FaceTitePowerful lifting of the lower face, jaw border and neck with minimally invasive incisions.
FaceTite Provides Powerful Lifting of the Jaw Border and Neck
The FaceTite® technology provides powerful lifting of the lower face, including the jaw border and the neck without the need for surgical incisions. It is not as powerful as a surgical face lift, but in our experience it produces consistent and impressive results that exceed the results of other methods of non-invasive and minimally-invasive facial rejuvenation.
Dr. John Q. Cook, founder of the Whole Beauty® Institute in Chicago and Winnetka, was selected to be one of the first plastic surgeons to work with the FaceTite® technology in the United States. FaceTite and its sister technology BodyTite have been available outside the United States for several years.
Where FaceTite is a Good Choice
FaceTite is an excellent choice for the person who has mild to moderate looseness along the jaw border and neck and who is not yet ready for a face lift.
Here is an overview of treatments of the neck and jaw border that have worked well for different types of patients at the Whole Beauty® Institute:
A person in his or her 30’s or early 40’s who has relatively early changes along the neck and jaw border will often benefit from Forma®, a series of external radio-frequency treatments. We have evaluated a wide variety of non-invasive facial rejuvenation devices and prefer Forma over competing technologies. We also use Forma as a maintenance therapy after our surgical face lifts as well as after FaceTite procedures.
At the other end of the spectrum is a patient who has significant loss of tone in the neck and jaw border area. Under most circumstances, this patient will be best served with a face lift. We offer the option of a lift under local anesthesia in the comfort of our Chicago and Winnetka offices. We can also carry out the surgery at a first rate surgery center near our Chicago offices for patients who prefer IV sedation or general anesthesia.
Between these two extremes lies the sweet spot for FaceTite®. Just look at these results from our friend, Dr. Steven Mulholland in Canada, who has used this technology for a number of years.
Here is one of our patients just 3 weeks after FaceTite treatment under local anesthesia. Already there is a nice change in the tone of the jaw border and neck. The treated areas will continue to tighten over a 6 month period.
How does FaceTite® work?
The secret to FaceTite® effectiveness is in its design. Two probes are connected to a hand-piece. Dr. Cook makes a tiny opening so that one probe can glide under the skin while the other probe glides on top of the skin. The probes are gently pinched together, almost like a pair of chop sticks. Radio-frequency energy flows between the tips of the probes as they glide back and forth.
Because of the design of the system a higher level of energy can be delivered to the areas that need to be tightened than can be safely accomplished with other skin tightening devices. This energy has two effects. The first effect is a direct tightening of the understructure of the skin. The second is a stimulation of the cells which manufacture substances such as collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, which make the skin youthful and plump.
Why We Prefer FaceTite to the Alternatives
There are other devices which deliver radio-frequency energy to the skin via a probe, but in the absence of a second probe, the energy flows out in an uncontrolled manner. This can lead to unintended consequences, such as collateral damage and melting of facial fat.
Some devices deliver energy such as ultrasound to deeper facial structures, in an attempt to tighten the so-called SMAS layer of the face. The tightening of this deeper layer is what gives power to face lift surgery. The problem with this non-surgical approach is that it is uncomfortable, imprecise, and may melt the fat of the face, which is the opposite of rejuvenation.
The FaceTite Experience
The FaceTite procedure at the Whole Beauty® Institute is designed for maximum patient comfort.
On the day of your procedure you will be given pills that will help you relax during the treatment. Dr. Cook precisely marks the treatment zones on your face. He introduces a local anesthetic to the area where energy will be applied. This is done in a way that minimizes discomfort.
During your treatment a special solution is introduced to the plane under the skin. This is done through tiny openings, that will also allow for the introduction of the FaceTite probe that will glide under the skin. The external probe is applied on top of the skin. Dr. Cook will glide the probes through the areas that need to be tightened.
Our patients report minimal discomfort after the procedure. A neck support is worn continuously for the first three days, then in the evening for several days.
FaceTite Teams Up with other Procedures
We often combine other treatments with FaceTite to provide powerful facial rejuvenation is a single treatment session. These procedures include IPL (intense pulsed light) to even out skin pigment, Fractora (fractional radio-frequency) to improve skin texture, fat transfer to restore facial volume, and minimally-invasive midface lifting. These combined procedures work well under local anesthesia.
At the Whole Beauty® Institute Precise Evaluation leads to Optimum Treatment
At the Whole Beauty® Institute all procedures are influenced by Dr. Cook’s insistence on natural outcomes. We are pleased to offer our patients an extensive portfolio of treatments for facial rejuvenation. These include non-invasive facial rejuvenation, the minimally-invasive FaceTite procedure, and advanced techniques of face lift surgery.