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facetite - middle age woman smilingOur face is the first thing people see and it generates long lasting impressions with those with whom we interact. Even with a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen, the effects of aging, genetics, smoking, and sun damage can cause unwanted creases, wrinkles and sagging skin which can give the illusion of an older appearance and fatigue. While skin care and minimally invasive procedures such as Botox® and dermal fillers can provide some localized, temporary improvement, patients with more advanced aging often seek out a face/neck lift. Many patients are not ready to commit to such an invasive procedure, and before now had limited options. And now with FaceTite, not everyone needs a facelift to obtain surgical-like results. FaceTite is a groundbreaking new technology that allows for near surgical results, using very small incisions and with minimal downtime.

If you are ready to learn more about how FaceTite can improve your look, request a consultation online with Dr. Steele, or call our office at (817) 731-5330. We serve patients in Fort Worth, TX and surrounding communities and we welcome patients who wish to travel from outside the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

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Benefits of
FaceTite

FaceTite uses innovative technology to apply radiofrequency energy waves internally and externally. The external tissue heating causes dermal tightening and contraction, resulting in improved skin contour and tightness. The internal tissue heating results in lipolysis (busting of fat cells) and tightening of the underlying collagen network. The ruptured fat is then removed with liposuction. As a result of this combination, you are left with contour of the neck and jowl region with very small scars. FaceTite provides effective treatment of the following areas:

  • Jowls
  • Jawline
  • Submental fat (double chin)
  • Inner/Outer thighs and knees
  • Loose/crepey Neck Skin
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FaceTite
Technique

The FaceTite procedure is performed in the office using local anesthesia with mild sedation (Valium and Nitrous Oxide, laughing gas). Through small incisions, Dr. Steele will place tumescent solution containing salt water and lidocaine/epinephrine into the areas to be treated. The tumescent solution provides turgor (firmness) to the tissues, lidocaine provides pain relief, and the epinephrine (adrenaline) shrinks the blood vessels to minimize bleeding. Once the tissues are numb, Dr. Steele uses the FaceTite handpiece to heat the tissues to a predetermined temperature that is optimal for melting fat and tightening the tissues, while minimizing risk of skin burns. After all of the areas have been treated with the radiofrequency energy, Dr. Steele will remove any excess fat with small liposuction cannulas. The FaceTite procedure is typically combined with radiofrequency skin needling using the Morpheus 8 handpiece. This combination is known as the EmbraceRF protocol and provides powerful rejuvenation of the neck and face.

During/After
Surgery

The EmbraceRF procedure takes approximately 1 hour. You will have some redness and may notice some pinpoint bleeding and crusting. Although you will notice some swelling and possibly some bruising, you will notice an improvement in your contour right away due to the fat reduction. A topical ointment is applied for 2-3 days until while there is any crusting along the treated areas. You should avoid direct sun exposure while healing and wear sunscreen during the recovery process. It is very important to wear the neck compression 24/7 for the first 3-4 days, and then at night for the next 2-3 weeks to help encourage resolution of the swelling. Normal activity and sedentary work can be resumed within a few days. Cardio activity and heavy lifting should be limited for 3 weeks. Most people can return to work within 3-5 days. You will have some degree of swelling that may take up to 3 months to resolve. Additionally, with FaceTite and Morpheus, you will notice continued improvement and skin contraction for 6-12 months after the procedure. To extend the benefits of FaceTite, maintenance Morpheus 8/Fractora treatments may be recommended as well as a physician-quality skin care routine.

FaceTite
FAQs

  • What is FaceTite?

    FaceTite is the first FDA-approved device of its kind, using radiofrequency energy to simultaneously heat the internal and external tissues. This minimally invasive technique tightens the skin, melts the fat, and stimulates the production of new collagen for optimal skin contour after the procedure. It is designed to give you the results similar to a facelift without the cost and need for invasive surgery. FaceTite can dramatically improve your neck line, double chin, and sagging jowls.

  • How does FaceTite work?

    The FaceTite handpiece uses two probes, one is inserted under the skin into the fatty layer below the skin, and the other probe passes directly over the skin. Radiofrequency waves are passed between the two probes which causes tissue heating to a predetermined temperature designed to melt fat, stimulate collagen, and tighten the skin without burning the tissue. Any melted fat is then removed with a small liposuction cannula. The result is tighter, smoother, younger-looking skin with improved contour.

  • What are the benefits of FaceTite?

    FaceTite can provide near-surgical results without the drawbacks of a more invasive face/neck lift procedure. A facelift can take up to 6-7 hours and requires general anesthesia, while the FaceTite procedure is performed under local anesthesia and takes about one hour. Additionally, your recovery is much quicker with very small, inconspicuous scars.

  • Will I have scars after a FaceTite procedure?

    Very small incisions (1-2mm) are made to allow the FaceTite handpiece and liposuction cannulas into the fatty areas to remove the fat and tighten the skin. The scars are very small and often hidden in natural creases and shadows. It is likely that nobody will notice these small, faint scars unless they are pointed out to them.

  • Am I a good candidate for FaceTite?

    Almost anyone struggling with sagging, loose facial or neck tissue will make a good candidate for FaceTite. You should be in good health, understand the procedure, and have realistic expectations for your result.

  • What areas can be treated?

    FaceTite is a versatile treatment option that is quite effective at treating loose skin and excess fat in the cheeks, jowls, and submental (under the chin) region.

  • Is FaceTite painful?

    FaceTite is very well tolerated with mild oral sedation and local anesthesia. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is available as well to help ensure complete patient comfort.

  • What is the recovery like; when can I return to work?

    FaceTite is a well-tolerated, outpatient procedure performed in Dr. Steele’s office under local anesthesia with mild sedation. It is normal to see swelling, and possibly some bruising as well some mild pinpoint areas of crusting. You may have some mild due to the inflammation that responds well to non-narcotic pain medications. You will be placed into a neck compression garment that is worn 24/7 for 3 days and then at night for 2 weeks. Most patients can return to work in 2-4 days. You should avoid cardio or strenuous exercise for about 3 weeks.

  • Is the treatment permanent? How long will the results last?

    Depending on the individual, your FaceTite results will last for many years. It is important to realize that your skin will continue to age due to sun damage, smoking, genetics, and the natural aging process. Skin care and radiofrequency microneedling with the Morpheus 8/Fractora handpieces can help maintain your results.

  • When will I see my final results?

    You will notice some improvement immediately after surgery; however, typical bruising and swelling will camouflage your final contour for several months. It is important to wear the compression garment as instructed by Dr. Steele to facilitate resolution of your swelling and skin contraction. You will gradually notice improvement as the swelling goes away, but it will take 3-6 months to see the final result. Additionally, you will continue to notice skin tightening for 6-12 months after the procedure.