If you want to improve your appearance but don’t want a traditional facelift, at Keller Plastic Surgery and Rejuvalase Medical Spa in Santa Barbara, CA, we have a great alternative. FaceTite is a non-surgical treatment that targets sagging skin and excess fat in your face and neck. It allows us to counter the signs of aging with predictable and long-lasting results – no knife or scalpel needed.
How Long Does FaceTite Last?
This treatment comes with many benefits, not the least of which is its penetrating power. It reaches tissues well below the skin’s surface to lift and tighten your appearance, delivering effects that can last up to five years.
You shouldn’t expect your skin to return to its baseline right at the five-year mark. Instead, you’ll see a gradual reduction in overall tightness as the normal signs of aging once again start to show. Lifestyle choices will have a great impact on how long your results last, meaning you should:
- Use sunscreen every day
- Abstain from smoking
- Adopt a healthy skincare regimen
Take Matters into Your Own Hands
The aging process affects each person differently and depends on such factors as the environment, nutrition choices, and genetics. We can’t do much about this last factor, but nutrition choices we can definitely control. Foods that are sure to keep your skin looking young and supple include fatty fish, avocados, and sweet potatoes.
Exercise is equally beneficial. It increases blood flow to deliver more oxygen to and eliminate waste from cells. This includes skin cells, a fact supported by science. Researchers in one study asked sedentary participants to exercise twice a week; after just 12 weeks, participants who previously showed signs of aging suddenly resembled 30- and 40-year olds.
A Proactive Approach
You can also extend your FaceTite (FT) results by proactively treating skin with therapies like microneedling and AGNES RF, a radiofrequency treatment that erases undereye bags and tightens skin under the chin. Microneedling can likewise reduce wrinkles and stave off additional signs of aging by increasing the body’s production of collagen and elastin.
These proteins are the building blocks of new, healthy skin. Any therapy that stimulates their synthesis will provide lasting results and can supplement FT. Treatments like these can also be repeated as desired, pose little recovery time, and refresh your appearance from time to time.
Treatment Isn’t Only One and Done
The point is that diligently caring for your skin is key to enjoying a more youthful appearance for longer. This is especially true after FT, a treatment that can transform your appearance in such a way, you’ll want to keep your results for as long as possible.
This brings us to another point: FaceTite can also be repeated in intervals appropriate to your needs. Most patients benefit from treatment every five years or so to keep skin firm and tight. And before you think it’s possible to have too many treatments, you need not worry. Repeating FT under our guidelines can reduce the need for more extensive treatments in the future.
What Is This Treatment?
It is a non-surgical alternative to traditional facelifts. We direct radiofrequency (RF) energy to excess fat and loose skin on the neck and face; treatment therefore melts fat and tightens skin at the same time, rejuvenating your appearance after just one treatment. Thanks to its multi-faceted effects, FT can address a variety of concerns, including:
- Wrinkles and fine lines in the lower face
- Sagging jowls and neck skin
- Submental fullness beneath the chin
- Marionette lines around the mouth
You might have guessed this treatment targets the lower face, including your jawline, chin, and cheeks. Targeted delivery of RF energy can restore softer curves and sharper definition – the very hallmarks of a youthful appearance. FaceTite is, in fact, the most advanced treatment on the market for minimally invasive contouring. It is gentle but effective, leaves no visible scars, and can immediately tighten your skin by 40%.
What Are the Benefits?
Feeling comfortable with your appearance can boost your confidence and quality of life. When you feel good about the way you look, it shows in how you interact with others, the way you hold your head, even the energy you have in your walk. FT can help by reducing lines around the mouth, wrinkles, sagging jowls, and more.
It even prompts that oh-so-important collagen production we mentioned earlier. Yes, collagen is essential for smooth skin, but it makes itself known in other ways as well. We’re talking about its ability to hydrate, improve elasticity, and give skin a beautiful, radiant glow. Collagen also corrects damage from the sun and other environmental factors like wind and pollution.
What To Expect
FT is performed under local anesthesia with sedation. Once you’re numb, we make a small incision in your skin just below the ear. This is small enough that no scar will be left behind after healing. We then guide a thin tube through the incision and beneath the skin to deliver thermal energy to underlying facial tissues. To protect your skin, the probe is capped with a plastic tip that prevents accidental skin perforation.
