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face-lift, Acree discovered nonsurgical
neck and face-lifts, which approximate,
and in some instances surpass, surgical
results without surgery.
“It’s a safe alternative to a traditional
surgical face-lift, without the anesthesia,
scarring or downtime,” said Dr. Emran
Imami of Imami Skin and Cosmetic
Center in Melbourne.
To achieve results, Imami concocts a
cocktail of three different treatment
techniques: FaceTite, Morpheus 8
FaceTite, also known as radiofrequency
procedures can slow
down the march of
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assisted liposuction, or RFAL, melts
fat, stimulates collagen production and
tightens and firms skin. It is particularly
beneficial in the lower face area, where
sagging can occur because of aging or
The procedure contours the face while
tightening the skin by delivering radiofrequency
energy both above and below
the skin and tissue. The improvement to
appearance makes it a good contender for
a traditional face-lift.
Morpheus 8 also uses radiofrequency energy,
but for microneedling to penetrate
deep into the skin to remodel and con-
Barbara Acree has a new face
and neck, and she can thank
her recalcitrant air conditioner
for not having to undergo a
traditional face-lift to get it.
The Melbourne resident, no stranger
to Botox and dermal fillers, had
reached a stage when she was seriously
considering going under the
knife for a face-lift.
“Then the AC went out and the
money went there,” Acree said.
As it turns out, Acree’s air conditioning
unit was doing her favor, since it
got her to explore other alternatives.
According to the American Society of
Plastic Surgeons, the average face-lift
will set you back more than $8,000,
and that is not counting the cost of
anesthesia, operating room facilities
and related expenses. Because a facelift
also comes with significant bruising
and swelling, Acree would have
been out of commission for as long as
three weeks until things got back to
normal, particularly since she suffers
from thin skin prone to bruising.
There is also the risk inherent in general
anesthesia, plus possible complications
such as injury to facial nerves,
risk of infection and possible scarring.
Searching for options other than a
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Dr. Phillip Barbee discusses with a patient how a nonsurgical face-lift can provide desired results.