If you love how a facelift looks but aren’t ready to commit to that kind of procedure or the recovery that accompanies it, we have good news: there is a way to lift your face without surgery, and we have it. At Rao Medical Spa and Anti-Aging Clinic in Mandeville, LA, we are proud to offer the Y lift, a treatment that can transform your appearance in just one appointment. It will lift your face without the need for surgery and give you beautiful, natural results.
The Y Lift: Lifting Your Face Without Surgery
With the aging process comes changes in the skin and the features. Some of these changes like wrinkles and sagging skin happen gradually, and then one day you look in the mirror and wonder how it happened and what you can do about it. If you notice the following signs of aging, you may find a solution in our revolutionary facial treatment:
- Sagging skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Changing facial proportions
- Heaviness in the lower half of the face
- Volume loss
The primary cause of all of these signs of aging is a decrease in collagen production. As we age, our body produces less collagen, which is responsible for keeping the skin plump, hydrated, and youthful. These changes affect the skin negatively, and lines and wrinkles begin to form, and the skin begins to droop.
What Is a Y Lift?
A Y lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that contours the face without the need for surgery, downtime, or a lengthy recovery. The most youthful and aesthetically pleasing faces are typically shaped like the letter Y. Imagine the face as a letter Y. The top of the Y is the cheekbones that are high and perfectly proportioned and then gradually taper into a well-defined jawline. The chin is narrow and then the bottom of that Y is the neck, smooth with tight and lifted skin.
This innovative facial contouring treatment restores this Y shape to the face that has been affected by the sagging and drooping that often accompanies the aging process. This treatment requires no surgical measures like incisions or stitches, and for that reason, it’s very often referred to as a lunchtime facelift. You won’t need anesthesia and you won’t have to plan for a lengthy recovery period.
What Does It Do?
This treatment is designed to restore youth to the face by recreating structure, volume, shape, and balance. What has sunken, it will lift. What has wrinkled, it will smooth. In areas that have hollowed, it will restore volume. You’ll look and feel younger immediately after your treatment and you’ll be able to go about your day with no downtime.
How Does It Work?
During this treatment, we use dermal fillers to restore volume and youth to the face and contour different areas to create the most aesthetically pleasing appearance.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are cosmetic injectables that add volume to areas of the face that have experienced volume loss due to the aging process. They can fill in facial wrinkles and folds, and add volume to hollow areas of the face. Typically, the fillers used during this treatment are hyaluronic acid-based. The body produces hyaluronic acid and it helps keep the skin hydrated and youthful, but that changes with the aging process.
Over time, the body decreases hyaluronic acid production as it does collagen production, and the skin suffers. That’s where dermal fillers come in. These anti-aging injectables are made with smooth, crystal clear gel composed of a synthetic form of a hyaluronic acid that mimics the body’s version and fills in areas that have lost volume due to a decrease in natural HA.
Using Dermal Fillers To Perform a Y Lift
Dermal fillers are injected just below the surface of the skin in small amounts to create the most natural-looking appearance. Once administered, they provide long-lasting results that last six to twelve months or longer. Fillers can be used to treat and correct:
- Smile lines, including nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines that form around the lower portion of the mouth
- Volume loss in the mid-face area
- Volume loss in the temples
- Crow’s feet that form at the outer corners of the eyes
- Thin lips
Using Fillers During the Treatment
Location is the most important aspect of dermal fillers during this particular facial treatment. When injecting dermal fillers during this treatment, we can administer them deeper into the skin below the fat pads and the facial muscles. This technique creates natural yet drastic and noticeable change.
With the use of a cannula, we can add more filler beneath the soft tissue of the face to make it look more contoured and more youthful. By injecting filler deeper than what is normally done during traditional injections, you will get a lifted look, yet it won’t look overdone or puffy because of the filler’s placement underneath the muscles.
Creating the “Y” Shape
Another important aspect of this treatment is creating the “Y” shape. To do so, we will inject the dermal fillers into the upper half of the face, contouring the cheekbones and adding volume to the apples of the cheeks to define them. This technique will help fill in hollowness below the eye that often develops with the aging process. If you have developed hollowness around your temples, we will fill this area as well.
