What is Precision Tx?
Think of the Precision Tx as a mini facelift without the risk or downtime associated with the traditional procedure. The Laser Lift Precision Tx corrects the unwanted effects that the migration of pockets of fat and lost skin elasticity have on the appearance of the face. Lessened collagen production and increased fat deposits are particularly noticeable in the lower face, jawline, and neck in the form of jowls, double chins, and “turkey waddles.” In past years, patients who sought correction for these concerns originally found that facelift surgery was the only effective solutions. Now, Dr. Spencer is pleased to offer the Laser Precision Tx to his patients as a minimally-invasive alternative with long-lasting results.
The Laser Precision Tx utilizes Nd:YAG 1440-nm laser energy to melt unwanted fat beneath the facial skin. The liquefied fat is then safely removed through a small suction device. The targeted laser energy also stimulates collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin. As a result, the skin is tightened and the appearance of droopy, wrinkled skin is improved significantly. The texture and firmness of the skin will continue to improve over the course of several months. Patients will see a more refined and youthful contour for the neck and jawline.
Precision Tx – The Procedure
A typical Precision takes approximately 1 to 2 hours to perform. There is no need for general anesthesia during the minimally invasive procedure.
To begin, three minor incisions (stitchless) are made behind the ears and under the chin. These incisions, which will be undetectable once healed, are the entry point for local anesthesia and where the laser energy will be delivered. A small fiber optic wire is inserted to melt the fat and deliver the collagen stimulating laser energy. The ThermaGuide system will be used to provide feedback about the tissue temperature to ensure safety. Once the melted fat has been suctioned out through a cannula, similar to that used in other liposuction procedures, and the incisions have been closed, a dressing will be applied.
After Surgery: What to Expect
Due to the ability of the laser energy to promote tissue coagulation during the procedure, patients will notice some immediate tightening of the skin. The final results will take an additional 3 to 6 months to fully develop. A compression garment will be given to patients to wear around the neck and head as the face becomes accustomed to its new structure. This will be worn continuously for the first 48 hours and only at night for the next 4 to 6 weeks thereafter. Consistent use of the garment by patients has been shown to yield faster and better results. The majority of patients are able to return to work 2 to 3 days after undergoing the Precision Tx. Patients may experience some mild bruising, which is easily camouflaged with makeup. Pain is typically very minor and most patients respond fine with over-the-counter medications. Swelling is typically resolved after 2 days.