Changes to our bodies — and appearance — are natural as we get older, but that doesn’t mean we have to live with them. Thanks to a number of cosmetic dermatological procedures, we can turn back the clock to a time when our faces were smoother and younger looking.

At the Ventura Institute for Dermatologic Arts in Ventura and Camarillo, California, Dr. Peter Karlsberg and his physician’s assistant Michele Ayans meld art and science in their innovative treatment for a wide variety of cosmetic dermatological concerns from facial rejuvenation to body contouring and more. Silhouette InstaLift™ is one example of a procedure that can help refresh your appearance.


Historically, a face lift was recommended when people sought treatment for cheeks that began to sag, folds of skin from the nose to the corner of the mouth that deepened, excess skin that collected at the lower jawline, and other concerns. While the procedure did often create a younger looking appearance, it also came with some risks and a long, and at times painful, recovery time. Also, because face lift scars must be hidden behind and in front of the ear, the direction of lift from a face lift can appear unnatural, pulled or wind-swept.

Silhouette InstaLift can help address these same issues as well as sagging neck skin, but in a quick and minimally invasive manner. Also, because there are no scars to hide, the direction of lift with the Silhouette InstaLift procedure is more natural looking.  This means natural results without the extended downtime or incisions and scars that accompany a traditional face lift.

The procedure

The InstaLift process begins with a consultation with Dr. Karlsberg to discuss your desired areas of the face and/or neck to lift and tighten and to develop a personalized treatment plan. The procedure itself starts with a local anesthetic followed by meticulous threading of the InstaLift sutures under the skin. There is minimal discomfort and downtime, and there are no marks, cuts or scars.  After the procedure, patients do not feel the threads under the skin.

This specialized thread uses small cones to stay anchored under the skin and to create a support structure. Made of the same material as absorbable surgical sutures, the thread dissolves over time and is absorbed by the body.  Before that, however, it has stimulated the production of collagen to help the skin stay tight and lifted.

Benefits of InstaLift

The InstaLift procedure comes with a number of benefits. Not only is it highly successful, but the complete process usually takes just 45 minutes or less to complete. In addition, recovery is minimal and shouldn’t impact your daily activities. Importantly, the results are very natural.  People in good health who do not smoke are typically good candidates for this treatment.

If you’re ready to enhance your appearance in a natural looking way without surgery, call us today at (805) 677-1600 to make an appointment and see if Silhouette InstaLift is right for you.

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