San Francisco Silhouette InstaLift™

Silhouette InstaLift™ treatment is commonly used to lift and tighten skin. Learn Silhouette InstaLift™ drawbacks and limitations from San Francisco’s finest skin experts at

What Is Silhouette InstaLift™?

The idea of a non-surgical facelift is very appealing for the simple reason that it’s more affordable. Most treatments can be performed in less than an hour and the recovery time associated with them is much lower. Laser, radio frequency and microneedling are some minimally-invasive options for addressing skin texture, pigment and wrinkles. Skin laxity and sagging, however, are more difficult to achieve with these modalities. In response, the Silhouette InstaLift™ is a new treatment that promises to lift facial tissues using surgical sutures.

During the procedure, topical (and sometimes local) anesthetic is applied to the treatment area to minimize pain and discomfort. Surgical sutures with small bi-directional cones are inserted 3-5 mm into the skin using a special needle. It grabs or ‘anchors’ skin tissues into a more elevated position. Silhouette InstaLift™ sutures are made from PLLA (poly L-lactic acid) and once inserted into dermal tissue the material slowly dissolves over time.

Silhouette InstaLift™ Drawbacks and Limitations

Silhouette InstaLift™ results are extremely subtle. Patients with skin laxity issues need to maintain realistic expectations about the outcome because this type of thread lift procedure is not surgery. Another drawback is that Silhouette sutures contain structures called “cones.” These are bulky protrusions that can be detected under the skin. For some patients the tactile sensation of foreign bumps can be somewhat unsettling. Furthermore, Silhouette sutures are non-reversible if complications should occur.

Nova PDO Threads a Safer Treatment with More Options

Dr. Mosser and his team of clinicians are highly experienced in helping women and men look more youthful using the thread lift technique. When considering which threads to choose for his practice Dr. Mosser compared the performance of the Silhouette InstaLift™ with PDO Novathreads and came to the conclusion that PDO’s (made using a safe surgical suture made out of Polydioxanone) offers a safer and more pleasing non-surgical facelift experience.

NovaThreads have the practical advantage of being reversible in the event that either the physician or patient wishes to have them removed. PDO Novathreads are also thinner, requiring a smaller needle for insertion and potentially causing less complications, trauma, swelling and bruising. PDO’s are barely detectable compared to Silhouette’s larger coned sutures. Fully absorbed by the body within 3 to 6 months, Novathreads don’t create any scar tissue. They do however boost collagen synthesis in the treatment area, resulting in firmer skin that lasts 12 to 15 months.

NovaThreads come in three varieties. The first is smooth threads, made without barbs and designed to be inserted into the skin in a criss-cross pattern. The intention is to build up the skin’s scaffolding for a longer-term tightening effect. Then, the twist threads are used to create volume and treat moderate to severe cases of deflation in the cheeks, jowls and jawline. Lastly, are the barbed threads used for lifting and building collagen. Your provider will explain which threads are best for your aesthetic goals.

To learn more about PDO NovaThreads schedule your consultation with Azala San Francisco today.


PDO Novathreads thread lift before and after photos female patient jowl lift

PDO Novathreads Thread Face Lift Before and After Photos Female Patient

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