Patients who want the benefits of a facelift, but who do not want to undergo surgery, can get similar results with the Silhouette InstaLift® in the Charleston, SC, area. Germain Dermatology is the first office in all of South Carolina to offer the treatment, which provides a re-contouring lift with no incisions, scars, or general anesthesia necessary. Unlike a surgical facelift, Silhouette InstaLift® involves internal sutures that provide structural support vital to a youthful look, as well as encourage the production of new collagen that further lifts and tightens.
The fully resorbable sutures are made of what is known as a biomedical copolymer, inserted directly into the deeper skin layers. The treatment takes only 30 minutes and is performed in the Germain Dermatology office. Patients will see immediate results and deal with only mild swelling and redness for a few days, after which they can enjoy long-lasting, rejuvenating results.
With age, gravity takes a toll on both fat and skin. The skin becomes lax and stretched out, making it no longer able to properly support underlying tissues. Excess fat accumulates and can shift downward, and the face may lose its natural symmetry. Adding to that, the collagen levels in our skin become depleted, meaning there is less of the strong, connective tissue that keeps our skin supple and firm.
Some people are self-conscious about the appearance of jowls, sunken cheeks, and other signs of laxity on the lower face. A facelift has been the traditional method for addressing these concerns, but some patients may not be prepared for the significant amount of recovery time needed for major surgery—not to mention the financial investment required. Adding to that, if your surgeon lacks the necessary skill, a facelift can create an unnatural, "pulled" appearance.
Silhouette InstaLift® is a minimally invasive, low-risk alternative for anyone who wants to improve their facial contours. It strikes a happy medium between the dramatic results of a facelift and the minimally invasive nature of injectables or lasers. The technique is FDA cleared for use on the mid-face area and is good for mild to moderate skin laxity.
Silhouette InstaLift® is an advanced, low-cost type of thread lift treatment that provides two primary anti-aging benefits. The treatment involves threading a string of sugar known as polylacticoglycolic acid resin through the facial tissues to create tension while pulling the skin back and upward by a few millimeters. This thread is designed with tiny cones that attach themselves to the surrounding tissue, acting like a surgical suture, so it holds the skin in the newly elevated position to create a more youthful look. The thread is also biocompatible and well tolerated.
Silhouette InstaLift® threads ultimately dissolve, but before they do, they provide the benefit of triggering new collagen generation. These structural support molecules align along the threads, so the skin stays elevated even after the injected material is gone.
During the treatment session, patients are first given a local anaesthetic to reduce sensation. A tiny needle device is used to inject and weave the threads in the tissue to be supported. The process is over relatively quickly, with minimal injection-related side effects—such as slight bruising and swelling—to be expected.
After their Silhouette InstaLift® session is over, patients are free to return to their social or work-related activities right away. Downtime from Silhouette InstaLift® is minimal, and side effects are minor. Any swelling or discomfort during the first few days can typically be relieved with over-the-counter painkillers. Results are visible right away and continue to improve as weeks and months pass, lasting between one to three years.
Silhouette InstaLift® is mainly designed to tighten and lift facial skin, but there are other cosmetic services that work to correct age-related skin tone and texture irregularities. Skin resurfacing techniques such as laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or microneedling can help be combined with a Silhouette InstaLift® to get clearer and brighter skin to go along with the new contours. These treatments can also enhance the effectiveness of topical skin products.
Patients who want to optimize their outcome from a Silhouette InstaLift® treatment can choose Ultherapy®, a device that incorporates therapeutic, focused ultrasound energy to cause tissue contraction and stimulate collagen generation deeper in the skin. This treatment works well on the neck, so the entire lower face and neck area can look tighter and revitalized.