istock 484049872 1 1 The jawline is not the first place to be affected by the signs of aging. In fact, we might miss the early indicators of tissue descent for some time. It may only be when the angles of the jawline have disappeared that we realize the shape of the face has changed. Once we see it, we cannot unseen it. One of the concerns we hear from many patients these days is that, while on video chats with friends or colleagues, they cannot help but notice heaviness at the bottom of their face. Try as they  might to focus elsewhere, they cannot. So they wonder what they can do to reshape the lower face. We’ve got a few good options. 

Lower face rejuvenation need not be difficult. Patients of our Spokane office can explore the value of surgical and nonsurgical treatments. 

FaceTite Facial Tightening Treatment

We are excited to offer FaceTite as well as its sister treatment, BodyTite. This office procedure is performed with a local anesthetic and, if desired, sedation. With this, patients are very comfortable throughout the face sculpting process. FaceTite is a form of radiofrequency assisted lipolysis. It works via a dual-armed applicator that emits radiofrequency energy both above and beneath the skin. The energy that passes between the two arms has multiple effects. It melts away subcutaneous fat, which the body then eliminates. It also tightens the dermis, the fascia, and the fibrous septae that give the lower face structure. Patients can expect some bruising and swelling after the procedure. We generally expect this to resolve in about a week, so patients often take that amount of time off work and other obligations. Once temporary side effects subside, the lower face looks more youthful and sculpted and can remain so for a few years or more. 

Facelift Surgery

Performed in an outpatient surgery center, a facelift requires general anesthesia for complete comfort and stillness. During the procedure, the surgeon makes incisions in inconspicuous areas around the ears and hairline. The skin is separated from underlying fat pads and muscle, allowing for the repositioning of these deeper layers. Lifting the muscle and fat restores more youthful contours to the lower face. Trimmed skin is then placed over the new contours. Incisions require stitches and a dressing for at least a few days. Healing from a facelift can take about two weeks, after which swelling is nearly resolved and normal activities may resume. 

We love helping patients feel like themselves! To schedule a consultation with Dr. Stiller, call 509-747-5773.

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