The “30 Minute Facelift” – unveiled on CBS The Doctors TV Show in November 2011 – evolved from the AccuLift procedure (also known as Laser Assisted Facial Contouring or LAFC).
The 30 Mintute Facelift addresses three key areas of lower facial aging (right and left jawline and the area under the chin) in a single, outpatient, minimally invasive manner – the AccuSculpt laser is used to reduce or eliminate jowling of the lower face and to contour the area under the chin (also referred to in this area as Laser Assisted Neck Contouring or LANC).
The goal of the 30 Minute Facelift is to restore the youthful jaw and neck lines and eliminate the pear shape of the aging face while helping to re-establish the apple shape of a more youthful face.
For patients with minimal to mild skin laxity and accumulated volume at the jawline (jowls) and under the chin the 30 Minute Facelift may be a good standalone procedure. For patients with more significant skin laxity and/or associated volume loss (eg in the midface) LAFC and LANC may be incorporated into the overall treatment plan. Examples include:
30 Minute Facelift with Soft Tissue Augmentation (eg Radiesse injections or lipografting)
30 Minute Facelift with Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser Assisted Facelift (surgical) that begins with laser contouring of the lower face and the area under the chin before surgically lifting the associated loose skin and deeper soft tissues.
The 30 Minute Facelift is easily done under just local anesthesia and involves only a few small needle punctures. After the treatment areas are anesthetized the AccuSculpt laser fiber is inserted through a needle puncture. As laser energy is delivered to the fatty tissue in the treatment areas the fat breaks up and goes from a solid to a partial liquid state called an emulsion. The treated fat is then removed with a small liposuction cannula attached to a small syringe. A small rectangular tape is placed over the needle puncture sites and an elastic facial band is then used to provide compression to the treatment areas. Light bruising may occur and swelling may take a week or longer to fully subside. Slight tenderness may be present at the treatment areas for a few days or longer.
A formal consultation with Dr Holcomb is necessary to assess each patient’s suitability for the 30 Minute Facelift and any associated procedures.
Joyce underwent the 30 Minute Facelift during live taping of
The Doctors TV Show in October 2011