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The Major Differences Between Silhouette InstaLift and NovaThread

August 25, 2019
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In the past, the only way to address problems caused by facial skin laxity was invasive and extensive facelift surgery. However, not every patient needs or wants to commit to a surgical procedure to lift and tighten their skin. Thread lifts can bridge the gap between noninvasive facial rejuvenation and facelift surgery by providing a subtle, yet visible lift in the skin while stimulating collagen production. 

Read on to learn the significant differences between Silhouette InstaLift and NovaThread procedures to determine which thread lift is the right option for your sagging facial skin. 


Getting To Know NovaThreads

A thread lift is a nonsurgical alternative to a facelift that uses biocompatible sutures to address skin laxity by lifting the skin and stimulating new collagen. The body absorbs NovaThreads in four to six months. Threads can be used in different ways to create both lifting and rejuvenating effects within the skin. Threads are used primarily in the face, but can also be utilized in other applications including the knees and arms. 


NovaThread Treatment Time

This quick office procedure takes only 30-45 minutes for the entire process to be performed, and a minimal amount of local anesthesia is required. Patients can return to their typical everyday activities immediately following NovaThread treatment with no necessary downtime. 


Longevity of Results

After undergoing NovaThread, patients can experience a lifted appearance with improved facial contouring for one year or longer. On average, NovaThreads deliver ultimate results with effects lasting around six to 12 months and will require additional treatments to maintain results. 


What Is Silhouette InstaLift?

Silhouette InstaLift is a non-surgical, in-office procedure that utilizes threads composed of absorbable (dissolving) suture material to uniquely lift sagging skin on the face and jawline. The InstaLift treatment is tailored to each patient to address their specific skin laxity. InstaLift sutures are placed on each side of the face to create a lifting effect. The unique “cones” lock and lift the suture in place, creating an instant lift. Following the procedure, your skin will begin to tighten both immediately and over a three to six month period. 


InstaLift Treatment Time

The InstaLift treatment takes about 30-45 minutes to complete with minimal discomfort. Local numbing will be administered where the sutures will enter and exit the skin. After the surface is numb, the InstaLift sutures and cones are locked into place by gently massaging and sweeps of the skin to create an immediate lifting effect. 


There is minimal to no downtime associated with the Silhouette InstaLift procedure. While individual results may vary, most patients will experience minimal to mild soreness for a day or two following treatment. Most patients are able to resume daily social activities within 24-48 hours. 


Longevity of Results

Immediately following the procedure, you will experience an instant lifting effect following the placement of InstaLift sutures. However, results will continue to improve for approximately three to six months as the suture and cones are naturally broken down and eliminated by the body. Collagen production will be stimulated in the areas of placement. Results vary by patient, but on average, the duration of skin tightening results following the Silhouette InstaLift procedure lasts for 12-18 months. 


Making The Most Of Your Results 

Because thread lifts are a low-risk procedure with essentially a non-existant recovery time, it’s possible to combine them with other nonsurgical procedures to create more noticeable results. Pairing your thread lift with a treatment like Ultherapy will enable you to maximize your overall amount of skin firming to develop a more significant lifting effect. 

Ultherapy uses gentle pulses of ultrasound energy to heat the connective tissues beneath the skin, thereby stimulating your natural collagen production. By combining different nonsurgical anti-aging treatments, patients can achieve a noticeable change in their appearance without the associated recovery time of extensive surgery. 

Are you ready to find out which type of thread lift is right for you? Contact Radiance Skincare & Laser Medspa today to schedule your complimentary consultation.  

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