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Silhouette InstaLift

What Is InstaLift?

Silhouette InstaLift®, the only FDA-cleared dual-action device for cosmetic rejuvenation that’s performed in a practitioner’s office and can take less than an hour. Using innovative micro-suspension technology (MST) it creates an immediate lift in the mid face area while simultaneously activating the creation of collagen to boost volume.

How Does InstaLift Work?

Silhouette InstaLift® uses absorbable micro cones that are placed in the deepest layer of the skin to instantly lift sagging skin in the mid-face area while simultaneously activating the creation of natural collagen to boost volume.

Each InstaLift procedure is tailored to each patient needs. Typically, 3-4 InstaLift sutures with micro cones are placed in the deepest layer of the skin to instantly lift sagging skin in the mid-face area while at the same time simultaneously activating the creation of natural collagen to boost volume. 

How Long InstaLift Last?

There is an appreciable lifting effect immediately following placement of InstaLift sutures, however results continue to improve for approximately three to six months following treatment. The duration of skin tightening results following the InstaLift non-surgical facelift vary by patient, but typically last around 12-18 months.

What Makes InstaLift Different From Threadlifts Of The Past?

Threadlifts of the past were non-absorbable sutures with barbs to secure traction in the skin. This often caused unsightly pulling and visible tracks in the skin, or an unnatural appearance when the patient was smiling, moving their head, or talking and was associated with many other complications. The sugar molecules that compose the InstaLift suture are different from Threadlift sutures of the past.


InstaLift sutures are biodegradable, meaning they dissolve slowly over time. They do however, have the benefit of stimulating new collagen growth in the area of placement, enhancing the subtle but visible lifting results of InstaLift.

What Are InstaLift Sutures Made Of?

Each InstaLift suture is composed of two degradable sugar materials Both sugars are routinely used in dermatology. – PLLA, one of the sugars,  is the main ingredient in some absorbable sutures as well as the volumizing injectable Sculptra.

Do The Results Of InstaLift Look Natural?

Yes. The results help to achieve and recreate the youthful curves to the face, particularly along the cheeks and jawline.

Is InstaLift A Substitute For A Facelift Or Necklift?

In most patients, no. More conservative, less dramatic results are achieved with Silhouette InstaLift than a traditional facelift or necklift. However, for those patients that have only mild to moderate facial laxity (skin sagging), or for those that do not want a surgical intervention, InstaLift may be part of a treatment plan to achieve proper restoration of facial proportions and balance.

Who Is A Good Candidate For InstaLift?

The most ideal candidates for the Silhouette InstaLift procedure have good skin elasticity and mild to moderate skin laxity, particularly of the jowls, jawline, and cheeks. Extremely thin patients with decreased skin thickness may not be great candidates, as the sutures reside in the fat layer and safe placement in this case may be more challenging. To know for sure if you are a good candidate, please schedule a complimentary consultation with Rita Altman, PA.

How Much Downtime Is There Following The InstaLift Procedure?

There is minimal to no downtime associated with InstaLift. While individual results may vary, most patients experience minimal to mild soreness for a few days. Most patients can resume daily social activities within 24-48 hours.

What Are The Possible Side Effects Of InstaLift?

Side effects following InstaLift are few and typically mild in nature. There may be mild soreness in the areas of placement for a few days following InstaLift. Mild swelling and bruising is possible in the area of treatment – vitamins, supplements, and medications that thin the blood should be avoided for 7-10 days prior to InstaLift to minimize these complications. A very mild puckering may be present at the site of suture placement but resolves over several days. Individuals with an allergy to PLLA or PGA should avoid InstaLift placement or an inflammatory reaction may occur.

What Is The InstaLift Procedure Like? 

InstaLift takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete with minimal discomfort and usually little downtime. A treatment map is created on the face to indicate where the InstaLift sutures will be placed in the cheek and along the jawline. After marking is complete, local numbing is administered to where the suture will enter and exit the skin. Then the InstaLift sutures are threaded under the skin surface. Afterwards, the InstaLift sutures and cones are locked in face by gentle massaging sweeps of the skin to create an immediate lifting effect. Results, however, continue to improve over approximately a six-month period as the suture and cones are naturally broken down and eliminated by the body, stimulating collagen in the areas of placement.

Does The InstaLift Procedure Hurt?

No. There is minimal discomfort associated with the Silhouette InstaLift procedure. Both the entry and exit points of the suture are numbed with lidocaine anesthetic. We also offer Pro-Nox, a laughing gas option if the patient wants to feel more relaxed. Furthermore, the sutures are placed in the fat, a soft tissue plane of the face that has a lack of pain nerves and therefore very little sensation to discomfort. The patient may feel a slight pulling sensation during suture placement, but pain should not be felt.

Should I Avoid Any Activities Following An InstaLift Procedure?

It is generally recommended that patients refrain from hard chewing and strenuous activities for one week to two weeks in order to avoid displacement of the locked InstaLift sutures. Eating hard or chewy foods, chewing gum, or facial massage should be avoided for 1 week. Sleeping on your back for a full two weeks is also recommended. Makeup and topical skin care products may be used after 24 hours.

Can InstaLift Be Combined With Other Fillers Or Procedures?

Yes, Silhouette InstaLift may be used in conjunction with other laser or energy based devices, or as a complement to facial injectables for a more comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation. If facial volume is being addressed, InstaLift may be combined with proper facial balancing with injectable dermal fillers.


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