FaceTite – Scarless Face Contouring and Skin Tightening in San Diego
Dr. Kearney is proud to offer patients FaceTite by Inmode which is an advanced contouring and skin tightening system that gives surgical results without the scars. It’s a wonderful option for individuals who are looking for an improvement in facial and neck laxity but want to avoid the incisions and downtime associated with traditional face and neck surgery. As patient interest in non-surgical solutions rises, FaceTite allows Dr. Kearney to offer another treatment option that can help patients achieve a more youthful appearance without having to undergo traditional surgery.
FaceTite uses RFAL (Radio-Frequency Assisted Lipolysis) technology to deliver highly controlled radiofrequency energy that causes skin and subcutaneous tissue to contract. After administering a local anesthetic, Dr. Kearney inserts a small cannula beneath the skin with an external electrode placed on the skin’s surface. This highly-controlled thermal field works by delivering rapid and uniform heating which simultaneously liquefies the fat under the skin and “shrink wraps” the tissue. System safeguards regulate skin temperature to ensure patient safety.
- Mini Facelift results
- Minimal downtime, bruising and pain
- Outpatient procedure under local anesthesia
- Surface skin contraction of up to 47%
- No incisions
FaceTite can be used on areas of the face and neck with saggy skin including the jowl line, a double chin, and other areas with deep lines and loose skin. An improvement can be seen soon after treatment with the most noticeable results appearing in 3-6 months and skin contraction can continue for up to a year. FaceTite can also be used for patients who don’t necessarily have excess fat but just want an improvement in skin laxity.
The FaceTite procedure must be performed by a skilled physician and Dr. Kearney is one of the very first Plastic Surgeons in San Diego to offer FaceTite. The machine is ONLY available to Board Certified Plastic Surgeons. For more information about Board Certification click here.
How long does a FaceTite treatment take?
The duration of these treatments depends in part on what areas you are having treated. Most of Dr. Kearney’s FaceTite procedures take about an hour.
How is a FaceTite treatment done?
The procedure is performed 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. Then Dr. Kearney inserts the FaceTite™ handpiece/cannula. 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 typical 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.
Is there anything I should avoid after my FaceTite treatment?
FaceTite with Dr. Kearney is radiofrequency assisted liposuction, although with FaceTite the skin tightening aspect is more front and center than the fat removal. Where possible, Dr. Kearney will place you in a compression garment or compression bandages, and this will likely limit your desire to be out in public. This is only for a few days, and then you wear them at night.
Otherwise, there really aren’t any restrictions.
How long will my results from FaceTite last?
The skin tightening and contouring that occur with FaceTite will begin to be seen after about one week and they can continue to improve 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.
What are the risks involved with FaceTite?
Because FaceTite delivers many of the same results as a surgical facelift, it’s considered to be very safe because it doesn’t involve any of the possible side effects involved with surgical facelifts. 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 energy used, 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.
Who is a good candidate for a FaceTite treatment?
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 the age of 45.
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. Kearney.
What are the differences between FaceTite and a surgical facelift?
Obviously, the main difference is that FaceTite does not involve any incisions, general anesthesia, weeks of downtime, and the other risks and recovery issues involved with a surgical facelift. Since Dr. Kearney performs so many surgical facelifts, he is particularly qualified to compare FaceTite and surgery. His estimate is that FaceTite delivers, depending on the individual patient, from 40-60 percent of the tightening that a surgical facelift achieves.
That’s not to claim that FaceTite can deliver the same results as a facelift. When Dr. Kearney adjusts the underlying support musculature and removes excess skin in surgical facelifts these are permanent results.
Still, for those who don’t want surgery, FaceTite can provide something akin to a mini facelift.
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