The RT Lift is a novel surgical procedure designed by Dr. Raghu Athré. It was specifically designed with younger patients in mind who want a freshened appearance, but they can’t afford all the downtime associated with a traditional facelift in Houston. “I kept seeing patients who have mild aging changes in their face. Today’s patients are more active and need a procedure that is tailored to their lifestyle. The RT Lift was designed with those patients in mind,” says Dr. Athré. Dr. Athré not only designed and perfected this procedure, he believes in the procedure. He has even performed it on his wife to address her midface and neck.
The face is made of multiple layers: the skin, an extracellular matrix, and muscle. The extracellular matrix is made up of elastic and collagen fibers, which keeps the skin elastic. The muscle layer is made of a combination of muscle and tissue known as the SMAS (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system). Underneath the skin of the neck is a muscle layer called the platysma, which acts like a sling to keep the neck taut and youthful.
As aging occurs, the skin on the face loses collagen and elastin due to sun exposure, gravity, and constant muscle contraction caused by talking, smiling, laughing, and other expressive facial responses. The skin loses its elasticity causing deep wrinkles, jowls, and sagging skin in the face and neck.
Though age is not an absolute criterion, the average RT Lift patient is in their forties or fifties. Candidates include people who:
There are numerous mini facelift procedures for Houston residents to consider. These procedures attempt to reverse the signs of aging by just tightening the skin, or by using barbed sutures in the face, or by trying to suspend the face with permanent sutures. The results in these procedures are short-lived because these procedures do not address the muscle layer (SMAS) like a traditional facelift. The RT Lift tightens, repositions, and re-drapes the SMAS just like a traditional facelift, thereby giving the patient a fresh new look that lasts.
In general, the technique used for the RT Lift is the same as in a facelift. The incision is hidden in the hair above the ear and camouflaged in the ear canal, and then gently wraps around the ear lobe and then disappears in the crease behind the ear. The only difference between a traditional facelift and the RT Lift is that the RT Lift addresses a smaller area of concern. Patients with significant aging and a very heavy neck may be better served by a traditional facelift. This procedure is often performed with other facial enhancement procedures such as eyelid surgery in Houston.
RT Lift patients have their procedure done on an outpatient basis. Because incisions are smaller, bruising and swelling are drastically reduced. Most patients are on their feet the very next day and back to work within 5 days.
Athré Facial Aesthetics offers a wide range of facial plastic surgery options and non-surgical cosmetic and skincare treatments. Find the right one for you by contacting our office at (281) 557-3223 or by clicking the button below to request a consultation.
Dr. Athré is one of the few cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons in Houston who is a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, certified in Otolaryngology and Head/Neck Surgery.Read more