Women and men at our San Francisco Bay Area practice looking for a nonsurgical facelift alternative are increasingly considering the Silhouette InstaLift™. An FDA-approved, minimally invasive procedure, InstaLift™ produces long-lasting results for patients concerned about jowls and lax skin. Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology is one of the few practices offering the InstaLift™, serving patients from Marin County to Burlingame.
If you’re interested in learning whether the InstaLift™ can address your aesthetic concerns, request a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists using the online form. You can also call our office at (415) 292-6350 to schedule an appointment.
Our board-certified dermatologists have the training and credentials to address your skincare concerns. Learn more about their backgrounds.Kathleen M. Welsh, MD
Plastic surgeons in Europe have been safely and successfully performing the InstaLift™ procedure for many years, but it has only recently become available in the U.S. For patients in their 40s and 50s who want to avoid the cost and downtime associated with a surgical facelift, the procedure provides an excellent alternative.
An InstaLift™ is performed using a local anesthetic to numb the midface. Either Dr. Welsh or Dr. Hui then inserts thin sutures threaded with small cones through the cheeks and jawline. From these locations, they work together to gently tighten the skin. The small cones keep the sutures suspended in the tissue, without being connected to a bone.
The specially formulated dissolvable sutures and cones lift the deeper tissues of the face and restore volume. The latter is thanks to the same synthetic lactic acid used in Sculptra®, an injectable filler that promotes collagen growth. The material, poly-L-lactic acid, is what makes the sutures dissolvable, and they are gradually and naturally absorbed by the body as it works to replace lost collagen.
One of the advantages of undergoing an InstaLift™ is that it typically takes only about 45 minutes to complete, compared to multiple hours for a surgical facelift. There is also little downtime after the procedure.
Expect some slight swelling, redness, and bruising. These are common side effects, and they typically resolve on their own within a few days. Our specialists provide detailed instructions to help minimize discomfort after the procedure and to limit bruising. Some tips apply before the procedure, as well:
Confirm with your primary care physician that you should halt taking blood-thinning medication, such as aspirin, before the procedure.
Stop taking blood thinning supplements, such as fish oil, for at least 2 weeks prior to the InstaLift™.
Avoid alcohol for a week or so before the procedure.
Use arnica supplements before and after the procedure.
Following these instructions minimizes the chances of severe bruising. You can reduce swelling by keeping your head elevated — even when sleeping — and by applying ice periodically.
Compared to a surgical facelift, InstaLift™ is an affordable alternative that produces results that can last for up to 3 years. Results vary between patients. The cost of cosmetic procedures varies from practice to practice, depending on the extent of the procedure and where the practice is located. InstaLift™ typically costs a fraction of what you would pay for a surgical facelift (sometimes exceeding $10,000).
It’s also important to consider the training and qualifications of the provider and not shop for the least expensive practice. Even though an InstaLift™ is a nonsurgical procedure, it still requires a board-certified specialist’s experience to be performed safely and effectively.
Yes. We offer several nonsurgical skin tightening and facial rejuvenation procedures that can further enhance the results of an InstaLift™.
For example, you may want to have BOTOX® Cosmetic or fillers injected in the areas around the eyes to soften lines and restore volume. Thermage® can tighten the skin in the upper face that an InstaLift™ does not address.
Our specialists can create a customized treatment plan after discussing your concerns at a personal consultation.