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What is a non surgical facelift?

Dr. Mulholland has been an innovator and pioneer in the development of non surgical facelift techniques.  A non-surgical facelift is the utilization of laser and energy devices to elevate and reposition the brow, cheek, jowl and neck without a scalpel or excisional techniques.  A non surgical facelift involves a series of treatments using fractional Radiofrequency (RF) and fractional laser devices for superficial textural wrinkle reduction and non-ablative RF heating devices for tightening and repositioning of the facial tissues.  Colour correction IPL and photo rejuvenation applicators will be used at the same time to improve the colour and tone of the skin to be lifted. Additionally, the muscles of the facial elevation are stimulated and treated with electrical mild facial therapy to provide additional soft tissue support.  The non-surgical facelift techniques are very reproducible and although they don’t replicate what you can achieve with a surgical facelift procedure, tremendous tightening and rejuvenation can occur without the risk of more open surgical intervention.

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How is a non surgical facelift performed?

Non surgical facelift Toronto patients presenting with droopiness and sagginess of the brow, cheek, jowl and neck are first assessed. Depending upon the skin characteristics, fat composition, laxity, wrinkles, sun damage or rosacea, patients will be recommended a treatment series with a number of devices.  In the non-surgical program the best facelift technologies will be selected and customized depending upon the patient’s soft tissue laxity and fat content. They will undergo a series of treatments once weekly for one to six sessions, depending upon their skin condition.  The first step and treatment in the SpaMedica non surgical facelift Toronto program is an amazing new device (that Dr. Mulholland has helped develop and runs teaching workshops for) called the Profound.

What is the Profound Facelift and what is the first step in my non surgical facelift treatment?

Virtually all Toronto non-surgical facelift patients who present for a “no scalpel” facelift do so because they have some degree of skin laxity of the neck, jawline, cheeks, under eye, brow, or, more commonly a combination of these areas and they need some skin tightening and lifting effect. The ProFound is the world’s best non surgical lifting device.  The Profound is a non- excisional, “scalpel free” face-lifting technology. It comprises of an applicator consisting of 6 specialized pairs of needles. Each of the needles is silicon coated for the first portion and then uncoated at the base. The machine inserts the needles into the skin a prescribed depth and then passes radiofrequency energy between the uncoated tip of each pair until the dermis gets to 67 degrees Celsius, at which point it maintains the temperature with high tech control thermistor control for exactly 4 seconds and then turns off the energy. The Profound technician then moves the applicator to the next spot and treats it.

Profound non surgical facelift

Figure 1.  The Profound device and the applicator. The applicator has 6 pairs of proximally coated needles that will emit the facelifting energy deep in the skin but not injure the outer layer.

How does the Profound create a facelift effect?

The precise thermal control allows the deep dermis to be heated to 67 degrees for 4 seconds which is just the right temperature and pulse duration to stimulate maximal elastin and collagen which will elevate and lift the treated skin over the subsequent weeks.

Profound non surgical face lift Toronto

Figure 2.  The Profound inserts 6 pairs of silicone coated needles into the dermis. The skin is protected on top from thermal injury because of the coating.

Profound non invasive facelift
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The computer passes RF energy between the 6 pairs of silicon needles and heats the deep and lax dermis (deep skin) to 67 degrees for precisely 4 seconds which stimulates the elastin and collagen necessary  to lift  the skin and soft tissue.

Is the Profound Facelift painful?

The entire procedure, like a dental procedure, is performed under local anesthesia so it does not hurt. Topical anesthetic cream is applied and even freezing to make it less uncomfortable.

How long does the Profound non surgical Facelift take and what areas can I treat?

The Profound takes 30-40 minutes per area. The most commonly requested areas to lift are the cheeks – jowls, the neck and the brow.

What is the recovery like?

There is swelling and redness, (but no real pain) for 3-5 days and most patients can return to work within 1-2 days, with the excuse they had a dental procedure. If you combine other Trinity treatments with the Profound, you may have more down time.

When can I wear make up after the Profound?

You can usually wear cover up, foundation and powders by the third day post treatment.

What kind of lift effect can I expect from the Profound alone?

