LazerLift (Face): Can You Name the Laser Used and is There Nerve Damage Possibilities?

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Laser face lifting

 A laser is a very precise cutting and burning tool and it can be a very useful tool in certain applications.  The laser does not offer any advantages when performing a comprehensive face and neck lift. A face and neck lift involves removal of fat above and below the platysma muscle, tightening the facial and neck muscles, and tightening skin. A laser simply cannot accomplish these goals. Facial nerve damage is certainly a possibility in experienced hands.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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The lazerlift is a specific marketing ccompany that promotes the cynosure smartlipo new fiber called sidelase. It is a 1440nm laser (same as cellulaze) and is used under the skin to tighten the skin. Nerve damage in untrained hands is certainly possible. This is a new application with a new laser fiber and has not been around that long. However - initial results have been promising. Dr. Barry DiBernardo from New Jersey has been doing most of the research on this device

Jason Pozner, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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Lazerlift procedure for skin tightening.

Lazerlift referes to a 'semi-invasive' procedure aimed at facial skin tightening.  The procedure is marketed by the Cynosure laser company.  It involves passing a laser wand into the subcutaneous space which emits a laser beam of 1440 nm wavelength from a neodynium:yag source.  The objective is to heat the deep tissues in a controlled manner and cause an even sub-necrotic thermal injury which then heals with a skin tightening effect.  In general the results will not compare to a properly selected and performed facelift surgery.  Nerve damage is a risk.

Mario J. Imola, MD, DDS, FRCSC, FACS. 

Mario J. Imola, MD, DDS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
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LazerLift (Face): Can You Name the Laser Used and is There Nerve Damage Possibilities?

 No Laser or skin tightening technology, available today, can give the same results as a minimally invasive Face Lift because they only affect the skin or, if passed below the skin which is rare, the underlying fat layer.  Facelifts, to be effective, must dissect, trim, lift and re-suture the deepr SMAS muscle layer that is resonsible for the majority of the pull.  An incisions around the ear must also be made to allow removal of excess skin...something that Lasers and other skin tightening technologies can't provide.  

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lazerlift procedure and marketing strategies

The Lazerlift uses the cynosure laser to achieve tightening of the underlying tissue and also to remove excess fat. I have only seen short term results of about 3-6 months and only time will tell if it is a durable procedure. It is probably more appropriate for someone who does not have a lot of loose skin so that heating the underlying tissues will result in some tightening. Generally the risks are low for this type of procedure but you might want to check with your physician about other alternatives as well.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lazerlift is a confusing cosmetic surgery marketing term

My recollection of the Lazerlift marketing ploy was that it is a Cynosure laser tipped cannula that is used to undermine the facial skin in the subcutaneous plane and somehow achieve skin tightening. This technology is certainly not going to deliver the facial rejuvenation result that a good face and neck lift will deliver. Hopefully you have not sustained any significant nerve injury from the Lazerlift treatment.

Scott C. Sattler, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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LazerLift (Face): Can You Name the Laser Used and is There Nerve Damage Possibilities?

      This technology produces some more conservative results but will not replace face and neck lift techniques.  Risk of nerve damage is dependent upon depth of penetration and placement of the cannula.  Kenneth Hughes, MD  Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Lasering the face is not really a facelift and there's no risk for nerve damage.

I don't know anyone who uses the laser to do the dissection required for facelift. What you are referring to is probably laser resurfacing of the face.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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