The LiteLift® Modified Facelift in Orange County

Better than a Mini Facelift, SMAS Facelift

About the LiteLift®

Like many other advertised modified facelifts, the Lite-lift® is a procedure that reduces signs of aging of the lower face, jawline, and neck. Patients looking for affordable and quick facial rejuvenation should take a serious look at our Lite-lift®.

The Lite-lift® is a simpler procedure that can be performed in the office with a local anesthetic and improve signs of aging around the neck, jawbone and lower face. These procedures are not “Thread-lifts” or “String-lifts”. We do not use the “barbed” sutures employed in these other lifting operations. The Lite-lift® uses longer lasting techniques that are discussed below. Because the incisions are limited, there is less bruising, swelling and healing time for most patients. Many patients can be back to work in one to two weeks looking rested and more youthful.

Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Nichter are Board Certified Plastic Surgeons with 27 years of experience performing every type of facelift, browlift, midface-lift and eyelid surgery. Their experience with lasers, botox and injectable fillers provide their patients with a complete selection of complementary treatments to get the best possible result.

The Lite-lift® facelift begins with a consultation with our experienced staff who will introduce you to the office and doctors. After sharing information about your medical history, treatment goals and desires, you will be examined by the physician who will then determine if you are a good candidate for the Lite-lift®. Common procedures such as liposuction can contribute to an excellent outcome with modest downtime. The use of local anesthetic keeps the procedure simple and safe. Medication by mouth will keep you relaxed and comfortable.

Patients who have very loose, sun-damaged skin, severe laxity of the neck, very heavy naso-labial folds, drooping of the lower lids and mid-face may be better candidates for standard facelift operations. The doctors will discuss these findings when he examines you.

The operation itself usually requires limited incisions within the ear, the sideburn, and around the earlobe. These are well hidden and will become nearly invisible with time. The strong layers under the skin that support the jowl and neck are lifted with long lasting sutures that define and rejuvenate the jawline and neckline. This part of the Lite-lift® takes about two hours. Additional minor procedures can be added on to enhance the rejuvenation of this fast-recovery lift. Liposuction of the neck is most commonly followed by “mini-browlift” (temple lift), eyelid skin pinch, laser skin rejuvenation, and injections (botox, juvederm, radiesse).

Healing time for the Lite-lift® is relatively quick, requiring no more than a week for most patients’ early recovery period. While you heal, you will be seen frequently by the doctor and his staff to make sure that all of their instructions are being followed and your recovery is going well. The additional treatments noted above can lengthen the recovery period depending upon the number of areas treated. Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Nichter will discuss these recommendations during your consult.

Top 10 LiteLift® Questions Answered

Frequently Asked Questions about the LiteLift®

What is the Lite Lift® and how does it differ from a traditional facelift?

The Lite Lift® provides:

  • less scaring (short scar technique)
  • a quicker recovery
  • no need for general anesthesia
  • a more natural look (pull is vertical in direction)

Not everyone requires a traditional facelift to provide beautiful, long lasting results. The Lite Lift® is a minimally invasive option that addresses aging of the face and neck. Patients are offered a personalized experience from their first consultation, through recovery and on.

How does the Lite Lift® differ from a mini facelift?

“Mini Facelift” is a generalized “catch all” term that can mean different things depending on the doctor you ask. This often makes the real definition difficult for a patient to pin down. It typically only addresses the skin. The, Lite Lift®, however, addresses the deeper muscle layer providing the patient with a thorough, natural, long lasting result.

Who are the best candidates?

Any healthy individual wishing to address the signs of aging in the lower face and neck. Anyone interested in a refreshed look.

Does the Lite Lift® offer natural results?

YES! This is one of the best attributes the Lite Lift® offers. You will still look like yourself, but with a more youthful and rested appearance. Because of the vertical nature of the pull, it simply re-positions the facial tissues back where they were prior to the aging process resulting in a very natural look.

Is general anesthesia necessary?

Absolutely not. Our primary goal is to ensure the comfort and safety of our patients. About 75% of our patients choose to have the Lite Lift® with an oral sedation and local anesthetic. However, we’re happy to offer other anesthesia options so our patients are able to choose which one they’re most comfortable with.

