Lift and Add Volume to the Midface at Chicago’s Iteld Plastic Surgery
The middle doesn’t get enough credit. People tend to see the top as the pinnacle and the bottom as the foundation, but everything in between is important, too—especially when it comes to the face. The middle is where the cheeks are, and they can either be pleasantly round or sunken and hollow, sturdy or sagging, youthful or … well, old-looking. Because changing contours in the midface can create a particularly aged appearance over time, Lawrence Iteld, MD, offers Silhouette InstaLift™ at his Chicago-based practice.
The manufacturer refers to the FDA-approved Silhouette InstaLift™ as a device consisting of internal sutures featuring bi-directional cones. You’ll call it the treatment that made you look younger.
How Does Silhouette InstaLift™ Work?
When something sags, it needs to be pulled up and held in place again to maintain its original look. Skin is no different. While youthful tissue stays tight on its own, the passage of time (and the loss of collagen and other valuable elements in the skin) causes it to slide downward. The result is a flattened-out look.
Silhouette InstaLift™ allows Dr. Iteld to lift this sagging tissue and keep it in a more youthful position. It takes about 45 minutes for the sutures to be inserted under the skin, where they serve to hold it securely in place. Silhouette InstaLift™ also stimulates the growth of new collagen, which adds to the structural benefits and provides a pleasant roundness.
Collagen is a sturdy protein that works similar to a scaffold. Not only does it hold up tissue, but it also provides a “home” for hyaluronic acid molecules. These sugars can hold 1,000 times their weight in water, which makes them powerful tools in the quest for healthy, youthful, elevated skin.
How Can I Prepare for Silhouette InstaLift™?
Before having Silhouette InstaLift™, discuss your expectations with Dr. Iteld during your consultation, and ask any questions you have about the procedure. Be sure to mention any cosmetic treatments you have had in the past, as well as any medications or supplements you are taking, as these can impact a new treatment’s results.
Healthy skin responds best to Silhouette InstaLift™—and all treatments—so be sure to get plenty of rest and hydrate well prior to your appointment.
What Can I Expect After a Silhouette InstaLift™ Session?
Silhouette InstaLift™ provides a lifting effect that will be visible right away. There may be some initial swelling and tenderness, but these effects will fade quickly. If help is needed in this regard, patients can apply cold packs right after their Silhouette InstaLift™ session. Acetaminophen can help to reduce any discomfort.
Patients should wait at least 24 hours before applying makeup, sleep on their back in an elevated position for three to five nights, be gentle when washing their face for the first five days, and avoid direct exposure to UV rays for a minimum of two weeks. Two weeks is also the length of time you should avoid high-impact sports after a Silhouette InstaLift™ treatment, so let your coach know you’re going to be out for a few rugby games—or whatever sport you play. Basically, treat your face gently and be careful.
In the following weeks and months, new collagen will soften harsh contours by increasing volume in the area and providing a gentle roundness. Then you can get back into tackling the opposing team as much as you’d like.
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Am I a Good Candidate for Silhouette InstaLift™ in Chicago?
The Silhouette InstaLift™ treatment is recommended for both women and men who want a refreshed appearance but who do not want surgery or injections of dermal fillers. Surgical options tend to provide longer-lasting results, but require more downtime and recuperation afterward. Injectable fillers are less involved, but require more maintenance visits in order to maintain results. The internal sutures of Silhouette InstaLift™ are a good medium, providing results that last without requiring incisions and the associated healing required.
Good candidates have moderate laxity in their facial skin, are in good health, and are willing to follow aftercare advice. Silhouette InstaLift™ is not meant for patients who have allergies or foreign body sensitivities to plastic biomaterial or patients who have infections that affect the treatment area. It also is not a suitable option for patients with very thin and soft skin or thick, heavy skin on the face due to chronological aging.
What Complements Silhouette InstaLift™?
Silhouette InstaLift® patients who want to further improve their facial contours may want to consider reducing a double chin with Kybella® (an injectable that breaks apart fat cells with a dietary acid) or CoolSculpting® (a completely non-invasive treatment that destroys fat cells by chilling them).
Patients who do want a surgical solution can choose a facelift to freshen up their contours from the middle of the face down, as well as liposuction to get rid of small, stubborn pockets of fat. Talk to Dr. Iteld and his team to find out which option, whether Silhouette InstaLift™ or something else, is best for you and the look you’re going for.
* Results will vary from patient to patient. No guarantees about an individual’s result can or should be made based on information provided here.