InstaLift is a registered name for a modified thread lift of the face. The positive results of an InstaLift are:

1. Lifting of the face and neck

2. Stimulating production of more volume in the face, which is needed with aging.

The uniquely designed InstaLift threads are what makes the procedure work. They differ from standard or barbed threads in that they are absorbed over 1½ to 2 years and, more importantly, they actually stimulate the production of collagen – and thus volume.

The InstaLift threads have small uni-directional cones integrated into the threads going in opposite directions from the center of the thread, which both anchor and pull the cheeks back up into the desired location.

InstaLifts work best for patients who are just beginning to see some sagging of the cheeks, jowls and neck, and those who have loss of volume in the cheek area. It also works well for those who have had facelifts and are beginning to see recurrence of sagging.

In addition, it is often used for those who do not want a facelift for their individual reasons (time restrains, financial issues, medical problems, etc.)

Would fillers work for these issues? Yes, to an extent certain fillers, such as Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane products, Sculptra, and others could help correct these aging problems. Oftentimes it might be a recommendation to have both the InstaLift along with fillers, if more volume is needed, or in some cases fillers alone are effective.

Each patient has unique needs depending on amount of volume loss, as well as one’s facial and bone structure.

What the InstaLift does best is to tighten and lift the skin with the addition of stimulating the production of collagen and thus volume.

The procedure is done under mild or no sedation and takes approximately 45 minutes to perform. There will be small needle marks on both cheeks where the threads are inserted.

Bruising and swelling are minimal and usually gone in five days. Because the InstaLift threads stimulate collagen growth, the final result will not be seen for several months, but the patient’s appearance will be improved within a week.

At that time, if the patient feels they would like more volume, fillers can then be utilized.

E. Ronald Finger, MD, FACS is a board certified plastic surgeon with offices in Savannah and Bluffton.