The Active Lift™ developed by Dr. Sikorski is a minimally invasive affordable way to tighten the lower face with very low downtime, no sedation or optional requested oral sedation. General anesthesia is not required in this quick-recovery procedure and many Orange County patients prefer to be awake during the procedure.
How is The Active Lift Performed?
Many Orange County patients think you need to be asleep for facelift surgery. With newer local anesthesia, this is no longer the case. With the Active Lift, Dr. Sikorski will first numb the areas of your face so you will not feel any of the work being done. An incision is made in the front interior part of the ear into the hairline above and behind the ear. An area of skin and support structures in front of and above the ear is undermined (loosened) to allow the permanent lifting sutures to be placed. An additional internal suture is placed in the area beneath the lower jaw to tighten the upper neck. Excess skin is snipped and the incision is closed with tiny sutures placed by hand. (Dr. Sikorski does not use staples which can place undue pressure on skin and result in a wide and irregular scar).
Do the Lifting Sutures of The Active Lift™ last?
The Active Lift™ is not the same as barbed suture procedures which proved to be unstable and short lived. The Active Lift™ anchors the sutures within the strong fascia support tissues which lie between the deep levels of the skin and the muscle. These are permanent full strength surgical sutures and do not dissolve or break. Correct placement and suture integrity are important as both help insure proper support and the natural appearance that you wish to maintain. Results last for years instead of months.
Will I Look Like I’ve Had a Lift?
Not at all. The Active Lift™ does not risk giving you a pulled or surgical look at all. In fact, unless you tell your friends you have had a surgical procedure, they will most often think that you have lost weight and are happier about your life.
Do Other Doctors Use The Active Lift Technique?
Dr. Sikorski’s Active Lift™ is born of 20 year’s experience. The Active Lift is NOT a franchised surgical procedure. Your surgery is never rushed, you will meet with Dr. Sikorski personally for a consultation and she will perform your surgery. Mini lifts are generally faster recovery surgeries for those with mild to moderate needs for tightening in the lower face. Dr. Sikorski makes sure her OC patients are given full attention and adequate time is planned for any extra care that may be needed to get the best results. Every aspect of the surgery is performed with as much perfection to detail as is humanly possible. The Active Lift™ utilizes Dr. Sikorski’s 3-layer closure technique to achieve the most imperceptible incision line possible and delicate hand stitches to eliminate potential “puckering” or obvious scarring – these are important factors that determine whether or not your surgical results are detectable or pleasing. Your incisions are closed with:
- Internal Lifting Sutures
- Tension-relieving deep sutures
- Delicate external sutures placed by hand
The Active Lift™ includes internal suture placement which tightens the upper neck. Although not a replacement for a necklift if you have excessive skin in the neck or liposuction if you have accumulated fat deposits, for a great majority of Orange County patients, these suture placements provide excellent results that last for years.
Costs of Cosmetic Surgery
At Natural Image OC in the Orange County area, we maintain a top-level integrated, AAAHC accredited outpatient surgery center. This helps reduce the costs of cosmetic surgery because we are not tied to the additional costs of a satellite surgical center, nor do any “overtime” costs that can accrue from extra surgery time or anesthesiologist fees. In the end, this can save up to 25% over what many surgeries might cost elsewhere.
Your Consultation Visit
Enjoy a relaxing visit to our office where you can ask questions, meet our staff, take a tour of our office and surgical suite and view additional photo results of our OC patients.
Your consultation assessment is with Dr. Sikorski, not an impersonal or commissioned sales person. Fees and procedure preparations are discussed with our patient coordinator, who will detail the surgical experience with you.
Learn more about Active Lift™ in the Orange County area. Schedule an appointment with Natural Image OC online or by phone at (949) 448-0487.