As a person continues to age, the skin starts to change in texture and appearance. The skin can begin to look thinner, older, and dull or it can even start to sag. Some patients turn to a facelift to tighten their skin, or they have fillers injected into the face to restore lost volume and give the skin a younger and rejuvenated look. While fillers provide additional volume to the face, the results are not permanent. A facelift can make a dramatic and long-lasting change to the appearance of the face, but it is an invasive surgical procedure that costs thousands of dollars and also requires an extended recovery period.
Patients who do not want to have a surgical facelift can still enjoy tighter skin that is younger in appearance through the elimination of sagging skin. The name of this in-office cosmetic procedure is Ellacor and the benefits of the procedure are discussed in this informative article.
Our educational Ellacor article begins with an examination of the treatment from Cosmetic Town TV:
Ellacor is able to remove skin that is sagging on the body without having to undergo invasive surgery. In general, it is an ideal option for patients with wrinkles in the mid-to-lower-face as well as those with excess skin they want to eliminate.
As mentioned earlier, the skin can start to change as a person ages. These changes can include a loss of elasticity and the formation of loose skin and sagging skin. According to an article from Harvard Health, “When we’re young, fat in the face is evenly distributed, with some pockets that plump up the forehead, temples, cheeks, and areas around the eyes and mouth. With age, that fat loses volume, clumps up, and shifts downward, so features that were formerly round may sink, and skin that was smooth and tight gets loose and sags. Meanwhile, other parts of the face gain fat, particularly the lower half, so we tend to get baggy around the chin and jowly in the neck.”
Ellacor is performed with a machine that utilizes hollow-core needles that are tiny and able to extract extremely small cores of skin from areas that have sagging skin. The results are able to improve the look of wrinkles without creating any evidence of scarring. The needles used for Ellacor are similar to the ones used for microneedling but the actual effect is different than microneedling. For example, microneedling is performed using small needles that injure the skin, but the skin is not removed by the treatment. On the other hand, Ellacor is able to remove skin that is considered to be on the microscale. Once a patient undergoes multiple Ellacor sessions, the results can be compared to a mini facelift when it comes to the amount of skin that is removed by the treatment.
The treatment does not require the patient to have anesthesia to remain comfortable or undergo an invasive surgical procedure. In general, the procedure can take anywhere from ninety minutes to two hours to perform.
In addition, the total recovery time can range anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. The length of the recovery time depends on the extent of the work performed by the doctor and the condition of the skin before the treatment. Plus, each person heals at a different rate, so the total recovery time is often determined by the healing ability of the individual patient.
While ideal candidates for the treatment include those who have sagging skin due to the aging process, there is also another group of patients with sagging skin that can benefit from Ellacor.
The push to have a slimmer figure thanks to weight loss can sometimes lead to an extreme amount of weight loss on the part of a person. If this is the case, sagging skin can start to appear on the body due to the large and rapid amount of weight loss. If a person begins to see sagging skin after they lose a large amount of weight, Ellacor can address the issue and improve the look of the skin.
Patients who want to have Ellacor are often excited by the fact that the results can provide the look of a facelift with the need for surgery or the formation of scars.
The first step in the treatment process is finding a doctor who is experienced in performing Ellacor treatments and can also show “before and after” photos of previous patients they have treated. The doctor will also examine the skin of the patient to determine the level and amount of sagging skin and whether or not the condition can properly be treated by Ellacor. Once the patient has all of the necessary information (including realistic results expectations), the person can make a final decision about having this cosmetic treatment.