Mini Face Lift
Do you feel younger than you look? Not quite ready for a face lift? Houston area men and women want a rejuvenated look without the cost and downtime of a traditional face lift, which is why the RT Lift™ is gaining popularity and attracting new patients.
Request a complimentary consultation online to learn more about face lift surgery from Dr. Athré, or schedule your appointment by calling 281-557-3223.
Dr. Athré is available for select evening and weekend consultation appointments. If you are interested in meeting with him at one of these times, please call our office during our normal business hours for more information about his availability.
What Is the RT Lift?
The RT Lift is a novel surgical procedure designed by Dr. Raghu Athré. It was specifically designed with younger patients in mind who want a freshened appearance, but cannot afford all the downtime associated with a traditional face lift in Houston. “I kept seeing patients who have mild aging changes in their face. Today’s patients are more active and need a procedure that is tailored to their lifestyle. The RT Lift was designed with those patients in mind,” says Dr. Athré.
Who Is a Candidate for the RT Lift?
Though age is not an absolute criterion, the average RT Lift patient is in their forties or fifties. Candidates include people who:
- Have early signs of aging with deepened smile lines
- Do not have time away from their busy schedules
- Just require a touch up rather than a traditional procedure
Anatomy of the Face
The face is made of multiple layers: the skin, an extracellular matrix, and muscle. The extracellular matrix made up of elastic and collagen fibers, which keeps the skin elastic. The muscle layer is made of a combination of muscle and tissue and is also known as the SMAS (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system). Underneath the skin of the neck is a muscle layer called the platysma, which acts like a sling to keep the neck taut and youthful.
Aging and the Face
As aging occurs, the skin on the faces loses collagen and elastin due to sun exposure, gravity, and constant muscle contraction caused by talking, smiling, laughing, etc. The skin loses its elasticity causing deep wrinkles, jowl formation and sagging skin in the face and neck.
What Makes the RT Lift Special?
There are numerous mini facelift procedures for Houston residents to consider. These procedures attempt to reverse the signs of aging by just tightening the skin, or by using barbed sutures in the face, or by trying to suspend the face with permanent sutures. The results in these procedures are short-lived because these procedures do not address the muscle layer (SMAS) like a traditional face lift. The RT Lift tightens, repositions, and re-drapes the SMAS just like a traditional face lift, thereby giving the patient a fresh new look that lasts.
How Is the RT Lift Performed?
In general, the technique used for the RT Lift is the same as in a face lift. The incision is hidden in the hairline above the ear, is then camouflaged in the ear canal, and then gently wraps around the ear lobe and then disappears in the crease behind the ear. The only difference between a traditional face lift and the RT Lift is that the RT Lift addresses a smaller area of concern. Patients with significant aging and a very heavy neck may be better served by a traditional face lift. This procedure is often performed with other facial enhancement procedures such as eyelid surgery in Houston.
What Can RT Lift Patients Expect?
RT Lift patients have their procedure done on an outpatient basis. Because incisions are smaller, bruising and swelling are drastically reduced. Most patients are back to work within 5 days, and are on their feet the very next day.