I'm excited to tell you about my experience in getting the Face InstaLift Thread Lift treatment from Glosshouz for brows, mid-face, and jawline. As a reference, I am an average size, 5' 6", 135 lb, woman, 53 years of age. Over the years I've done BOTOX, fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, and other minimally invasive type of aesthetic services.
Recently, I've noticed and been bothered by my upper eyelids drooping slightly under my brows, and I have some noticeable wrinkles/folds next to my nose to mouth area. In addition, my jawline is just not as straight and firm as it used to be! After discussing these concerns with an aesthetic nurse provider at Glosshouz, I learned that a treatment option which can address these deficiencies is the Silhouette Face InstaLift(TM) Treatment for Brow Lift, Mid-face Lift and Jawline Lift.
After discussing all my available treatment options from BOTOX, to Juvederm fillers, to Kybella, the nurse and I agreed that I really didn't need more volume in those areas, I just needed a little lift to reverse what gravity has done over time. We discussed the pricing and I decided to do the Silhouette InstaLift pricing package which was on special at the time for $3,800 and included all three areas of the face (Brow Lift, Mid-face Lift, and Jawline Lift). I was surprised when my Glosshouz nurse provider informed me that the Silhouette InstaLift procedure usually takes under one hour to complete. She said she did have time available on her schedule to fit me in, and I decided to get the treatment the same day.
I went ahead with the procedure because my understanding was that it would be minimally invasive and have little to no downtime. I wasn't planning on any flying trips soon, nor dentist appointments, nor any other type of cosmetic treatments within 3 weeks, so it was determined that I was good candidate. (Also, I understand if you have extremely thick skin or extremely thin skin among other things, you may not be the best candidate for the procedure.)
Nurse Jessica described what would happen step-by-step and we proceeded as follows:
- Before photos were taken of my face from a few different angles on an iPad.
- I signed the consent form on the iPad system.
- I was reclined on the treatment chair and antiseptic was rubbed into my face in the treatment areas and subsequently this was cleansed off with alcohol wipes.
- The nurse then used a paper ruler and measured and marked my face above my brows, on my cheeks and on my jawline where the threads would be placed.
- Tiny injections of a local anesthetic solution were made to the treatment areas. The nurse explained to me that this is done so that I will not feel it where the threads will be entering and exiting my skin. During these injections, there was an initial prick feeling, but then after a minute or so, just like at the dentist office, all of those areas on my face were quite numb and I could not feel them.
The Silhouette InstaLift threads are made of sterile and dis-solvable Poly-L Lactic Acid (PLLA) suture material. They look like 5 inch fishing line string with alternating tiny little knots and four cones on each side facing each other toward the middle. My understanding is that the tiny cones are designed to catch and gather the skin and allow the lift to happen and well as to anchor the lift in the opposite direction which makes them quite effective.
- Next, the nurse used a "pilot" needle, she said to open up the skin where the threads will enter my skin. I could not feel the pilot needle at all, only slight pressure in each spot where she poked it.