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Ask the Expert: InstaLift Cosmetic Procedure

I am constantly amazed by the innovation that continues to take place in cosmetic dermatology. Gone are the days when taking care of your skin meant using bar soap to cleanse, vaseline or cold cream as a moisturizer and then getting a facelift once you didn’t like what you saw in the mirror. Injectable treatments like Botox and fillers have helped us literally remove years from our appearance. Now, InstaLift is another option for those looking to look more youthful, without going under the knife. I chatted with Dr. Michelle Henry, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City, to learn more about the procedure.

What exactly is done during the InstaLift procedure?

It is a minimally-invasive treatment using dissolving sutures to lift deep lines of the face and neck.  It is done in about an hour under local anesthesia.  I consider it an intermediate step between a surgical facelift and a liquid facelift (fillers).

What areas can be treated using InstaLift?

The procedure lifts and helps increase volume and restore contours to the mid-face, cheek and neck area, as well as knees, abdomen and even breasts.

What are the potential risks in having the procedure?

There may be some mild redness and swelling for a few days, but you can usually get back to your daily normal routine within 48 hours. Results are seen immediately.

Given that the treatment triggers collagen production, are there any risks of noticeable lumps under the skin over time?

Very rarely granuloma (tissue typically produced in response to infection, inflammation, or the presence of a foreign substance) formation can occur.

Since the treatment involves sutures, is there a risk of having any visible scars from InstaLift? 

The risk is minimal. Tiny incisions are used, which are hardly ever visible.

How quickly are the final results visible?

The initial swelling will go down within 2-3 weeks, but you will see the final results including some collagen stimulation and additional tightening in 2-3 months.

What is the typical downtime for the procedure? Is there any post-procedure swelling, bruising or pain?

The downtime is about 48-72 hours.  There is minimal swelling and a risk of some bruising.

Is there an ideal candidate for the procedure?

The ideal candidate is anyone with moderate skin laxity who desires more of a lift than fillers can provide, but is not interested in a facelift.

What is the average cost for InstaLift?

The results last about 24-36 months and costs from $3,000-6,000 depending on where the physician is located.


Dr. Michelle Henry is a Harvard trained, board certified dermatologist.  She is currently a Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College. She practices Mohs micrographic surgery, laser surgery, and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Henry has also been featured in many magazine and newspaper publications, including Instyle, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, Essence and Newsday. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine, and American College of Mohs Surgery. Her treatment philosophy is to provide holistic care while utilizing the latest techniques and scientific data.

To learn more about Dr. Henry, visit


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