Finalizing the “Y” Shape
As we move down the face, we’ll follow that “Y” patter down to the chin and the lower half of the face. If needed, we’ll inject filler in the chin to balance the face, restore volume, and create the most aesthetic look. If we notice that pre-jowls are forming, we can treat them by adding a filler to correct them and balance the face.
We’ll address the jawline, which represents the bottom of the “Y” and contour the whole jaw. This can address sagging and drooping skin and will take years off of your face.
Y Lift FAQ’s
What Happens During Treatment?
To begin the process, we’ll schedule an initial consultation so that you can discuss your concerns and learn more about the treatment. We’ll analyze your facial structure and determine if you’re a candidate for treatment. If you are a candidate, we’ll schedule your appointment and provide you with ways to prepare for your treatment, like temporarily discontinuing the use of blood-thinning medications and supplements.
When you arrive at your appointment, you won’t have to worry about anesthesia or any surgical measures. You’ll be awake for the entire treatment and can drive yourself to and from your appointment, and resume your normal daily activities immediately after your treatment. To begin treatment, we’ll clean your skin and apply a topical numbing cream to make sure that you remain comfortable for the duration of the process.
Once the numbing effect sets in, we’ll inject the dermal fillers into the appropriate locations on your face as discussed during your consultation. Then, your Y lift will be complete. You can resume all of your normal daily activities. We will ask you to follow some aftercare instructions to ensure that you get the best results, such as avoiding excess sun exposure and avoiding all forms of strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
All of our patients love their results because not only are they immediate, but they’re noticeable and will take years off of your face. You’ll see a lifting effect from the fillers that have been injected into your skin.
Your results will continue to improve as the filler settles into your skin and you will be able to enjoy those results for anywhere from one to three years. To maintain your results, we recommend following a treatment plan of regular maintenance appointments for the most consistent looking results.
Am I a Candidate?
If the signs of aging have begun to affect not only your appearance but your confidence, you are most likely a candidate who will benefit from this treatment.
You Have Fine Lines and Wrinkles
With a decrease in collagen production comes the development of lines and wrinkles all over the face. Collagen creates a youthful foundation for the skin, and when that foundation is compromised, so is your skin, and ultimately your appearance. If you’re like many people, your lines and wrinkles have sent you on a search for a solution to the aging process, and this treatment is an effective way to restore your youth and improve your skin.
You’re Noticing Sagging Skin
Your skin is composed of three primary layers: the outer layer which is called the epidermis, the middle layer which is called the dermis, and the deep layer which is called the hypodermis. Your layers of the skin are held together with the youthful proteins known as collagen and elastin.
Elastin keeps your skin flexible, and collagen keeps your skin youthful and smooth. If gravity has begun to affect your collagen and elastin production and has led to sagging drooping skin, this treatment can help lift it.
You’ve Experienced Volume Loss
Another sign of aging is volume loss. As fat pads in the face shift and drop, you’re left with hollow areas that lack the volume necessary to maintain a youthful appearance. Collagen and elastin production help your skin stay voluminous, but when that production decreases, your face can look old and hollow and even bony and gaunt in some cases. If you’ve experienced volume loss due to aging, this treatment will restore volume and give you your youth back,
Your Facial Proportions Have Begun To Shift
Another sign of aging that some people aren’t so quick to recognize when they look in the mirror is a shifting of facial proportions. Those who have always had high cheekbones or contoured features may notice a change in these features over time. The face can flatten, features fall flat, and the skin loses its dimension. If this has begun to take place on your face, this treatment can help.
The Lower Half of Your Face Looks Heavier
With the aging process comes the inevitable slipping of the fat pads. Eventually, this can create a heavy-looking appearance, especially in the lower half of the face. This is what causes jowls, heavy jawlines, and even chin wrinkles. If your beautiful features have been replaced with a heaviness that makes you look older than you are, this treatment is just the solution you’ve been looking for but didn’t know existed.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
You don’t have to live with the signs of aging anymore, thanks to revolutionary facial contouring treatments like this one. We want to help you look your best so that you can feel your best. Contact us today at Rao Medical Spa and Anti-Aging Clinic in Mandeville, LA and schedule your initial consultation to find out more about this treatment and how it can help you look and feel like a more youthful version of yourself.