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 NeckTite 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 ink marking prior to treatment with Mopheus8. No stitches are needed. A specific face support (lipoelastic) is worn from that point and it is best to keep that garment on for 24 hours. Thereafter , it should be worn for a few hours each day for 2 weeks. It helps to reduce swelling and gives support to contracting tissues.