Scalpel-Free Facelift!--In-Depth Doctor's Interview
Roger Bassin, M.D. with The Bassin Center for Plastic Surgery, talks about a new facelift procedure that doesn’t require a scalpel.
So how is this going to change the way you suggest things to patients when they come in?
Dr. Bassin: The way this has changed things for my practice is that now instead of having something that’s going to help a little tiny bit versus something that’s going to be a lot more drastic which is the surgical results. Now I have something that really falls in to that big middle spectrum that really is what our patients are looking for. They’re looking for something that can give them a facelift result without having to be cut on.
So how has this grown in popularity, have you seen people hearing about it and coming in and asking about it or are you recommending it more?
Dr. Bassin: I’m definitely recommending it to the vast majority of our patients who are the right candidates which is the most important thing. We’ve got to make sure the patients are the correct candidates for this. Being that there’s such a huge variety of our patients that fall in to a great candidacy for this procedure, I’m in turn recommending it for so many of my patients that I see on a given day. Our patients who are aware of this now because we’re starting to let everyone know about what we’re doing and the results that we’re getting and it’s almost a tidal wave. The popularity our patients are loving it, we’re very busy. We’re very excited to be able to offer our patients something that can give them such great results without all the risks associated with the older style procedures.
You said there’s still a small amount of risk, what is that risk?
Dr. Bassin: Anybody who has any type of procedure where we enter through the skin still has risk of bleeding and infection. If I had anybody who was at risk for that I wouldn’t even do the procedure on them. I haven’t seen anybody who had any problems. I’m talking about seventy to eighty patients already and no one has had a problem at all. So everyone has done great, everybody has been really ecstatic with the results so we’re very positive about it and really excited about it as you can tell.
We talked about something similar which is cellulite, is there any difference in the procedure itself?
Dr. Bassin: With cellulite you have to cut the bands that connect the skin to the muscle. There’s none of that with this type of procedure. What we find is we’re using that same type of wave length, that fourteen-forty wave length and applying it in a little bit of a different fashion. We still are using this amazing new wave length that was discovered by Cynosure and applying it to the facial tissues to be able to get now a really nice lifting and tightening result.
You said you could get results for about five years, and you can do it again and again?
Dr. Bassin: Right. When our patients ask me that I tell them they should expect at least a five year result out of this. What’s great about it as the studies show this will continue to improve over the next three to six months. So I tell our patients that every day instead of looking in the mirror and getting a little bit older, you’ll get a little bit younger looking every day which is a nice way to look at it. If patients want to come back in another five years and have it done again I don’t see why not.
END OF INTERVIEW
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