The midface can be one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Fortunately, surgery isn’t always necessary to rejuvenate and lift the cheeks and jawline. Thread lifts are one type of treatment that are gaining popularity for their instant results and long-lasting rejuvenation.

At Kwan Dermatology, our team can help you explore your options with the Silhouette Instalift®, a type of non-surgical facial contouring treatment that doesn’t require downtime and can produce long-lasting results.

What is the Silhouette Instalift?

Concerns that we normally attribute to aging are actually caused by a loss of collagen. Collagen is a fibrous tissue that forms a matrix deep in the skin, supporting it and keeping it elastic. As early as your 30s, collagen begins to break down and allow the skin to sag and fold. The result is concerns like jowls, nasolabial folds, and sunken cheeks.

The Silhouette Instalift is a type of thread lift procedure – thread lifts use dissolvable threads or sutures that are injected under the skin. Once there, they can be used to gently pull and lift the skin into a more upright position. Over time, the threads fade and stimulate the production of healthy new collagen which takes its place. The result is a more rejuvenated look without the downtime and risks of surgery.

Am I A Good Candidate for the Silhouette Instalift?

The Silhouette Instalift is a great option for patients who have tried non-surgical treatments like fillers or skincare treatments but haven’t quite achieved the results they’re hoping for. If you have mild to moderate signs of aging like jowls and sagging skin, thread lifts can be a great next step in your cosmetic journey. Thread lifts can also be easily combined with other treatment options to boost collagen production and help reverse aging signs more effectively.

How is the Silhouette Instalift Performed?

Dr. Kwan can perform the Silhouette Instalift right in our office. To begin, you’ll be given a local anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable. Then, the threads are injected under the skin in areas like the cheeks or jawline. The threads are specially made so that they hold onto the skin while the tissues are gently pulled upward. Once in place, the threads are trimmed away, and you can return home.

Silhouette Instalift Aftercare

You can generally return to your daily activities after treatment, but our team will give you detailed aftercare instructions to follow. It’s normal to have some light swelling and bruising in the area, but this fades within a few days. You can manage discomfort and swelling with ice packs (but avoid taking blood-thinning medications like ibuprofen). It’s important to avoid sun exposure and wear SPF 30+ daily to prevent pigmentation. Finally, avoid vigorous exercise and hot environments like saunas or hot tubs since this can cause irritation and worsen swelling.

When Will I See Results?

You’ll see results immediately after your thread lift appointment, but it can take 3-6 months for your final results to emerge. This is because it takes time for your body to begin creating new collagen as the threads fade. Most patients enjoy the results of their Silhouette Instalift for over a year, but your results can be dependent on other anti-aging efforts like your skincare regimen, sun exposure, and lifestyle habits. Our team will help you explore the best ways to maintain your thread lift results during your consultation.

Schedule a Consultation

The Silhouette Instalift is one of the best ways to rejuvenate your face without surgery. To meet with our team and learn more, contact Kwan Dermatology by calling or filling out our online contact form.