  • IV Sedation (aka Twilight)
  • Oral sedation with local anesthetic
  • General anesthesia

How long will the results of the Lite Lift® last?

Forever. You will continue to age which depends on many factors including genetics, lifestyle, and skin elasticity, but you will always look younger. The effects of the Lite Lift® will be with you forever.

What is the recovery like? How soon will a patient feel comfortable being seen in public?

Patients usually feel some tightness, firmness under the skin, and moderate swelling & bruising during the first week. Most patients feel comfortable being out in public shortly thereafter. It’s best to allow one to two weeks depending on the individual.

How does the Lite Lift® differ from the Life Style Lift that you hear so much about?

Life Style Lift is a national chain with surgeons of various training & experience; not all have been board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Our surgeons offer several anesthesia options to ensure the patient’s optimal comfort.

  • We’re an aesthetic practice with board certified plastic surgeons who have been serving Orange County for over 25 years. They are both credentialed at Hoag and Long Beach Memorial.
  • We strive to give our patients individual attention and care – While the Lite Lift® is a vertical shortscar facelift, each one is customized to meet the patients unique needs.

Why don’t all plastic surgeons perform this procedure?

Our doctors have pioneered the Lite Lift® procedure. It is individualized for each patient; not one a “one size fits all” approach.

How long have Drs. Horowitz and Nichter been performing the Lite Lift®?

For more than 10 years. We’re proud that our doctors are passionate about continuing their education; they are always researching the latest in plastic surgery techniques to ensure their patients are getting the best possible care and results. Our doctors paid attention to their our patient’s comments about wanting a procedure with a quick recovery, shorter incisions, local anesthetic, and a more natural looking result.

Q&A at LiteLift® Event

Our doctors answer patients’ questions at one of our LiteLift® Events.

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Who is a candidate?

Patients who desire facial rejuvenation that is affordable, quick and effective should consider the LITE-LIFT®. The LITE-LIFT® is a modified facelift that can be performed in the office with a local anesthetic and dramatically improves the signs of aging around the lower face, neck, jawline. Because the incisions are limited, there is less bruising, swelling, and recovery time for most patients. Most patients can be back to work in one to two weeks looking rested and more youthful.

The best candidates for the LITE-LIFT® are healthy individuals wishing to address the signs of aging around the lower face and neck and are looking for a more youthful, refreshed look.

Men and women who desire a quick recovery and minimal scarring are excellent candidates for the LITE-LIFT®.

What is a Lite-Lift®?

The LITE-LIFT® is an outpatient operative procedure designed to dramatically improve the signs of aging on the face, neck, and jawline. It is frequently done in conjunction with additional procedures designed to address aging concerns around the eyes and forehead. This procedure is not a “Thread-Lift” or “String-Lift”. We do not use the “barbed” sutures employed in these other lifting operations. The LITE-LIFT® uses proven, longer lasting techniques.

Intended Result

While the effects of the LITE-LIFT® will last forever, we all continue to age. You will continue to age depending on many factors including genetics, lifestyle, and skin elasticity, but you will always look younger. The effects of the LITE-LIFT® will be with you forever.

One of the best attributes of the LITE-LIFT® is the natural look it offers. You will still look like yourself, but with a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Because of the vertical nature of the lift, the facial tissues are simply re-positioned back to where they were when younger resulting in a very natural look.

Procedure Description

The process begins with a consultation with our experienced staff who will introduce you to the office and doctors. After reviewing your medical history, treatment goals and desires, you will be examined by the physician who will then determine if you are a good candidate for the LITE-LIFT®. The use of local anesthesia keeps the procedure simple and safe. Medication by mouth will keep you relaxed and comfortable.

Although the LITE-LIFT® is generally performed with a local anesthetic and oral sedation, other anesthesia options are available depending on the individualized needs of the patient, including twilight and general anesthesia.

