Lifting Your Face By A String - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/1/04

Lifting Your Face By A String

The newest theory today is that facial aging is the result mostly of loss of fat in the face which speeds up a little sagging. For what it's worth, here's a new technique that uses a combination procedure to rejuvenate the face.

First, they remove small amounts of fat, usually from the hips, which is then concentrated and transferred into areas of the face that need some filling in such as the lips, eyebrows, and cheeks. The second half of this procedure uses special threads to lift the eyebrows. They're called Aptos Threads and they're tiny uni-directional threads that hold the tissue in place until it scars in place, thereby holding the eyebrows up.

"We can suspend the eyebrows, bring this whole area up without having to make that giant scar over the brow. We can do it for the mid-face to make the mid-face high and lovely in here and correct this defect which people complain about terribly, that raccoon look, which I'm going to correct today in this patient, and also the neck," says Dr. Lewis Feder, dermatologist.

"I had the Aptos Threads done in my forehead, so now my eyebrows are arched higher, which open up my eyes, which I think was a great improvement," says Jackie Rohrscheidt, facelift patient.

So, $3,000 later, Jackie is happy. And I guess that's what it's all about -- making the patient feel good about herself or himself.

The Aptos Threads are not used in Lubbock yet. They're not even FDA approved yet. One Lubbock plastic surgeon told me the threading is actually limited to patients who do not have sagging skin and just want a lift, as in more arch to the eyebrows. But this is one more example of the many new options becoming available to turn back the clock or change your look without going into major surgery.

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