Many people have come to accept traditional facelift procedures as lengthy, more invasive surgical procedures. However, Dr. Shapiro has pioneered a whole new arena for diminishing the signs of aging. GenXLift™ is a minimally invasive, customized-for-you procedure, designed specifically for people of Generation X, or between the ages of 33 and 53. During the procedure, Dr. Shapiro uses processes of fat transfer, laser therapy, tightening treatments, and a short-scar facelift to produce a more youthful appearance. Since the procedure is less invasive than traditional procedures, the recovery period is lessened, the procedure can be performed in-office, and your cost is reduced.
The GenXLift™ Procedure
GenXLift™ includes three different stages, depending upon the extent of your facial rejuvenation, but stage one and stage three are usually performed at the same time.
Stage 1: Fat Transfer
During this stage of the procedure, Dr. Shapiro redirects fat deposits from beneath the neckline and near the earlobes towards your cheeks and other affected areas of the face. This is a minimally invasive procedure, and usually requires four to seven days for recovery.
Stage 2: Laser Therapy
During this portion of the procedure, Dr. Shapiro will perform a MicroLaserPeel to rejuvenate and improve circulation and collagen formation within facial tissues. In addition, Dr. Shapiro may use liposuction, Ultherapy, or ThermiRF tightening of the neck to improve your results.
Stage 3: Short-Scar Facelift
Dr. Shapiro will make a tiny incision along the inside of the ear or along the back of the ear to gain access to the tissues of the face. Best practices call for minimal invasive techniques, so any portion of the procedure requiring an incision will be completed at the same time as the Short-Scar facelift. If you do have the surgical portion of GenXLift™, you will have your stitches removed after one week. You may return to strenuous activities after two weeks.
Are You A Candidate?
Deciding to undergo a cosmetic procedure requires an analysis of your current state-of-health and your desire for change. If you are unsure about your candidacy for GenXLift™, answer the following questions.
- Are you a member of Generation X or closely related to this generation. For example, are you between the ages of 30 and 50?
- Are the signs of aging subtle, or do you want a total change in appearance?
- Do you have any medical or psychological conditions that would inhibit your ability to recover from GenXLift™, such as diabetes, organ failure, substance abuse, or body dysmorphic disorder?
- Have you undergone a recent facial cosmetic procedure? Which procedure and when?
If you answered yes to the first question, yes to the first portion of the second question, and no to the remaining questions, you meet the criteria for candidacy for GenXLift™. Please advise the physician if you have any other medical conditions not mentioned in the checklist or if you have any additional concerns during your consultation.
Why Have A GenXLift™?
GenXLift™ has several advantages that make it an ideal procedure. The procedure does not require a visit to a traditional operating room. In most cases, the procedure is performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation; however, you may have the procedure in an operating room under IV sedation if you prefer.
How long will the surgery last?
Depending on the amount of changes made during your procedure, the amount of time for the procedure varies. In most cases, the surgery lasts from 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
What can I expect during recovery?
During recovery, you may notice bruising swelling, and changes in facial pigmentation during the first few days after the procedure. Be vigilant for any signs of infection, including fever in excess of 100 degrees or pale drainage from your incision location.
Are there risks?
Every medical procedure comes with risks. Speak with your physician about any allergies or adverse reactions to medications or anesthetics during your consultation. Avoid getting any dirt or other debris near your incision site for at least one week. As stated in the above FAQs, watch for signs of infection, such as intensifying pain, abnormal swelling, or high fever.
How soon can I return to work?
You can return to work in as little as four days without surgery. However, you may need four to 10 days to rest before returning to work if you had surgery. Speak with your family, coworkers, and care team about your own limitations for returning to work. Avoid strenuous exercise or activities for approximately two weeks after your procedure.
Will I have scars?
Scaring is always a primary concern during cosmetic procedures. The scars will be tiny and hidden within the natural crease near your ears. Although the scaring will be present, you will never be able to tell unless you told someone about your procedure in detail.