Look 10 Years Younger in 1 Hour
‘The Hour Lift’ or mini-facelift now most popular cosmetic procedure
“I only charge $2,900 because I want looking young to be affordable to everyone.”
Dr. Eric Seiger
By Sally Rummel
She eats right, she works out and takes care of herself every day. She wants her face to reflect this same youthful vitality that the rest of her body shows.
That’s why one local 69-year-old woman, who asked to remain anonymous, is in the pre-op area of the Skin and Vein Center in Fenton for “The Hour Lift,” a mini-facelift procedure that’s becoming more and more popular.
“We’ve been doing these for about 15 years, but they’ve become much more mainstream now since makeover shows on TV began to glamorize them about 10 years ago,” said Dr. Eric Seiger, board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon. “It’s not a ‘taboo’ thing anymore.” Dr. Seiger estimates he has done between 2,500 and 3,000 of these procedures, on women as young as 24 and for a couple who was each 86 years old. “I’d say the median age for this surgery is about 58, and 95 percent of my patients are women. The results will last between five and 10 years, depending upon the patient.”
The difference between The Hour Lift and a regular facelift is that The Hour Lift involves cutting the skin and tightening the facial muscles, rather than moving the facial muscles.
The areas primarily improved by a facelift are the jowls, cheeks and neck. There’s a huge difference in recovery time and price. “It’s the difference between a three-day recovery and a two-week commitment,” said Dr. Seiger.
The price is also a huge factor in a person’s decision to undergo this procedure. A full facelift will cost between $6,000 and $15,000 -depending upon the scope of the procedure. I only charge $2,900 because I want looking young to be affordable to everyone. These are elective cosmetic procedures and are not covered by insurance.
“The number one thing that patients say to me is, ‘I don’t want to look 20 years old again. I just want to look in the mirror and be able to look as good as I feel inside. I want to feel refreshed,”’ said Dr. Seiger.
For the 69-year-old patient who was waiting for her procedure, The Hour Facelift was not only for her own self-esteem, but also for her success in the business world. “A youthful appearance validates your professionalism,” she said. “This is how we get measured for our success.”
Preparation, Procedure, and Aftercare for the HourLift Mini Face Lift
Prior to surgery, you will be given a sedative to help you relax, after which a local anesthetic will be applied to minimize any discomfort.
During the procedure, which will take between one to one and a half hours, a small incision is made in the front of the ear. The surgeon will then lift the tissues under the skin to remove extra skin. The skin is then re-draped over they overlying skin to produce a more youthful, wrinkle-free appearance.
After the procedure, patients will wear an iced head garment for approximately 24 to 48 hours. They will generally be able to shampoo and apply makeup the day after the procedure. The sutures will be removed within six to eight days.
Patients may experience some bruising. Some minimal pain may be experienced that can be alleviated with oral medication. But, like SmartLipo, Lipostructure, and other cosmetic procedures, the 1 hour face lift is very non-invasive.
Thinking about having ‘The Hour Lift’?
Here’s what to expect:
Q: What happens before the procedure?
A: Prior to surgery, you may be given a medication to help you relax. Local anesthesia is then administered to minimize discomfort.
Q: How long does the procedure take?
A: One to 1 ½ hours.
Q: What actually happens during the “One Hour Lift”?
A: A short incision is made in the front of the ear. The surgeon gently lifts the tissues under the skin, removing any extra skin. The surgeon re-drapes the overlying skin, leaving the patient wrinkle-free with a firmer, more youthful jawline.
Q: What can I expect during recovery?
A: Post surgery, patients wear an ice-containing head-garment for 24-48 hours. They are normally able to shampoo and wear makeup the day after surgery.
Sutures will be removed in six to eight days, resuming normal activities within three days.
Q: Does it hurt? Will I bruise or swell?
A: Approximately 85 percent of patients experience no brusing. There is minimal pain, controlled with oral medication.
Q: How long will the results last?
A: Look five to 10 year younger, with results lasting usually five to 10 years.
Q: Can I talk to anyone who has had the procedure?
A: The Skin & Vein Center can arrange a contact with someone who has had the procedure and agrees to speak to prospective patients.
TRI-COUNTY TIMES | TIM JAGIELO
Debbie Purcell is prepped for a HourLift on Monday, at the Skin and Vein Center in
Fenton. Dr. Eric Seiger directs resident physician Kate Johnson.
They are assisted by nurse Amy Sowers.
Originally Published in the
Tri-County Times, Fenton, MI 48430
Dated: September 23, 2012
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It can be frustrating when you’re feeling so good on the inside and you look in the mirror and realize that your face doesn’t reflect that. The skin in that area is fragile, and time, environment, and stress can take its toll. If you’ve decided to get a face lift, the professionals at Skin & Vein Center, Michigan are ready to help you look your best.
When you find yourself pulling back the skin on either side of your face as you look in the mirror, it may be time to consider the amazing HourLift Mini-Facelifts that will put the “you” back in youth.
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