ALLURA is a minimally-invasive form of laser liposuction that typically offers immediately visible results and unique benefits not available with non-invasive contouring or traditional liposuction methods.
Key advantages of ALLURA laser sculpting are:
- Rapid fat reduction & skin contraction*
- Minimal downtime
- A convenient in-office procedure
- A Single-session treatment
ALLURA’s precise, minimally-invasive laser technology can define even the most delicate or challenging areas, which is why we use this specifically for contouring the neck and defining the jaw line.
Allura Before & After
What is the ALLURA™ Facial Contouring Treatment?
Ideally, physicians would be able to offer noninvasive procedures that fit every patient’s needs and preference for dramatic results with no downtime. While this is not yet possible, we have come a long way in improving the surgical experience. ALLURA™ facial contouring is an example of this. This laser modality streamlines the laser-assisted liposuction process for facial areas such as the chin and jawline.
ALLURA is a laser system with the ability to quickly liquefy fat cells while also penetrating fibrous tissue to promote spontaneous skin contraction. Using laser-assisted liposuction, we maximize patient outcomes while minimizing downtime.
Am I a Candidate for ALLURA™ Facial Contouring?
ALLURA™ facial contouring is ideal for healthy patients who are interested in redefining their chin and jawline with:
- In-office treatment using oral sedation and local anesthetic only (no general anesthesia)
- Minimal downtime
- Fast cosmetic results
- Lasting results
Does this Treatment Replace a Face or Neck Lift?
ALLURA™ provides outstanding results for patients with mild to moderate submental fullness and tissue laxity. However, there are limitations to what laser devices can achieve in terms of skin-tightening. More severe jowls and sagging of neck tissue may require a surgical facelift or neck lift to achieve the best results. Dr. Goecks and Dr. Fante conduct a thorough consultation and examination to determine how each patient can achieve their desired outcome from fat reduction and tissue tightening.
Benefits of the ALLURA™ Facial Contouring Treatment
ALLURA laser-assisted liposuction is a beneficial treatment for adults who want optimal results in a short amount of time. Clinical studies on the ALLURA™ device module indicate that patients achieve profound cosmetic results within 2 weeks after treatment, and the benefits continue beyond this timeframe. The device offers predictability in both timeliness and noticeable contouring.
- The liquefied fat is gently aspirated, leading to improved comfort and less swelling.
- The 1319 nm laser moves gently through fibrous tissue, causing less trauma and bleeding than traditional liposuction.
- The energy from the laser device stimulates collagen production for an added skin-tightening benefit.
- Minimal scarring results from the low-profile laser tip.
How is the Procedure Performed?
To begin the ALLURA™ procedure, Dr. Goecks or Dr. Fante may infiltrate the area under the chin and along the jawline with diluted lidocaine. One or more tiny incisions are then made to accommodate the laser applicator tip. The laser is moved through fatty tissue in a particular pattern to simultaneously heat the dermis and melt fat cells until a desired temperature is achieved. Fat removal is then conducted using a very small cannula, or tube, using gentle suction. The small size of the ALLURA™ cannula achieves smooth, consistent results. When the procedure is finished, incisions may be dressed and a compression garment may be applied to keep post-operative swelling to a minimum.
Is the ALLURA™ Facial Contouring Treatment Painful?
Laser-assisted liposuction using the ALLURA™ device is very comfortable because a local anesthetic is administered before we begin the procedure. The only sensation that should be expected is slight pressure from the movement of the slender cannula. Patients rest comfortably through this brief procedure and also have minimal post-operative discomfort.
ALLURA™ Facial Contouring Recovery Time
Chin contouring with ALLURA™ laser-assisted liposuction achieves excellent results with minimal downtime. For the first 12 to 24 hours, patients may notice slight drainage from the small incisions. Bruising may also occur. However, this may be obscured by the chin compression garment that is worn for a few days. Tissue bruising, numbness and/or soreness is expected. These side effects typically diminish within 1 to 2 weeks. Overall, downtime for ALLURA™ facial contouring is minimal. Patients may return to light, normal activities as soon as the next day, within limitation, provided they wear their compression garment as directed. After 2 days, garment wear may be reduced to nighttime only.
How Long Will My Results Last?
The results of a single ALLURA™ treatment can last indefinitely. Patients will continue to experience the normal tissue changes that occur with age, such as thinning and loosening. However, the fatty tissue that is removed during laser-assisted liposuction of the neck and chin area does not return. Good skincare habits and weight management are ideal for ALLURA™ patients, keeping in mind that submental fullness typically returns only in instances of significant weight gain (more than 10% of a person’s current body weight).
Risks of the ALLURA™ Facial Contouring Treatment
Sciton, Inc, is a leading manufacturer of laser devices and has developed the ALLURA™ platform module with safety and efficiency in mind. The device features a TempAssure accessory, which is an audible temperature gauge, that allows the doctor to remain visually focused on the treatment area at all times. This feature measures the temperature inside the fat space via a temperature gauge located on the tip of the laser cannula. Internal temperature is communicated via audible voice settings as well as a touch screen.
Other Available Treatment Areas: Body Contouring
In addition to facial contouring, ALLURA™ may be used to contour other areas of the body, including:
- Upper arms
- Bra fat
- Love handles
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in redefining your jawline with ALLURA™ Facial Contouring or in body contouring with ALLURA™, contact our Denver office today! Call (303) 839-1616 to schedule a consultation with facial plastic surgeons Dr. Tara Goecks or Dr. Robert Fante.