Do Silhouette Instalift Threads work?

Yes. Silhouette Instalift absorbable sutures lift sagging lower face skin and reposition the fat pads that have shifted downward. Silhouette Lift accomplishes this manual lifting via its bi-directional cones. Rather than barbs like the PDO threads, Intalift’s cones have more surface area to grab hold of tissue and suspend it upward. Plus, as the threads dissolve, the PGLA and PLLA molecules that the cones comprise stimulate collagen production, further tightening loose skin and increasing skin tenacity and facial structural supports. The overall result is tissue movement from the lower third of the face, the jowls, towards the midface, revitalizing the triangle of youth. The best part of an Instalift Thread lift is the minimum downtime, recovery, and cost associated as compared with a traditional surgical facelift.

Instalift Microcones photo

How long does Silhouette Instalift last?

As the body breaks down the absorbable PLGA and PLLA cones, collagen type I and type III deposits are formed, resulting in a significant increase in mid-face volume, improved facial contour, and youthful appearance of the skin. Based on years of clinical experience, results typically last between 18 to 36 months.

What are the Silhouette Instalift complications?

A Silhouette Lift procedure is generally very well tolerated with minimal side effects. Initially, there can be some mild skin surface irregularities where the suture was placed, but this typically resolves in 24-48 hours. Bruising at the needle insertion sites is also possible. Post-procedure discomfort is mild and usually managed with Tylenol and ice.

In 2016, a review was published summarizing four years of clinical data on all reported adverse events from the Silhouette Soft sutures used in Europe since 2012. Out of more than 627,000 sutures sold during this time, only 85 adverse events were reported (an adverse event rate of 0.014%). Most events were minor.

Minimal downtime from Instalift Threads
PLGA is the most investigated biodegradable polymer and has been approved by the FDA for drug formulation and medical devices. Polyglycolide and polylactide materials are widely used in spine, face, and orthopedic surgical sutures. The safety profile for these molecules has proven to be good over decades of clinical use and study.

While InstaLift absorbable sutures are generally considered safe and effective, choosing an experienced and qualified provider to perform the procedure is crucial. Patients should also be aware that while the procedure results can be long-lasting, they are not permanent. Additional treatments may be necessary to maintain the desired results over time.

If you are looking for a thread lift in Portland, OR, or the surrounding areas, contact Aluma Aesthetic Medicine and book a consultation for Instalift Threads. Dr. Brigham will review your anatomy, discuss your treatment goals, and determine if you are a good candidate.