Remember back in the fall when everyone was talking about that crazy European threading face-lift, as first reported on Goop? Intriguing? Absolutely. But ultimately a moot point for most of us, considering we had to book a flight to London, Paris, Singapore, or another faraway foreign city to experience the quickie face-lift. Not anymore. The revolutionary procedure is now available in the U.S. Scroll through for all the details!
The Silhouette Instalift is a minimally-invasive procedure that “lifts” and “suspends” skin back to its “youthful positioning.” So, what does that mean? We asked board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc to break it down for us. “The Silhouette Instalift is a simple procedure for anyone looking for a minimally-invasive facelift,” Dr. Lorenc says. “Minimally-invasive” meaning it’s not surgery and you’re not put under, but incisions are involved. “Local anesthetic is used, so although you are awake throughout the procedure, no pain or discomfort is felt,” Dr. Lorenc says. Which also means there’s no downtime, and the procedure itself takes 45 minutes or less, hence it’s reputation as the quickie face-lift.
“Bi-directional sutures (100% absorbable stitches) are inserted through tiny incisions to the face, which anchor the mid to the upper portions of the face. There are tiny cones on the sutures/stitches. Which is what really holds onto the tissue and anchors it, holding it in this lifted and youthful position. Since the sutures are 100% absorbable, new collagen forms and the face molds into this natural, volumized appearance,” Dr. Lorenc says.
The results are immediate, and according to Dr. Lorenc, they're perfect for anyone who’s not ready for or doesn’t want the look of a full face-lift. “The results are very natural. We are literally repositioning the cheeks to their original position. This brings back a more youthful appearance to the face without looking overdone.” The procedure is new to the U.S., but based on studies in Europe, the results last about 18 months.
The main differentiating factor between the Silhouette Instalift and a traditional face-lift is the procedure itself—there’s no surgery and no recovery time. Which is a major breakthrough, considering most people are out for weeks after a face-lift. Also, the Silhouette Instalift costs a lot less than a traditional face-lift. “The price ranges from $3500 to $5500 (depending on the number of sutures you need to anchor the skin’s tissue). A regular face-lift can cost $10,000, so there is a big difference here,” Dr. Lorenc says.
Not ready for a full face-lift or quickie one either? Try one of these face-lift–in-a-bottle products: Perricone MD’s High Potency Amine Complex Face Lift ($110), La Prairie’s Extrait of Skin Caviar Firming Complex ($175), or Rodial’s Glamtox Night Treatment ($110).
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