Patients who are properly selected and have realistic expectations can get significant non surgical face-lifting effects with the Profound.

Profound non surgical facelift before and after Figure 4. Profound non surgical facelift Toronto patient months after a single Profound lift to the neck and jowl.

Will a second Profound treatment add more to my lift?

Some patients after the Profound and Trinity treatments, who have waited 3 months or more, will have achieved their final lift and elevation. Some patients elect to undergo another Profound for the best possible results.

What is the Trinity program and how does it work in the SpaMedica ProFound non-surgical facelift procedure?

After the Profound, many patients are advised to complete the Trinity component of their non surgical facelift. In the Trinity program, the multiple layers of skin and soft tissue laxity and aging are treated with multiple laser and energy devices, many of which Dr. Mulholland has had a significant hand in development and implementation.  The Trinity treatment is three applicators, applied three times and three weeks apart.

The first layer treated is the superficial layer.  Discolourations such as age spots, photo damage and brown spots are treated with photo facial intense pulsed light treatment, which will help remove age spots, broken capillaries and brown discolouration which adds to an aged appearance to the face.

A patient receives an Intense Pulsed Light Photofacial as apart of her non surgical face lift.

IPL colour corrects unwanted brown and red discoloration and spider veins.

Figure 5.  An Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial (also Fotofacial) light is pulsed on the skin. B. The IPL is used to colour correct the unwanted brown and red discolouration and spider veins, improving the tone of the skin to be lifted. C. The IPL is pulsed on the skin to be lifted.  The skin improvement after a series of 2-3 IPL photofacials.

The Fractora device is used on the skin as apart of the non surgical face lift procedure.

Figure 6.  Fractora, a Fractional Radiofrequency (RF) device (like Fraxel RF) is used to create fractional micro ablative lesions in the skin. Other fractional lasers and devices will be deployed as well.

Following intense pulsed light photo facial treatment, fractional laser and radiofrequency resurfacing devices, such as the FRACTORA, InFini, IntraCel, Intensiv, Ulthera and Ematrix are then used to tighten the superficial layer and under carpet layer of your skin, above where the ProFound treated, a layer called the superficial dermis, which improves lines, wrinkles, macro-pores in the T zone and superficial skin laxity, above and beyond and synergistic to the lift provided by the Profound. Where the Profound is all lifting, the Fractora and devices like it, are lifting combined with wrinkle and texture improvement.  With the Fractora, little columns of RF injury are sent into the skin and the skin is remodeled and tightening through the production of new collagen, elastin and the ground substances that make your skin youthful, soft, tight and lifted. High frequency focused ultrasound, also known as HIFU or Ulthrea may be used in this step.

Fractora creates ablative crates that heals over time with new tight collagen.

Figure 7.  Fractional Radiofrequency resurfacing with Fractora and other fractional lasers, as well as Ulthera creates ablative craters, which heals with new tight collagen. The RF in Fractora also travels from the positively charged needle tips, after the ablation, to the negatively charged side bars electrodes, creating a rich matrix of non-ablative gentle skin heating and remodeling and tightening of tissue, which contributes to the non-surgical “medical” facelift effect.

The final application treatment is with radiofrequency electrical current devices.  These radiofrequency electrical current devices, such as the FORMA, Venus Freeze, Exilis  and Accent provide a gentle bulk heating of the entire dermis and subcutaneous tissue, heating the tissue to the desired temperature and controlling that temperature for approximately 30 minutes.  The controlled bulk heating of the soft tissue of the brow, cheek, jowl and neck realigns old collagen and stimulates new collagen, ground substances and elastin so that you achieve a lifted appearance of the face.  These devices will enhance the Profound lift somewhat, but definitely serve to protect the lift effect the Profound delivered.

The FORMA is a device that helps tighten and lift the skin of the brow, cheek and neck for a non-surgical facelift.

Figure 8.  The FORMA, non-ablative Radiofrequency heating system is used to provide a gentle but effective bulk heating to the skin of the brow, cheek and neck resulting in further lifting and tightening.

