The age-related changes of jowls, heaviness along the jawline and neck, and sagging skin are familiar to us all. As we age, genetics and hormonal changes can contribute volume loss in the face and sagging of facial/neck tissues. The loss of skin elasticity, resulting in droopy face and neck outlines, is a concern for a lot of our patients, says Facial Plastic surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman. FaceTite is a powerful, FDA-approved treatment designed to treat these issues without major surgery and with a few small incisions. The FaceTite treatment helps to melt excess fat and tighten the skin, contouring the neck and face. While procedure is becoming a very popular alternative to traditional surgical facelifting, but many still have questions. Read on to hear from Dr. Fishman about this innovative treatment.
What is FaceTite?
FaceTite is a radiofrequency tissue tightening technology used to contour and tightening the tissues of the lower face, jawline, and neck. Developed by InMode, FaceTite uses minimally invasive, radiofrequency assisted lipolysis–or heat-assisted melting of fat and tightening of tissues. It targets sagging skin and wrinkles to reduce the appearance of aging. The FaceTite procedure removes excess fatty tissue, boosts collagen and elastic production, “shrinkwraps” the skin and soft tissue onto the face and neck contours. Often, this treatment is combined with liposuction to further remove excess fat and provide more defined contours to the face and neck.
Is FaceTite Safe?
FaceTite has been proven to be safe and efficacious. While major complications are rare, bleeding, burns, infection, nerve damage, and scarring can occur. The most common side-effects of treatment are temporary swelling and a bit of patchy numbness within the treated areas, says Dr. Fishman. While not a complication, occasionally some patients more of an “oomph” or lifting result than they get with FaceTite, says Dr. Fishman; and those patients can usually move on to surgical lifting. “Burns and nerve weakness are very rare in my experience,” Dr. Fishman explains, mentioning she has treated her family members with this technology, with very good results.
What is FaceTite Recovery Like?
FaceTite is a minimally invasive, requiring 2-3 tiny incisions and injection of numbing medicine. The procedure can be done in office using local anesthetics and relaxing medications for patient comfort. Patients return home immediately following the procedure, and usually need 1-2 days to recover before returning to normal activities, with most of the recovery involving swelling of the treated tissues. Most patients experience minimal bruising following the procedure; if present, bruising is usually mild and can be camouflaged with makeup. Most patients are back at work and in social situations in about half a week, reports Dr. Fishman. Because FaceTite works by stimulating the development of new collagen and elastin proteins, its final results appear and improve gradually over 6-12 months after treatment.
Can FaceTite Replace a Facelift?
While FaceTite and a surgical facelift treat overlapping concerns, FaceTite is not the same as a face lift. FaceTite is much less invasive, but also treats tissues on a more superficial level than rhytidectomy (or surgical facelifting). The radiofrequency tissue tightening effects of FaceTite treat the skin and the subcutaneous fat located just under the skin; FaceTite does not penetrate deeply enough to treat the deep fat pads of the face and neck, does not address the vertical neck bands (which are related to drooping pltaysma muscle within the neck); and does not treat heavy smile lines. “These are different tools in the aesthetic toolbox,” says Dr. Fishman, explaining that surgical face lifting and neck lifting are the gold standard treatments for significant aging changes. FaceTite is beneficial for those who cannot afford significant downtime, are nervous about scarring, and want a more subtle result than surgical lifting provides. Good candidates for FaceTite are, in general, younger patients in their 30s and 40s, have “fluffier” tissues with a generous amount of subcutaneous fat, and have realistic expectations for this aesthetic treatment.
Every patient requires an individualized approach and treatment. The best way to learn if FaceTite is right for you is a consultation with our expert Facial Plastic surgeon, Dr. Inessa Fishman. Call 678-974-8435 and schedule your consultation today!