Smart Laser Lift Facelift
Available In Pittsburgh, PA or Columbus, OH  

The Smart Laser Lift Facelift is a scarless, minimal-recovery facelift procedure that provides subtle lifting and skin tightening to the lower portion of the face and neck.  The result is a natural, more youthful and refreshed appearance.*

Smart Laser Lift Benefits:

  • Tighter, Firmer Skin
  • More Defined Neckline
  • Restores Volume and Definition to Cheeks
  • Smoother Skin, Less Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Softer, More Youthful Appearance
  • Scarless Procedure, No Sutures Needed
  • Minimal Recovery and Downtime

In Pittsburgh, the Smart Laser Lift is performed at The Skin Center Medical Spa in our state-licensed and AAAHC-accredited surgical facility located in Mt. Lebanon, PA; in Columbus, the Smart Laser Lift is performed in our nationally-accredited (AAAHC) surgery center. 


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Treatment Information

The Smart Laser Lift facelift procedure is a two-step procedure which includes skin tightening to the lower region of the face and fat transfer to the face to restore volume and fullness.

The Smart Laser Lift uses a laser to heat the skin from the undersurface to a pre-determined temperature. The laser is systematically moved back and forth. The heat creates a photothermal effect, causing the skin to tighten as the collagen contracts and rebuilds.

The Smart Laser Lift is particularly effective on the neck and jowls. While some improvement in skin tightening is seen immediately, the final results are seen 3 to 6 months following surgery.*

Typically, laser skin tightening is performed on:

  • Neck
  • Jowls
  • Lower Portion of the Face

Fat Transfer to the Face

To further enhance the results, fat transfer to the face is typically performed to replenish the facial volume and fullness that is lost during the aging process. Typically, the fat used for fat transfer is removed from the abdomen or love handles (flanks) by placing a small cannula attached to a syringe under the skin. The syringe is gently moved back and forth so it fills with fat. The fat is then purified and transferred to another syringe for injecting.

The fat is injected to the desired area using a topographical map layering technique (Figure 1 to the right) developed by board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dominic Brandy, MD. With the topography map, the smallest circle indicates the highest point and the largest circle indicates the lowest point. The fat is layered into the different circles, creating the desired shape and fullness. Layering the fat also guarantees the highest rate of fat retention. Typically, 50 percent of the injected fat is retained, therefore the injected area is overfilled by 25 percent to ensure optimal results.

Fat transfer to the face can be performed to the:

  • Under Eye Area (Tear Troughs)
  • Between the Brows (Glabella)
  • Cheeks
  • Nasolabial Folds
  • Marionette Lines around Mouth
  • Jawline
  • Chin
  • Brows

In addition to fat transfer to the face, injectable dermal fillers may be used to enhance facial features and a chemical peel -- either full-face or just around the eyes -- may be performed to tighten the skin, soften fine lines and improve skin tone and texture.

Stem Cell Assisted Fat Transfer

Stem cell assisted fat transfer is an optional add-on treatment that patients may elect as part of the Smart Laser Lift facelift and is highly recommended by Dr. Brandy. Stem cells are present in body fat; the same body fat that is removed during the small liposuction procedure described above.

When stem cell assisted fat transfer is added to the procedure, twice as much fat is harvested during the liposuction procedure. Using a special enzymatic technique, the additional fat that is harvested is purified until all that remains is the stem cells. These stem cells are then added back to the original fat that was removed. The original fat and added stem cells are then injected into the facial area as planned during the consultation process using Dr. Brandy’s proprietary topography technique.

Adding purified stem cells to the fat transfer increases the fat survival rate from approximately 50 percent to 85 percent because the number of stem cells present in the fat has doubled. Another benefit of stem-cell assisted fat transfer is there is no longer a need for overcorrection, as discussed above, because of the stem cells natural augmentation effect. As a result, stem-cell assisted fat transfer patients experience a less-exaggerated fullness in the initial two-week post-op period. The stem cells also stimulate the development of new blood vessels to the injected fat. Six months after the fat transfer procedure, the fat will have developed a healthy blood supply and will begin to grow — subtly enhancing the volume and fullness of the fat transfer, which will continue six to 18 months following the procedure.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are the results of the Smart Laser Lift Long-Lasting?
The results from the Smart Laser Lift are long-lasting; however the aging process will continue. Over time, additional med spa treatments may be recommended to maintain the results. Recommended treatments may include Ultherapy, injectable dermal fillers or laser skin treatments.
Who is a good candidate for the Smart Laser Lift Facelift?
Ideal candidates for the Smart Laser Lift facelift are men and women with mild to slightly moderate skin laxity along the jawline and upper neck. The Smart Laser Lift is ideal for people wanting subtle rejuvenation without surgery and minimal downtime. For people with moderate-to-severe sagging skin along the jowls and neck, a QuickLift® Facelift may be a more suitable option.
How Does Adding Additional Stem Cells to the Fat Help The Result?
It is widely believed that it is actually the stem cells contained within the fat, not the fat itself, that create the majority of volumizing and augmentation effect of the fat transfer treatment. Six percent (6%) of the fat that is harvested for fat transfer is made up of stem cells and every cc of fat that is removed contains approximately 1.5 million stem cells. For a fat transfer treatment, we remove 60 cc’s of fat, which naturally contains 90 million stem cells. With stem cell assisted fat transfer, we remove 120 cc’s of fat. We reserve 60 cc’s, or half of the fat, for the fat transfer procedure. Then we purify the remaining 60 cc’s of fat using a special enzymatic technique which results in an additional 90 million stem cells that are added to the fat transfer procedure. Adding purified stem cells increases the fat survival rate from approximately 50 percent to 85 percent because the number of stem cells have doubled to 180 million. This survival rate has been confirmed by MRIs and CAT scans and verified by clinical outcomes.
How much downtime is there with the Smart Laser Lift Facelift?
Most people feel fine to resume light daily activities within a few days of having the Smart Laser Lift and are comfortable returning to work about five to seven days after surgery, once the swelling and bruising subside.
Will the results be noticeable?
The results from the Smart Laser Lift facelift are subtle, yet noticeable; providing an overall refreshed, natural appearance. You will look rested, alert and more youthful.
Are there risks associated with Cosmetic Surgery procedures?
Men and women of all ages choose cosmetic surgery for a number of reasons and the process of deciding to have elective cosmetic plastic surgery is highly individualized and very personal. This decision can offer lasting improvement not only to an individual''s physical appearance, but also to his or her self-confidence and self-esteem. However, choosing to have any type of elective surgery, including cosmetic surgery is not without risk and potential complications.


Alternative Treatments

Dermal Fillers
Dermal Fillers are injectable treatments that restore youthful volume and fullness to the face, plump deeper facial lines and folds and provide contour and definition to the face.
Fat Transfer
Fat transfer to the face is a two-step process which involves removing fat from one area of the body and transferring it to the face.
QuickLift Facelift
The QuickLift® Facelift is a minimally invasive, facelift procedure that gently lifts the mid-to-lower portion of face and tightens the neck and jaw line. *
SMARTLipo Facial Liposuction
SMARTLipo\u2122 laser liposuction is a minimally-invasive liposuction technology that surgically reduces fat from the face and under the chin while at the same time tightening the skin to define the jawline and slim the upper neck area.
Chemical Peels
A Chemical Peel uses a precise chemical solution to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin, revealing a bright, healthy, more vibrant complexion.

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