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The Lunchtime Lift
Written by Dr Shehla Ebrahim   

woman face from the side with only her cheek, nose and lips showing, hand on chin and side of faceThe “Lunchtime Lift” is a new and revolutionary high-tech treatment that effectively lifts sagging skin and makes you look younger in less than an hour – without the use of needles or knives. The hallmark of aging is deflation. We look older when our faces naturally lose volume, and thus our youthful contours. Volume loss is particularly evident in the cheek and under-eye area. A youthful face is shaped like an inverted triangle, with fullness about the cheeks narrowing to a well formed chin and neck. As we age, the triangle begins to flip, and we grow more gaunt around the eyes and cheeks, with skin sagging and creating fullness around the chin, neck and jowls. The Lunchtime Lift utilizes two of the best non-invasive technologies in the industry today to address the problems of sagging and deflation: Ultherapy and Soft Lift.

Ultherapy

Ultherapy is an entirely new and unique type of nonsurgical treatment for the face and neck that uses ultrasound to lift and tone loose skin without any downtime. With the use of ultrasound imaging, practitioners can see the layers of tissue during treatment to ensure that the energy is delivered precisely to where it will be the most productive. Significant skin lifting is achieved by focusing ultrasound energy specifically into the deep foundations below the skin layer. These are the same areas addressed in a face-lift surgery. With Ultherapy, we can lift and tighten the skin without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. This improves skin quality from the inside out. In addition to lifting and tightening, Ultherapy promotes the natural creation of collagen, which can help the skin maintain its youthfulness. The results are immediate; however, the ultimate lifting will take place over two to three months as the collagen starts to rebuild. There is no downtime because the process is natural and gradual.

Multiple randomized controlled trials since 2006 have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of this procedure. Ultherapy works best for women between the ages of 35 and 60 who are showing mild to moderate laxity in the face and neck. Typically, two treatments spaced 12 to18 months apart are recommended for best results. The beauty with Ultherapy is its compatibility with other procedures that can address more superficial tissues, such as Botox and facial fillers. As part of the Lunchtime Lift, Ultherapy is used to lift and tighten the skin and bring back the narrow lower contours of the youthful face.

Soft Lift

The Soft Lift is an extremely well-suited complementary treatment with Ultherapy. Soft Lift is a combination treatment that is customized to precisely target each patient’s individual needs. The upper one third of the face is treated with Botox to relax the muscles of facial expression. The middle third of the face is filled to replace volume, particularly at the apex of the cheek, to create the perception of youth. Finally, the lower face is contoured and shaped. Dermal fillers are natural hyaluronic acid -based fillers that are used to shape the jaw line, the pre-jowl hollows, chin, smoker’s lines as well as the area in front of the ears. Lips may also be enhanced in women whose lips lose volume as a result of aging.

Unlike a traditional brow lift surgery or face lift, the Lunchtime Lift offers natural-looking results, which we believe is the most important aspect in ensuring natural beauty is maintained.

Dr Shehla Ebrahim - Dr

2011 nominee for best doctor on the North Shore, Dr Shehla Ebrahim has a diploma in dermatology and is a certificant and fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. In practice as a family physician since 1992, Dr Ebrahim turned to aesthetic medicine in response to her patients’ growing demand for cosmetic procedures. Her greatest areas of interest include laser- and light-based therapies for several dermatological conditions, including rosacea, acne, acne scars and anti-aging as well as women’s health, osteoporosis, menopause and weight management. Dr Ebrahim has two thriving medical spas on the North Shore that have earned a wide variety of accolades. www.afterglowskincare.ca

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