Thread Lifting

Non-Surgical Instant Face & Neck Lift in 15-30 Minutes.


If you are like many people, you may be interested in lifting and tightening loose skin, but would like to avoid the risks and downtime associated with a facelift or other surgical procedure. The Silhouette Instalift may be the perfect procedure for you.

This is a revolutionary non-surgical, in-office treatment that lifts and tightens skin instantly, and lasts 18-24 months.

How It Works: 
Instalift uses very small sutures made from a sugar molecule that contains very small cones, small umbrella like attachments that lift and tighten from underneath the skin. After a small amount of local anesthesia, the suture is placed just below the skin. The cones provide an instant tightening and smoothing effect, giving a natural lift to the skin. Over the next months, the sutures safely dissolve, while stimulating natural collagen production to give long lasting effects.

The sutures are made from a sugar molecule called PLLA, which has been used safely in dermal fillers for many years.

When used in combination with traditional fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, or Sculptra to restore lost volume, the results are dramatic and can last even longer.

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The Procedure

Unlike a traditional surgical procedure, there is no general anesthesia, no cutting, no deep tissue manipulation, and recovery is very quick. Instalift is more like getting fillers than having a surgical procedure. There may be some minor swelling or bruising for 48 hours, and we ask that you do not exercise strenuously for a few days.

The procedure itself lasts about 15-30 minutes and the majority pf patients report mild to no pain. Some patients report feeling a small pinch during the process, but the comment we hear most is “that was easy”.


Immediate Lift & tightening of Skin


Stimulates Natural collagen production


Minimal Downtime


Completed in Less than an hour


No Incisions. No Stitches. No Scars.


Lasts 1.5 - 2 Years


Common Questions About Instalift 

How Long Does it Take?

The procedure itself takes less than 1 hour.

How Long Does it Last?

Instalift results generally last from 1.5 to 2 years.

Are There Any Alternatives?

The most common alternative is a surgical facelift, however depending on your goal, there may be cases where dermal fillers combined with a skin laxity treatment like Vivace RF is a suitable alternative. 

Is Financing Available?
Yes. You’ll find all the information you need about financing by visiting our financing page here.
Is it Painful?

Most patients report the pain to be very tolerable. 

How Much Does it Cost?

Since all patients and their goals are unique and the techniques or treatments we use to achieve those goals may vary, a personal consultation is required before we can give an accurate estimate for this service. 

What is Recovery Like? Is There Downtime or Medication?

There is minimal downtime required after Instalift – we simply ask you refrain from strenuous exercise for a couple days after the treatment. 

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Dr. Shaw specializes in minimally invasive cosmetic surgery and non-surgical rejuvenation to help you look your best with the least downtime possible.

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