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Silhouette Instalift

The Instant Thread Lift trend is extremely popular in Europe and Asia due to being the most advanced rejuvenation procedure in the cosmetic world. In as little as 30 minutes your face can be brought back to a more youthful, radiant and healthy glow with absolutely no scars! What’s not to love about Instant Thread Lift?

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About this treatment
What is Thermi Instalift

Commonly referred to as the lunchtime facelift is a minimally invasive threadlift using absorbable sutures to suspend and lift skin. Suture material induces collagen production for firmer, thicker skin. You will notice immediate lifting effect after the thread lift sutures.  Result continue to improve approximately several months after treatment.


What is Silhouette InstaLift?

The instant lift procedure involves the placement of a specific absorbable suture material that incorporates cone technology to grip the skin within the subcutaneous (superficial fatty layer) thereby creating anchor points to lift and tighten a specific area of skin.   We offer both FDA approved Silhouette and Nova Thread instalifts.


What are the common areas for InstaLift?

Common treatment areas of treatments are cheeks, jawline, jowls and neck.  Other areas include breast, upper arm, belly, buttock and thighs.



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Frequently Asked Question

You may have wondered about Silhouette Instalift. If it's what you need or how it works.

Fee is depending on the degree of laxity and number of Silhouette sutures requires.  Generally $3,000 per area.

The procedure itself involves the use of small amounts of injectable anesthesia, the use of a needle to make small holes (self-healing) in the skin and the placement of the Insta Lift sutures in the subcutaneous level of the skin. The skin is then guided over the suture material to attain a lifting effect. 

The suture material is not permanent and will be absorbed by the body approximately 18 months.

 The expected benefit of the procedure is the temporary improvements of the appearance of the skin laxity in the area of treatment.  Most note result lasting 1-3 years depending on thickness of skin and level of laxity.  Generally, patients with thicker skin maintain longer result.

Alternatives include no treatment, surgical face lift, laser resurfacing, injectable fillers, fat transfer and skin laser or energy-based skin-tightening procedures such as Ulthera, Thermi Lift and others.

All procedures have risks and there are specific risks associated with this procedure.  All patients treated will have swelling and the vast majority will have some bruising as well as a small amount of pinpoint bleeding.  These are expected and swelling and pinpoint bleeding generally can last a few days, but may last significantly longer.  Other possible side effects include, but are not limited to: discomfort, infection, bleeding, damage to deeper structures including but not limited to nerves and blood vessels, numbness in the treatment area or adjacent areas, allergic reactions, scarring (including hypertrophic or Keloid), risks linked to local anesthesia, pigment changes, partial laxity correction, rippling or dimple formation, asymmetry, bumps, or nodules, redness and/or visible thread some or all of which may requires additional treatment and/or the removal of the product and/or may be permanent.  Additional procedures will incur costs.

Personal history of any of the following conditions: Autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, scleroderma, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Sjogren’s syndrome, Reiter’s syndrome, mixed connective tissue disease, recurrent facial herpes simplex or allergy to Xylocaine, a local anesthetic and pregnancy.

Suture needs to set and allow collagen to form around the suture to avoid slippage.  In order to achieve result, you : Gently apply cold packs immediately after the procedure if required; take Acetaminophen in case of pain; sleep face up, elevated on pillows (3-5 nights); Wash, shave and dry face gently without rubbing (5 days); Apply makeup gently after 24 hours; Avoid over-exposure to direct sunlight and do not use tanning beds (2 weeks); Avoid face down or facial massages and facial aesthetic treatments (4 weeks); Avoid sports, in particular high impact sports e.g. running (2 weeks); Do not use saunas and steam rooms (3 weeks); Avoid dental surgery (3 weeks); Avoid excessive facial movements (2 weeks); Soft food, no chewing gum (1 week).

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