Plastic surgery gives patients an effective way to fight back against aging, slowing down the process and taking years or even decades off the aging face. The classic facelift is the gold standard for restoring youth to the face, but not everyone has the time, money, or desire to undergo an in-depth surgical procedure that involves scarring and recovery time. Fortunately, recent advances in plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments have given patients new options for minimally-invasive rejuvenation treatments. The surgeons at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery are pleased to offer their patients one of the most exciting new non-surgical treatments on the market—the Silhouette InstaLift.
What is the Silhouette InstaLift?
The Silhouette InstaLift is an FDA-approved, non-surgical alternative to the traditional facelift. Instead of using large incisions to access the underlying tissues of the face so they can be lifted and tightened, the Silhouette InstaLift uses absorbable sutures with bidirectional cones made from polymers that reposition and lift the deeper layers of the skin. With time, the sutures dissolve underneath the skin, prompting the body to create more anti-aging collagen and retaining the contour achieved during the procedure.
Benefits of the Silhouette InstaLift
While the Silhouette InstaLift cannot rival the dramatic results of a traditional facelift, it can produce impressive results non-surgically. The Silhouette InstaLift lifts and tightens sagging skin in the mid and lower face and can also be used on some areas of the neck for a more youthful appearance. These are areas where sagging skin is most noticeable, and patients can see the benefits of the procedure right away following treatment. Two of the biggest benefits of the Silhouette InstaLift are that the results are nearly immediate, and there is little downtime following the procedure.
Are You a Candidate?
Because the procedure is non-surgical, most healthy adult men and women are potential candidates for the procedure. Good candidates for the Silhouette InstaLift are people with minor to moderate sagging skin in the cheek and jowl area who have realistic expectations for the results of the procedure. The Silhouette InstaLift can provide patients with a more youthful appearance, but it should not be considered a substitute for a surgical facelift. Ultimately, you and your surgeon will need to discuss your individual candidacy and determine whether or not a Silhouette Lift is a good choice for you.
Your Silhouette InstaLift Consultation
Before you can undergo a Silhouette InstaLift, you will need to meet with our talented team of plastic surgeons at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery. Your surgeon will first give you a more comprehensive overview of the procedure and assess your goals, health history, and facial aesthetics to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Candidacy isn’t the only reason for your consultation, however. This is your chance to discuss any treatments you’re trying to decide on, whether you want to combine them or compare them, and it’s also an opportunity to ask questions and get to know the team. Our surgeons want you to feel comfortable and confident in whatever decision you make, so ask as many questions as you can think of during the consultation.
The Silhouette InstaLift procedure typically takes about 45 minutes to complete. Your surgeon will review the goals of the procedure, and then the areas to be treated will be marked. Because the treatment is non-surgical, it only requires the use of local anesthetic, and patients do not need to be sedated or put under general anesthesia.
Once local anesthesia has been administered, the surgeon will use a fine needle to make a small puncture to enable the sutures to be placed. Most patients require two to four sutures per side for optimal results. The sutures are threaded in a multi-directional pattern under the skin along the marked areas. The bidirectional cones along the suture lift and reposition the deeper layers of the skin. As the sutures dissolve, they stimulate the production of collagen, which helps the face retain its new contour.
Unlike surgical procedures, side effects are minimal, and patients can return to their normal activities quickly. Though the procedure is sometimes called the Lunchtime Facelift, most patients allow a day for recovery prior to returning to work. During the first few days, patients may experience minor swelling, bruising, and discomfort or tightness along the areas of suture placement, but these symptoms typically subside quickly. Patients should refrain from strenuous exercise for 2 weeks to allow the sutures to fully integrate.
Insider Tips for Silhouette InstaLift
- Ask you surgeon about adjunct procedures that may enhance your nonsurgical result, including Ultherapy and fillers.
- Discuss your expectations with your surgeon to ensure that your goals are achievable with the Silhouette InstaLift.
- Discuss your surgeon’s experience with the Silhouette InstaLift.
Are the No-Knife Facelift, the Lunchtime Facelift, and the Silhouette InstaLift all the same treatment?
Non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments are often called by many different names. Many treatments have been called variations of the “No-Knife Facelift” or the “Lunchtime Facelift.” A plastic surgeon will call these treatments by their official name, such as the Silhouette InstaLift. Your plastic surgeon is always the best resource for any treatment advice.
Will I have any scars from the treatment?
The needle used in the Silhouette InstaLift is very thin, leaving only a small dot in the skin. This should fade quickly, and over time, patients should not be able to notice the site of the suture placement. More extensive scarring is very rare.
How long will the results last?
Treatments like the Silhouette InstaLift can slow down the progress of aging and restore youth to the face, but they can’t stop the process forever. Most patients enjoy their Silhouette Lift Results for 18 months to several years, depending on a number of factors, including lifestyle and genetics. Non-surgical treatment results do not typically last as long as surgical results, however, and may need touch-up treatments to maintain the results.
Are there any risks to the Silhouette InstaLift treatment?
As with any treatment, there are some risks involved, but they are minimal. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort are normal side effects. Rare complications include infection, bleeding, and damage to the skin or facial structures, including the nerves and blood vessels or changes in pigmentation. Though very uncommon, some patients can have allergies to the polymers used in the suture materials.
What’s the right age for a Silhouette InstaLift?
Good candidates for the Silhouette InstaLift are those who wish to lift and rejuvenate the facial tissues, which can include patients in a wide range of ages. However, the most common age for a Silhouette InstaLift is from the late 30s to early 50s.
Can I go back to work after the treatment?
Generally, it is best to take at least 1 day off following the procedure, to allow the tissues to begin healing and allow yourself cosmetic downtime in the event of a bruise. If you don’t want to miss work, consider having your procedure on a Friday and give yourself the weekend to heal.
Will I need more than one procedure?
No, the Silhouette InstaLift is a one-time procedure with immediately noticeable results. After the results have begun to fade and the aging process continues, patients should discuss their options with a plastic surgeon once again if they wish to maintain results.
Can the Silhouette InstaLift be combined with other treatments?
Yes, adding treatments like injectable fillers or Botox can be a great way to get non-surgical, comprehensive rejuvenation. In addition, the Silhouette InstaLift can be performed the same day as Ultherapy for patients interested in boosting their result.
Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to the Silhouette InstaLift?
Very rarely, some patients can have a reaction to the suture materials (PLGA – polylactic-co-glycolic acid) or local anesthesia. Patients should discuss any allergies or concerns with their surgeon prior to scheduling a Silhouette InstaLift session, to reduce the risks for complications.
Why does a plastic surgeon need to perform the Silhouette InstaLift treatment?
Even though the Silhouette InstaLift is a non-surgical treatment, only a physician should be performing the treatment. This is because proper placement of the sutures requires in-depth knowledge, skill, and a certain amount of artistry. Poorly placed threads can not only result in a poor aesthetic outcome, they can cause medical complications that have a negative impact on patients. Always choose an expert when seeking out cosmetic treatments.
Revolutionary Non-Surgical Rejuvenation
If you’d like to get a fresh new look without surgery, then the Silhouette InstaLift might be just the right option for your needs. To learn more about the Silhouette InstaLift with the surgeons in Ann Arbor, MI, call Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery today at (734) 913-5100 to schedule your consultation and take a big step toward the new you.