As we age our faces have an unfortunate trend of accumulating pockets of fat, while at the same time the skin loosens and sags. Obviously, this could be addressed by a facelift with Dr. Azul, but many of our patients aren’t ready for that surgery and the recovery it entails. That’s why we’ve added a new treatment, FaceTite™ that combines subtle liposuction with radiofrequency skin tightening on the face, jowls, and neck.
What is FaceTite?
FaceTite™ is a contouring procedure that also provides significant skin contraction. The FaceTite™ system uses a cannula with an internal electrode that is inserted through a tiny incision. Attached to the cannula, but resting atop the skin, is a metal wand that features an external electrode. This is the same patented radiofrequency-assisted liposuction technology that debuted with BodyTite™. The radiofrequency energy passes from the internal electrode to the external electrode, heating the fat and surrounding tissues without damaging those tissues. The liquefied fat is then suctioned away through the cannula. The RF energy that has heated the dermis layer of the skin causes the skin to contract and tighten, firming the area.
How does FaceTite tighten my skin?
Prior to our FaceTite™ treatments, we usually offer patients a light sedative to help them relax. Dr. Azul performs these procedures with only local anesthesia to numb the areas where tiny incisions are created for the insertion of the cannula. The cannula itself is very thin, about the size of a knitting needle. The treatment areas are injected with a tumescent solution common to modern liposuction. The solution consists of saline, epinephrine, and Lidocaine. This numbs the area, makes the fat easier to remove, and constricts the blood vessels for less bleeding and subsequent bruising. Next, Dr. Azul inserts the FaceTite™ cannula portion of the handpiece. On the tip of the cannula is an internal electrode that delivers the radiofrequency energy below the skin to liquefy the fat. Above the skin on the surface rests the other portion of the handpiece, a metal wand that serves as the external electrode. This is important because it gives the RF energy a pathway upward through the skin from the internal electrode to the external electrode. This provides the skin tightening typically to RF treatments.
While the thin cannula is delivering the RF energy below the skin to liquefy and then suction out unwanted fat, the RF energy is also pulsing upward through the skin. This is the dual benefit of FaceTite™.
Would I be a good candidate for FaceTite?
As we age, the skin on the lower portion of our face loosens and begins to sag. This is a universal problem with aging, especially in the jowls. FaceTite™ is a good option for anyone with this loose skin who would like to tighten up their profile but doesn’t want to have surgery to do so. In reality, that’s pretty much anyone over age 45. This is even truer in sunny Florida where we all have our share of sun damage on our faces.
The one exception is if you’ve had any dermal fillers injected recently. If you have, you’ll need to wait at least two months before you should have FaceTite™ with Dr. Flaharty.
Are my results with FaceTite permanent?
When it comes to procedures that deal with aging facial skin and support structures, nothing can create results that are permanent and will, in effect, freeze the person’s aging. Still, FaceTite™ delivers impressive lasting results. The skin tightening and contouring that occur with FaceTite™ will begin to be seen after about one week and they can continue for nine months. From there FaceTite™ results can last up to five years. The results of FaceTite™ are similar to those delivered by a mini facelift.
How long does a FaceTite treatment take?
As you would assume, the time it takes for a FaceTite™ treatment at Azul depends on what areas we are treating. Most FaceTite™ procedures take about one hour.
Are there risks with FaceTite?
FaceTite™ delivers many of the same results as a surgical facelift, but it doesn’t have any of the recovery and possible risks involved with those facial surgeries. FaceTite™ is a safe, minimally invasive treatment. The only invasive aspect of FaceTite™ is the insertion of the very thin cannula. Both the cannula and the external electrode are equipped with thermal controls to ensure patient safety and comfort.
Plus, the vehicle for these changes is radiofrequency energy. Radiofrequency energy has been used for decades with imaging such as MRIs and is safe and effective. RF energy is also used for many skin-tightening aesthetic treatments.
How much does a FaceTite treatment cost?
The cost of these treatments depends on the area or areas being treated. Once Dr. Flaharty meets with you during your consultation to ensure you’re a good candidate for FaceTite™ and to explain the process, he’ll have a better idea of what areas you want to treat. At that time, we can give you an estimate of the cost.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re interested in learning more about FaceTite treatment, please contact us for a consultation at 239.415.7576, or fill out a contact form here. We will discuss your needs and concerns, and determine your best course of action.