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"No Downtime" Facelift

Would you have a face-lift if you didnt have any down time, experienced no pain and looked natural afterwards? What if there were no scars and no telltale signs, and your skin would continue to improve for months after your facelift? Sounds too good to be true? Perhaps not. Recently, the FDA approved a new laser for the reduction of facial wrinkles.

Beverly Hills, CA January 8, 2004 -- With a focus on minimally invasive procedures, one revolutionary cosmetic surgery technique using these lasers has caught the attention of many.

The procedure, called the Coolaser, is being heralded as the future of cosmetic surgery for the new millennium.

It was developed by the cosmetic surgeon to the stars Simon Ourian, MD, and Bob Ourian, MD, of Epione Aesthetic Laser Clinic Inc., in Beverly Hills, California (310-271-6506). The device is getting good reviews for its ability to smooth fine lines and wrinkles without burning the overlying skin, becoming known as a safe and fast alternative to traditional laser skin resurfacing.

Coolaser treatment is performed without general anesthesia (it is not necessary), making it safer than procedures that implement it. First, the skin is numbed with the spray of a super cooled air through the specially designed handpiece, then a series of rapid-pulse Nd-YAG and yellow beams are directed at problem areas. Discomfort is described as minimal due to the cooling effect. The treatment appears to be especially suitable for lines around the eyes and mouth. Skin texture improves and facial tightening continues for several weeks after the treatment resulting in subtle, natural rejuvenation. The procedure is repeated in a series of three to five visits. Unlike conventional laser surgery or facelift that can leave patients with undesirable scars and pulled looks, the result of the newer technique is "a natural appearance with virtually no pain," explains Dr. Simon Ourian.

When the yellow beam targets the tissue under the skin's surface and stimulates growth, the new collagen fills in the depression under the wrinkles, reducing the creases in the wrinkled surface. Treatments take approximately 10 to 30 minutes.

According to Dr. Ourian, early studies show results with as little as one treatment. The cost of a treatment is about $2,500, about a half of the cost of other laser surgeries. Epione Institute in Beverly Hills is currently training other physicians in the technique with more than a dozen new sites to be in operation shortly. For more information contact 800-828-6466.

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A facelift is a surgical procedure to repair sagging, drooping, and wrinkled skin of the face and neck. It is performed to improve visible signs of aging, poor diet, or heredity; it is performed by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping facial and neck skin.


Sagging or wrinkled skin occurs naturally with increasing age. Folds and fat deposits appear around the neck, and deep flexion creases form between the nose and mouth. The jawline grows "jowly" and slack. Heredity, poor diet, smoking, or obesity may contribute to early or severe skin problems.

A facelift can help repair some of the visible damage to skin, fat, and muscles and can restore a "younger" look. A facelift can be done alone or with nose reshaping, a forehead lift, or eyelid surgery.

While the patient is sleepy (sedated) and pain-free (local anesthesia) or deep asleep and pain-free (general anesthesia), the plastic surgeon makes incisions above the hairline at the temples, behind the earlobe, to the lower scalp.

The surgeon removes some of the fat tissue and loose skin, then stitches (sutures) the incisions closed. The fat tissue is called the SMAS layer and is the primary lifting portion of the facelift.