FaceTite is a nonsurgical facelift alternative that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to target fat and loose skin in the face and neck. By simultaneously melting fat and tightening the skin, a FaceTite treatment can effectively counter common signs of aging to create a more youthful appearance in just one treatment.
FaceTite can address a variety of common concerns, including:
• Sagging jowls and neck skin
• Wrinkles and fine lines in the lower face
• Submental fullness beneath the chin
• Marionette lines around the mouth
• Decreased collagen and elastin production
At Millennial Plastic Surgery, Dr. David Shokrian is proud to offer a minimally invasive procedure that provides facelift-like results with no surgery or scars. If you are interested in combating the effects of aging with the latest nonsurgical methods, FaceTite may be the perfect solution.
FaceTite treatments are performed under local anesthesia with sedation. Once the patient has been numbed, a small hole is made in the skin at the edge of the jaw just below the ear. The incision is minimal and will not leave behind a scar after healing. A thin probe is then inserted beneath the skin to provide thermal energy to the underlying tissues of the face. The probe is capped off with a plastic tip to prevent accidental skin perforation and unnecessary damage.
After the probe has been inserted, an external electrode is placed overtop the outer skin. The probe and the electrode work in unison to create a contained thermal field that simultaneously targets the outer and inner layers of the skin for a comprehensive treatment. The FaceTite devices are slowly moved along the jawline, liquefying fat and contracting the collagen and elastin in the skin along the way.
The FaceTite system is equipped with numerous safeguards that provide active monitoring of the skin’s external and internal temperatures, ensuring the treatment is safe, precise and effective. Uniform heat distribution throughout the treated areas provides results that are even and smooth. The entire procedure lasts about one hour, and patients can return home immediately after.
Recovery and Results
As a minimally invasive treatment, FaceTite does not require an overly lengthy or uncomfortable recovery period. Patients can return to work in three to five days. Common side effects include swelling, soreness, bruising, numbness and itchiness in the targeted areas. Most side effects improve drastically within the first week, include swelling. Patients may also notice an uneven skin texture that lasts two to three weeks as the skin adjusts and contracts.
Compression wrappings may be used to minimize swelling and provide comfort during the first week or two of recovery. The minor incisions will heal quickly without the need for stitches and will not leave behind noticeable scarring. Patients are generally able to resume regular activities about 48 hours after the procedure, although moderate swelling will be visible for the first three to five days and patients may want to stay home during this time.
Results are immediate, although swelling will distort the new facial contours. Once swelling subsides during the first week, the tightened contours and more youthful appearance will be visible. Final results will continue to develop over the course of six months, as increased collagen and elastin production result in a continuous improvement in skin laxity.
Q&A with Dr.Shokrian
Am I a good candidate for a FaceTite procedure?
If you have wrinkles, fine lines, loose skin or excess fat in your lower face and neck, then you are a good candidate for FaceTite. FaceTite patients are generally those who are interested in facial contouring anti-aging treatments but who wish to avoid surgery and the lengthy recovery and scarring associated with it. We can determine if you are a good candidate for FaceTite based on an in-person evaluation where we examine your skin laxity and discuss your desired results.
What is the ideal patient age for a FaceTite treatment?
FaceTite can be performed on adult patients of any age. Because FaceTite is minimally invasive, it often appeals to middle-aged patients who are not quite ready for aesthetic surgery but would like to eliminate signs of aging. FaceTite is also great for older patients who have already undergone a facelift procedure and are interested in maintaining their results without a second surgery.
How many FaceTite procedures are necessary for optimal results?
FaceTite offers significant improvement and effective results in just one treatment. Results continue to develop and improve over the span of six months.
How long do FaceTite results last?
FaceTite results last an average of three to five years. The treatment may be repeated when needed as the effects of aging continue to develop.
Can FaceTite be combined with other procedures?
Absolutely. FaceTite can be combined with treatments like BodyTite, injectable fillers and neurotoxins, and neck liposuction. The compact FaceTite device can also be used on smaller areas of the body, like the upper arms, to provide nonsurgical fat loss and skin tightening alternatives to procedures like brachioplasty.
Are FaceTite treatments painful?
Local anesthesia is used at the beginning of the FaceTite appointment to numb the treated areas and ensure patients feel completely comfortable throughout the procedure. You may experience some facial soreness and tenderness during the first week of recovery, but this can be managed with pain medication.
Does FaceTite leave behind any scarring?
As a nonsurgical treatment, FaceTite does not create any scarring. The incisions made in the jawline below the ears are minimal and heal without the need for stitches.