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Laser Facelift Reviews: Laser Facelift vs. Surgical Facelift...

Plastic surgery comes with risks. Depending upon the person's health, the risks could be minute or of major concern. Fortunately, there are other options. With the Syneron CO2RE Intima Laser and Cynosure CO2 SmartSkin Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing Technology you can now you can get a non-surgical face lift and erase 10 years from your appearance, not to mention the many skin benefits of laser therapy (such as sun damage removal or scar reduction) which are not helped by a facelift. 

Surgical Facelift vs. The Laser Facelift:

In the following table you will note many differences between the two including the laser facelift cost which is considerably cheaper than a surgical facelift.

Categories Surgical  Facelift CO2 Laser Facelift
CO2RE Intimate SmartSkin
micro-ablative laser
Cost in US dollars Often over $10,000 The Laser Facelift cost is about $1,000 - $1,400
General Anesthesia Needed? Often Necessary Never Necessary
Surgical Center or Suite Fees? Often Never
Anesthesiologist Charges? Sometimes Never
Downtime Weeks 3-7 days
Significantly improves acne scars No Yes
Looks like you had surgery? Yes No
Produces some scarring at incision lines Yes No
Done by an MD Yes Sometimes, depends on price & patient preference
Improves Large Pores and Rough Texture No Yes
Wrinkle Tightening Effectiveness 10/10 7-8/10
Postoperative follow up by MD required Yes Sometimes.
Can be Repeated Within 3 Months for Even Better Results No Yes
Experience of Laser technicians and MD using a variety of Lasers Only Plastic Surgeons Perform Facelifts Doing laser procedures since 4/2009 at Reno Sparks Medspa
Dr. and Staff are Friendly & Bilingual Sometimes Yes, at Reno Sparks Medspa

Plastic Surgery With Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty vs. C02 Fractionated Laser Madonna Eye Lift (laser eye lift) using either of our CO2 lasers:

In the following table you will note many differences between a surgical eye lift (Blepharoplasty) and the Laser Eye Lift (Madonna Eye Lift) using the CO2 Fractional Laser.

Categories Surgical Eye Lift        (upper & lower blepharoplasty)

C02 Fractional Laser Eye Lift  (Madonna Lift) done at Reno Sparks Medspa
Cost in US dollars Often $2,500-$8,000 depending on surgeon and location $750-$1,200 at Reno Sparks Medspa depending on discounts Each session about $250.
Will I need intravenous sedation and/or general anesthesia? Sometimes Not at Reno Sparks Medspa
Is there a separate fee from a surgical facility or hospital? Often Not at Reno Sparks Medspa
Is there a separate fee for anesthesia? Sometimes Not at Reno Sparks Medspa
Are results long lasting? Yes Yes
Is this procedure covered by health insurance? Not lower blepharoplasty, sometimes an upper is covered if vision is impaired No
Number of procedures required for best results? 1 3-5
Is sun damaged skin also improved by this procedure? No Yes
Are dark circles under the eye improved by this procedure? Yes Yes
Is the procedure well accepted by the medical community with good results? Yes Yes
How often do major complications occur with this procedure? Occasionally, usually scars or asymmetry Rarely
How quick is the recovery? Rapid Rapid
Does an actual MD perform the procedure? Yes Usually done by staff,
by MD in some cases.
What are common reasons the doctor might delay or not do the procedure? Uncontrolled diabetes
Any facial infection including shingles or
herpes simplex Infection
Uncontrolled diabetes
Any facial infection including shingles or herpes simplex Infection
What skin types and colors is the procedure good for? Any skin type is safe Lighter skin-usually Caucasian or lighter Latino skin. Usually not safe in darker skin such as East Indian or African American
Are stitches used? Yes No
Is a scalpel used? Yes No


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To schedule a Free Laser Skin Consultation, with Dr. Van Reken here at the Reno Sparks MedSpa, give us a call at 775-473-0011 or visit the contact us page.

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