Vancouver doctor becomes first in B.C. to perform new, non-surgical facelift procedure

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The one-hour procedure at Beautiful Canadian Laser and Skincare Clinic, called a Silhouette InstaLift®, uses an improved, face lifting material made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which is used to kick start the body's own collagen production

Results are almost instant with a far less likelihood of side effects.

Surrey physician, Dr. Sachit Shah, of Beautiful Canadian Laser and Skincare Clinic, has been approved as the first doctor in B.C. to offer non-surgical facelifts using a newer, Health Canada approved thread material.

“This is a very fast and effective way to get a facelift without downtime. But, it’s not like anyone can do this procedure,” says Dr. Shah. “You are vetted for your reputation and years in business. Then you are tested by the company to make sure you have a good hand, before they allow you to offer it.”

The one-hour procedure, called a Silhouette InstaLift®, uses an improved, thread lifting material made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). PLLA gives the ‘pull’ needed to flatten wrinkles, while also volumizing cheeks by boosting collagen production in the skin. Eventually, the material is absorbed by the body, leaving behind its bolstering effects, without signs of threads.

Results begin within a week, and can last up to two years. Downtime is minimal, requiring about a week for mild bruising to heal.

“The product has been in great demand since we launched this service in the summer of 2020,” says Dr. Shah. “It is a very good product; results are almost instant with a far less likelihood of side effects.”

Traditionally, thread lifts are performed as an off-label treatment using surgical sutures, made of polydioxanone (PDO).

“PDO threads can pull, but they can’t kickstart collagen production the way these new threads can. The new threads are made of the same substance as Sculptra® filler,” explains Dr. Shah. “They volumize and create new collagen, too. They are much more effective.”

Dr. Shah explains that these bio-absorbable threads must be only placed in the fat layer of the skin. Any deeper, and they can affect muscle movement. Any higher, and they won’t work properly. Hence, the need for approval before performing the procedure.

The product, created by Sinclair Pharma out of London, UK, is also FDA-cleared, and is popularly used in Europe.

It uses a bidirectional, barbed suture that ‘lifts’ better and lasts longer than other types of threads. The way they ‘hold on’ to skin has been labelled as “Micro-Suspension Technology™.”

PDO sutures are not officially approved for face thread lifting procedures, which has led to misleading claims. They are Health Canada approved for closing surgical wounds. Though, it is not illegal, nor necessarily unsafe to use them for aesthetic, thread lifting procedures.

Both PDO and PLLA have been used in medicine for decades.

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About Beautiful Canadian Laser and Skincare Clinic in Metro Vancouver (Surrey, B.C.)

Beautiful Canadian Laser and Skincare Clinic is a pioneering, highly reputable, doctor-led medical spa, operating since the year 2000, in a 5000 sq. ft. facility in downtown Surrey. It is run by Dr. Sachit Shah, who is qualified to administer over 50 medically-researched cosmetic and skin care treatments.

The clinic has frequently been the first to introduce new medical aesthetic science to the Metro Vancouver region.

With over 20 up-to-date lasers and devices, safe injectables and science-backed aesthetic products, the clinic is able to customize treatments with a combination of solutions, giving clients the optimal results they want, all without invasive surgery.

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