How the SLUPlift™ Works
Dr. Slupchynskyj’s patented SLUPlift™ accomplishes many of the same goals as a conventional Facelift, but with a more effective and less invasive technique. Instead of the long incision around the entire ear used in a traditional procedure, the SLUPlift™ employs a small incision around the earlobe. Dr. Slupchynskyj inserts tools in that smaller incision to locate the SMAS and the platysma muscle (found in the lower jaw and upper chest).
Dr. Slupchynskyj then inserts sutures through those tissues and pulls them tight. The sutures are tied off behind the earlobe, the excess skin is removed and the incision is sealed with micro-sutures. The SLUPlift™ procedure typically takes anywhere from 1 to possibly 2 hours. The results are a tighter and more youthful appearance to the face and neck, with a much smaller incision, shorter time in surgery, no General Anesthesia and a quicker recovery.
Another advantage of the SLUPlift™ procedure is that it allows for as much or as little adjustment to the face as the patient requires. This technique gives Dr. Slupchynskyj some much-needed flexibility in adjusting the tension of the skin to suit the patient’s desired outcome. The additional flexibility allows him to work on the lower face and neck region, including the jowls and the skin around the platysma muscle, while also removing or rearranging the surrounding fatty tissue (a process known as “Submental Liposuction”).
Limited Swelling and Bleeding
The smaller incision around the earlobe enables the surgeon to adjust the skin and underlying tissue with “microneedles” and sutures, rather than with cruder tools that may cause trauma during or after the procedure. The SLUPlift™ technique achieves the optimum results for patients that require mild to moderate wrinkle removal, with much less post-operative swelling and bleeding.
This facet of the technique uses a “bloodless” incision that identifies the SMAS and platysma muscle, without the need to remove or relocate the overlying skin. Since the incision is so much smaller and much of the work takes place below the skin surface, the patient experiences much fewer problems during recovery.
General vs. Local Anesthesia
In a Traditional Facelift procedure, the patient is administered General Anesthesia, either intravenously or through inhalation. The patient is unconscious and, as a result, requires strict monitoring by the surgeon, the Anesthesiologist and the surgical support staff to make sure that he or she does not suffer any ill effects during surgery. Since the Anesthesia can paralyze the muscles responsible for breathing, the patient receives an intubation tube down his (or her) throat that feeds oxygen into the lungs. Patients can suffer from breathing problems, vomit in the lungs, low blood pressure, and other problems while under General Anesthesia.
The SLUPlift™ procedure employs Local Anesthesia to the affected areas of the lower face. The patient does not experience any paralysis and can respond to both verbal and touch cues from the surgeon. The patient also does not require any breathing assistance during the procedure and experiences only a slightly lower level of consciousness than normal. The administration of Local Anesthesia also does not require an Anesthesiologist to monitor the patient’s level of responsiveness or the addition of more numbing agents to keep the patient under during the procedure. The reduced need for Anesthesia also allows for a faster post-operative recovery period.
Short Recovery Time
Patients experience the key advantage to the SLUPlift™ procedure after the operation, as recovery times are much shorter than those experienced by patients who undergo the Traditional Facelift Surgery. While the conventional Facelift procedure can take up to 4 hours, the SLUPlift™ procedure takes only 60 to 90 minutes. The smaller incision and lack of General Anesthesia makes for a faster and easier experience for both surgeon and patient.
While most patients may need up to 2 weeks or more for immediate recovery from a Traditional Facelift, patients who undergo the SLUPlift™ procedure often return to work within a week. Since the patient does not receive General Anesthesia, the recovery process begins almost immediately following the operation, while the minimal scarring and bruising allow the patient to see the results of the SLUPlift™ within a few days.
Less Scarring and Deformities
The longer incision used in most Traditional Facelift procedures can lead to the appearance of unflattering scars and hair loss near the incision sites. Also, some patients who undergo a Traditional Facelift may see a deformity in the earlobe after the surgeon reattaches the loose skin. This deformity, known as “Pixie Ear”, is often a highly noticeable sign that the patient had a Facelift. The SLUPlift™ procedure leaves the patient with much less of a noticeable scar and no hair loss. Since the incision does not detach the earlobe from the face, patients are not at risk of having a “Pixie Ear” after surgery.
- The SLUPlift™ requires only a small incision in the front of and in back of the earlobe.
- The muscle under the skin is sutured so it will not loosen.
- Results are immediate.
- Minimal discomfort.
- No hair loss.
- No Pixie Ear Deformity.
- Imperceptible scar.
- Minimal bruising and swelling.
- The immediate recovery time following surgery is approximately 5–10 days. Total recovery can be up to 1 year.
- The SLUPlift™ Mini-Suture Facelift is performed totally under Local Anesthetic (sometimes oral sedation can be used to further relax the patient prior to the procedure).
- Natural appearance (no “wind tunnel” look).
- Excess skin is removed so there is not bunching of skin after repositioning of the skin and muscle.
- No threads under the skin, which can sometimes become visible through the skin and no barbs which can cause a prickling sensation.
- Rarely requires the use of drains.