Acculift™ vs. Dermal Fillers
By Danielle Briones
Published on March 13, 2013
A variation on the AccuSculpt™ body contouring procedure, the AccuLift™ procedure gives patients a highly effective alternative to more invasive forms of facial plastic surgery through the use of laser liposuction. The AccuLift™ treatment is performed on patients that have accumulated excess fat and skin on the lower face and neck area. This facial rejuvenation procedure can produce good results for the right type of patient.
Which Is Right for Me - AccuLift™ or Dermal Fillers?
Although AccuLift™ treatment may result in a successful outcome for certain patients, it is not appropriate for everyone. Many patients will actually benefit from having more fat or volume in the face. This is because, as a person ages, the fat and hyaluronic acid in the skin depletes, resulting in wrinkles as well as a gaunt appearance around the eyes and cheeks. Fat transfer treatment and dermal filler injections are designed to restore this lost volume to the face by plumping up skin depressions. This approach has resulted in many successful outcomes, and is most the popular facial rejuvenation option today. However, in very specific cases, the fat removal and skin tightening benefits of the AccuLift™ treatment may be appropriate.
How Does Acculift™ Work?
The AccuSculpt™ Laser Lipolysis System uses a pulsed Nd:YAG laser to deliver a nanometer wavelength, which gives plastic surgeons greater control over which tissues are targeted during treatment. The system uses the laser energy to heat these tissues, essentially melting away fat without disrupting the surrounding tissues. Even deep tissues can be targeted with outstanding precision in minimally invasive procedures all over the body. The AccuLift™ procedure combines the AccuSculpt™ system with an extremely small cannula to contour the face. The entire AccuLift™ procedure takes 30 minutes to an hour.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Acculift™?
Unlike more traditional forms of face lift surgery, the AccuLift™ procedure refines and recontours the cheeks, jowls, and neck through tiny incisions and with only the need for local anesthesia. Plastic surgeons are able to remove the excess deposits of fat that are responsible for sagging of the facial skin while tightening the superficial layers of the skin to produce a more youthful, contoured appearance.
Patients with sagging in the face and neck may be suitable candidates for treatment. The procedure may be ideal for patients who want to avoid face lift surgery. For the right patient, AccuLift® can be performed alone or in combination with injectable treatments for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation results.
What Can I Expect During Recovery from AccuLift™?
After treatment, patients experience only minimal swelling and bruising, and are usually able to return to their normal routines within three to five days. During recovery, it is always a good idea to keep the head elevated and apply ice packs as needed. What Are the Typical Results of AccuLift™ Treatment? The final results are natural and long lasting, with none of the tell-tale signs of more invasive surgery. Patients emerge from the AccuLift™ procedure looking refreshed and healthier.
To find out if AccuLift™ or another cosmetic facial treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon.