Interested in the youthful appearance that a facelift would deliver but not ready to go under the knife or the recovery involved? New advancements in technology now offer a clinical treatment to lift facial sagging with little down time and use of local anesthesia only. The Silhouette InstaLift offers a solution to the aging process by achieving lifting in the mid-face by mechanical fixation of the deep layer of the cheek. This is accomplished by using a fully absorbable suspension suture with small, smooth cones that are bidirectional at either end.
A needle is used to insert the suture in the layer directly under the skin. Once the suture is implanted, using the opposing orientation of the cones to compress and fix the loose facial layers in an elevated position lifts the lax tissues of the face.
What happens next is why this innovative treatment is successful in achieving a long-term result. A process of biological fixation starts to occur in which the suture and cones become encapsulated by collagen. The lifting of the face that has been achieved is locked into position by your own collagen and no longer depends on the InstaLift sutures. In addition, the glycolide/L-lactide (PLGA) suture material itself can enhance facial contour naturally due to its collagen stimulating effect. During your consultation, Dr. Forley will advise you as to whether the Silhouette InstaLift is right for you. The procedure takes about an hour and the effect lasts about 18 months. You should consider the Silhouette InstaLift if you are looking for a minimally invasive procedure that provides lift, contour, and fullness to the face.
Written by Dr. Forley on July 30, 2016