Silhouette InstaLift®

Westerville Dermatology & Aderma Medical Spa proudly stands as the first dermatology practice to offer the FDA-approved Silhouette InstaLift® to both men and women looking to reduce jowls and sagging skin. This remarkable procedure, taking only about 45 minutes, provides instant lifting results and long-lasting volume, all without the risks associated with traditional facelift surgery. Drs. Lin and Karikomi are thrilled to bring this innovative option for comprehensive facial lifting and rejuvenation to our patients.

Are you ready to see if Silhouette InstaLift® is right for you? We are excited to help you achieve a fresher, more youthful appearance through this advanced, non-surgical treatment.

Benefits of Silhouette InstaLift®

  • Immediate Lifting Effect: Provides instant results by lifting sagging skin.
  • Long-Lasting Volume: Encourages collagen production for gradual and sustainable volume improvement.
  • Minimally Invasive: No major surgery is required, involving minimal downtime.
  • Natural-Looking Results: Enhances facial contours naturally without looking overdone.
  • Quick Procedure: Typically completed in about 45 minutes.
  • Minimal Recovery Time: Patients can return to daily activities quickly, often within the same day.
  • Non-Permanent, Adjustable: Allows for adjustments as natural aging continues.
  • Safe: FDA-approved with a strong safety profile.
  • No General Anesthesia Needed: Performed under local anesthesia, enhancing patient comfort and safety.

Common Side Effects of Silhouette InstaLift®

  • Minor Pain or Discomfort: Typically during and shortly after the procedure.
  • Swelling and Bruising: Common in the treated areas, usually subsides within a few days.
  • Redness: Temporary redness at the injection sites.
  • Sensitivity: Increased sensitivity around the treated areas.
  • Asymmetry: Occasional unevenness that typically resolves as swelling decreases.
  • Numbness: Temporary numbness near the treatment zones.
  • Thread Visibility: Rarely, sutures may be slightly visible under the skin, which can adjust over time.

What to Expect at Your Silhouette InstaLift® Appointment

When you arrive for your Silhouette InstaLift® appointment, you can expect a procedure that combines immediate facial lifting with long-term collagen stimulation, offering a less invasive alternative to traditional facelifts. Your dermatology provider will start by administering a local anesthetic to ensure comfort throughout the procedure. Once the area is numbed, a small opening is made to insert the specially designed sutures. These sutures are equipped with bidirectional cones to effectively lift and suspend sagging tissues. Typically, two to four sutures are used on each side of the face, depending on your specific needs and the degree of lift required.

The entire process usually takes about 45 minutes. The sutures, made from Poly L Lactic acid—the same material used in the dermal filler Sculptra—work by initially providing mechanical lift and eventually enhancing facial volume through collagen stimulation. As the sutures dissolve over time, they leave behind newly formed collagen, securing the tissue in its new position. The results can last up to 18 months, providing a significant but natural-looking improvement. This technique offers a safe and effective way to rejuvenate the face without the extensive downtime or invasiveness of a traditional facelift, making it an ideal solution for those seeking subtle enhancements and volume without surgical interventions.

Silhouette InstaLift® Maintenance Recommendations

Another major benefit of Silhouette InstaLift® is lack of significant downtime. Following the procedure, mild swelling, slight redness and bruising may be occur. These are the most common side effects and usually, subside within two weeks. We will offer ways to minimize and manage any bruising. To ensure you maintain the best results from your Silhouette InstaLift® treatment, your dermatology provider will recommend a few key practices. These guidelines help maximize the longevity of the lifting and volumizing effects:
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Schedule follow-up visits with your dermatology provider to assess the effectiveness of the treatment and discuss any needed adjustments.
  • Sun Protection: Protect your skin from excessive sun exposure by applying broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, which helps maintain skin elasticity and appearance.
  • Proper Skincare Regimen: Use gentle, high-quality skincare products to keep your skin hydrated and nourished. Avoid products that are too abrasive or could irritate the treated areas.
  • Healthy Lifestyle: Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, to support overall skin health and prolong the effects of your treatment.
  • Avoid Strenuous Activities: For the first few weeks post-treatment, avoid activities that could stress your facial skin or lead to excessive movement of the treated areas.
Following these recommendations will help ensure that you enjoy the benefits of your Silhouette InstaLift® for as long as possible.

Silhouette InstaLift® Maintenance Schedule

  • Maintenance sessions for Silhouette InstaLift® depend on individual aging processes and how well your skin responds to the initial treatment.
  • Typically, patients do not require maintenance sessions for up to 18 months post-procedure, as the effects are quite durable.
  • After this period, some may choose to undergo a follow-up procedure to maintain the desired aesthetic results.
  • Your dermatology provider will evaluate your results during follow-up visits and recommend if and when a maintenance session is needed based on the longevity of your results and your personal cosmetic goals.
  • It is important to have regular consultations with your dermatology provider to ensure the best long-term outcome from your Silhouette InstaLift® treatment.

Silhouette InstaLift® FAQs

Silhouette InstaLift® is a minimally invasive treatment that uses absorbable, bi-directional sutures to lift and reposition sagging facial tissue. The sutures are made from Poly L-Lactic Acid (PLLA), which also stimulates collagen production to improve skin volume and texture over time.

The results of Silhouette InstaLift® are immediate and can last up to 18 months. As the sutures are absorbed, they stimulate your body to produce collagen, which helps maintain the volume and lift as the sutures dissolve.

Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the Silhouette InstaLift® procedure. A local anesthetic is used to numb the treatment area before the sutures are inserted, making the process relatively comfortable. Some mild soreness or swelling might occur afterwards but typically resolves quickly.

Recovery time is minimal, with most patients able to return to normal activities within a couple of days. It is common to experience some mild swelling and bruising, which should subside within a week. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous exercise and excessive facial movements for a short period after the procedure.

Ideal candidates for Silhouette InstaLift® are those experiencing mild to moderate sagging in the face who want to improve their appearance without the downtime and risks associated with traditional surgical facelifts. It is suitable for adults who have good skin quality and are looking for a non-surgical option to achieve a more youthful look.

How Westerville Dermatology Can Help

Westerville Dermatology & Aderma Medical Spa, led by board-certified dermatologists Drs. Lin and Karikomi, specializes in the innovative Silhouette InstaLift® procedure, a non-surgical treatment that offers immediate lifting and long-lasting facial rejuvenation. Our expert team provides personalized consultations to determine if Silhouette InstaLift® is right for you, ensuring a tailored approach that enhances your natural features without the downtime of traditional facelifts. From initial evaluation to post-treatment care, we are committed to achieving the youthful, revitalized appearance you desire. Contact Westerville Dermatology today to learn more about how this advanced treatment can benefit you.