Have you ever looked in the mirror and tugged the sides of your face back a bit to see what a lift might do for you? Many of our clients do just that when presenting for a consultation, requesting “Can you do this?” As more and more people opt not to pursue a surgical approach to age related changes, technology has stepped up to the plate, producing more and better nonsurgical options.
The Silhouette InstaLift procedure is a minimally-invasive solution which can redefine the facial contours. It was FDA cleared in 2015, though Silhouette sutures had been used in Europe since 2009. This treatment is unique in that it both re-positions sagging areas of skin in the midface and jowl region AND adds natural looking volume over time through powerful collagen stimulation.
How do these fine caliber sutures do such a heavy duty job?
The Silhouette InstaLift suture has a fascinating design. It consists of two polymers which have been used in aesthetics and the surgical field for many years- PLLA and PLGA. Polyglycolide/L-lactide (PLGA) is commonly used all over the world for suturing under the skin. PLLA (Poly-L-Lactic Acid) is the same active ingredient that’s in the injectable product Sculptra®. It stimulates the body to produce more collagen, filling in the empty spaces and making your skin more plump and youthful. Each cone is made of PLLA and has a smooth 360º surface, which immediately provides an anchoring point in the subcutaneous (“beneath skin”) tissue.
The sutures are placed at a depth of approximately 5 mm, immediately under the dermis where there is a layer of subcutaneous fat. Their unique design enables the sutures to reposition the skin of the lower face, giving that “immediate gratification” lift. Then, over time, a strong collagen response helps to increase volume in the face, particularly in the cheek region, restoring shape gradually and naturally. This means that results actually get better over time!
How Long Do They Last?
The sutures do dissolve over time, but it takes quite a while. The cones are still present even at 12 months, but starting to dissolve. In general we expect both immediate lift and then gradual improvement (lift and volume) over the course of 6 months or more, followed by a result that can be enjoyed for another year or more. Results will vary depending on the number of sutures placed, the client’s age and genetics to name a few variables.
How Many Sutures Will I Need? How Long Does the Procedure Take?
The number of sutures needed will be dictated primarily by the degree of laxity and the size of the face. Sometimes, we will start by doing 3 per side for the mid face (cheek region) – this improves the contour of the cheek and often helps the under eye region look better as well, and helps to correct the nasolabial fold. We can then go back at a later date and place additional sutures to do even more for the lower face/jawline. More often we will do the lift in a single session placing what I refer to as “a full set” of sutures-starting at the mid cheek and working all the way down to the jawline. In my experience, the best lift is seen with 3 to 5 sutures per side. It will take 45 to 90 minutes depending on the number of sutures- this includes time for facial cleansing, photographs, marking, lidocaine numbing and suture placement.
Who can perform a Silhouette InstaLift procedure?
This procedure is certainly to be physician performed. I was trained on Silhouette InstaLift in February 2017. Given my experience and success with the procedure, I am now part of the Silhouette InstaLift Clinical Advisory Council – providing live demonstrations of the procedure for physicians who are interested in adding it to their practice. It is also something that I demonstrate to physicians and nurses who attend my advanced injector training courses here at Renew MediSpa.
What is the Cost of the Procedure?
The usual cost here at Renew MediSpa is $425 per suture. Nationally, $2500 to $5000 is typical, varying mostly according to the number of sutures placed. The cost of a surgical facelift seems to range from $5000 to $10,000. Silhouette InstaLift certainly is not a surgical lift, but has the advantage of less risk and much less downtime. In fact, it is often used for patients who have already undergone a surgical facelift, to maintain their result.
Would you like to see Dr. Vuich in action, placing Silhouette InstaLift sutures? We are filming this procedure at Renew in the last week of February. As soon as the video posts to our You Tube channel and our website (likely in late March), we will let you know!
Silhouette InstaLift Special Pricing at Renew MediSpa
Now through April 15th
Buy 1 Silhouette InstaLift Suture, Get 1 Half Off!
|Number of sutures||Sale Price||Regular Price||Total Savings|
|10 (5 per side)||$3187.50||$4250||$1062.50|