FORMA heats the skin to 42 degrees and aids in the production of new collagen and elastin

Figure 9.  The FORMA and the other non-ablative Radiofrequency devices move gently on the surface of the skin, heating the skin to 42 degrees and then sustaining this bulk heating at the therapeutic end point for optimal new collagen and elastin production.

This Trinity combined laser, light and energy system program has been developed and pioneered by Dr. Mulholland. ProFound non surgical facelift is very popular for non surgical facelift Toronto patients who are seeking to have a non-invasive experience, but achieve a noticeable elevation improvement in the position of their droopy soft tissue.  Dr. Mulholland has been a pioneer in the development of the epidermal sparing fractional heating technologies. He help develop the Fractora 24 pin, 3000 micron silicone coated tips, the IntraCel Coated Fractional RF. The IntraCel Coated Fractional RF, like Ulthera, the HIFU (high frequency focused ultrasound) are able to deliver a deep fractional injury to the collagen, resulting in remodeling, lifting and tightening without disruption of the epidermal surface. The superficial skin preserving but deep dermal ablation is a critical part of the SpaMedica non-surgical facelift, as even patients with darker skin can have the treatment.

Fractora 3000 coated device remodels the tissue for skin tightening and lifting for non surgical facelifts.

Figure 10. The Fractora 3000 coated device results in deep ablation and remodeling of tissue for skin tightening and lifting BUT not thermal epidermal superficial disruption. The deep heating and tightening is common to the Fractora 3000 silicone coated and Ulthera HIFH skin tightening.

Can Injectables, such as soft tissue fillers be combined with the laser and energy devices to enhance the non-surgical facelift results?

In some non surgical facelift Toronto patients, Dr. Mulholland and SpaMedica will combine the Profound, the Trinity laser energy devices for elevation, position and tightening of skin with soft tissue fillers to improve the deflation associated with facial aging.  Facial aging is characterized by the three D’s of growing old – “deflation, descent and deterioration”.  A combination of intense pulsed light photofacial, fractional laser and radiofrequency resurfacing and painless bulk heating, non-ablative radiofrequency tightening, with or without soft tissue injectable fillers, achieves a significant intervention in the descent that occurs with aging and when combined, gives the SpaMedica non-surgical medical Facelift.  The modern soft tissue fillers and dermal fillers are soft, natural and long lasting and when injected with great skill and with anatomical and aesthetic knowledge they can enhance the supportive buttresses of the face that deflate with age. This use of injectable volume to create a lift effect, is called a VolumaLift™. It is a procedure Dr. Mulholland has personally developed and perfected.

Laser therapy and soft tissue fillers provide volume and tightens the skin in non surgical face-lifts.

Figure 11. 3D Aging is characterized by Deflation, Descent and Deterioration. The SpaMedica non-surgical medical facelift delivers 3D therapy to provide that lift effect. These are the soft tissue buttresses that support the youthful face. The buttresses of youth are full of fat, tight skin and supporting ligaments. As we age there is thinning of the skin, wrinkles and laxity together with loss of fat volume and elongation and attenuation of the supporting ligaments. But combining the various SpaMedica laser and light energy devices, we can tighten and lift the skin and smooth the wrinkles. But adding the soft tissue fillers into the deflated buttresses we can assist the light and energy devices in elevated and lifting the brow, face, mouth and jawline.

The 6 contour aging buttresses are outlined here in this graphic. Non surgical facelifts rejuvenate these areas.

Juvederm Voluma is one of the injectables used to give back volume to deflated areas of the face in a non-surgical facelift.

Figure 12.  The Contour Aging buttresses that are often injected in a non surgical facelift Toronto patient and are outlined above.  Juvederm Voluma and other injectables are combined to re-inflate the deflated buttresses during the SpaMedica non-surgical facelift. Juvederm Voluma can last up to two years, providing long term volume support and, if it needs to be adjusted can be removed or reduced with simple enzyme injection.

Can Botox be used to help optimize a non-surgical Facelift result?

