Scottsdale surgeon develops alternative to traditional facelift

FaceliftNew research reveals that people in Arizona show signs of aging much faster than other parts of the country.

After 20 years of research, a Valley-based plastic surgeon has developed a new alternative to the facelift tailored specifically to where each individual falls on the aging spectrum.

ShapiroThe GENXLIFT™ is a new procedure developed by Dr. Daniel Shapiro that addresses the continuum of aging that begins in the 30’s and continues through the 50’s and the first minimally-invasive procedure of its kind that offers rapid-healing and a less invasive alternative for patients not ready for a “full facelift” or want shorter downtime.

The procedure does not need to be performed in the operating room and can be done as an in office procedure with local anesthesia and oral sedation, making the GENXLIFT an ideal alternative to the traditional facelift for Generation X, or people whose birth date falls between 1961 and 1981 and are roughly 33 to 55 years old.

The GENXLIFT™ was created specifically with the Sunbelt population in mind. A board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Daniel Shapiro spent over two years researching and developing the procedure after studying how and when faces age in the desert climate over the course of two decades.

“Living in Arizona, people show significant signs of aging much earlier than in other parts of the country where sun exposure isn’t as prevalent,” said Dr. Daniel Shapiro,a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery with over 22 years of experience.

“It’s not uncommon for me to see a ‘Generation X’ patient in their 40’s or 50’s that could benefit from some aspects of a facelift, but not everyone who wants to look younger needs or wants a full facelift. Until now there hasn’t really been a procedure that specifically addresses just the intermittent signs of aging that are different for each person depending on their age, their genetics and other factors,” he said.

GENXLIFT™ Stage I will focus on the skin changes that occur in the 30’s along with early fat reabsorption.  If needed, non-invasive or minimally invasive neck tightening with fat removal can be coupled.

A four-day laser peel is applied to treat changes of sun damage including broken capillaries, enlarged pores and fine lines. Fat transfer to the face would be performed to achieve more youthful volume as needed beneath the eyes, along the cheekbones, around the mouth, along the chin, and into the lips.

GENXLIFT™  Stage II will typically involve a combination of Stage I treatments coupled would be non-invasive or minimally invasive treatment of neck laxity. In this more flexible stage, treatment possibilities can include different modalities involving Ultrasound, laser, or radiofrequency to induce tightening of the skin of the neck and the reduction of fat of the neck.

All treatments of Stage II would  amount to approximately seven days of downtime, significantly less than a full facelift.

GENXLIFT™ Stage III will impact advanced signs of aging. Signs of significant cheek laxity, jowl formation and neck laxity are the focus of this stage. It will consist of Stage I treatments, a pro-fractional four-day peel with fat transfer plus a limited incision facelift.

For more information visit www.shapiroplasticsurgery.com or call 480-451-1700.

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