Bassin Center Offers New, Smarter Approach to Facelift Surgery with Smartlift

POSTED ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2011 AT 4:58 PM  by Dr. Rigo Mendoza

Like the rest of our bodies, our skin changes over time. No matter how carefully you protect your skin from overexposure to the sun and other elements, it inevitably loses its elasticity and firmness. Luckily, Bassin Center for Plastic Surgery Tampa offers an innovative facial rejuvenation procedure that combines the results of a facelift surgery with the skin-tightening benefits of Smartlipo™.  This incredible procedure, called a Smartlift, can help to treat the visible signs of facial aging, including sagging skin and excess fat under the chin.

When it first became available, Smartlipo™ was primarily used on the neck and abdomen to remove unwanted fat and tighten the skin. Recently, this laser technology has been used when performing facial procedures. During Bassin Center for Plastic Surgery Tampa’s Smartlift procedure, Smartlipo™ is used to gently free the skin from the underlying tissue, reducing the bleeding that is often present during a facelift procedure by coagulating small vessels in the face. Using this technology, the Tampa Smartlift is able to provide patients with all of the same benefits as a traditional facelift surgery in a much gentler manner. Ultimately, this means a shorter operation, quicker recovery, less swelling, less bruising, fewer complications, and improved skin tightening when compared to traditional facelift surgery.

The incision for a Smartlift is made along the natural folds in front of the ears. The Smartlipo™ laser is used to gently separate the skin from the tissue underneath. After the skin is elevated, the underlying facial muscles are tightened. Once the necessary corrections are made, the skin is repositioned and any excess skin is removed.


In many cases, patients decide to combine a Smartlift with other facial rejuvenation procedures, including laser skin resurfacing or NaturalFill® Natural Facial Filler™. If you’re considering any combination of these facial rejuvenation techniques in Tampa, your procedures can be performed in a hospital, surgical center, or in Bassin Center for Plastic Surgery Tampa’s in-office operating room.

For more information about the Tampa Smartlift, please visit Bassin Center for Plastic Surgery Tampa’s new website. Dr. Rigo Mendoza would be happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding this or any other procedure offered at Bassin Center for Plastic Surgery Tampa. Please call 813-872-7800 or request an appointment online for more information.


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