Deterioration (part of the 3D aging process) is also treated by the fractional lasers and intense pulsed light photo-rejuvenation. The addition of Botox® will help synergize the non-surgical facelift effects. Botox is a protein that is injected in tiny amounts in the muscles of facial expression.  If a Toronto non-surgical facelift patient has strong muscles that pull down the brow, cheek or face, then these muscles can be injected with Botox to allow the muscles that LIFT the brow, cheek and face to work without an antagonist working against them and will combine with the laser and energy devices and soft tissue fillers to lift the skin and soft tissue. Botox is also famous for minimizing and/or reducing lines and wrinkles that have been reduced or eliminated with a non-surgical facelift and can thus “protect your” non surgical facelift investment.  As discussed above, soft tissue fillers will also be added to your Toronto non surgical facelift Toronto program if you have significant deflation as part of your 3D aging and the use of microcannula Voluma can also be added to your non-surgical facelift program for complete 3D therapy.

Botox can be injected to facial muscles.

Figure 13. Botox can be used to inject into the muscles that pull your face down, allowing the elevators of your face, or those muscles that lift your face up to work without competition or antagonism, resulting in an elevation of your brow, cheek, corner of the mouth and jawline.

Who is a candidate for a Profound non-surgical medical facelift?

Non surgical facelift Toronto candidates are those individuals who have droopiness and laxity of the soft tissues of their neck, jowl, face, eyes and/or brow and desire an elevation and lift effect without the risk of a more scalpel based excisional surgical procedure.  Good candidates are medically well with no skin diseases and have realistic expectations about the degree of non surgical face lift and improvement that can be achieved.

What kind of anesthetic is used for a Profound and Trinity non-surgical facelift?

Toronto non surgical facelift patients have all of these multiple applicator treatments performed on the same day under a topical local anesthetic cream and an air chiller device.  There is no need for additional infiltrative local anesthesia and most patients find this procedure very comfortable. For the Profound, actual local anesthesia is used to render the treatment painless. There is no significant pain after the treatment

Is the non-surgical facelift painful?

The non surgical facelift procedure with multiple energy, laser and radiofrequency devices is quite comfortable and tolerable. Like any laser procedure, there may be a mild degree of discomfort. Usually this discomfort is well-masked by a topical anesthetic cream and a localized air cooler device.

How long does the Profound non-surgical facelift program take?

The Profound is a single treatment and take approximately 30-40 minutes for a zone. For the Trinity component, Toronto non-surgical facelift patients then visit SpaMedica once every two  weeks for a three visit 6 week program.  Each session, multiple applicator treatments are performed and these treatments take approximately 1 – 1.5 hours.  There may be a slight degree of redness and swelling, but most patients can return to work immediately after the treatment, or the next day.  Towards the middle of the program, the Botox® and soft tissue fillers, if required as part of your 3D non-surgical facelift program, will be added.

How long is the recovery following my Profound non surgical facelift procedure?

All the laser and energy devices selected by Dr. Mulholland and implemented in the SpaMedica non-surgical facelift program have minimal, if any, down time.  The Profound treatment has the most downtime, with 3-5 days of swelling, but the intense pulsed light photo facial may result in darkening of the brow and discoloration, which subsequently flakes off.  The fractional and laser radiofrequency devices may create some redness and swelling that usually subside in several days, but most patients can return to work the following day with the excuse that they had some sun damage or pre-cancers treated by their dermatologist with a laser system.

What will I look like immediately after my Profound non-surgical facelift?

The ProFound non-surgical lift will leave you swollen and red. After each Trinity treatment, there will be some swelling and redness, which generally subsides by the next day and most patients, can return to work looking reasonably normal in makeup.  At the completion of your SpaMedica non-surgical facelift program, you can expect to have tightening and elevation of the tissues of the brow, cheek, eye region, jowl and neck, with smoothening of the texture, lessening of wrinkles, diminishment of brown, aging discoloration and broken capillaries.

What kind of results can I expect following my non-surgical facelift?

Most non surgical facelift Toronto patients can expect to look between 3-7 years younger following their combination therapeutic non-surgical facelift program.  Depending upon the degree of aging changes in the 3D “deflation, descent and deterioration” complex of the patient and the chronological age of the patient, results can be very noticeable to quite profound.  Although the before-and-after results generally look undeniably more youthful and tighter and firmer, the non-surgical facelift results do not replicate the extent of rejuvenation and youth that Dr. Mulholland can achieve with open facelift surgery. However, non-surgical facelifts can certainly result in the average patient with average facial aging who are in their 40s, 50s or 60s, looking at least five years younger.  The benefits, of course, of the non-surgical facelift program for Toronto non-surgical facelift patients is that there is very little, if any, risk to the procedure.  There are no scars and extensive recover associated with more open facelift procedures.

Non Surgical FaceLift Toronto Before and After

Non Surgical FaceLift Toronto Results

Figure 14.  The Before and After Results of Profound SpaMedica Non-surgical Facelift patient who also did the Trinity program. Noticeable elevation and lifting has occurred in the brow, cheek and jawline. As well the skin is tighter and wrinkles reduced under the eyes, around the mouth and on the cheeks. This Toronto non-surgical facelift patient, was very happy and felt her SpaMedica program had reduced her appearance age by 5-7 years.

What are Toronto non-surgical facelift patients saying about their SpaMedica Profound non-surgical facelift?

Most Toronto non-surgical facelift patients who come to SpaMedica have done their research and understand that at SpaMedica they’re getting the most comprehensive multiple laser energy device, high-tech, non-surgical facelift program available.  They have seen the Today Show, The Doctors Show, CityLine, Breakfast Television where Dr. Mulholland has discussed and performed the non-surgical facelift and realize he is the pioneer and one of the world experts in this procedure. Toronto non-surgical facelift patients understand they’re getting a significant facial elevation, restoration and rejuvenation but without the risks of more surgical procedures and without the recovery, down side and scars.  Most patients are extremely happy with the results of their procedure and Dr. Mulholland has performed this non-surgical facelift procedure on multiple television shows.  The results of these patients can be seen on the TV video on the non-surgical facelift content page.

How long will the results of my Profound non-surgical facelift last?

The results of your non-surgical facelift, with 3D therapy for the deflation, descent and deterioration can be quite long-lasting, but maintenance is generally recommended to perpetuate the effects of the actual non-surgical facelift.  In general, patients will present for a single, multiple-applicator maintenance session once every three to four months.  Three to four times a year can help maintain the elevated collagen skin content and skin tightness and wrinkle reduction, as well as preserving the 3-7 year younger non-surgical facelift appearance indefinitely.  In general, additional therapeutic and “protect-your-investment” benefit is achieved by the use of Botox® twice a year to continue to treat the strong depressive muscle activity in the face that will want to pull the soft tissue back down and, as well, this Botox® should be maintained twice yearly, for muscles causing excessive wrinkling.  The maintenance of volume for the deflation using Juvéderm® Voluma™ or long-lasting soft tissue fillers, using a micro-cannula technique approximately once every 12- 18 months.  

Is there any maintenance required for my Profound non-surgical facelift?

Part of the understanding in entering into a SpaMedica Profound non-surgical facelift program is that, just like surgery, once you achieve a pleasing facial rejuvenation with a non-surgical facelift program, that ongoing maintenance will be required.  The ongoing maintenance is relatively simple.  It involves the Trinity 3 applicator treatment, with intense pulsed light photo facial, fractional laser and radiofrequency resurfacing and non-ablative RF tightening single treatments once every three months, or four times a year.  If Botox® and volumization with soft tissue fillers is part of your non-surgical facelift program, the Botox® should be performed once every four to six months and the soft tissue filler once every 12-18 months.  This simple maintenance program is not only affordable, but helps protect your five-to-seven year facial rejuvenation, non-surgical facelift effect for many years.

The concept of protecting your Profound facelift investment extends not only to protecting facelift surgical results with non-surgical treatments, but also protecting your non-surgical facelift results with ongoing non-surgical maintenance treatments.

How much will my SpaMedica Profound non surgical facelift cost?

The combined non surgical facelift program will generally cost $3,000 to $4,500, depending on the addition of Botox® and soft-tissue fillers to your laser and energy device treatments.  This is approximately one-third to a half of the cost of a more surgical facelift procedure and generally can achieve significant facial rejuvenation as a result.

What about Dr. Mulholland’s Facetite non-excisional Treatment?

Many Toronto non-surgical facelift patients have read online, or seen a TV show where Dr. Mulholland was demonstrating his Facetite non-excisional tightening of the neck,  jowls, smile lines, and even lower lids and brows.  The Facetite is a high tech device pioneered by Dr. Mulholland and Invasix (an equipment manufacturer). The Facetite lifts and tightens skin without any excision or scars of a lift. The Facetite works heating the skin from underneath and on the top simultaneously!

 

Non-surgical facelifts are painless as local anesthesia is provided for patients.

Figure 15.  The area to be tightened and lifted is infiltrated gently with local anesthesia, making the FaceTite procedure painless.  Once the freezing is completed, Dr. Mulholland inserts the internal probe under the skin and runs the connected external probe over the skin. The Faceite then begins to emit Radiofrequency electrical current that heats under and over the skin at the same time.  There are exquisitely sensitive measurements made every millisecond that minimizes the risk of a burn. The FaceTite has been designed to be able to heat the skin just enough that the collagen remodels and tightens, but not enough to cause a thermal injury.

The FaceTite is performed under local anesthesia and thus is painless. There are no excisional scars of traditional or even mini facelifts and the FaceTite  device can be inserted under the skin with a port that is 2 mm in size and hidden.  The FaceTite heats under and over the skin for an inside-out and outside-in thermal remodeling.  The FaceTite treatment results in a significant rejuvenation of skin collagen. Once all of the skin in the area has been treated, other devices such as the ProFound, the Fractora, fractional Resurfacing can also be applied for Texture improvement.

FaceTite and Fractora are combined to give outstanding non surgical facelift results.

Figure 16.  Dr. Mulholland will often combine the Skin tightening and contraction of FaceTite with the Fractional wrinkle reduction capability of the Fractora. The FaceTite combined with the Profound or the Fractora make for a powerful 1-2 punch in the non-surgical facelift program.

Common areas to be treated with FaceTite include the neck, jowls, marionette and smile lines, under eyes and brows.  After completing FaceTite, patients will require 2-7 days off (less on the neck than around the eyes) and then, after being assessed by Dr. Mulholland at approximately one month, patients are then followed up by Dr. Mulholland’s expert MEDSPA team for the rest of their non-surgical facelift program.

Why choose Dr. Mulholland and SpaMedica for my Profound non-surgical facelift?

By choosing Dr. Mulholland and SpaMedica for your Profound non surgical facelift, Toronto non surgical facelift patients will be getting a center with the most current and high-tech combination laser and energy devices. Our skilled medical estheticians and registered nurses assisting this procedure have been directly trained under the tutelage of Dr. Mulholland. SpaMedica is well known for its great non surgical facelift results. The combination therapy that will be delivered on your face cannot be replicated easily by any other physician or centre.  One of the big advantages of also choosing SpaMedica for your Profound non surgical facelift is that you may apply up to 50% of the fees that you paid with your non-surgical facelift against a more surgical intervention over five years with Dr. Mulholland himself.  This pay forward coupon approach is common with all SpaMedica MedSpa procedures and offers you the benefit over time if you elect to proceed towards a more surgical restoration.

How can I show Dr. Mulholland my concerns and see if I am a candidate?

Toronto non-surgical facelift patients should simply fill out the appointment request form or “ask a question” form and upload up to 3 photos for Dr. Mulholland to review.

How do I schedule a non surgical facelift Toronto consultation?

Dr. Stephen Mulholland and SpaMedica are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest level of care, using the most advanced cosmetic face lift procedures. Our SpaMedica surgical treatment team will discuss and educate you on your treatment options and will design the best possible face lift treatment plan for you.

SpaMedica Toronto is in a unique position to offer many different and effective surgical treatment therapies to enhance your appearance and take years off your appearance.

Non-surgical Toronto facelift patients interested in the coordinated SpaMedica non surgical facelift program should click on the e-mail consult form on this non surgical facelift content page or call 877-712-8367 to speak to a SpaMedica client service representative who will schedule a consultation for you today.  Call now to turn back the hands of time without the risk of open facelift surgery.

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