Can a Fractional Laser Be Used for a Mini-lift?
- Asked 4 years ago
I live in Texas and a doctor near me is offering an Energy lift that seems to help with a mini-lift. He says the fractional lazer is used to shrink connective tissue. Is this procedure worth it? long lasting? safe?
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Fractional laser is not FDA-approved for shrinking connective tissue
The fractional laser is not FDA-approved for shrinking connective tissue. There are no long-term studies. No one knows how long it is going to last or how safe it is. Any fractional lasering done on the underneath side of the skin will necrose fat, which will be problematic over time.
Fractional Laser Primarily Helps Texture, Fine Lines
The Fractional Laser helps improve fine lines and texture. The stimulation of the collagen layer in the skin does help with the appearance of the skin.
How much shrinkage or tightening we see is hard to measure: we do see some tightening.
It's hard to say that it really makes a facelift any tighter, though. The good clinical research studies haven't proven that yet.
It can be hard to separate facts from cool sounding uses of technology.
Fractional laser best suited to rejuvenate the skin, not lift
A fractional laser is best suited to rejuvenate the skin, but does not perform a facelift. If your main concern is lax skin and jowls, I would recommend you undergo a facelift. You can achieve some tightening from a fractional laser or other non-ablative laser such as ReFirme or Titan, however, the results are not the same as with a facelift.
Laser will give you minimal tightening.
Yes, laser does tighten the skin. However, the effect is minimal and cannot in any way be compared to the gold standard of a traditional facelift. Based on your pictures, you could probably get a nice result with the combination of laser, Botox and fat grafting if you do not want to undergo a facelift. Good luck.
Web reference: http://www.RealPlasticSurgery.com
Fractional laser provides a small amount of skin tightening. For the right patient, such as a patient with minimal looseness who had undergone a mini-lift with good results, this might be an excellent procedure. In experienced hands, the procedure has a high safety factor.
You will be Disappointed
Fractional laser is good for skin texture, slight static wrinkles and sun damage. Gravitational change will be addressed with a Facelift-type procedure. This is where you should invest you money. You must not be fooled by marketing gimmicks
Fractional Laser Resurfacing and a Facelift address two different issues
Although both treatments can definitely help improve your appearance and rejuvenate your face, they do so in very different ways. Laser resurfacing treatments are used to address the skin itself: lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, etc. Although it can have some tightening effect on the skin, this is very modest compared to what a Facelift cam achieve. A Facelift is used to reverse a sagging neck or treat jowls that are forming along the jawline. Depending on the extent of the lift, you can achieve results that will far surpass any tightening that a laser can do. Having said that, a Facelift does not improve the quality of the skin itself. That is why these two procedures can be very effective when used to complement each other.
Hope this helps!
Fractionated lasers and facelifts solve two different things
Fractionated lasers, like skin peels, help remedy superficial skin problems. These are a great option for someone who has sun-damaged skin or skin that's very thin and loose. However, a facelift serves a different function. A facelift and any "lifting"-type operation serve to tighten deeper tissues and muscles. This can help improve jawline definition and soften deeper wrinkles. The two procedures are used for very different problems and accomplish very different things.
Using a fractional CO2 laser for the deeper tissues with a facelift is a novel approach that may offer some contouring advantages. This particular approach is not a mainstream procedure and I would check the credentials of the physician suggesting this approach and ask to speak to some of his/her patients that have had this procedure.
All the best,
Tal Raine MD
Fractional Lasers Resurface skin but are NOT a substitute for a Facelift
I love lasers and use them in my practice. But - to obtain a great result, a good Plastic surgeon knows which tool he needs to pull out of his tool box.
I would venture to say that the doctor near you offering that exotic sounding " Energy lift" is NOT a real Plastic surgeons. His experience and repertoire are limited to his laser and that is why he tries selling it as a bogus magical lifting tool.
A fractional laser, in the right hands, will smooth the skin and minimally tighten it. It will not tighten or lift it anything remotely close to what a properly done Facelift would.
I would advise you to look for a REAL Plastic surgeon to explore all your options.
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