Patients who want to look younger and more vibrant can benefit from FaceTite at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute. This minimally invasive facial-contouring procedure defines the face and neck by reducing sagging skin, wrinkles, and jowls. Excess fat can also be removed for a more contoured look.
The results of this cutting-edge technique last for years and look very natural. The changes are not as drastic in most cases as a formal face and neck lift, but the jawline and neckline contour can be dramatically improved. Because it is minimally invasive, FaceTite can be performed without requiring a lengthy recovery period.
The Science Behind FaceTite
FaceTite uses a technique called radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis (RFAL). This method uses radiofrequency energy underneath the skin to liquify fatty tissue, making it much easier to remove. Morpheus8 is done in conjunction and also delivers the radiofrequency. It is done using microneedling to further enhance skin tightening. The FaceTite is a one time procedure, however it is recommended that the Morpheus8 be repeated in 4-6 weeks for optimal results. The Morpheus8 is done in our SkinCare Clinic.
The radiofrequency energy also remodels collagen protein and increases the production of new collagen and elastin in the skin tissues. This results in tighter skin, giving the patient a more vibrant and youthful appearance.
Am I a Good Candidate for FaceTite?
Patients with reasonably skin quality who want to address sagging or wrinkles around the lower half of their face and neck can benefit most from FaceTite. Better results are achieved in those with better skin. Additionally, patients who are at or near their target weight are ideal candidates.
Can FaceTite be combined with other procedures?
Frequently, other procedures are done at the same time. Morpheus8 is always done to complement the FaceTite. In addition, fat grafting, lip implants, chin implants and buccal fat pad reduction are also commonly performed. It can also be done when other unrelated procedures and being performed (breast augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction, etc.)
Your FaceTite Consultation
When patients come in for a FaceTite consultation, they are first asked what their goals are and what they expect from the procedure. The problem areas that have indicated will be examined to ensure that they are suitable for treatment.
This is also the point where the patient is asked about their complete medical history, including their current health status, any allergies, any medications currently being taken, and any past procedures. The plastic surgeon will discuss FaceTite with the patient in great detail, and patients can ask any questions they may have.
If you have a history of herpes simplex, prescription antiviral medication may be necessary in conjunction with FaceTite. Smokers must quit smoking several weeks before their procedure.
Your FaceTite Session
At the start of a FaceTite procedure, the selected treatment areas will be marked. Next, tumescent anesthesia will be administered. This will numb the areas to any pain, along with reducing the chance of bleeding. It will also emulsify the fat, leading to easier removal. Oral and sometimes IV sedation is administered. In cases where other procedures are being performed, general anesthesia is recommended.
Three small incisions (4mm) are made- at the base of each earlobe and under the chin. The FaceTite wand consists of a cannula with an electrode at the tip below the skin, along with another electrode extending from the wand that is on the surface of the skin to carefully measure the temperature and avoid burns.
The radiofrequency energy will be delivered to the region, and then the liquified fat will be removed using the cannula. Once all contouring and tightening has been achieved, the incisions may be closed with a small suture that is removed at a week. Incisions are then dressed with a small steristrip. The procedure takes less than an hour from start to finish. You are asked to arrive about one hour prior so that topical numbing medicine and oral sedation can be given. You will need to have someone drive you to and from.
Patients will be able to go home on the same day as their FaceTite treatment. It will take one to two days before the patient can perform mild activities. After 5-7 days of downtime, patients can return to their regular schedules.
Immediately following the FaceTite procedure, a compression garment (jaw bra) will be applied to the affected areas. Patients will need to wear this garment during the early part of the recovery period. This will help speed up the recovery process by controlling post-treatment swelling.
Any discomfort can be addressed using Tylenol, Advil or pain-control medication as prescribed. Drainage can occur at the incision sites for the first 24hours, and so dressings might need to be changed.
Improvements will be visible immediately following the treatment. Results will continue to improve as new collagen and elastin is created, and best results can usually be seen around six weeks after the treatment session.
How Much Does FaceTite Cost?
The cost of a FaceTite procedure depends on several factors. The severity of the wrinkles, sagging, or excess fat can affect the overall price, as can the number of problem areas being corrected.
Contact Us to Learn More
Patients interested in undergoing FaceTite in Austin can contact Austin Plastic Surgery Institute to schedule a consultation. Our experienced plastic surgeons will be happy to help you achieve effective facial rejuvenation.
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.