SideLaze Lift procedure is performed using local, tumescent anesthesia, in the office operating room, preceded by oral and/or intramuscular sedation and pain medication. After prepping and draping, tiny 2 mm incisions are made beneath each earlobes and under the chin. Tumescent lidocaine with epinephrine is then infiltrated using a small, blunt infiltration cannula. The lower half of the face, jowls, and neck is marked in zones of 5 x 5 cm. Laser energy is delivered by SideLaze800 up against the skin with each zone treated to endpoints of pre-set energy with safeguard for the laser to terminate delivery of energy when certain temperature parameter is reached, typically 40-42 degrees Centigrade.
If there is significant fat pads on chin or jowls, Dr. Ting may also perform gentle neck liposuction using a tiny liposuction cannula to aspirate melted fat.
The incision sites will not be sutured and are left open to faciliate drainage of melted fat and fluids as foam pads and head wrap will be applied and be worn 24/7 for 72 hours and to be continued at night for 2-3 additional weeks whenever possible, not to interefere work obligations or social functions.
Final clinical outcome of SideLaze Lift using PrecisionTxTM may not be fully appreciated until 6 months after the procedure as skin tightening and stimulation of collagen continues for at least half of a year. Due to cascade of inflammatory response of skin and subcutaneous tissues to the laser energy, it is normal to experience some tightness, firmness, and occasional post-op fibrous nodularity that eventually resolve. Manual massage of affected areas should be performed three times a day. Most patients will experience continual improvement of jawline and neck contouring as early as 4 weeks and continues to get better over 6 months.