in Wilmington, NC
Facial contouring and cosmetic techniques have improved greatly over the years. While several non-surgical facelift options do exist, there haven’t been many minimally invasive ways to lift deep layers of mid-facial skin, one of the major contributors to an aged and tired appearance. That’s where Silhouette InstaLift® comes in.
What Is Silhouette InstaLift®?
Silhouette InstaLift® is a non-surgical treatment that’s unique for its dual action: it adds volume AND lifts sagging skin of the mid face for comprehensive, natural rejuvenation.
A standard thread lift uses temporary sutures to suspend parts of the skin, which also triggers the body’s healing processes. Silhouette InstaLift® uses sutures with bidirectional cones that are better at gathering and anchoring tissue for a more effective, but still natural-looking, lift over time. The biocompatible sutures also provoke wound-response measures that generate collagen before dissolving over a few months.
Why Receive Silhouette InstaLift® at Wilmington Dermatology Center?
Silhouette InstaLift® is an incredibly effective anti-aging solution, but it requires careful planning and execution to provide the most significant and natural-looking results. At Wilmington Dermatology Center, we pride ourselves not only on adopting the latest procedures, but we also have an experienced and highly trained staff — led by Dr. Rosalyn George — who has the anatomical knowledge and attention to detail necessary to use these treatments to their full potential.
How Does Silhouette InstaLift® Work?
Silhouette InstaLift™ is made from Polyglycolide/L-lactide (PLGA), a well-known biomedical copolymer that is generally well-tolerated in the body. Once implanted, Silhouette InstaLift TM provides mechanical fixation of the tissue until collagen production and subsequent encapsulation of the suture in collagen takes place, which is the start of the biological fixation. This action continues over time and helps to increase the volume and restore shapeliness to the face gradually and naturally.
Prior to Treatment
Before we begin, we take baseline procedure images prior to treatment and apply a topical anesthetic. While we confirm you are in good shape for treatment, we let the anesthetic set for 20 to 30 minutes.
Once treatment begins, your provider will carefully insert the resorbable suspension sutures to reposition and elevate the skin and tissue of your face for a noticeable and natural-looking lift. This in-office, non-surgical procedure is typically completed in about 45 minutes.
After Treatment & Results
You may experience mild inflammation, swelling, pain, and bruising following the procedure that will fade within two weeks. Results will be both immediate and gradual: the lifting will be obvious right away, while collagen stimulation and increased volume will improve over several weeks. Sutures will be naturally resorbed, and results can last 18 months to two years.
What is the History of Silhouette InstaLift®?
Silhouette InstaLift®, developed by Sinclair Pharmaceuticals, was FDA approved for mid-face suspension in 2015. The sutures were made with poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid), or PLGA, a trusted biomedical co-polymer that’s known for being well-tolerated and resorbable (can be broken down and assimilated).
“Wilmington Dermatology is truly amazing! The staff is always working hard, and are friendly and accommodating. They are up to date with the latest technology and offer patients cutting edge procedures to accommodate individual needs. Dr. George is top notch! She is a skilled doctor who cares for her patients and does what is best for them. I highly recommend! Thank you Wilmington Dermatology Center!”
Am I a Candidate for Silhouette InstaLift®?
Silhouette InstaLift® is a uniquely ideal solution to men or women looking to lift and add volume to their face without a full face-lift surgery. The suture material and minimally invasive technique are a safe way for most people to rejuvenate the face and improve facial contouring, but we will confirm that it will be both safe and beneficial for your face during a free consultation.
Silhouette InstaLift® Frequently Asked Questions
When will I see Silhouette InstaLift<sup>®</sup> results?
The mid-face lift will be immediately visible, while increased volume and younger-looking skin will develop gradually over about six weeks as lost collagen is rebuilt in the skin.
How long do Silhouette InstaLift<sup>®</sup> results last?
Results should last somewhere between 18 months and two years; results vary by individual.
What is the difference between Silhouette InstaLift<sup>®</sup> and other threading lifts?
Silhouette InstaLift®’s unique sutures set them apart from other threading lifts. The sutures are bidirectional cones that provide greater lift and hold, and they’re made from a biocompatible material that is designed to better stimulate collagen growth. In fact, one of the sutures’ main components is the active ingredient in Sculptra®, another facial rejuvenator and collagen stimulator.
Can I get Silhouette InstaLift<sup>®</sup> the day before a big event?
There is potential for some downtime. While not everyone will bruise, there is always that risk when injecting and suturing.
Does the Silhouette InstaLift<sup>®</sup> procedure hurt?
With the anesthetic provided, patients describe application as a pinch with pressure. While discomfort will vary by treatment area, most patients tolerate it well and without issue.
How does Silhouette InstaLift<sup>®</sup> lift and improve volume?
Silhouette InstaLift® sutures are made from Polyglycolide/L-lactide (PLGA), a much-used biomedical copolymer that is generally well-tolerated in the body. Once implanted, the sutures provide mechanical fixation of skin and tissues until collagen production sets the lift biologically. This restores volume and shapeliness in a gradual, natural way.
Does it really matter who does my Silhouette InstaLift<sup>®</sup>?
Silhouette InstaLift® is a technique-driven procedure, depending on planning and application. It is highly advised that you go to a skilled professional for the procedure. There are certain techniques used to achieve greatest effect, so you should work with a team who knows that they’re doing.
Can I get Silhouette InstaLift<sup>®</sup> done the same day as other injectable procedures?
Yes, you can receive Silhouette InstaLift® the same day you receive injectable treatments like BOTOX®, Dysport®, or Restylane®. However, we prefer to complete lifts and injectables after laser treatments.
How Much Does Silhouette InstaLift<sup>®</sup> Cost?
Silhouette InstaLift® costs $3000, and you can add more sutures for an additional $500 per suture. This is far less than a surgical face lift! We can discuss your full potential Silhouette InstaLift® cost during a free consultation.
Patient Treatment Documents
Silhouette InstaLift® Pre-Visit Instructions
- Please download and view the Silhouette InstaLift® pre-visit instructions ahead of your visit.
Silhouette InstaLift® Post-Treatment Instructions
- Please download and view the Silhouette InstaLift® post-care instructions to follow after your treatment.