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Dr. V: What the media is saying about Silhouette Instalift?

The Silhouette Instalift is a fresh new procedure that has been performed for some time in Europe, and has made its way to the U.S. Dr. V is among just a handful of cosmetic physicians in South Florida offering this pretty awesome treatment, which provides immediate volume and lift.

For the procedure, absorbable sutures with Sculptra-infused cones are threaded through the cheeks. Once engaged with the skin, the cones snap into place for immediate volume and lift. FDA-approved Sculptra® Aesthetic is an injectable that works to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds by stimulating and replacing skin's own collagen production, which can help provide a refined, more youthful-looking appearance.

This non-surgical face-lift option does provide benefits over surgical face-lifts, according to the doctor community of For instance, with a surgical face-lift, there is about two weeks of downtime; it can be expensive ($7,000-$15,000 for a full lift and $3,500-$6,500 for a mini lift); and you can end up with an "overdone" look.

So, here is the big test... what is the media saying about Instalift? We pulled together a media snapshot of just that for you:

"Results of the Silhouette Instalift last for around 18 months. The cost of the procedure starts at $3,000, a fraction of the cost of a surgical facelift."

- ABC News.

What makes this procedure different from the similar Contour Thread procedure (which Gwyneth Paltrow once endorsed)? "While the Contour Thread face-lifts were also using a form of suture made to suspend tissue, those threads had little notches in them, which resulted in not allowing any tension to build up. Therefore, the tissue would just slip through them and not be properly lifted. In the Instalift, the surface area that engages the tissue is much larger than just the contour sutures. The other difference is that Contour Threads were permanent. With the Instalift, the sutures are made out of lactic acid, so they disappear; your body processes it. As it disappears, your body builds collagen because the lactic acid stimulates collagen production. So not only do you get that initial lift, you get a volumization of the face as its being degraded."

- NYC Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Lorenc told in March 2016.

"The days of the face-lift are coming to a rapid, screeching halt... I predict that in 10 years the surgical face-lift will be a thing of antiquity."

- Rodeo Drive Dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer told Town & Country Magazine in May 2016.

"The Silhouette Instalift, the latest youth-enhancing treatment to receive FDA approval, is an updated version of what you may remember as the "thread lift" from the '90s. Historically deemed disappointing, unscientific, and even barbaric (more on why later), the procedure requires doctors to place and pull threads under the skin to lift everything from the neck and chin to the cheekbones. Now, thanks to innovative techniques and high-tech threads, it's getting a second chance from doctors and their patients who want a face-lift without downtime or surgery."

- Harper's Bazaar wrote in October 2015.

Dr. V is the primary cosmetic physician and partner of MSPB, the county's largest physician multi-specialty group. She has extensive training and experience with dermal fillers, collagen stimulators, laser and radiofrequency treatments, as well as skin care.

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