Facetite instant facelift
Instant lift for sagging skin on cheeks and jowls with Facetite, the most advanced no-knife facelift.
Facetite offers contouring and reduction results previously only possible with more invasive excisional procedures such as full facelifts.
Facetite is an instant lift for saggy skin on the face, especially cheeks and jowls. Facetite uses radiofrequency energy to target subcutaneous tissue and results in repair and tightening. A fine probe is inserted under skin that has been anaesthetised with local anaesthetic. This heating provides instant lift for the face, with an ongoing tightening happening over the months that follow.
What is Facetite?
FaceTite is a minimally invasive procedure, which is used to treat lower face and neck laxity. As doctors, we know that heated skin will contract. The degree to which this happens depends on the amount of energy (or heat) delivered to the tissues.
In heating the sub-dermal layer of the lower face, precisely and carefully, controlled contraction of the skin and subcutaneous tissues occurs which can give results equivalent to a mini face lift. Especially good results can be obtained by combining this with Neck Tite and liposuction to remove fat from beneath the jaw line. This can give particularly impressive results. Especially if jowls are the main problem.
What happens during Facetite?
The whole procedure takes about an hour and a half. First, detailed photographs are taken, the areas to be treated are identified with a patient marker pen and consent forms are signed. An antibiotic is given orally. The next step is administering the local anaesthetic. This is best done slowly so takes about 20 minutes to fully ‘numb up’ the face and (usually) neck. This is done with the patient lying down and is well tolerated. The next step involves achieving what we call ‘full asepsis’. This means the operator will scrub up, prepare the area to be treated with (usually) iodine, then cover all other areas with sterile surgical drapes.
Small ‘punctures’ are made on either side of the face and under the chin in the middle. The Facetite handpiece is introduced into the first point (usually the right side first) and is advanced under the skin. Because of the way the local anaesthetic is used, this feels completely painless, only a slight ‘tugging’ sensation is felt.
When the Facetite is activated a sound of ‘popping’ or crackling can be heard. This is all normal and indicates adequate heating of subcutaneous tissues with subsequent contraction. The more ‘popping’, the better in fact. Once the correct amount of energy is delivered, the second side is treated. Each side takes about 5-7 mins. This is followed by the neck from the central puncture just under the chin in the middle and is done over 3 areas, the middle then either side. Finally, liposuction is carried out slowly and with great precision to define the jaw line, concentrating on the jowl areas.
This done, the face and neck are cleaned of any remaining iodine and small plasters are applied to the puncture sites. No stitches are needed. A face support (usually a cosmetic band) is worn from that point. Antibiotic tablets are then given to take home for a week’s treatment.
When will I see results?
The skin contracts about 40% of the total amount it will contract during the actual treatment. The rest is up to time, so be patient!
Usually, results become obvious at about 4 months but contraction will continue up to a year after treatment, slowing down a little in progress after 6 months. Some patients have noticed continued contraction and lifting up to 18 months.
How does it feel after Facetite?
Expect to feel swollen for at least a week. This is partly the local anaesthetic solution we have injected and partly the treatment itself which causes this. The face and neck will feel tender for the first week and some report tenderness up to a month following treatment. It is very, very common to feel numb in the areas treated, especially the jowls where more aggressive treatment is desired. The numbness can take a couple of months to reduce and a couple more to resolve completely. There will also be small dense lumps just under the skin especially in the neck. Think of it as spot welding. The more the better! They are signs of subcutaneous tissue heating and will keep contracting as they smooth out over the next 3 months.
What are the risks?
As with all treatments that involve making small incisions into the skin there are risks. They can be broadly categorised into short term and long term. In the short term, there can be bleeding and, consequently, bruising. Because adrenaline in used in the local anaesthetic, this is usually slight but can, nevertheless, happen.
Infection is also a possibility so this is the reason the treatment is carried out in a strictly aseptic technique in a clean, clinical environment and is also the reason antibiotics are routinely prescribed for the week after treatment.
Because the treatment involves heating the subcutaneous tissues, burns are a risk. With care and experience, though, this is very rare. Lastly, there is a risk of nerve damage. This is extremely rare and, again, with correct technique, caution and experience, the risk is minimal. Also, if nerves are ‘bruised’ (neurpraxia) they do recover over a few weeks.
What does Facetite cost?
Combination Face/NeckTite £2,750
Liposuction (as part of above) £225
Fractora (as part of above) £345
Over the past few years the number of people seeking facial rejuvenation has soared dramatically. Where the numbers of all procedures have risen, the percentage of surgical facelift procedures has fallen dramatically. Dr Willis explores combinations which result in remarkable no-knife facelifts
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