Silhouette InstaLift™

  • Immediate results with minimal downtime
  • Natural-looking, lasting results
  • Performed in less than an hour
  • Non-surgical
  • Safe and effective
  • Provides a more youthful, refreshed appearance


What if you could look younger taking years off your face without surgery and suffering through general anesthesia, hospitalization or a lengthy recovery?

Dr. Josie Tenore is pleased to be among the first physicians in the Chicagoland area to offer the innovative Silhouette InstaLift procedure, a non-surgical facelift that delivers incredible results with little downtime.

Silhouette InstaLift is a revolutionary procedure for the patient who is seeking a lift without invasive surgery. It is suitable for both men and women who want to achieve a younger looking appearance. Silhouette InstaLift is ideal for correcting signs of aging in the nasolabial folds, regaining volume in the cheeks, correcting the jowls, and redefining the jawline.

This is a quick in-office procedure performed under local anesthetic. The procedure is associated with only three to five days of recovery time before you can go back to most of your regular activities. While an immediate benefit is noticeable, you can expect further improvement in results over the next several months.

How It Works

Silhouette InstaLift is an FDA-approved, non-surgical facelift procedure, used to lift and reposition sagging tissue in the mid-face. What makes it unique is the design of the sutures.

The sutures are U.S. made exclusively from biocompatible PLGA (a polymer of glycolic and lactic acid) and containing bi-directional cones which give the lift added strength. Used to reposition the deeper subdermal tissue, Silhouette InstaLift sutures suspend the skin in an elevated position.

In time, both the sutures and cones are fully absorbed and replaced by natural collagen, which helps to restore volume to the mid-face for the very best, natural looking results.

What You Can Expect During the Silhouette InstaLift Procedure:

  • The problem areas and their vectors are identified and the skin marked.
  • Local anesthesia is administered into the area to be treated.
  • A needle is introduced into the insertion site.
  • Sutures are introduced in the facial tissue, one for each vector.
  • The skin is advanced over the sutures and the suture ends cut off.
  • The treated area is cleansed and recovery balm is placed over the injected sites.
  • Minimal swelling & bruising can be experienced up to 7 days post procedure. Women can wear makeup the next day.

Who it’s For

  • Men and Women, ages 40 to 70
  • Patients in good health with normal skin thickness
  • Those experiencing moderate to severe facial sagging in the mid to lower face.
  • Patients with realistic expectations: Silhouette InstaLift does not replace a surgical facelift, but is an effective way to improve the appearance of the face, making it look less tired, reducing wrinkles, and restoring volume.

Lasting Results

Typical results of Silhouette InstaLift last one to two years. You can extend the longevity of your treatment by following a personalized annual maintenance program designed by Dr. Tenore.

Experience You Can Trust

Silhouette InstaLift is performed only by trained and certified physicians. Dr. Tenore is a board certified physician with over 31 years of experience and she was especially selected to become one of the first Silhouette InstaLift providers due to her unique understanding of human facial anatomy, the effects of the aging process and her artistry. Many patients with significant aging concerns choose to combine this procedure with her signature liquid facelift. All without having to undergo the “knife”.


Dr. Josie is an artist. She will work with you and your budget, providing noticeable yet a subtle beautifully rendered fresh look. Most importantly, I trust Dr. Josie. I know she’s an expert and her judgement is spot on. Also , ethical. This will be a fabulous experience to anyone who wants a lift in spirit and beauty. – Julie G.

Frequently Asked Questions

Silhouette Lift™ is a non-surgical facelift procedure used to lift and reposition sagging tissue in the mid-face.

The Silhouette InstaLift is best performed on both men and women who have minimal to moderate facial sagging and who are interested in having a refreshed and more youthful look without major surgery, injections or laser treatments.

Absolutely. Physicians who perform the Silhouette InstaLift™ undergo special training to provide the treatment safely. While there are always risks and side effects to any procedure, advancements in technology have reduced those risks significantly.

No. Silhouette InstaLift™ is performed under local anesthesia in Dr. Tenore’s Highland Park treatment facility.

The Silhouette InstaLift™ procedure is typically completed in under an hour.

Mild discomfort is common during and/or after the procedure. Most patients report no pain associated with the procedure.

Patients will be able to leave the treatment facility immediately following the procedure. There is some mild swelling immediately after the procedure, with the possibility of bruising. Many patients report returning to work within 1-hour of having the procedure or on the following day.

Silhouette InstaLift sutures are made from glycolide/L-lactide (PLGA), a polymer that is has been used for years and is well tolerated by the body. These fully resorbable sutures have bidirectional cones and knots that are placed strategically along them, which are also resorbable. The cones and knots are what provide both lift and excellent anchoring to the subcutaneous tissue.

The sutures, cones and knots are replaced by new healthy collagen. Naturally, aging continues resulting in ongoing loss of facial fat and depletion of older collagen in the face. In combination with the effects of gravity, there may be some new signs of facial sagging at 1-2 years post procedure. Dr Tenore recommends patients to have an “annual face check” to evaluate how the face, skin and body is aging. The longevity of the results can be extended by following a personalized maintenance program designed by Dr. Tenore.

Sagging facial skin is one of the major contributors to an aged and tired appearance. Silhouette InstaLift lifts the deeper layers of your skin and repositions it back to where it once was. The end result? A more more youthful, refreshed look.

The procedure is performed in the office. Dr Tenore determines where the threads should be placed my manipulating the skin to see which direction will provide the best cosmetic result. The skin is then marked with a marking pen. Next the doctor gently inserts the needle to the required depth, and guides the needle to the exit point. This is repeated until all of the threads are placed. The skin is then advanced over the threads and the lift is achieved. The procedure is completed in about 45 minutes and is extremely well tolerated with minimal discomfort.

Silhouette InstaLift is a new, advanced technology and technique. Previous thread procedures involved permanent threads with hooks and barbs, which were traumatic to the skin. The Silhouette InstaLift™ doesn’t have any hooks or barbs. InstaLift repositions the underlying layers of the skin utilizing the patented bi-directional knots and cones design. Unlike the old permanent threads which were placed in the skin and remain with you forever, the InstaLift threads are fully resorbable . Finally as the InstaLift™ sutures and cones are resorbed, they are replaced by collagen. This then helps to increase and restore volume to the mid-face resulting in a natural-looking, long lasting result.