Fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity are the most common signs of visible aging, and while many skincare products claim to reverse these signs, the unfortunate truth is that these products are not always as effective as they promise to be. At Old Town Med Spa in Chicago, IL we believe every patient deserves to feel confident about how they look. We are pleased to offer Silhouette InstaLift, an exciting new anti-aging treatment gaining a reputation for being an affordable alternative to traditional facelifts.
What Is Silhouette InstaLift?
Silhouette InstaLift is a type of thread treatment that lifts and tightens lax skin for a younger-looking appearance. InstaLift is a non-surgical and minimally-invasive treatment that can be completed in as little as an hour, letting you get back to your life feeling more confident and looking more youthful immediately. Using specially formulated threads to lift sagging skin associated with aging, InstaLift produces long-lasting and natural-looking results.
The primary area of treatment for InstaLift is in the mid-face, particularly around the jowls, the nose, and the mouth. This treatment is ideal for:
- Correcting nasolabial folds
- Restoring skin elasticity
- Smoothing fine lines and wrinkles
- Filling lost volume
- Redefining jawline and chin
How Does InstaLift Treatment Work?
Silhouette InstaLift Chicago is a thread treatment, which means it uses threads to hook and pull the skin into a higher, tighter position. However, unlike other thread-lift type treatments, InstaLift uses threads made with a unique formula and micro-suspension technology that utilizes microcones. In fact, InstaLift is the only absorbable thread-lift approved by the FDA for facial cosmetic treatment. The microcones are attached to the thread sutures that are placed beneath the skin during treatment, which helps grip and lift the skin.
There are a few steps you can expect for your treatment. As an outpatient treatment that can easily be completed in under an hour, the treatment itself is overall very quick and painless. Some steps of treatment include:
Step One: Mapping and Numbing
The first step of your treatment will be mapping the areas of your face where the thread sutures will be placed beneath the skin. The mapping is done based on your consultation to achieve the desired results. Although this is a minimally-invasive treatment, we still administer a local anesthetic, usually lidocaine, to the area of treatment to ensure your comfort while the sutures are being placed.
Step Two: Thread and Massage
A needle is used to insert the microcone thread sutures beneath the surface of the skin. Threads are placed parallel to the skin surface and are gently pulled upward until the skin is taut. After the thread is anchored, the areas of insertion will be gently massaged to make sure the microcones are fully embedded into the sub-dermal layers of skin.
What Are Your Post-Care Instructions?
After your treatment is completed, you will be given a list of post-care instructions to follow over the next 24 to 72 hours. These post-care instructions will help make sure the treatment is successful, as many of the instructions are designed to make sure the thread and microcones are undisturbed during the initial recovery time. Some post-care instructions may include:
- Do not touch or rub the skin
- Avoid washing face or wearing make-up for 24 hours
- Do not eat chewy or hard foods that require chewing
- No strenuous activity, such as exercise
We may provide you with additional personalized post-care instructions, such as how to use ice after your treatment or advice on foods you can eat without risk of dislodging the sutures during recovery.
What Are InstaLift Benefits?
There are many benefits to this treatment. For example, this treatment is ideal for patients who have mild or moderate age-related skin concerns, meaning it may be a good option for patients who are searching for a preservative and preventative treatment anti-aging. The other benefits of this treatment include:
Alternative to Facelift
One of the bigger draws for this treatment is the fact that it is an alternative to traditional invasive facelift surgery. Aside from being less painful than traditional facelifts, this treatment is also more affordable and easier to recover from. This treatment also has significantly fewer risk factors as it does not require the use of a general anesthetic.
Stimulates Collagen Production
Unlike some other tread-lift-type treatments, InstaLift also helps stimulate the production of collagen within the skin. This is because the absorbable microcone thread sutures incite the body’s natural regenerative abilities, which not only aids in healing faster but also increases the production of proteins like collagen within the skin. Collagen is known to support the structure of skin, as well as increase skin volume.
Minimal Recovery Time
There is only minimal recovery time for this treatment. Although patients are encouraged to refrain from eating foods that require a lot of chewing or participating in strenuous activity for at least three to five days, there are very few other restrictions. In fact, many patients return to their normal daily activities such as work or errands within 24 hours.
Ideal for Patients Not Qualified for Fillers
Some patients who would like to restore lost volume in the face are not qualified to use dermal fillers due to certain allergies. However, this treatment is an ideal choice for those patients as it fills volume lost in the cheeks and plumps skin for a more youthful appearance.
Patients are also able to customize this treatment. With InstaLift, it’s very easy to place threads in ideal locations to lift and tighten skin, meaning that each patient receives personalized care to produce their ideal results. Your customized treatment can lift the skin and reduce wrinkles, while also correcting sagging in the jowls and redefining the jaw or chin area. Your customized treatment is determined by the treatment plan made during your consultation appointment.
Another advantage of this treatment is natural-looking results. Unlike some facelifts, which produce a wooden or stiff appearance, this treatment allows for natural facial movements even as elasticity is restored to the skin. Natural-looking results enable patients to enjoy feeling more confident. Even better, these natural-looking results only get better over time, especially within the first year of treatment.
Immediate and Long-Lasting Results
Finally, this treatment produces both immediate and long-lasting results. The immediate results are evident on the same day as treatment with an instantaneous lifted appearance following the treatment appointment. These results will continue to gradually improve over the next few months, reaching a peak about one year after treatment. These results are attributed to the natural regenerative abilities of the body, which immediately begin producing collagen at higher rates and continue to produce collagen for as long as the sutures are within the skin.
The results of this treatment also last for a long time. Most patients can reasonably expect to enjoy the results of this treatment for two to three years at a time, sometimes longer depending on how long it takes your body to absorb the microcone thread sutures This means that InstaLift treatment will not have to be repeated frequently. These long-lasting results are another reason why this treatment is a direct rival to a traditional facelift, which sometimes lasts only as long as 5 years.
Are You a Good Candidate?
The majority of adult patients who are not satisfied with their appearance due to age-related appearance concerns are likely good candidates for this treatment. The best patients for this treatment are those with mild or moderate concerns, particularly if those concerns are related to signs of aging in the mid-face.
Your eligibility for treatment will be determined during your consultation appointment, where we will examine the condition of your skin to assess whether Silhouette InstaLift is an appropriate treatment for your concerns. You are likely a good candidate if you want to:
- Correct skin laxity
- Eliminate wrinkles around the nose and mouth
- Restore skin volume
InstaLift: A Facelift Without Surgery and Volume Without Fillers
Silhouette InstaLift is a non-surgical, minimally-invasive treatment that can correct mild and moderate signs of visible aging. This treatment is essentially a way to have a facelift without surgery and a way to restore volume without fillers. InstaLift is your answer to looking more youthful and feeling more confident – all in an instant.