Catio Lifting - Risks and Side Effects?

I am 27 years old and unfortunately my skin has gotten much drier than 2 years ago. I got a bit of folds near my mouth and nose and have less elasticity on my face and less firmer cheeks. Muscles on my face are a bit flabby and I feel some laxity on my face skin. I want to have firm skin again. I consider doing Catio Lifting. Does it have any side effects on the skin at my age? Is there any risk that the muscles on my face will experience more laxity a while after the Catio Lifting?   thanks in advance  Video about catio lifting:

Doctor Answers 7

Facial Rejuvenation at 27

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At your age I would recommend seeing a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss skin care.  There are some proven ways of non-invasive facial tightening, such as Ultherapy, but the facial spa treatment that you are asking about is not something that I would expect to give you a significant improvement.

27 years of age and Improvement in Skin Tightness

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   At 27 years of age, I would recommend a good skin care program and an evaluation by a board certified plastic surgeon to assess your needs and anatomy.  I know of no studies on this Catio lift.

Never heard of Catio lifting.

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About the only thing that is going to get lifted with this is your wallet! These things have around in various forms for years and in my opinion do not lift.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

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This is a waste of your money!

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Unless you believe that facial exercises can improve your skin or muscle tone, this is nothing more than electrical muscle stimulation combined with creams and mositurizers. Cosmetics. (No harm, but definitely nothing special.)

This is analagous to the "ab slimmer belts" with electro pads that you wear at night to contract your abdominal muscles and "exercise while you sleep." It doesn't burn fat or help you lose weight, nor does it really bulk-up your abdominal muscles, but it will make them a bit sore, so you think something good is happening. The "Catio Lift" is much the same--different location, plus all the "special" creams and potions.

At 27, the only reason you might have a small amount of skin/muscle laxity is if you were morbidly obese and then lost over 100 lbs., causing some loss of elasticity. But even in massive weight loss patients, facial laxity is seen to a minimal degree at your age. Unless massive weight loss is an actual issue, there is nothing else adversely affecting your skin besides sun exposure (or tanning beds), smoking, and genetics. The latter can't be changed, and if the first two are not an issue, then any good skin care regimen, products, and diet will be more helpful than spending your money on the Catio "Lift." (Quotes are mine, because the only thing that is "lifted" is the residual cash from your wallet!) Best wishes! Dr. Tholen

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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As any new technology for skin tension is a fraud/ nada substituye a la cirugia

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this new kinds of technology offer always with 4 or 5 treatments a substitution to surgery but most of the time you ed up paying more than a surgery with less than 10% success it a good bussiness for spa and pseudosurgeons

este tipo de nueva technologia casi siempre son un fraude y jamas substituiran a una cirugia realizada por un buen cirujano plastico

Ramon Navarro, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon

Will Catio lifting help increase my skin tone and elasticity

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Although I don't have any direct experience with the Catio Lift, muscle generally do not account for facial sagging or loss of elasticity. Consider the example of a bicep muscle on a 90 year old. The muscle itself doesn't hang off the bone. Perhaps this treatment may give you some improvement, but I would carefully weigh your expected outcome. 

Brian Dorner, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon

If you need a lifting this is likely to disappoint you

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Dear lady, without images of your face it is hard to assess how much laxity your face has suffered. If it is only a minor decrease of skin tone there are a number of cosmetic treatments that increase the turgor of the skin, at least temporarily. However if there is true laxity, with visible jowling and looseness of the upper neck, there is no good method to correct this except some kind of facelifting procedure.


Alexis Verpaele, MD
Belgium Plastic Surgeon

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