Combinational Facial Rejuvenation:  When Surgery Isn’t Enough

John R. Burroughs, M.D.
Cosmetic Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon
Medical Director, Springs Aesthetics
Colorado Springs, CO

Before and After Mini-Incision Facelift and Radiofrequency FaceTite treatment to her jowls.  Note the nice smoothening of her jawline and upper neck.

This patient wanted rejuvenation of her lower face.  She had significant drooping of her jowls.  This was gravity-related, but also she had prominent fat in her jowls.  Just lifting this area with surgery would move them up but make them still look puffy wherever they are moved to.  Many will refer to this as “chipmunk cheeks.”  In her case, radio-frequency energy was used to shrink her jowl fat.  Dr. Burroughs uses the Inmode FaceTite and Acutite devices to accomplish face tightening and to improve swelling or prominent unsightly fatty areas in the area.  This is called radiofrequency assisted lipolysis.  The advantage to this procedure over injecting deoxycholic acid (“Kybella”) is that the skin tightening also occurs from the radiofrequency and it is a “one and done” procedure with several years of tightening improvement.  Whereas Kybella can leave unevenness, requires multiple injections, potential significant swelling, and no skin tightening.

FaceTite has been used by Dr. Burroughs for over 3 years now, and is often done alone in many patients who do not wish nor need a surgical facelift.  When performed alone it can yield 50-60% improvement compared to surgery, but essentially no downtime and no general anesthesia is needed.  Patients can literally go back to work the next day if they wish.  FaceTite can last up to 3 years for the skin tightening benefit.

Dr. Burroughs’ facelift technique is also done in the office with minimal downtime.  Some patients will do this on a Friday and return to work on Monday.  Dr. Burroughs also strongly advocates medical grade skincare as healthier kin looks better and heals quicker.