When you look at your face in the mirror, what do you see? Do you find yourself noticing drooping cheeks, excess skin along your jaw, and deepening lines between your nose and mouth?

Have you thought your expression could use a pick-me-up, but you don’t feel ready for a surgical facelift (not to mention the expense and downtime that come with it)? If so, we are excited to introduce you to Silhouette InstaLift, a minimally-invasive procedure that can provide amazing results!


What Is Silhouette InstaLift®?

Silhouette InstaLift is a nonsurgical thread lift procedure. Using advanced Micro-Suspension Technology™, Silhouette InstaLift can instantly elevate aging skin in the midface, creating fuller cheeks and a smoother jawline. The procedure also activates your skin’s natural collagen production system to create long-lasting volume. Together, these effects restore a more youthful appearance without surgery or fillers.

Silhouette InstaLift can be part of a comprehensive nonsurgical anti-aging treatment plan. At the Anti-Aging Clinic of Northwest Florida, we can combine your thread lift with dermal fillers for additional volume, Botox for wrinkle reduction, laser or energy-based devices for skin resurfacing or tightening, and more. Dr. Ramsden may advise separating treatments or completing them the same day, depending on safety considerations and your ultimate goals.

How Does Silhouette InstaLift® Work?

The Silhouette InstaLift threads feature absorbable micro-cones. The micro-cones are placed in a deep layer of the skin, where they anchor onto the tissues. This helps the threads grip the tissues when pulled up and hold the tissues in a suspended position.

Over time, the micro-cones and threads are absorbed by the body. The lifting effect is immediate thanks to the threads, while the volume-enhancing effect is long-lasting thanks to the growth of new collagen.

What Is Silhouette InstaLift® Made Of?

The Silhouette InstaLift threads are made of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) and polyglycolic acid (PGA). PLLA is the same collagen-boosting substance found in the injectable Sculptra. Both ingredients are routinely used in aesthetic medicine and can safely dissolve within the body.

Silhouette InstaLift® vs. NovaThreads®

Both Silhouette InstaLift and NovaThreads employ absorbable sutures to lift the skin and facilitate collagen growth. A key difference between these two thread lifting procedures is the composition of the sutures.

Silhouette InstaLift threads have micro-cones that help them grasp the tissues and lift them more effectively. They are made of poly-L-lactic acid and polyglycolic acid. NovaThread sutures come in two varieties, barbed and smooth. They are made of polydioxanone (PDO) and tend to excel at collagen stimulation.

Patients can expect to enjoy the results of their Silhouette InstaLift for one to three years. The improvements of a NovaThreads thread lift can last for 12 months or more.

Who Can Benefit From a Silhouette InstaLift® Thread Lift?

Silhouette InstaLift is most often recommended for women and men ranging from the mid-30s to age 50. The ideal candidate has good skin quality and is experiencing a noticeable loss of skin elasticity and volume in the mid-face. They may have previously tried cosmetic injectables and are seeking another way to achieve a rejuvenated yet natural-looking appearance without surgery.

A thread lift is not recommended for those with excessively loose skin or more severe signs of aging. These individuals may be better served with a surgical facelift or neck lift.

What Can I Expect From a Silhouette InstaLift® Procedure?

First, you will meet with Dr. Ramsden for a consultation. It’s important to be open and honest about your concerns and expectations during this appointment. This will help Dr. Ramsden tailor the treatment to meet your personal needs.

The Silhouette InstaLift procedure is done in our Panama City Beach medical spa and takes less than an hour. Dr. Ramsden will administer a local anesthetic into the tissue just beneath your skin. Then, he will insert the sutures and position them precisely where they need to be to create the look you want.

Before you leave, Dr. Ramsden will provide you with an aftercare program and post-treatment recommendations to help you achieve the best possible result.

What Can I Expect After Silhouette InstaLift®?

There is minimal downtime after a Silhouette InstaLift procedure. You may experience swelling, bruising and tenderness at the treatment site, but these effects typically dissipate within 24 to 48 hours. Applying cold packs and taking over-the-counter pain medications can help maximize your comfort.

Please wait at least 24 hours to apply makeup, and sleep face-up with your head elevated for three to five nights. Be gentle with your face when washing or shaving for the first week. Avoid direct sun exposure and vigorous exercise for two weeks.

Complications are rare, but if any symptoms do occur, please contact the Anti-Aging Clinic of Northwest Florida right away.

Does Silhouette InstaLift® Really Work?

Your Silhouette InstaLift procedure will create an immediate lift in your cheeks and mid-face, along with softer nasolabial folds and reduced jowling. As time goes by, your body will increase its own natural collagen production, which can last for up to two years.

In a study of 100 patients treated with Silhouette InstaLift:
  • 79% were satisfied with the results at one-week post-treatment
  • 83% found InstaLift to be effective at improving age-related changes at three months post-treatment
  • 71% found InstaLift to be effective at improving age-related volume loss at 24 months post-treatment

How Long Does Silhouette InstaLift® Last?

The combination of instant lift from the threads and volume rejuvenation from collagen stimulation produces long-lasting, but temporary, results. Most patients can expect to enjoy their refreshed appearance for one to three years. For the best outcome, we often recommend maintenance treatments every 18 months.

Silhouette InstaLift® in Panama City Beach

If you are in the Panama City Beach area and would like to learn more about how Silhouette InstaLift can tighten your sagging skin and restore youthful volume in your face, call the Anti-Aging Clinic of Northwest Florida at 850-238-8563 to schedule your appointment. You can also request a consultation by contacting us here.