When you look in the mirror, are you satisfied with what you see? It’s normal to see imperfections or areas of concern when we look at our skin and appearance, and as we age, these issues naturally become more noticeable. If you feel like you’ve lost your youthful appearance and want to say goodbye to sagging skin without surgical intervention, a Silhouette Insta Lift could be the perfect treatment for you. This non-invasive facelift alternative is proudly offered by the Kagan Institute in Los Angeles, CA.
What Is a Silhouette Insta Lift?
The Silhouette Insta Lift, also called a thread lift, was first popularized in the 1990s. Since that time, the treatment has been updated to include the best materials and techniques available. This treatment involves the lifting of the skin using special threads with cones. These threads are injected into the soft tissue of your face, anchoring into place and lifting the skin while simultaneously encouraging skin rejuvenation.
Which Areas of the Face Can Be Lifted?
The benefit of this treatment is that it can deliver the results of a surgical facelift without the preparation and recovery times. In general, this treatment can enhance the overall appearance of your face, making you appear younger instantly and offering continuing skin-rejuvenating benefits as long as the threads remain in your skin before naturally and safely breaking down.
Threads can lift and enhance areas like the brows, jawline, mid-face, and neck by lifting the skin and drastically reducing sagging, loose skin, wrinkles, and fine lines. As a result, you’ll notice that your face appears younger and smoother.
How Do the Threads Affect Collagen Production?
Beyond giving your skin an instant pick-me-up with threads, the Silhouette Insta Lift helps refresh and regenerate your skin by stimulating new collagen production. Collagen, which is often referred to as the framework for your skin, is essential in preserving skin elasticity and a smooth, youthful-looking skin texture.
When you grow older, the collagen in your skin begins to break down and collagen production slows, resulting in common signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. When the threads are inserted into your skin, they cause small micro-traumas. These tiny wounds signal your body to begin producing collagen, which also helps repair wounds in the skin.
This means that your skin heals, but the threads are still there. Your body continues producing collagen as long as the threads are present, which means that even once the threads have completely disintegrated, your skin will have fresh new collagen to give it renewed structure for months to come.
For those wishing to avoid surgery, the Silhouette Insta Lift can be an excellent alternative. It doesn’t involve the necessary preparation for surgery and the associated discomfort after the operation. Even though a facelift is considered a fairly safe surgery, it does come with risks that are not associated with a thread lift.
Results and skin rejuvenation are intended to be long-term and can continue even after the threads are absorbed by your body. Best of all, you’ll be able to see the hands of time turn back as your skin is lifted and you look like the best version of yourself.
How Does Treatment Work?
Although this treatment is non-invasive and involves a relatively simple recovery period, it’s important to seek the care of an experienced medical professional to decrease your risk of experiencing any complications. In addition, your doctor will oversee the treatment process and can help you effectively target your areas of concern. You should feel free to ask your doctor any questions you may have at any point during your treatment process.
Before your appointment, you’ll have an initial consultation with your doctor. This allows your doctor to examine your areas of concern in person and confirm that this treatment is the best option for your unique situation. In addition, they’ll be able to show you exactly where thread injections can be made to achieve the best lift potential.
During this appointment, you should be prepared to disclose your medical history and any past facial lift treatments or procedures you’ve had. Once your doctor is satisfied, you’ll be approved for treatment and can look forward to your first appointment.
Before your doctor begins treatment, they’ll apply a topical numbing cream or inject an anesthetic to minimize any discomfort. They’ll then mark your face to guide the injection sites. Since you’ll be awake for your treatment, you can see exactly where the injections will be made and collaborate with your doctor as they adjust the threads.
Once your face is numb, your doctor will begin injecting the threads into your skin. The needle is positioned so that the threads inject parallel to your skin in the subcutaneous layer. A small incision can also be made behind the hairline for additional thread placement. Once the threads are injected, they anchor into the skin thanks to the small cones on each piece. This means that your doctor can literally pull your skin into place by lifting the free end of the thread and pulling it until your skin reaches the desired smoothness.
