Silhouette Instalift vs Silhouette Lift: what is the difference?

Silhouette Instalift vs Silhouette Lift: what is the difference?

When the horrifying 40s creeps in, you can feel the ticking time catching up with you when you look at your reflection: wrinkly face, droopy eyes, hollow cheeks and sagging jowls. You might have heard about the latest skin-tightening facelifts called “Face Threadlifts”, but do you know there are a couple of non-surgical facelifts that you can opt for? We spoke to Dr Tan Ying Chien, Consultant Plastic Surgeon of The Sloane Clinic, to find out the difference between Silhouette Instalift and Silhouette Lift.

Emma: What is the difference between Silhouette (Soft) Instalift and Silhouette Lift?

Dr Tan: The main difference between the two facelift is that Silhouette Instalift is a non-surgical facelift and Silhouette Lift is a surgical facelift.

Silhouette Instalift does not require a surgical incision in the scalp area and the thread material dissolves in the body after some time. The threads stimulate collagen production for smoother and firmer skin over an extended period of time.

Silhouette Lift on the other hand requires a small surgical incision in the scalp area for the thread to be anchored. This, together with the fact that the thread material remains anchored, Silhouette Lift gives more lift and the results are longer lasting.



Emma: Which patients are suitable for Silhouette Instalift?

Dr Tan: Silhouette Instalift is more suited for patients who desire a small to moderate lift in a localized location, and desires minimal downtime.

silhouette instalift
Diagram explaining Silhouette Instalift

Emma: What is the downtime for Silhouette Instalift?

Dr Tan: Patients can expect to have some skin irregularity in the treated areas for 2 – 3 days.


Emma: What are the possible side effects for Silhouette Instalift?

Dr Tan: Bleeding and infection are potential side effects that can happen in any type of procedures but these are very rare and temporary. Other side effects would be irregularity.


Emma: What would you say are the key advantages of Silhouette Instalift?

Dr Tan: Silhouette Instalift gives the effect of a lift without surgery and is quick, safe and has minimal downtime. It is one of the best non-surgical facelifts procedure available till date.





Emma: Which patients are suitable for Silhouette Lift?

Dr Tan: Patients who desire more lift that lasts for a longer duration. The result of Silhouette Lift can last up to 5 years compared to the 1 - 1.5 years for Silhouette Instalift.

Silhouette Lift
Diagram explaining Silhouette Lift


Emma: What is the downtime for Silhouette Lift?

Dr Tan: Patients can expect some skin irregularity for about 3 – 5 days. Stitches in the scalp area will be removed 7 days after the procedure. However, they remain hidden among the hair, hence will not be an issue for patients.

Emma: What are the side effects for Silhouette Lift?

Dr Tan: Bleeding and infection as well as scarring at the scalp incision site are possible complications for Silhouette Lift. However, these side effects are extremely rare.

Dr Tan Ying Chien giving a consultation about Silhouette Instalift
Dr Tan Ying Chien giving a consultation about Silhouette Instalift


Emma: Are there patients who are not suitable for either or both procedures?

Dr Tan: Patients should not have any major health issues or on medications like blood thinners as it may cause increased bleeding. In addition, patients who has severe sagging and requires significant lifting would not be suitable for either of these procedures.

Emma: Can we combine either of procedures with other aesthetic treatments? If yes, what would be the best treatments to combine them with?

Dr Tan: Definitely. Silhouette Instalift and Silhouette Lift can be combined with many procedures, especially those that involve filling of the face such as Facial Fillers and Fat Injections.




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