Lunchtime Facelift: Part 1 - A quick, light-based facelift alternative

It used to be that you had to go under the knife to look younger, but technology is changing that.

What if we told you that there's a procedure that helps with sagging and wrinkles, and can give you a younger, fresher look over your lunch hour?

"I want to prolong having anything more invasive, facelift-wise or anything more like that," explains 47-year-old Trina Miller.

That's why she decided to give a light-based treatment called Titan a try.

As we age, collagen production slows and the skin begins to lose its ability to snap back into place.

"I just felt like I was drooping," Trina says.

The Centre P.C. took photos to track Trina's progress. In the shots, you can see some of the natural sagging that begins as we age. She is also hoping to take care of some of her fine lines and improve her skin tone.

Her treatment plan was designed after a consultation with Dr. Ronald Downs, a plastic surgeon.

"The one we're using today is Titan, which is a skin tightening application," Dr. Downs explains. "Patients who have a little bit of laxity to the skin -- really not enough to require an incision or a facelift -- really see the improvement and benefits by stimulating that collagen and tightening. They also see reduction of fine lies and wrinkles and pore size."

Certified plastic surgery nurse Karen Nichols is performing the procedure.

"I'm just going to cleanse first," she explains as the procedure begins. "Trina and I talked about doing the lower portion of the neck up through the cheek area."

Next, Karen coats Trina's face with an ultrasound gel to help conduct the heat, and everyone in the room had to put on goggles as a precaution.

Titan uses an infrared light to safely apply heat to the skin's dermis, stimulating collagen. Since there is continuous cooling, no anesthetic is needed.

Karen starts at Trina's jaw line.

"The first phase, as you can see, it's heating the skin. The second phase, it's kind of cooling the skin. The in-between phase is really just a resting phase," she explains.

And while patients may see an immediate improvement, Dr. Downs says they will really notice a difference down the line.

"The more permanent results are going to occur over three to six months after the treatments are over, because that's the collagen growth cycle."

And Titan's energy level can be adjusted depending on Trina's response.

So how did Trina feel after the procedure?

"I almost fell asleep," she says.

And it's not just for the face.

"We can do tummies, we can do arms," explains Dr. Downs. "This won't get rid of stretch marks, but it can certainly be used to lessen their effect and tighten the abdominal skin as well."

In just 45 minutes, Trina's first treatment was complete and she already saw a change in her fine lines.

And unlike with a facelift, Dr. Downs says Titan is discreet.

"It's non-surgical, there's no down time and no anesthetic," he explains. "You can go right back to work after this treatment and nobody will ever know."

So how did Trina's lunchtime facelift look after the three treatments the doctor planned? Did she get the results she was looking for?

We'll show you Thursday night at 11:00 when we continue our look at the Lunchtime Facelift.

To read the second part of this series, visit the story titled
Lunchtime Facelift: Part 2 - Does the light-based facelift alternative work?.

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