An external electrode is then placed over your skin’s outer layer. Both the probe and electrode work synergetically to create a controlled thermal field that simultaneously treats the skin’s inner and outer layers. These devices are then carefully moved along your jawline, liquefying fat and causing just enough damage to stimulate collagen and elastin along the way.
Is It Safe?
Few treatments are as safe and efficient as FT. Patients avoid surgery – which often requires downtime – and also get rid of sagging skin in areas that are notoriously hard to treat. We can again review the treatment process and ensure all your questions are answered before proceeding with therapy. Then, once you’re comfortable, we’ll proceed to provide the lifted, sculpted appearance you desire.
The FaceTite system contains a number of safeguards that actively monitor your skin’s internal and external temperatures. These allow us to keep the heat at a safe and comfortable level. Sessions usually last around 45 minutes for each treated area, and uniform heat distribution ensures results that are smooth and consistent. At the end of treatment, you can immediately return home to begin recovering.
Busting Treatment Myths
Myths often cloak aesthetic treatments, partly because of inaccurate information and partly because of false patient claims. FT is often rumored to barely work, but we can vehemently testify otherwise. Improvements show immediately after treatment, with full results developing over time as collagen and elastin production increase.
It targets the lower portion of your face because, in this area, sagging skin can pull your whole face down. Without needles, bleeding, or bruising, FT delivers visible lifting and firming while also melting away fat in stubborn spots. Meanwhile, you’ll have no scars that need to be hidden – just a fresher appearance.
Myth: It’s Painful
We’re a society fond of platitudes like, “No pain, no gain.” Luckily, this is nothing more than a saying. Beauty doesn’t have to be painful, and FaceTite is the proof you need. The local anesthetic we use keeps you comfortable throughout treatment, thus eliminating the potential for discomfort.
Myth: Results Are Temporary
Just as a mini facelift delivers results that last several years, so, too, does FT. Like we said earlier, the effects will remain visible for about five years, sometimes even longer. This surpasses most other treatments, and in addition to improving your appearance, FaceTite also encourages greater overall skin health.
Myth: Treatment Is Only for the Face
Different therapies are designed for different purposes. Cheek implants target cheeks while a brow lift is designated specifically for the brow. But we know aging can affect more than your face, hence the reason FT is versatile. It can be easily used on the chin and neck to more broadly tighten skin. This makes it ideal for patients with sagging skin who look older than they feel.
Myth: Any Provider Can Perform This Procedure
Cosmetic therapies require skill and practice to deliver the intended results, and FT is no exception. Only practitioners with proven facial surgery expertise can purchase the required device. Because we offer this treatment, you can be assured we have the knowledge necessary to rejuvenate your appearance.
Myth: Downtime Is Lengthy and Complicated
This simple, non-invasive treatment is perfect for those who want to trim excess fat and tighten sagging skin – with minimal recovery involved. You can quickly return to normal activities after treatment, meaning healing is quick and easy instead of lengthy and complicated. The incisions we make don’t even require stitches, posing even less recovery time for you and your skin.
We do have some suggestions that will help you get back to normal as quickly as possible. To start, someone will need to drive you home following the procedure. We also recommend avoiding exercise, saunas, and hot tubs for 48 hours; likewise, you can generally return to work in about three days. Any additional guidelines we provide will be relative to your unique needs.
We’ll use your consultation to determine if FT is right for you. We treat men and women of almost all ages, from their late 30s to early 60s and older. We’ll also base your candidacy on:
- Overall health
- Loose skin around the face and neck
- Folds, jowls, and creases in the skin
- Expectations of outcomes
Preparing for Treatment
Drinking one to two quarts of water daily one week before the procedure will help hydrate your body and improve recovery times. On the day of treatment, it’s best to arrive at our office with a clean face. Also, wear loose-fitting clothing that’s easy to put on and take off. We additionally ask that you bathe the day of your procedure and, again, arrange for transportation to and from our office.
One of the best activities you can engage in after treatment is frequently walking. This keeps blood flowing throughout your body, a component that promotes faster healing. You should also rest as needed; after all, your skin is in a phase of healing. And drink at least eight glasses of water every day to flush away toxins and keep your skin plump and healthy.
The Non-Surgical Way To Tighten Your Face
Surgery is a great way to improve your appearance, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. FT can provide similar results, including a more sculpted jawline, defined cheeks, and a tighter chin. If you’ve been looking for a non-invasive way to rejuvenate your appearance, we have the answer. Schedule your consultation today by calling Keller Plastic Surgery and Rejuvalase Medical Spa in Santa Barbara, CA.