The Facetite treatment allows for significant (in some cases dramatic) improvements in the age or weight-loss related sagging of the lower face and neck, with simultaneous reduction of under-chin fat. The improvement seen in most patients through this minimally invasive office procedure was previously only possible through surgery such as a facelift. Facetite (and its related treatment for the body, Bodytite) utilizes radiofrequency energy, delivered both above and below the skin and tissues, to eliminate fat and tighten skin without scars. Our research and experience so far have shown a dramatic improvement of up to 40% skin tightening. The Facetite is often combined with Moprheus8 treatment to comprise the Embrace procedure.
Facetite is a minimally invasive office treatment that usually takes no more than 30 minutes. When performed as part of the Embrace Procedure, it will take 45 minutes to an hour. There is minimal recovery and patients are usually able to return to work the next day, although the use of a support garment is required for the first few days. Some improvement is seen immediately, but tightening will continue to progress for a full year as more collagen and elastin are produced in response to the treatment.
More delicate areas of the face require more precision than can be delivered with the Facetite hand piece. For treatment of areas such as the nasolabial folds and around the eyes, Dr. Armando Soto recommends Accutite. Using the very same radiofrequency energy as Facetite from the same technologically advanced platform, Accutite is simply smaller and allows for more direct treatment in small, hard-to-reach areas. During your pre-procedure planning process, our team will assess each of your treatment areas to determine whether Accutite of Facetite should be used.
Facetite Surgical Technique
Facetite is usually performed under local anesthesia, with nitrous oxide (laughing) gas, and occasionally this is supplemented with light oral sedation. When combined with other procedures, it may also be done under general anesthesia or in the recovery area after your surgery.
Facetite Before/After Surgery
Before your Facetite procedure, Dr. Soto will mark the area(s) to be treated, and you will be photographed. Once the anesthetic is administered, awake patients usually feel only a bit of warmth that is not unpleasant. After your treatment has been completed, your skin will be cleansed and you will be placed in the appropriate support garment, to be worn 24 hours a day for the first few days (Dr. Soto will advise you based on your treatment and tissue composition). Most patients experience minimal swelling, minimal to no bruising, and mild tenderness in the treated areas for a few days to a week. Return to normal social activities is possible for most patients after 48 hours. You will see improvement almost immediately- but because the primary benefit of the treatment is the longer term increase in collagen and elastin production, your improvement and tightening will continue to improve and progress over the next 6-12 months.
Plan Your Procedure
How Much Does it cost ?
Treatment costs will vary according to total treatment time, the type of anesthesia used, and whether or not the procedure is combined with other treatments.
Replacement for Surgery ?
In some areas and for some patients, Facetite does represent an excellent alternative to surgery in the sense that these carefully selected patients will achieve an improvement comparable to what they could expect through surgery- but without having surgery, without long scars, and with much less expense. For other patients, Facetite will represent a compromise- meaning that the improvement may not be quite as dramatic or smooth as they could have achieved through surgery, but because it is much less expensive and offers the significant advantages of no scars and minimal recovery, is preferable for them.
Who performs the surgery ?
Dr. Soto performs all Facetite procedures personally.
Can I combine procedures ?
Absolutely. To best understand what to expect and whether the combination you are interested in is possible for you, visit Dr. Soto for a consultation.