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Revolutionizing Non-Surgical Facelifts

The nonsurgical facelift’s current and final evolution involves using a bottom-up approach. Here a probe is placed underneath the skin and used to contour and contract the skin. The benefit here is that controlled energy can be placed to cause real-time contracture of the skin. Here the epidermis is bypassed to avoid trauma, and more substantial results can be achieved. Examples of this technology include Facetite, Necktite, and Thermi RF. Facetite and Necktite use a controlled thermal field and so have the advantage of being used near the face’s medial portion. While this approach offers the closest alternative to surgery, it is important to note that it is not a substitute for a surgical equivalent (the traditional facelift).

With all of these technologies being used, a combination of techniques can be utilized to create improvement in the face and neck. For example, Facetite can be combined with Fractora for multiple-layer facial improvement.

Before Nonsurgical Facelift: What to do about facial jowls?

Facial jowls are collections of fat and roundness along the face, which can make the face look bottom-heavy. This can also make the face and neck look like one unit and negatively impact the neck shadow, which is desirable.

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Facial fat treatment with a Nonsurgical Facelift

In the past, surgeons would attempt to liposuction this area delicately with microcannulas with varied success. Oftentimes, this area would still have fullness and would now have a saggy quality to the jowl, which was not aesthetically pleasing.

The Facetite procedure can help to improve this by shrinking the fat and contracting the skin at the same time. The benefit is that the fat can contract, and the skin can simultaneously contract to improve both areas.

Other radiofrequency devices, such as the Thermi, are not safe to use in this area as delicate nerves which control the face can be damaged. The heat from the Thermi is omnidirectional and, therefore, can be directed near the nerve. Thermi is actually intentionally used to disrupt nerves in the forehead as a “botox alternative”. However, for this application, the device is dangerous. The Facetite only places the energy between the probe and the corresponding impedance device, making it perfect for areas that were traditionally difficult to treat.

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Thermi RF Vs Facetite / Necktite Treament

Thermi RF was the first FDA-approved device, while Facetite and Necktite were only FDA-approved in the latter half of 2016. Facetite and Necktite have been used worldwide since 2011. Both devices are a compelling new method of introducing radiofrequency energy below the skin. But there are key differences.

Energy Direction

The energy in Thermi RF is not controlled and is omnidirectional, meaning the probe releases energy in all directions from the probe. The energy from the Facetite and Necktite devices is unidirectional. Unidirectional is better since the energy only has to be placed between the device and the skin, avoiding potential damage to nerves and other structures where energy is not desired. As a consequence of this, the Facetite and Necktite device can reach much higher temperatures safely as compared to Thermi. One area where this is important is in the jowl area. Underlying structures, including the facial nerve (the nerve which controls the face), can be potentially damaged with the Thermi device making treatment here either dangerous or at low energy to be effective.

Temperature Regulation

Thermi device does not have as sophisticated internal and external temperature systems. It requires an external Thermal camera to be used at the same time. An external thermal camera is not as sensitive as real-time temperature monitoring in the Facetite and Necktite device, which measures temperatures 1000 times per second. Since the temperature monitoring is in the device itself, the Facetite and Necktite will shut themselves off once the desired temperature is reached. The Thermi device does not have this important safety feature.

Fat Coagulation

Fat will coagulate (sounds like bacon cooking on a frying pan) at 40-42 degrees Centigrade. The Facetite and Necktite device can cause fat coagulation and does so easily. The Thermi device can also coagulate but must be done with caution as temperatures too high can lead to necrosis and scarring of tissues. Overall the Thermi device is a great introduction to delivering Radiofrequency energy below the skin. However, Dr. Shah is a Facial Plastic Surgeon and needs a device to be able to be used in difficult-to-treat areas with extreme safety. For this reason, Dr. Shah’s office ultimately selected Facetite and Necktite because of their better temperature regulation, safety, and efficacy.

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Non-Surgical Facelift FAQ

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Does Dr. Shah perform a Botox Facelift or Nefertiti facelift?

A botox lift is used to selectively weaken a portion of the platysma muscle so that the muscle will create a subtle lift. If patients are okay with repeat injections, often 40 units or more of botox, to be repeated every 4 months for life, this technique can be enough of a lift for some patients. The current improvement in neck contouring, including such treatment options as Fractora or Necktite, makes this a better approach for most patients.

Which technique is best for my face?

Here is where detailed and expert analysis is best for understanding your treatment options. For some patients, a surgical approach may be better if their goals are for more dramatic results. For other patients, a combination of treatments, including dermal fillers, can be discussed and utilized depending on the patient’s goals.

Why should Dr. Shah perform my nonsurgical facelift?

Dr. Shah is an expert dermal filler injector and utilizes several noninvasive treatments which have proven to be effective in the scientific literature. Furthermore, patients receiving a nonsurgical tightening procedure can apply this amount to a surgical procedure (see office for details) if used within 5 years. This allows patients who are perhaps a few years too young for a facelift to embrace a nonsurgical skin tightening approach first and then, as they mature, progress to a surgical approach if desired.

What are the benefits of a nonsurgical facelift?

The main benefits of these types of facelifts are less downtime, no incisions, and perhaps less risk (avoiding surgery and anesthesia).

What is a liquid facelift treatment?

A liquid facelift is a non-surgical treatment option that utilizes hyaluronic acid fillers injected into the skin to add facial volume and create a more youthful appearance. Unlike traditional facelift surgery, non-surgical facelifts do not involve incisions in the skin. Individuals with minimal wrinkles and little skin laxity are great candidates for a liquid facelift. If you need more significant results or have significantly loose skin, a surgical facelift could be the best choice.

What non-surgical facelift office is near me?

If you live near Chicago, IL, Anil Shah Facial Plastic Surgery offers nonsurgical facelift among its services and is conveniently located at 200 West Superior St., Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60654

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