The operation itself usually requires limited incisions within the ear, the sideburn, and around the earlobe. These are well hidden and become nearly invisible with time. The strong layers (facia muscle) under the skin that support the jowl and neck are lifted with long lasting sutures. This defines and rejuvenates the jawline and neck. Additional procedures can be added to enhance the results: liposuction of the neck, “mini-browlift” (temple lift), eyelid surgery, TCA chemical skin peel, and injections (Botox, juvederm, radiesse). LITE-LIFT® procedures are performed in our office unless the patient has chosen IV Sedation or General Anesthesia in which case, it will be in a outpatient surgical facility.

Specific Risks of Facelift Surgery

Details can be found Online at PacificCenterForPlasticSurgery.com, PlasticSurgery.org, http://www.surgery.org/consumers/procedures Ask our Receptionist or you Consultant for more information

Brief list:

  • Hair Loss
  • Nerve Injury
  • Previous Scars, Surgery:
  • Can limit result
  • Increase risks of complications
  • Healing Problems, Asymmetry.
  • Infection, Fat Necrosis.
  • Scars, Firmness, Contour Irregularities.
  • Change is sensation, Skin sensitivity, pain.
  • Skin discoloration/Swelling.
  • Wound separation, Suture problems.
  • Damage to deeper structures.
  • Bleeding, Seroma.
  • Anesthesia problems, Allergies, Drug reactions.
  • Shock, Cardiac/Pulmonary issues.
  • Deep vein thrombosis, Pulmonary embolism.

Recuperation and healing

Healing time for the Lite-lift® is relatively quick, requiring no more than a week or two for most patients’ early recovery period. While you heal, you will be seen frequently by the doctor and his staff to make sure that all of their instructions are being followed and your recovery is going well. Additional treatments, such as eyelid surgery, peels, or laser treatment can lengthen the recovery period depending upon the number of areas treated. Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Nichter will discuss these recommendations during your consult.

Minimal initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication.

Sutures dissolve over several days during the first week. If skin clips are used, they are removed in 7-14 days.

See our instructional videos on our website for more information: http://pacificcenterplasticsurgery.com/instructional-videos/

Specific as you heal information

Tightness: Frequently there is a tight feeling in the neck, jawline and cheek after a facelift. During surgery, not only the skin, but the underlying muscles are tightened to create a better and longer lasting result. You will continue to feel this tightness for about one month. Swelling will diminish significantly in the first few weeks.

Firmness under skin: Some degree of firmness or lumpiness under the skin is normal after surgery and will resolve with time. Local massage will speed resolution of this problem, which normally takes 2-4 months to disappear completely.

Asymmetric Swelling: One side of your face is typically more swollen or numb than the other, this is common and usually disappears within a few weeks.

Activities: Most patients who have had LITE-LIFT® feel reasonably normal within the first week after surgery even though they are swollen. If you wish to do light office work, you may. Do not, however, do any heavy activities, bending, or light aerobic exercise for at least 3 weeks after surgery! Strenuous activities can cause bleeding and swelling for a longer period than necessary and extended physical activities are permitted after 6 weeks.

Risk, benefits and alternatives

Benefits are noted above.

Alternative forms of management consist of not treating the laxness in the face and neck region with a facelift (rhytidectomy). Improvement of skin laxity, skin wrinkles, and fatty deposits may be attempted by other treatments or surgery such as laser resurfacing, chemical face peels, or liposuction. Risks and potential complications are also associated with alternative surgical forms of treatment.

No surgery or treatment is always the first alternative. You should understand the complete treatment plan outlined for your benefit and enhancement.

You should be comfortable with your doctor and his staff members.

You should be confident that all your questions have been answered in a manner that you understand, if not please ask for clarification.

You should be aware of all the normal healing, as well as common, less common, and unusual risks to whatever degree you are comfortable with. (Some patients decline to hear about death and other graphic medical problems.)

A complete list of issues and complications during normal healing as well as a problematic post operative course is available online at PacificCenterForPlasticSurgery.com. It can also be provided by your consultant, or at our reception desk. It will be sent to you when you schedule your procedure. This will provide additional time to again review all of the material.

You must sign the complete consent form by your preoperative visit (2 weeks) before surgery. Again, this allows adequate time to have any and all of your questions answered.