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Instalift™: How to have a facelift/necklift without surgery


Instalift™: A non surgical Silhouette suture-lift to temporarily lift sagging skin by Dr.Ron Shelton.

Silhouette InstaLift New York Suture Contour Lift

Over the last few decades there has been a strong demand from patients for improvement of facial sagging without having to undergo surgery. This may be for various reasons, whether not wanting the downtime, being concerned of general anesthesia, fearful of having surgery, or the cost of having a facelift. As jowls Certainly, there is no non-invasive procedure that can produce the same amount of lifting as a facelift does, but now InstaLift™ using Silhouette sutures.

Thread lifts began many years ago using Aptos threads and then Contour threads. These sutures were made of permanent suture material that had barbs to hold the skin in its more normal, higher, position. However, there were some cases of the barbs penetrating the skin and causing discomfort. In addition, the end results did not last and the patient had many sutures that were left underneath the skin producing no advantage. This changed as the new generation Silhouette InstaLift™ New York sutures were FDA cleared. These are absorbable sutures made of material that has been used for years as dissolvable sutures. Studded along the suture material are cones, rather than barbs, so there is less of a chance that they come up through the skin's surface from below.

Dr.Shelton says..."the significant advantage in the Silhouette InstaLift is that as the sutures dissolve they stimulate production of the body's own collagen, increasing the volume of the formerly depressed facial features, which is usually one of the largest causes of facial drooping over time."

This helps potentiate the InstaLift™ longer term results than the older permanent suture techniques.

InstaLift™ is performed in the office with only local anesthetic injected in few spots where the suture is placed. The whole procedure can take less than an hour. One half of the suture length is placed underneath the skin towards the fallen lower face and jowl, and the other half is placed towards the upper face, again underneath the skin. The cones are facing different directions so that once the skin that has sagged is pulled up the skin is held snug by the opposite facing cones in the higher face. Once the procedure is done, there are no stitches that need to be removed. No wound care is necessary. There may be some bruising which, if occurs, would be temporary and gone in one or two weeks.

Silhouette InstaLift New York may be performed in addition to fillers and ThermiTight radiofrequency facial and neck tightening.

*Results may vary

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