If your cheeks or jawline are losing their youthfulness, but you aren't ready to consider facelift surgery, the Silhouette InstaLift procedure is an excellent solution that offers immediate and lasting results with minimal downtime. Women and men looking for a minimally invasive alternative to a facelift in the Kitchener and Guelph areas travel to The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Waterloo for the Silhouette InstaLift.
What Is the Silhouette InstaLift?
Cleared by the FDA, the Silhouette InstaLift uses absorbable micro-cones to instantly lift aging, mid-facial skin, including sagging cheeks and deep nasolabial folds. The procedure involves threading sutures with the cones attached below the skin. As the cones grip the skin, it lifts, and the cones provide support.
Besides immediately lifting the skin and underlying tissue, the InstaLift also stimulates the body's natural healing response. This gradually produces new collagen, which is an essential element of smooth, more youthful-looking skin. Even though the InstaLift is sometimes called a thread lift, the InstaLift is unique because it uses absorbable sutures rather than permanent barbed sutures.
Who Is a Good Candidate for an InstaLift?
Our surgeons help determine if patients are good candidates for the InstaLift procedure during their initial consultations. Physically examining the quality and tone of the skin and discussing the patient's concerns and aesthetic goals are necessary steps before confirming that someone can benefit from an InstaLift or if another procedure would produce better results.
Women and men who are just beginning to notice jowls along the jawline or minimal sagging in their cheeks are ideal candidates for the Silhouette InstaLift procedure. Patients often ask if they're the right age for an InstaLift, but age is less important than the severity of skin laxity or jowls. Someone in their 30s or 40s may benefit from an Instalift, while older patients may be better suited for a surgical facelift.
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What's the Difference Between an InstaLift and a Facelift?
Some patients may be weighing their decisions about getting an InstaLift rather than a surgical facelift because they may be good candidates for both. Comparing the advantages of each can help the decision-making process.
InstaLift benefits include:
- Immediate results plus continued improvement as new collagen develops
- Lower costs compared to a facelift
- Less invasive than a surgical facelift
- Minimal recovery time
- Limited side effects, such as some bruising, dimpling, and swelling that normally resolve within a few weeks
- Performed using a local anesthetic in most cases
Facelift benefits include:
- More dramatic results that last for up to 10 years
- Correction of severe sagging by lifting and repositioning underlying muscles and removing excess skin
- Straightforward recovery (1 week to 10 days) involving little discomfort for most patients
- Concealed incisions, making scars virtually imperceptible
- Natural-looking results created by modern surgical techniques
It's important to have realistic expectations about what an InstaLift can accomplish. Even though a facelift is more costly, many patients believe the dramatic, long-lasting outcomes are worth it.
What Happens During an InstaLift Procedure?
Our surgeons perform InstaLift procedures at our office. The treatment begins with using a local anesthetic to numb the area before carefully threading the sutures through the skin. The procedure typically takes less than an hour, and there is minimal recovery time involved. Swelling, bruising, and some discomfort are common and usually resolve after 24 to 48 hours. Because the sutures dissolve, no follow-up appointment is needed.
Our surgeons provide detailed instructions regarding post-procedure care.
How Much Does InstaLift Cost?
The cost of the Silhouette InstaLift depends on the needs of the specific patient. As mentioned earlier, the price is significantly less than the cost of a surgical facelift. It's important, however, to choose an experienced, Royal College-certified plastic surgeon who understands the facial anatomy involved.
Can InstaLift Be Combined With Other Procedures?
Yes, combining InstaLift with skin rejuvenation treatments such as the MicroLaserPeel™, BOTOX® or Dysport® injections, or lip augmentation, can produce comprehensive results. You can discuss your concerns during the consultation so your surgeon can create a customized treatment plan.
If you want to learn more about the Silhouette InstaLift and live in London, Cambridge, or Guelph, Ontario, or other areas near the Tri-Cities, request a consultation using the online form or call our office at (519) 746-1132