What is FaceTite?
FaceTite is a minimally invasive procedure that is comparable to a surgical facelift but without the scars. It uses RFAL (Radio-Frequency Assisted Lipolysis) to tighten skin and melt fat on the face and neck.
Benefits of FaceTite?
- Tightening of skin
- Melts fat
- Improves contour of neck and face
- Minimally invasive
- Can be performed under local anesthesia
- No linear scar unlike a facelift
- Less trauma than facelift
- Minimal downtime
What areas can be treated?
Typically, areas of the face and neck with saggy skin can be treated. This includes the submental neck (double chin), jowls and other areas with loose skin. FaceTite can often be combined with liposuction to address bulky areas of fat at the neck associated with poor skin elasticity.
What to Expect after FaceTite?
Results are immediate after FaceTite and continue to improve over 3 to 6 months. Downtime can be from 2 to 10 days. Compression garments are helpful in reducing swelling. Refrain from exercise and strenuous activity for 3 to 4 weeks. Specific post-operative instructions will be provided.
How is the FaceTite Procedure Performed?
This minimally-invasive radiofrequency treatment is performed in the office. The doctor makes small incisions that are just a couple of millimeters in size. Through them, he inserts a narrow instrument. This part of the handpiece delivers controlled radiofrequency energy to the subdermal plane. A second arm of the handpiece delivers radiofrequency against the epidermis, effectively "sandwiching" the energy into tissue from both directions. Small liposuction cannulas may be used to suction out the fat that has been melted during the procedure.
Will I Experience Pain During the FaceTite Procedure?
Before your procedure begins, the area will be pretreated with a powerful local anesthetic. You may also receive a mild sedative to help you remain calm and relaxed throughout your treatment. You'll know that the doctor is working only because you may feel a sense of pressure as one or the other sides of your face is touched. That said, you should be very comfortable both during and after your FaceTite procedure.
How Long Does it Take to Recover from FaceTite?
After completing your procedure, our team will apply a compression garment that gently supports the treatment area. You'll need to wear the garment for several hours as directed in your post-treatment instructions. Because you'll likely receive a sedative for your procedure, you should arrange to have someone accompany you to our office and drive you home. You can expect some soreness, tenderness, numbness, itching, bruising, and swelling. However, you may feel well enough to return to work in a day or two! There's usually no need for prescription pain medication after FaceTite. An over-the-counter pain reliever should be sufficient to keep you comfortable. As your skin responds to the effects of the thermal energy that's been absorbed, you may notice uneven texture. This can last up to a few weeks. Post-treatment side effects should resolve nicely within the first week after treatment, enabling you to return to your normal routine looking and feeling great!
Are there Risks Associated with FaceTite?
There are a few risks associated with the FaceTite procedure. Dr. Farris will discuss all potential complications during your consultation. Usually, side effects are limited to what we've mentioned. A small number of people experience what is called neuropraxia. This means that a nerve has been bruised. If neuropraxia occurs, the smile may look slightly lopsided for a short time. This minor complication usually does not significantly alter one's appearance. If it does occur, give us a call! It's possible to inject Botox into the unaffected side of the mouth to create more symmetry. However, this should be carefully considered. There is no predicting how long it will take for the nerve to recover from the bruising it sustained. It's possible that recovery may occur more quickly than the effects of Botox would wear off, in which case the lopsidedness would continue unnecessarily.