What is the Laser Lift Precision Tx?
Think of the Laser Lift Precision Tx as a mini facelift without the risk or downtime associated with the traditional procedure. The Laser Lift Precision Tx corrects the unwanted effects that the migration of pockets of fat and lost skin elasticity have on the appearance of the face. Lessened collagen production and increased fat deposits are particularly noticeable in the lower face, jawline, and neck in the form of jowls, double chins, and “turkey waddles.” In past years, patients who sought correction for these concerns originally found that facelift surgery was the only effective solutions. Now, Dr. Rubinstein is pleased to offer the Laser Lift Precision Tx to his patients as a minimally-invasive alternative with long-lasting results.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
The Laser Lift Precision Tx utilizes Nd:YAG 1440-nm laser energy to melt unwanted fat beneath the facial skin. The liquefied fat is then safely removed through a small suction device. The targeted laser energy also stimulates collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin. As a result, the skin is tightened and the appearance of droopy, wrinkled skin is improved significantly. The texture and firmness of the skin will continue to improve over the course of several months. Patients will see a more refined and youthful contour for the neck and jawline.
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Precision Tx Laser Lift – The Procedure
A typical Precision Laser Lift takes approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour to perform. There is no need for general anesthesia during the minimally invasive procedure.
To begin, three minor incisions (stitchless) are made behind the ears and under the chin. These incisions, which will be undetectable once healed, are the entry point for local anesthesia and where the laser energy will be delivered. A small fiber optic wire is inserted to melt the fat and deliver the collagen stimulating laser energy. The ThermaGuide system will be used to provide feedback about the tissue temperature to ensure safety. Once the melted fat has been suctioned out through a cannula, similar to that used in other liposuction procedures, and the incisions have been closed, a dressing will be applied.
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After Surgery: What to Expect
Due to the ability of the laser energy to promote tissue coagulation during the procedure, patients will notice some immediate tightening of the skin. The final results will take an additional 3 to 6 months to fully develop. A compression garment will be given to patients to wear around the neck and head as the face becomes accustomed to its new structure. This will be worn continuously for the first 48 hours and only at night for the next 4 to 6 weeks thereafter. Consistent use of the garment by patients has been shown to yield faster and better results. The majority of patients are able to return to work 2 to 3 days after undergoing the Laser Lift Precision Tx. Patients may experience some mild bruising, which is easily camouflaged with makeup. Pain is typically very minor and most patients respond fine with over-the-counter medications. Swelling is typically resolved after 2 days.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
FAQs About Laser Lift Precision Tx
How does it work?
Precision Tx Laser Lift is a lot more than other laser liposuction devices. This procedure uses a proprietary side firing laser which allows Dr. Rubinstein to aim the laser in a precise manner under the skin surface. Older laser devices which only fire straight and therefore can’t be aimed will melt fat and tighten skin. This is not desirable in patients without excess facial fat and can lead to hollowness. Under local anesthesia, 3 tiny openings are made in the skin- under the chin and where each earlobe attaches to the cheek. Using the Precision Tx Laser Lift side firing laser in an upward direction, the dermal layer can be precisely targeted stimulating collagen leading to skin tightening without any undesirable fat melting. If patients have combination problems, the laser can be fired downward into the fatty deposits melting away excess fat. This versatile and safe procedure only takes 60 minutes. There is minimal downtime and results can last 3 to 5 years.
Animation showing how Precistion Tx Laser Lift works
Is Laser Lift Precision Tx painful?
This procedure, and all others performed at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, PC have been designed with patient comfort in mind. While general anesthesia is not necessary for this minimally invasive procedure, an oral sedative such as a Valium and local anesthesia will be delivered to the treatment sites. Patients are awake and relaxed during their appointment.
Can Laser Lift Precision Tx replace facelift surgery?
While the laser procedure can dramatically improve the cosmetic signs of aging in the face, the treatment, though sometimes referred to as a non-surgical facelift, cannot produce the same results as facelift surgery. However, this form of laser therapy can be performed to delay the need for a more invasive treatment, or to maintain the results of facelift surgery.
Can Laser Lift Precision Tx be performed in combination with other cosmetic treatments?
Loss of facial volume in the cheeks and jaw line can contribute to skin sagging in the neck and jaw line. Combining volume restoration together with skin tightening with the Precision Tx. Laser lift can have a dramatic additive effect. Volume restoration can be accomplished surgically via fat injections or non-surgically with Sculptra injections or dermal fillers such as Juvederm Voluma or Restylane Lyft. Other typical combination procedures at the time of Precision Tx Laser lift is eye lid surgery and laser skin resurfacing
What areas of the face can be corrected by this procedure?
The treatment targets the lower face, jawline (jowls), chin (double chin), and neck (“turkey wattle”), where skin laxity and displaced fat are most noticeable.
How many treatments are performed for the best results?
In most cases, a single treatment is sufficient, and patients should expect to see continued improvements over the next 3 months. Duration of results vary greatly. Factors including sun exposure and smoking will reduce the duration of effect. Dr. Rubinstein has seen results last up to 3 to 5 years. This procedure can be repeated or in many cases patients will elect to have more aggressive procedures such as a facelift.
What is the recovery period like for Laser Lift Precision Tx?
Patients will be discharged home following their appointment. Prior to leaving the office, compression bandages will be applied to the lower face and neck to support the treatment area and control bleeding and swelling. The dressing generally remains in place for 48 hours. Patients will remove the bandage themselves on the third day and then wear a lighter chin strap only at night for the next 4 to 6 weeks. Most patients are cleared to go back to work in 2-3 days, though strenuous work and exercise should be avoided for two weeks. By the third day, major swelling has often subsided and minimal bruising can be concealed with cosmetics and loose clothing or accessories. Most patients find that over-the-counter pain medications sufficiently control any discomfort.
What causes aging to the face that requires this type of cosmetic intervention?
The face changes over time due to aging, which can be impacted by sun exposure, gravity, genetics, and even lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking. The tissues below the skin can shift, with fat becoming displaced and hanging skin. The lower third of the face can become especially affected during the aging process as the mouth is expressive, and the jawline area is especially vulnerable to cosmetic changes.