Instalift Facelift Seattle

At Seattle Plastic Surgery we proudly offer Instalift to the local communities of Seattle, Bellevue and Kirkland and have partnerships with nearby lodging for those traveling from out of town.

What is an Instalift?

We begin to see a general loss of our youthful appearance as we age. Our facial fat deposits shift, our skin loses its elasticity, wrinkles form and our skin loses its youthful glow. Non-surgical facelifts, also known as Instalifts or lunchtime facelifts are minimally invasive procedures. Designed to reposition our facial tissues and increase collagen production to help reverse some of the more common signs of aging.

Seattle non-surgical facelifts are revolutionary treatments that work in two ways. The first is an immediate lifting, repositioning and tightening of a patient’s facial tissue. The second is an ongoing regeneration of collagen. Leading to increased volume in the treatment and surrounding areas over time.

Collagen is one of the most prevalent proteins in our bodies and is what is responsible for the creation of newer, younger tissues, including skin. Our bodies go through a natural cycle of skin turnover, inducting younger skin layers underneath the older skin found at the surface. Increasing our collagen production can cause an increase volume and reduce wrinkles, but also helps obtain a more youthful look through a shortened cycle of skin replacement.

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How does a non-surgical facelift work?

Instalifts are outpatient procedures where a surgeon threads a series of sterile, biodegradable threads underneath the skin of your cheeks. The threads feature cones which function as anchoring points so your skin is held in place after your surgeon lifts, positions and tightens.

During these lunchtime facelifts, a cosmetic surgeon makes a series of linear marks where they will place the Instalift threads. Your surgeon will use a local anesthetic along these lines to numb the area, so the procedure is painless. Once the anesthetic takes effect, your surgeon will then thread Instalift threads to opposing ends of the treatment sites from a midpoint along each line. Once your surgeon properly positions the Instalift threads, they will tighten your skin around the cones. Giving immediate lifting and tightening effects.

After the initial procedure, the threads continue to work in two ways. First, as discussed above, the threads hold your skin in place. Secondly, the Instalift threads prompt your body to increase collagen production.

As we age, collagen production slows, though we can trick our bodies into increasing collagen production. When our bodies are injured, cells known as fibroblasts near the injury sites produce collagen, which our bodies use to repair and create new tissue, including skin. Though harmless, our bodies believe the presence of Instalift threads as an injury. In response, it ramps up the production of facial collagen production in an attempt to heal these perceived injuries. As collagen levels increase, you will see in increase in volume in your facial features as well as newer, younger skin in and around the treatment areas.

Who is a good candidate for an Instalift?

While facial fillers and injectables are great short term solutions, you must repeat them frequently to maintain a younger look. Traditional facelifts are great long term solutions, but carry a higher price tag and may require significant downtime. Non-surgical facelifts provide a balance between these procedures. They offer the benefits of the lower costs and nearly immediate recovery time of injectables with the longer-lasting effects of traditional facelifts.

Our surgeons perform non-surgical facelifts on men and women of almost all ages. Ideal candidates for these lunchtime facelifts are individuals who want an improved facial appearance without having to undergo the more extensive surgical procedures and longer downtime seen with traditional facelift procedures.

Non-surgical facelift procedures are generally not well suited for patients with allergies to plastic biomaterials or active facial infections. Non-surgical facelifts are also generally not recommended for patients with overly thin facial tissue.

What should I expect during a non-surgical facelift consultation?

During an Instalift consultation, prepare to discuss your individual goals with your surgeon as well as any personal and family medical history. Your surgeon will examine your facial tissue to ensure you are a good candidate. Then, he will outline a course of treatment suitable for your goals and expectations.

What should I expect the day of my non-surgical facelift? How long does it take to recover from a non-surgical facelift?

On the day of your Instalift, you will check in at our office. After check in, you will be led to a private operating room. Your surgeon will use a marking pen to mark the areas where he will place instalift threads. Before surgery, he will inject local anesthetic at all suture sites. Once the anesthetic takes effect, your surgeon will place the instalift threads through each suture site, lift and position your skin to the correct height and location and tie off each thread.

This lunchtime facelifts take around 45 minutes on average. After your procedure, you may notice some minor discomfort as the local anesthesia begins to wear off. Instalifts procedures as a whole are very well tolerated and performed as outpatient operations. Many patients return to work after the procedures.

What can I expect afterward?

After a non-surgical facelift, you may notice some minor soreness, swelling and bruising at the treatment site. You can expect this to disappear within a few days. Be sure to follow any instructions given to you by your surgeon to ensure your recovery is as quick as possible. Patients may benefit from the use of ice packs and sleeping with their heads elevated to reduce swelling as much as possible.

You will instantly notice a lifting of your facial features and a lessening of any previous wrinkles. Your results will improve even more over time as your facial collagen levels increase and facial volume restores.

Instalift FAQs

How much does non-surgical facelift cost?

While the exact cost of a non-surgical facelift will depend on a number variables individual for each patient. The average cost of non-surgical facelift procedures performed at Seattle Plastic Surgery is $4,000. Please feel free to schedule a consultation if you are interested in learning more about the procedure and costs.

How long does a non-surgical facelift last?

Non-surgical facelifts are not permanent procedures. The materials used in a non-surgical facelift are usually broken down and absorbed within the body after two years. Throughout this time, your body’s collagen production will increase and you will see the residual effects of this collagen production after the Instalift threads have dissolved.

Why should I chose Seattle Plastic Surgery?

We are led by board-certified cosmetic and facial plastic surgeons providing advanced aesthetic procedures for patients throughout Bellevue, Kirkland, Lynnwood and the surrounding Seattle area. Our fully accredited surgical facility offers a state-of-the-art environment where both surgical and nonsurgical procedures can be completed safely and effectively. We offers comprehensive breast, body and face surgery procedures, artistically applied injectable products, and non-surgical alternatives custom tailored to meet each patient’s needs and desires.

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