You’ll be able to see this happen and can give input as needed. This part of the appointment may feel strange as you feel your skin moving, but once your doctor cuts the thread, it disappears under your skin while holding it in place. A typical appointment takes between 1-2 hours to complete, as up to 50 threads can be injected to reach desired results.
After treatment, you may notice some tenderness in the treated areas for several days. This is normal, especially when you make certain facial expressions, as you’ll feel the threads tugging gently until they settle fully into place 1-2 weeks later. You can take a mild painkiller to reduce discomfort. For 24 hours, keep your head elevated to reduce swelling and avoid strenuous exercise for at least 1 week.
You’ll keep the thread insertion points clean with a topical antibiotic and avoid opening your mouth wide to chew for 5-7 days. For the first week, eat soft foods that are easy to chew to reduce stress on the threads.
As your skin heals, avoid unnecessary sun exposure and wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Over 90% of all common skin concerns–including wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer–can be caused by harmful sun exposure. If necessary, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to reduce any risk of infection during the healing process. Once the threads are in their permanent position, you should no longer feel them under your skin and any discomfort should be gone.
Once your skin has healed, you’ll be able to enjoy life without remembering that your threads are even there. In the meantime, your skin will be noticeably firmer, and the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin will be reduced thanks to the combination of supportive threads and new collagen. For most patients, results last 18 months to 2 years. After this time, the threads have broken down, and the additional collagen production stimulated by the threads has slowed to its natural rate. It’s common to pursue more than one treatment to maintain your ideal results.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Treatment?
While this treatment is able to deliver good results for most patients, it may not be the best choice for everyone. Your doctor can help you determine your candidacy for treatment based on your specific circumstances, but here are several categories of people who may wish to consider a Silhouette Insta Lift:
Healthy Men and Women of All Skin Tones and Types
This treatment is effective for most generally healthy individuals who wish to see their skin regain some of its elasticity. Men and women have found success with treatment, and while most patients are over the age of 40, it can be helpful for patients of all ages who wish to correct loose or sagging skin. Treatment is also safe for most skin tones and types. However, it may not be ideal for those with hyper-sensitive skin.
Patients Who Want to Avoid Surgery
One of the most popular benefits of this lift is its ability to be performed without surgery. This saves a good amount of time and discomfort as patients are able to have their appointment and return home the same day for a relatively easy recovery period. In addition, it offers an option for those who are unable to have surgery for medical reasons.
Patients Who Wish to Combine Treatments
Combining a thread lift with a treatment option such as dermal fillers can give you enhanced results. In addition to adding volume or adjusting the contour of your face, fillers can enhance the effects of a thread lift by stimulating additional collagen production and helping to smooth wrinkles. Your doctor can explain which combinations of treatments will deliver your desired results.
Patients Who Have Had Previous Facelift Surgery
Because aging is a natural process, the results of both a facelift surgery and a Silhouette Insta Lift can’t be permanent. This means that many patients seek further treatment once the results from surgery or treatment have begun to fade. However, some people find that the thought of a second facelift surgery is undesirable. This could be due to a negative experience or simply due to the amount of time it takes to heal from this more intensive procedure.
A thread lift can help preserve the results of a previous facelift surgery by adding a collagen boost to your skin and keeping your skin tight and smooth. Avoiding a long recovery time and the discomfort of another surgery means that you’ll have more time to focus on the important things in life without sacrificing your ideal appearance. You’ll see instant results as the threads anchor themselves and help lift your skin to create a younger appearance meant to last for up to 2 years.
If you’ve been avoiding looking in the mirror because you’re unhappy with the elasticity of your skin, you know that sagging skin can impact your confidence and affect your everyday life. It’s easy to become discouraged, since aging is a natural part of life, but the good news is that you don’t need to live with signs of aging like loose skin and wrinkles. A Silhouette Insta Lift can help you achieve your ideal results in just a few hours. Over the course of the next months, your skin will be smoothed and regenerated through natural collagen production, giving you a reason to smile!
If you’re ready to learn more, contact the Kagan Institute in Los Angeles to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to helping you reach your aesthetic goals.