About Non-Surgical Facelifts
Today, the non-surgical facelift is gaining widespread acceptance from men and women of all ages. The surgical facelift is still the gold standard for hoisting and shaping facial tissue into a more youthful position long-term. However, it is the non-surgical facelift that is championing mild to moderate sagging of the skin on the face. One such non-surgical procedure is the Silhouette Instalift (aka absorbable suture suspension lift). It offers an immediate fix for men and women with less severe skin laxity.
New & Improved
In 2015, Silhouette InstaLift spearheaded the shift from permanent, polypropylene threads to dissolvable, poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) sutures. What is interesting to note is that the threads are completely reabsorbed by the body after nine to twelve months. Brands such as Nova Threads and MINT have also introduced similar versions made of polydioxanone (PDO). This is a material that’s been widely used for thread lifting in Asia for years. Modern thread lifts provide more than just an immediate boost. “With Silhouette InstaLift specifically, because the sutures are largely composed of PLLA — the same material in the dermal filler Sculptra Aesthetic — a bio-stimulatory effect occurs in the skin with the production of both Type 1 and 3 collagen,” explains Washington, D.C. dermatologist Tina Alster, MD. “This collagen increase can lead to a volumizing effect that continues for up to two years, enhancing the quality of the skin in the long run.” In other words, the Silhouette Instalift addresses early signs of aging like sagging jowls, loose skin, and volume loss without surgery.
THE RIGHT FIT
“The best candidate is someone in their 30s, 40s, or early 50s with mild to moderate sagging,” says New York plastic surgeon Z. Paul Lorenc, MD. “For patients in their mid-50s and older, we can still see some good results, but they’re much less predictable.”
Downtime following the Silhouette Instalift procedure is generally minimal with little swelling and/or bruising. In fact, most patients are able to have the procedure on a Friday and return to work on Monday, looking and feeling rejuvenated.
Unlike a surgical facelift, which pulls the deeper layers of muscle and fat up with the skin, sutures reposition the skin only, so the lifting effect isn’t as dramatic. That being said, those with significant laxity, loss of elasticity, or sun damage are generally best suited for a surgical facelift.
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