This is a completely in-office procedure that’s performed under anesthetic, so you won’t feel any discomfort. During an Instalift procedure, Dr. Shah uses hollow, biodegradable threads -- each of which have bio-directional anchors to hold the skin in place -- to lift sagging skin, preventing it from sliding back into its original position.
She then inserts a needle under the skin, attaching the thread and pulling the skin upwards in a lifting motion. When the desired amount of lift has been achieved, Dr. Shah secures the suture, allowing it to remain under the skin.
The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and offers instant results. The recovery time is short, with the patient being allowed to return to their daily activities within a few hours. However, Dr. Shah normally recommends her patients restrict chewing and speaking to a minimum for the first few days, so the sutures can adhere correctly.
Once the sutures are in place and have healed properly, you’ll start to notice long-term results that will last up to 18 months. While there may be slight bruising and swelling for the first few days after the procedure, those will subside into firmer, more youthful-looking skin. The sutures that are put in place are designed to stimulate collagen growth, and that adds to the initial, immediate benefits of the Instalift procedure.
Dr. Shah will provide the patient with a list of instructions that should be followed for the first two to three weeks after surgery. The less you chew, speak, or move your mouth during that timeframe, the better the sutures can secure themselves. That allows for longer lasting results and a more toned appearance.
The Instalift procedure offers a wide variety of benefits over and above the instant results, and those include:
Dr. Shah will discuss all the benefits and the drawbacks with you prior to the procedure, so you can understand exactly what will happen and what to expect afterward.
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