Noninvasive Approach: Facelift without Surgery
Surgery can be intimidating. The overall hassle and risk that it entails holds many people back from pursuing cosmetic procedures, but new techniques are being developed by doctors and researchers that can help these patients avoid surgery without sacrificing those desired dramatic results.
One of these techniques is the concept of “stackable treatments.” Developed by Chicago-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Julius Few, this revolutionary approach layers non-surgical procedures yielding results competitive with those of surgery. This creative approach addresses problems such as sun damage, sagging and loss of volume, all while maintaining the convenience of not having to go under the knife.
Dr. Few discovered the non-surgical alternative through transforming his thought process and thinking outside the box.
“I think about the nonsurgical approach as a surgeon, and that’s the difference,” Dr. Few said. “This treatment has become an artistic and interchangeable approach that I can customize to each individual patient. That’s the power of it.”
Through focusing on the individual over many visits, Dr. Few’s method helps doctors better address patient issues in a fine-tuned way. Stackable treatments start by utilizing a type of ultrasound technology called Ultherapy. After that, dermal fillers are used to address volume loss, and laser technology is employed as a lifting agent.
“By combining these technologies and administering them in a specific order, we can get near-surgical results.” Dr. Few said.
It’s all about the patient’s unique needs. Dr. Few explains that because of the layered and complementary nature of the procedures working together, doctors don’t have to be quite as aggressive, causing less tissue trauma and a better result. With proper execution, the results of this non-surgical method can last up to 3 to 4 years.
And because of the gradual and tailored technique, they also usually end up looking more natural.
“You don’t have to lean as hard on any one component, as they feed off of one another, so that diminishes downtime,” Dr. Few said.
Compared to the two to four week recovery time for a facelift, stackable treatments give patients the added benefit of being able to return to normal activities within a day or two. Although these procedures start at around $5,000 – time is money. With less downtime, no surgery, and the impressive results, this option is competitive in the cosmetic world.
Stackable treatments may not be for everyone. Ideal clients for stackable treatments are individuals with early to moderate visual signs of aging. Surgery sometimes is the only option if the client’s needs or desired results are more extreme.
Recently, Dr. Few performed an “instalift” on KTLA in 30 minutes. This non-surgical procedure is another advancement by Dr. Few and demonstrates the future of these types of minimally-invasive procedures.
So, if surgery is not for you, and you like the tailored approach of Dr. Few’s methods, stackable treatments may be the perfect way for you to get the desired look without all the hassle.