Recover Quicker With A Harmonic Facelift

Published: 13th September 2007
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According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2006 over 124,000 facelifts occurred in the United States, making it the fifth most popular surgical procedure.

Of those 124,000 procedures, over 14,000 of them were performed on men. Over the past year, facelifts on men have steadily risen by about 1 to 2 percent per year.

While facelifts remain a popular option for both men and women, a new technique offers patients the chance to enjoy the benefits of a facelift, with less recovery time.

The purpose of a facelift is to give new life to your existing looks. A facelift will remove loose or excess skin, erase deep lines and wrinkles, or decrease the jowl area. Facelifts can range in size from the mini-lift, to a standard lift, depending on the desired results and the skin laxity.

While the facelift remains ever popular, one thing may have held some people back. The traditional facelift on average required three weeks of recovery time; weeks that many people in today's busy world simply can't spare.

But a new twist to the traditional facelift gives people an option: the harmonic facelift.

The harmonic facelift uses the Harmonic Scalpel made by Ethicon Endosurgery, a division of Johnson and Johnson, to perform the surgery. The scalpel vibrates at a super fast speed, and causes less tissue damage with virtually no bleeding. Less tissue injury translates into less swelling, which ultimately leads to a faster recovery.

The Harmonic Scalpel is used to make incisions along the hairline, above the ear, and down around the lobe, ending in or below the hairline behind the ear. From there, the facial skin is lifted, tightened, and the excess skin is removed.

The actual procedure with or without the use of the Harmonic Scalpel is similar. The real benefit comes in recovery. By using the Harmonic Scalpel, many patients are reporting a faster recovery. With less tissue damage, bruising is kept to a minimal; patients heal faster; and can usually return to work much quicker. It may be possible to actually cut the recovery time by as much as a week using this new technique.

Decreasing the recovery period will undoubtedly lead to an increase in the number of facelifts over the coming years, especially as baby boomers continue to age and demand to look as young as they feel.

Dr Randolph C Robinson is double board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and is an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider. He practices oral, maxillofacial, craniofacial, and cosmetic surgery in the Denver, Colorado area, and is internationally known for his work in the area of Orthognathic Surgery (jaw surgery). Visit his practice at

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