Friday, February 1, 2013
Medical Reports: Skipping Surgery
Many people worry about getting face lifts because they don't want the cutting, down time or that awful wind tunnel look. 7's Alexis Rivera shows us why some are skipping surgery and going for a new procedure that promises a new kind of lift.
Shirley Carlstrom: "Really old, haggard, long everything seemed to be coming down. And the jaw area especially is a concern."
The 60-year-old feels young at heart now she wants her face to match.
Shirley Carlstrom: "The inside of me is more youthful than what I'm seeing in the mirror. My reflection is not me and it's making me very sad."
Shirley decided to skip a traditional face lift and go for the Y lift. A unique procedure created by Dr. Yan Trokel.
Dr. Yan Trokel: "When we look at youthful faces they all have certain things in common. Nice high cheek bones and comes down to a crisp jawline. Face should be going up and out and that's where the Y comes in."
Dr. Yan Trokel: "I'm just marking out areas that I believe leads to the fountain of youth when it comes to facial rejuvenation."
After measuring and marking Shirley's face like a map, the doctor uses a needle-like device to make a few tiny holes.
Dr. Yan Trokel: "Three needle size holes and that's where all the work gets done from."
He then inserts a small instrument through those holes to go under the muscle and lift the skin's tissue.
Dr. Yan Trokel: "The tool that we used is a blunt lifting instrument. It can't cause any damage. It doesn't tear or rip like a needle would. We go down to the deepest levels, we lift the tissue up."
Once lifted, he uses the device to insert a filler, a hyaluronic acid like Juvederm to hold the newly-elevated position in place.
He then massages and sculpts the upper face and jawline. After just 30 minutes, Shirley has instant results with absolutely no down time or even a hint that she's had anything done.
Shirley Carlstrom: "This is great! This is great! I feel good. Hello beautiful!"
We checked back in with Shirley several weeks later and she says she sees a different person looking back at her.
Shirley Carlstrom: "I think I have a crisper jawline. When I look at the before and after picture I can't believe my old self compared to how I look now."
Alexis Rivera: "The Y lift can last one to three years and Dr. Trokel recommends a touch up every 10 months. Average cost is $3,800.