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InstaLift™ in Northwest Arkansas at Rejuvenated Medical Spa
What Is Silhouette Instalift™
Silhouette InstaLift™ is a non-surgical, in-office procedure that uses completely dissolvable sutures to lift and reposition sagging skin of the face and neck to yield both immediate and long-term results. InstaLift™ uses micro-suspension technology (MST) to provide an immediate lifting effect to the cheeks, jowls, nasolabial folds, jawline, and neck. Over time, InstaLift™ treatment stimulates collagen production to improve skin quality, volume, and thickness. The Silhouette InstaLift™ is available at Rejuvenated Medical Spa in Northwest Arkansas to redrape the skin and restore facial structure.
How Does Instalift™ Work?
InstaLift™ treatment involves skillful placement of dissolvable sutures beneath the skin to physically lift deeper layers of the midface and neck. These innovative sutures contain small, bi-directional cones that function to elevate the skin and reposition areas of concern in the cheeks, jowls, nasolabial folds, jawline, and/or neck. Typically, Dr. Gentry will place 2-4 sutures on each side of the face to create the lifting effect. At Rejuvenated Medical Spa, each patient is given a comprehensive assessment and Dr. Gentry tailors the InstaLift™ procedure to address each patient’s individual needs, degree of skin laxity, and aesthetic desires.
What Is MST and How Does It Work with Instalift™?
InstaLift™ uses an advanced micro-suspension technology (MST) to lift sagging skin on the treated areas and effectively reposition the tissue. There is an immediate anchorage in the tissue right below the skin to safely profile the face or neck with a very low risk of migration and extrusion.
What Are the Sutures Made Of?
InstaLift™ sutures are made of poly-glycolic acid (PGA) and poly-L-lactic acid (PLA). PGA and PLA are degradable sugar materials that are well-tolerated by the body and commonly used in skin care products and peels.
InstaLift™ sutures dissolve within 4 to 6 months. While the sutures are dissolving, the body produces its own natural collagen to keep the face and neck nicely lifted.
What Makes Someone a Good Candidate for Instalift™?
The ideal InstaLift™candidate will have good skin elasticity and mild to moderate skin laxity:
- Sagging in the mid-face
- Visible nasolabial folds and/or marionette lines
- Desire to avoid surgery and general anesthesia
- Prefer nonsurgical treatment options
During your consultation and facial assessment, Dr. Gentry will determine whether you are a candidate for InstaLift™.
Does the Instalift™ Procedure Hurt?
InstaLift™ is typically a comfortable procedure, with most patients reporting minimal to no discomfort. InstaLift™ treatment begins with an initial numbing process, which involves the injection of a local anesthetic to the treatment areas. The local anesthetic acts to minimize any discomfort and ensures that the placement of the sutures is painless. The injection is comparable to a bee sting.
Do I Need Anesthesia?
No! InstaLift™ is an outpatient procedure that does not require anesthesia. The sutures contain lidocaine so that the patient feels minimal to no discomfort during the procedure.
Is Instalift™ a Surgery?
While it may give several benefits of surgery, InstaLift™ is an outpatient procedure that does not require anesthesia or any cutting. There is NO scar with InstaLift™. At LUXURGERY, the procedure only takes about an hour and patients are able to resume their normal activities shortly after treatment.
Is There a Scar?
No! As mentioned above, the InstaLift™ procedure does not involve any scalpels, incisions, or wounds. During your treatment, Dr. Gentry will use a small needle to create entrance points in the skin for inserting the InstaLift™ sutures. These small entrance points heal within 1-2 days and will not leave a scar.
What Is the Downtime for Instalift™
Patients may experience soreness for 1-2 days but there is generally very little downtime associated with the InstaLift™ procedure. Patients may resume normal activity within 24 hours of the procedure and should avoid strenuous chewing for about a week. The particular downtime of each patient will depend on their aesthetic goals and unique anatomy. At Rejuvenated Medical Spa, we provide our patients with specific InstaLift™ post-treatment recommendations to ensure the best possible outcome. We find most patients to be socially presentable with a possible bruise only remaining by 3 days after the procedure.
Are There Side Effects to Instalift™?
As with any cosmetic procedure, there are potential side effects to InstaLift™. Soreness, bruising, and swelling may occur in the treated areas and should dissipate within 3 to 7 days. Immediately following the procedure you may feel an uncomfortable tightness to the skin due to the lifting effect of the sutures. This tightness typically resolves within 2 weeks. After placement, there may be initial skin irregularity or slight depressions that appear near the entry points. These symptoms should resolve within a few days. Other potential side effects include asymmetry and sensory nerve injury. While InstaLift™ is a very safe procedure, it is imperative to see a skilled and experienced medical professional to minimize potential side effects. With proper technique and patient selection, the risk of side effects is significantly reduced.
What Is the Price for Instalift™?
Every procedure is tailored to the patient’s specific needs and anatomy. At Rejuvenated Medical Spa, Dr. Gentry will give patients a full facial assessment to determine the best course of action based on their unique anatomy and aesthetic goals. Following your consultation and facial assessment, a price can be determined.
How Long Do the Results Last?
Following InstaLift™, patients can expect to see continued improvement in skin sagging and laxity over the next 6 months as the sutures cause gradual collagen regeneration. The results provided by InstaLift™ typically lasts for 1.5 to 2 years. Some patients at Rejuvenated Medical Spa choose to undergo an InstaLift™ treatment every year to maintain the results.
Can I Still Have Fillers and Botox® After Instalift™?
Yes! InstaLift™ can be used in conjunction with other minimally invasive treatments to address multiple aesthetic concerns. Together, BOTOX®, dermal filler, and InstaLift™ can diminish the signs of aging by improving the appearance of wrinkles, restore volume, and lift the skin. Patients should wait 1 week after receiving BOTOX®, or filler injection to have an InstaLift™ treatment. Additionally, after undergoing the InstaLift™ procedure, patients should wait at least 2 weeks to have any additional facial procedures, including BOTOX® and/or filler injection. This allows for the skin to properly heal and for any bruising and swelling to resolve.
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Are you ready to learn more about InstaLift™ and find out if you are a good candidate? Call 479-335-5777 to schedule a consultation.
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