There are two components of the Lumen Lift procedure – the Lumen Tight and Lumen Fill.
The Lumen Tight starts with application of a saline solution containing a local anesthetic to the treatment area. Then, a very small 1-3mm (“freckle mark”) incision is made under the chin. A tiny cannula (tube) containing a laser fiber is inserted that emits laser energy directly to fat cells, just enough to achieve the desired shape of the area. This causes the fat cells to burst and the liquified fat is gently suctioned out of the area. Heat from the laser results in less bleeding, swelling and bruising. It also stimulates the growth of collagen, which causes the skin to continue to tighten over the next 3-4 months, redefining the jaw and neckline.
During the Lumen Fill process, fat is collected from the flank or abdomen regions with gentle liposuction. The fat is then spun down to its purest form, which is filled with rich stem cells. The stem cells in your fat repurpose dormant cells in the face, giving an organic lift that enhances the quality and structure of the skin. Both procedures can be completed on the same day in under 5 hours, and can be done together in the same morning or afternoon.
If you are seeing loose or sagging skin in the neck or jowls area, and sunken areas around your cheeks and eyes, you are likely a good candidate for this procedure.
Many dermal filler patients are also good candidates for the Lumen Lift. If you find you are needing large amounts of dermal fillers to get a noticeable impact or needing them more frequently, it might be time to consider the Lumen Lift. The average filler is 1cc of temporary product and the average fat transfer utilizes 50cc of your own natural fat. Unlike dermal fillers, the Lumen Fill is not limited to small volumes. It produces a dramatic change that will last 5-7 years, much longer than the typical 6-18 months with dermal fillers.
There are key differences between the Lumen Lift, which is minimally-invasive and nonsurgical, and a traditional facelift, which is invasive and surgical. Recovery is also much longer with a traditional facelift, and the procedure comes with a number of potential risks. The Lumen Lift is safer, less extensive and better tolerated in most patients.
Dr. Andrew Kwak, founder of the Lumen Center, will provide a full consultation to discuss your goals, plan and vision to achieve the best results possible. After reviewing your medical history, he will perform an examination and discuss expectations. You will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare for your procedure and what to expect during and after the Lumen Lift procedure.
The Lumen Lift procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in The Lumen Center office in Bryn Mawr, PA.
The recovery process for the Lumen Lift is fairly short with most people recovering over a long weekend. Mild associated discomfort and bruising may result and can last up to a week. A gentle headband is worn over the area for 48-72 hours.
Yes, financing is available through Health Credit Services. Patients can complete an easy application to pre-qualify for a loan.