Sex, emails, to-do lists and….facelifts. There are many things you can do in five minutes, but what about a five-minute facelift? The search for painless plastic surgery continues as the Today Show recently featured a weeklong series all about plastic surgery trends and one of the segments caught board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Wigoda, MD’s attention; the five-minute facelift.
Be Back in Five Minutes, I Have to Get a Facelift. What?
As we age gravity sets in, even in our face, and some of us begin to look for ways to regain more definition in our cheeks without surgery. Plastic surgeon, Dr. Brian Glatt appeared on The Today Show to perform what he calls a five-minute facelift live on the air using a new filler approved by the FDA called Restylane Lyft. According to Glatt, the procedure is said to lift immediately and add volume to your face with the help of fillers and without the need to go under the knife.
What Is the Five Minute Facelift?
It’s basically a pumped up filler. Restylane Lyft, formerly known as Perlane-L®, is an injectable hyaluronic acid gel used to correct volume loss and treat wrinkles in the face. It is the first and only FDA-approved filler indicated to provide a lift to cheeks and add volume to correct and smooth smile lines (nasolabial folds).
“It’s a newer brand of fillers, different than filling lines or little areas,” said Dr. Glatt. “These fillers are very powerful. [The fillers are] dense, they’re rich, and they’re capable of just really filling and giving a robust difference in a very short period.”
Dr. Glatt told Hoda Kotb that the five-minute facelift lasts for two years, is completely reversible, has minimal side effects and is more powerful than traditional fillers.
So what’s the catch?
The Art and Science of Five Minute Facelifts
“I did not really see anything new in the segment” said Dr. Wigoda. “The only thing the doctor did was fill up her cheeks. I thought they were actually overfilled relative to the rest of her face”.
So is the five-minute facelift the next best thing?
“To use the term facelift is a stretch. A facelift does much more than filling the cheek area,” said Dr. Wigoda. “I personally wound have used the product in other areas of the face as well, like the nasolabial folds. I think she looked a little swollen rather than refreshed at the end. In addition, because the body starts breaking down fillers as soon as they are injected, I would be surprised if the effects of the product will last two years. Here is a good example for the consumer to be wary of claims made by companies or their spokesperson. In my experience, the benefits of a product in the cosmetic industry are often exaggerated. It is always best to ask the opinion of your own doctor.”
To learn more about the facts and fiction of plastic surgery including facelifts, contact Dr. Wigoda for a free consultation.
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