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What is a Facelift?

Ageing causes wrinkles, fine lines, and loses skin elasticity of the skin. Studies have shown that there are volumetric changes resulting from facial fat loss and bone loss as well. To be able to restore the lost volume and get rid of wrinkles and fine lines, a face lifting procedure will often do the trick.

To understand how to achieve a good facelift, one must be aware of the many layers in the face that are affected.

A simple tightening of the just the skin layer is insufficient. The subcutaneous fat layer also has fibrous collagen tissue that requires tightening. The most crucial layer is the SMAS or deep fascia layer that is supporting all the layers above it.

A facelift is a general term for a cosmetic procedure that helps reverse the signs of ageing in the face. Its primary goal is to lift sagging skin on the face to be able to restore the face’s youthful glow. Just a few years ago, whenever you hear the word facelift it is often associated with surgery and having to go under the knife. But thanks to advancements in medical technology, people can enjoy many different facelift procedures that are less invasive than surgery with lower risks of complications.

Cambridge Medical offers the following minimally invasive aesthetic treatments to achieve a facelift:

Fotona 4D Laser Face Lift

Fotona 4D Laser Face Lift is a non-surgical laser procedure with a revolutionary 4-step laser technology that restores a more youthful look and is suitable for people with sagging skin and uneven skin tone. It lifts sagging skin and improves the facial skin tone and texture both inside and out through the use of the following 4 different laser technologies:

  • SMOOTH - This is the first step of the treatment that works like a ‘dermal filler’ and helps to get a plumping effect and restore volume on the face. It is particularly effective on the skin around the nasolabial folds (smile lines) and the chin. It targets the inside of the oral cavity with a mild and gentle heat so that the skin produces more collagen.
  • FRAC3 – We call this the Collagen REPAIR laser, it targets ‘defective collagen’ areas of the deeper layer of the skin to achieve a youthful glow and stimulates collagen growth. Reducing pore size, skin texture and overall rejuvenation.
  • PIANO – After the FRAC3 laser, PIANO mode uses a patented long pulse technology that introduces deep heat to the deeper layer of the skin safely to strengthen and remodel the skin through collagen production. This results in deep lifting of the face and alleviates nasolabial lines and jowls.
  • GENTLE Yag Peel – Finally, the Gentle Erbium Yag laser using the Fotona PS03X array handpiece gives a precise laser peel that improves the appearance of the skin by reducing fine lines, uneven skin tone, and volume loss. It uses a light micro-laser peel that can remove dead skin cells and brightens the skin in just one treatment.

During the procedure, a warm sensation will be felt but you have nothing to worry about the pain because it is tolerable. The skin may be slight flush after the procedure which goes away after a few hours. The results of the Fotona 4D Laser Face Lift can be seen right after the treatment in most patients. There is NO downtime and patients return to their normal activities.

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HIFU Plus+ Facelift

High-Intensity Focus Ultrasound (HIFU) is a non-surgical treatment that gives a significant face lifting effect and rejuvenates the skin. It uses ultrasound energy to target the SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) layer to stimulate collagen effectively under the skin without damaging the surrounding area. HIFU Plus+ facelift is a new generation of ultrasound technology from Korea that improves on comfortability compared to first-generation ultrasound face lifting devices. Unlikely older HIFU technology that uses lines of treatment, the speed of HIFU Plus+ sends out pulses in the milliseconds. This allows higher tolerability. No sedation is required at all and hence no downtime.

HIFU Plus+ works great on sagging cheeks and jawlines, nasolabial folds, forehead wrinkles, double chins, neck wrinkles, and heavy eyebrows. During the treatment, the patient may feel a slight tingling sensation and some redness and swelling might occur after. It usually takes around 30 to 45 minutes for one treatment. For best results, HIFU Plus+ facelift is usually combined with the Kinetic Jet Facelift treatment to achieve a sharper, tighter, and more contoured face.

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Sculptra Liquid Facelift

The Sculptra Liquid Facelift is a minimally invasive treatment in which a substance that stimulates natural collagen production is injected into different areas of the face. The main ingredient of the substance is poly-L-lactic acid, which is a biodegradable and biocompatible injectable material that fills up space in the skin layers, plumps up the skin, and lessens the appearance of sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. The treatment is quite effective in lifting the cheeks, temples, folds between the nose and mouth, and the skin under the eyes.

Expect some swelling and redness after the treatment and avoid touching the injected area for at least 3 days. Full effects may be seen after one to two weeks, which will last for about six to twelve months. Depending on how your skin responds, our doctor may recommend you to undergo follow-up sessions to ensure the best results.

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