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Silhouette InstaLift™

Our faces play the most important role in how we express our emotions, state of health, and vitality, and the aging process can adversely affect our presentation and our confidence. Along with our eyelids, the central face and cheeks are usually the first areas to show the signs of age and fatigue. While wrinkling, color problems, and volume loss can be effectively treated with time-honored techniques, until now there has been no minimally invasive way to lift the mid-face and treat early jowling and skin laxity. Facelifts are still the “gold standard,” but many of us just aren’t ready for a surgical procedure at this time. Silhouette InstaLift™ is a simple, in-office procedure that utilizes absorbable sutures to gently lift and volumize the mid-face, creating a fresh and youthful contour in less than one hour. InstaLift™ is performed with just local anesthesia, and the recovery period, costs, and risks are minimal.

Why should I choose Total Aesthetics ™ of Connecticut for my Silhouette InstaLift™ procedure?

  • Dr. O’Connell is a nationally recognized, published expert on facial rejuvenation with over 35 years of surgical experience including certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. As a member of the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, his practice is entirely devoted to aesthetics with a focus on less invasive procedures. While InstaLift™ is a minimally invasive procedure, it’s critical that the highest standards of sterility are maintained and it’s critical that your provider has the comprehensive understanding of facial anatomy that only a surgeon can provide. Total Aesthetics ™ offers the eye of the artist, the skill of the surgeon, and the cleanliness and safety of a nationally accredited surgicenter. We’re pleased to offer Silhouette Instalift™—an FDA-approved procedure that’s been called a “non-surgical facelift.”
  • Because we can offer the entire spectrum of techniques for facial rejuvenation, you can breathe easy knowing you’ll choose the appropriate procedure to fulfill your unique needs. During your confidential consultation, Dr. O’Connell will develop an individualized plan that is personally tailored to your facial structure and aesthetic goals, and he will extensively review the various options with you.
  • We know that your time is valuable and recovery time is critical for busy professionals. With Silhouette InstaLift™, you can enjoy your new look immediately without the more lengthy recovery that accompanies more invasive procedures.
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Who Can Benefit From Silhouette InstaLift™?

Facial Skin Laxity

Sagging jowls, nasolabial folds, and facial laxity can be disheartening at any age. Silhouette InstaLift™ rejuvenates the mid-face by lifting and repositioning facial tissues using sutures with absorbable, bidirectional cones.

Facial Volume Loss

Facial volume loss is a natural and important part of the aging process. As the sutures of Silhouette InstaLift™ absorb, they stimulate collagen production to slowly add volume to the mid-face. This provides not only facial tightening but facial volumization.

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  • Recovery

    Following Silhouette InstaLift™, patients may experience some mild bruising and swelling that typically fades within a few days. For optimal healing, patients are advised to avoid applying makeup for at least 24 hours, refrain from participating in high-impact activities for two weeks, and sleep upright for up to five days.

  • Scars

    Because Silhouette InstaLift™ sutures are inserted through extremely small openings in the skin, visible scarring is unlikely.

  • Cost

    While the price can vary depending upon how many sutures are needed, Silhouette InstaLift™ is far less expensive than comparable surgical procedures that address facial aging.

  • Discomfort

    Because of the location in which the sutures are placed, there is minimal, if any, discomfort associated with Silhouette InstaLift™. Any discomfort can usually be treated with acetaminophen.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Silhouette InstaLift™?

    Silhouette InstaLift™ is what Dr. O’Connell calls a “hybrid” procedure—neither surgical nor non-surgical. With Silhouette, absorbable, bidirectional sutures that contain small cones are inserted to reposition and lift the skin of the face. The sutures are placed through extremely small openings in the skin, and only local anesthesia is required. As the sutures gradually absorb over time, collagen production is stimulated, resulting in added volumization of the treated areas.

  • Am I a candidate for Silhouette Instalift™?

    Not everyone is a candidate for Silhouette. Patients with very thin, soft tissues of the face are not optimal candidates because the implant may be visible or palpable. Patients with very heavy soft tissues of the face also may not be good candidates.

  • When can I return to work after my Silhouette InstaLift™ procedure?

    Silhouette InstaLift™ requires no downtime, so you may resume your normal activities including work (except certain exercise and exertional activities) immediately following treatment.

  • Are there any complications associated with Silhouette InstaLift™?

    While the procedure is very safe, as with any procedure, there are risks associated with Silhouette InstaLift.™ In rare cases, patients may experience the following complications:

    • Nerve injury

    • Asymmetry

    • Allergic reaction

  • What kind of anesthesia will be used for my Silhouette InstaLift™ procedure?

    Because Silhouette InstaLift™ requires only local anesthesia at the treatment sites, you remain fully alert and the recovery times associated with general anesthesia or sedation do not occur.

  • How many Silhouette InstaLift™ treatments will I need to achieve my desired results?

    Silhouette InstaLift™ is a one-time procedure that can improve facial skin laxity and volume loss for years. Patients may choose to have more sutures inserted at a later time, if necessary.

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