Job Search Surgery: The 30-Minute "Y Lift" Face Lift
The 30-minute Y Lift face lift is a revolutionary cosmetic surgery technique developed by a Dr. Yan Trokel that requires no anesthesia, no stitches and promises to make you look 10 years younger in under an hour. It has been called Job Search Surgery because of news reports that older women looking for work have successfully found jobs only after having the 30-minute Y Lift face lift procedure.
Also known colloquially as the lunch-time "facelift", the Y Lift cosmetic procedure is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that differs from traditional methods where wrinkled and sagging skin is removed and tightened. Basically, the Y Lift method consists of re-inflating sagging skin via injections below the skin and muscles of the face to restore youthful facial contours. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and lasts up to two years.
On The Dr. Oz Show when Dr. Oz asks Dr. Trokel what exactly is the Y-Lift cosmetic procedure, Dr. Trokel explains that it is really about bringing back the natural Y-shape to the faces of people who have begun to develop sagging beneath their cheeks to their jawline.
“If we look at the letter “Y,” what do we see? High cheekbones, a nice crisp jawline and a nice taut neck. Isn’t that what youth and beauty is about?” asks Dr. Trokel. “And so, we have a procedure called the ‘Y-Lift’.”
The “Y” Dr. Trokel refers to is as if an imaginary Y were placed over your face with the arms of the Y at your eye and cheekbone regions and then narrowing down to the shaft of the Y at your chin. When you age, the arms of the Y widen and the natural contours that gave it its distinctive Y-shape are lost.
Dr. Oz showed some before and after photos of a patient of Dr. Trokel’s who had the Y Lift procedure, and was amazed by the results.
“I can’t imagine that was done under 30 minutes without general anesthesia or any knives,” says Dr. Oz.
“It’s because we are not pulling anything,” says Dr. Trokel. “What we are doing is putting back the volume that was lost,” he says, explaining that as we grow older our face drops along the cheekbone and jaw causing a loss of volume to the cheeks and a bulge to develop under the eyes and thereby distorting the natural Y-shape of our face. “By re-volumizing - putting back what we lost - we get an instant result,” he says.
Dr. Oz explains that it’s not just the skin and muscle that begins to sag along the cheeks and jawline, but that skull itself actually lengthens slightly, further removing the natural Y-shape of our face. The Y-Lift procedure he explains, works by inserting a specially designed needle into three different areas of the face into spaces between the bones and the muscles of the face and injecting a special material. The material fills in the areas where volume was lost on the face and he says that it encourages new collagen growth that helps lift up the face and return the natural Y-shape to the face.
As a demonstration of how simple and effective the procedure is, Dr. Trokel performs his Y-Lift procedure on a patient onstage of The Dr. Oz show.
The first step after numbing the patient’s face is starting an injection high on the cheek, through the skin and below the muscle. When asked if she can feel the needle, the patient says, “No, only a little pressure.” Dr. Trokel explains that with the pre-numbing, and going below the nerves, that the procedure is essentially painless for patients.
The needle is fed back and forth several times as Dr. Trokel slowly injects material from the syringe into the patient’s face.
In the second step, the needle is removed and using his fingers, Dr. Trokel gently applies pressure with his fingers over the region in the face where the material was injected.
“I’m going to mold and sculpt the material because every face is different,” he explains. ”So I am setting it now as to how I want it to look. Now this is the worst it’s going to look. In about two days it’s going to look even better,” he says as he reveals that even now there is a marked improvement in the patient’s facial features.
“That is a stunning difference,” says Dr. Oz as the patient’s face is positioned for the camera so that viewers can see the difference between the treated and untreated sides of her face. The treated side has a definite lift to it in comparison to the untreated side. A second injection is performed along the jawline and the results become even more pronounced as Dr. Trokel shows how the treated side of the patient’s face is fuller and lifted higher than the untreated side.
“Is this being done more and more around the country?” asks Dr. Oz.
“Since I started doing this about six years ago, people have been coming in asking me to train them and teach them how to do this,” says Dr. Trokel.
Although The Dr. Oz Show did not discuss what the material is that is injected with the Y Lift procedure, other cosmetic surgery sites reveal that the material is hyaluronic acid—a natural substance found in the extracellular matrix where collagen resides in the skin. Hyaluronic acid in a gel form is often used as a “dermal filler” that acts like an inflated cushion to support facial structures and tissues that may have lost volume or elasticity due to normal aging. A side benefit of hyaluronic acid is that it also brings water to the surface of skin to keep it looking fresh and supple.
To learn more about cosmetic surgery and what you need to know, follow this link for an article about a recent study about the 10 safest cosmetic surgical procedures.
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