchoring to the subcutaneous tissue.
Q: What can Silhouette InstaLift do to improve my appearance?
Sagging facial skin is one of the major contributors to an aged and tired appearance. Silhouette InstaLift is a minimally-invasive procedure that enhances the contours of your face by lifting the deeper layers of your skin for a more youthful look.
Q: What areas of the face does Silhouette InstaLift treat?
The procedure lifts and helps increase volume and restore contours to the mid-face and cheek area.
Q: How is the Silhouette InstaLift procedure performed?
During the in-office procedure, a specially-trained physician will begin by marking the areas of desired lift on the patient. He/she will then gently insert a needle to a depth of 5 mm and guide it through the subcutaneous tissue and extract at each bi-directional exit point. The sutures have bidirectional absorbable cones that hold them in place. The treatment is well tolerated by patients and typically takes 45 minutes.
Q: Is general anesthesia required?
No. Your physician will only use local anesthetic to numb the area before inserting the sutures.
Q: How is Silhouette InstaLift different from Thread Lifts?
Silhouette InstaLift is an entirely new technology and procedure. Rather than temporarily moving the surface of the skin with hooks and barbs, InstaLift repositions the underlying layers of the skin with our patented by-directional cones. Another very important advance is that InstaLift is fully resorbable and thus not permanent. As the InstaLift sutures and cones are resorbed, they stimulate collagen renewal, which helps increase and restore volume to the mid-face for natural-looking long lasting results
Q: How much does Silhouette InstaLift cost?
The treatment fee varies according to each patient’s needs and the number of sutures requires.
Q: Where can I have Silhouette InstaLift performed?
Silhouette InstaLift is only performed by qualified physicians who have undergone special comprehensive training. We now offer Silhouette InstaLift in our practice.