Florence Mussat, M.D.
680 N Lake Shore Dr. #1030 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 751-9000


Turn Back the Clock with this Non-Surgical Alternative to a Facelift (Instalift)

non-surgical facelift alternative

The process of aging is gradual and highly individual. In between the development of fine lines and the progression of skin laxity, there’s a stage where injectables aren’t enough and facelift surgery may be too much. If you’re in your 40s or early 50s and just starting to see hints of loose skin around your jawline and hollows around your cheeks, the Silhouette Instalift can provide the perfect alternative to facelift surgery. This convenient in-office procedure is also a great choice for anyone concerned about the time commitment, cost, or discomfort associated with facelift surgery, regardless of their age.

What is the Silhouette Instalift?

The Silhouette Instalift works similarly to a mid-face lift; it subtly raises the muscles, fat pads, and connective tissues that support facial contours. As a result of this elevating action, the patient’s cheeks become fuller, skin becomes firmer and smoother, and jowls disappear. What makes this procedure unique is its innovative, minimally invasive approach to treatment; no incisions are made during a Silhouette Instalift, and no tissue is removed. Instead, tiny biodegradable sutures are gently threaded below the skin, where they’re used to lift sagging muscle and connective tissue.

Unlike conventional sutures, Instalift threads are fitted with several tiny cones. These cones hold the threads in place and provide support for surrounding tissues, ensuring they maintain their new shape. The cones also stimulate the production of collagen, a protein that helps skin, muscle, and connective tissue stay strong and supple. By the time your Instalift sutures dissolve, the tissue around them will have been reinforced by this new collagen, making your face more resistant to future sagging.

4 Advantages of the Silhouette Instalift

The Silhouette Instalift offers multiple advantages that make it an appealing alternative to facelift surgery:

  1. Zero risks of scarring. Instalift sutures are inserted with a very thin needle so that they won’t leave any marks on your skin.
  2. Little or no downtime. Most people who have an Instalift can return to work the day after their procedure. Though some patients experience mild swelling and bruising after having an Instalift, these symptoms are usually minor and don’t interfere with day-to-day life.
  3. Instant results that last a long time. As soon as you walk out of the office after having an Instalift, you’ll notice that you look refreshed and rejuvenated. Over the next 18 months, your results will continue to improve as collagen production increases in treated areas. Your skin will become fuller and firmer and unwanted features, like jowls and facial hollows, will gradually become less noticeable. The results of one Instalift can be seen for up to two years.
  4. Subtle, natural revitalization. By working with the body’s existing healing mechanisms, the Silhouette Instalift produces results that are indistinguishable from graceful natural aging. This procedure won’t make your face look tight or stretched in any way.

Discover how the Silhouette Instalift can Help You

Though fine lines and sagging skin can be frustrating, treating them doesn’t have to be. If you would like to learn more about minimally invasive anti-aging treatments, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat to arrange a consultation in Chicago.