Laser Assisted Facelift Tampa


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Dr. Holcomb pioneered the Laser Assisted Facelift beginning in 2008. The rationale arose out of his realization that combining the minimally invasive AccuLift™ procedure that he co-developed may help improve the jawline and neck line (cervicomental angle) without having to do more extensive “open” surgery in these areas.

If you have jowls that are easily visible and partially obscuring the jawline when looking in the mirror while standing or sitting try looking with a hand mirror while lying on the bed or sofa. What happens? In many people this results in the jowls moving upwards into the lower face and backward toward the ear so that the jawline is magically restored to a youthful state.

So guess what position patients are in during facelift surgery? If you guessed flat (supine) you are correct. So in this position the jowls are simply not visible in many cases – they have temporarily migrated up into the face where surgeons do not perform traditional liposuction. So what happens to the jowls? If you are having a facelift procedure that does not directly address the jowls the jawline will generally look better right after surgery but over time, and often sooner than later, the jowls will become apparent again – even if the skin is relatively tight across the jawline.

For patients with lower facial fullness and jowling Dr. Holcomb uses the AccuLift procedure (Laser Assisted Facial Contouring) to remove the jowls. He keeps the patient positioned with the head up during this part of the Laser Assisted Facelift so that the jowls are visible. After laser treatment of the jowls and excess lower facial fat the fatty tissue is removed with a small tube called a cannula that is attached to a small syringe.

After completion of the lower facial contouring procedure Dr. Holcomb lowers the patient’s back to address the neck with Laser Assisted Neck Contouring. In addition to helping to achieve dramatic improvement in the neck line (cervicomental angle) in some patients (about 1/3) the Laser Assisted Neck Contouring procedure may be so effective that opening the neck with an incision under the chin may not be necessary.

Dr. Holcomb’s peer reviewed study of the benefits of the Laser Assisted Facelift procedure was published in the journal Facial Plastic Surgery – Facets of Facelifting edition in August 2014 (click to view cover and 1st page of article).

After completion of lower facial and neck contouring Dr. Holcomb completes the surgical portions of the Laser Assisted Facelift. These surgical techniques generally involve a multi-plane (superficial and deeper tissue levels), multi-vector (tissues lifted in most appropriate direction or vector for the mid-face, lower face and neck) SMAS facelift approach. When needed an extended SMAS approach is used to obtain greater improvement in the mid-face area.

Patients undergoing Laser Assisted Facelift surgery often have other areas of concern addressed at the same time including brow lift, upper and/or lower eyelid lift, facial implants, lip enhancement, laser skin resurfacing.

Recovery from Laser Assisted Facelift surgery will take approximately two weeks. Some bruising is likely and mild swelling is expected during the first week. These gradually diminish over several weeks. Dr. Holcomb and his staff have implemented various measures to help patients navigate the recovery process as quickly as possible. Temporary numbness of the skin in the treatment areas is expected. Many patients feel comfortable enough with their appearance to return to work as soon as 10 – 14 days after surgery.

Holcomb – Kreithen Plastic Surgery and MedSpa is located in beautiful Tampa. As a top facelift surgeon in Florida, Dr. Holcomb brings over 20 years of surgical experience to every patient. Contact our office at 941.365.8679 to schedule your Laser Assisted Facelift consultation today.

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