The SideLaze800 is an exciting new laser technology by Cynosure that uses a side-firing laser (similar to the Cellulaze
that treats cellulite) to treat the neck and face. You might also see this on the internet as the "Knifeless Facelift" or "Lazerlift". This laser treats any excess fat, particularly in the neck, while also providing tightening to the skin and the deep SMAS tissue of the face which results in improvement and rejuvenation of the lower face, jowls, and neck.
It has been well known that providing heat to tissues can cause collagen shrinkage and tightening along with stimulation of collagen production which thickens skin to yield a more youthful appearance. The problem has been to get the right amount of heat to accomplish the task while not applying too much heat that could cause injury. Unlike many technologies that apply radiofrequency energy, infrared light, or ultrasound energy to provide the heat, this laser technology is used with a temperature control system called ThermaGuide which provides real-time temperature control to the tissues, leading to a more reliable result and providing unprecedented safety.
The procedure is not for everyone, and significant laxity can only be properly treated with more traditional surgical techniques. Surgery may also provide a longer lasting result. But for those people with who have a modest amount of neck or face aging, or simply refuse to undergo surgery, the SideLaze procedure could be the answer. The procedure can easily be done under local anesthesia if desired. The treatment usually starts with tiny holes (they don't even need a stitch) under the chin and near each ear, application of dilute local anesthetic under the skin of the neck and face, and application of the SideLaze800 laser. The actual lasering takes about 20 minutes and then a dressing and compression head garment are placed. Because the tightening and skin thickening rely on the body's natural collagen contraction and production, the result takes a few months to fully manifest, but early results will be seen in the first few weeks. Recovery is much easier than surgery, and the garment can be removed in a few days.
The SideLaze800 is FDA approved for use in the lower face and neck.
Here is a recent episode of The Doctors which featured the SideLaze: