These past six months, much of the world’s business has migrated to Zoom and other online meeting apps. For many, this has been surprisingly pleasant. Who doesn’t prefer sitting at the kitchen table in sweatpants over rushing to the office in high heels?
But seeing our own reflections staring back at us at an unflattering angle has also brought into focus a jarring reality: From the mouth on down, our faces and necks do not look nearly as young as we think they do! Where in the world did those folds come from overnight?
Tightening and Lifting Your Neck With Skin Tightening
Unfortunately, your computer screen doesn’t lie. This is why we’d like to tell you about FaceTite.
It’s called FaceTite – to differentiate it from its cousin BodyTite, which covers the rest of the body – but it might as well be called “NeckTite.” Because the neck is where you see the most drastic results of this nonsurgical facelift alternative. Just take a look at the results for this patient of our own Dr. Peters:
The neck is where your age often shows first. And this is why a procedure treating your neck area can have the most drastic rejuvenation effect. Many people – women especially – spend a substantial amount of money on recurring skincare, at the hairdresser, and perhaps on Botox or dermal fillers. All these are great ways to look and feel great. But each of them alone has a relatively minor effect on your appearance. Just think if you could pool that money and apply it to the one area where the visible effect is indeed stunning? More often than not, this area will be your neck.
FaceTite isn’t the only method for a non-surgical facelift. The Renuvion technology achieves similar skin tightening results for neck and face.
FaceTite vs Traditional Facelift
If you want to be a stickler, a “non-surgical” facelift technically is surgery. But in reality, it is very different from the surgery you would associate with a facelift of old – like the kind, say, Elizabeth Taylor would have had in her day.
A traditional facelift uses exisional surgery – the kind where the doctor uses a scalpel and sutures to lift and tighten the skin. Don’t get us wrong, beautiful work can be done that way, and many plastic surgeons are exceptionally skilled when it comes to hiding scars along the hairline or by the ears.
However, many people – men and women alike – simply do not have the luxury to retreat from the world for the time it takes to recover from such a facelift. Let alone the fact that this type of surgery and anesthesia costs more and is more invasive, with all its associated risks. The less invasive a procedure is, the lower the cost and risks, and the faster and easier the recovery.
How FaceTite Works
FaceTite uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to essentially melt fat and simultaneously tighten the skin. You only need a one-time treatment to achieve between 35% and 45% skin tightening. It does not require a scalpel nor does it leave noticeable scarring. It’s technically considered surgery because a small cannula is inserted below the skin to deliver RF energy to the fat cells and connective tissues. But it can be performed outpatient and under local anesthesia, combined with IV sedation as needed.
This video explains well how FaceTite works:
We’ve focused on the neck because the effects are most dramatic there, but FaceTite can address a whole list of common concerns:
- Sagging jowls
- A sagging neck
- An ill-defined jawline
- Wrinkles and fine lines in the lower face
- A double chin or general fullness below the chin
- Marionette lines around the mouth
- Decreased collagen and elastin production of the skin
What Your FaceTite Recovery Looks Like
Skin Tightening patients are generally able to resume regular activities 24-48 hours after the procedure. However, moderate swelling may be visible for 3-5 days, so you may want to consider allocating sufficient time before a return to work. You may also experience some bruising, numbness, and itchiness, but most side effects improve drastically within a week.
Your doctor will typically give you a compression wrapping to use the first few days post-op to minimize swelling, and might advise to continue wearing it at night for up to two weeks.
A slightly uneven skin texture may last 2-3 weeks as the skin further adjusts and contracts. FaceTite continues to work on your skin long after it has been treated, meaning you may continue to see an improvement until up to 12 months afterwards.
Is Non-Surgical Skin Tightening too Good to Be True?
It’s a valid question: With all these advantages over facelift surgery, what’s the catch?
In our experience, this is the catch: FaceTite and Renuvion and other radio frequency operated procedures require skill and experience. The more skillful your practitioner, the better your results are going to be. The manufacturers of these devices (InMode for BodyTite, and Apyx Medical for Renuvion), carefully selects and trains surgeons with previous expertise in facial surgery, and true mastery often only comes after performing hundreds of procedures.
NuBody Concepts’ Dr. Rosdeutscher has performed facelifts – both surgical and minimally-invasive or combinations of both – in the Nashville area for over 20 years. He has lately achieved excellent results with the Renuvion technology. And Dr. Peters, who we mentioned earlier, is among InMode’s award-winning plastic surgeons for his innovative use of their technology, and was also one of the first adopters of radiofrequency-assisted lipectomy after its FDA approval.
If you’d like to learn how FaceTite can rejuvenate your face and neck, contact us today for a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon in Nashville or Memphis.