“Stackable Procedures” Technique May Suspend The Aging Process For Years – And The Need For Cosmetic Surgery
Dr. Julius Few is a renowned plastic surgeon, and the founder of The Few Institute, with offices in Chicago and New York. So, it can be a little surprising to hear him talk about his latest advancements in combining minimally invasive procedures in order to get near-surgical results, without the need of cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Few recently visited the set of WindyCity Live, a Chicago television program hosted by Val Warner (who also fills in as guest-host on “The View”), to discuss his age reversing concepts which have been getting a lot of attention.
“Even though I am a plastic surgeon, I have so many patients who come in, who don’t want to go under the knife.” Dr. Few noted in the interview, “What we realized at the Few Institute, is that if you combine minimally invasive technology, and you put it in a certain order, you can get near surgical results.”
Val waisted no time in getting to the point. “Near surgical results,” she echoed, “like, how close are we talking?”
Dr. Few responded by first qualifying that this technique is not designed for somebody who is already very advanced in the visible aging process, but then offered specific examples of what a good candidate for the stackable procedures protocols would look like.
“This is often the case, I may have a man or a woman, in their 50’s or 60’s, who really are trying to avoid going under the knife, then we can combine, or so called ‘stack’ things,” said Dr. Few.
In fact, Dr. Few explained that part of his discovery came when he applied SilkPeel facial procedures, which are strong stand alone facial treatments. What he noted in his patients was that the SilkPeel opened the door to the skin. “That is really where the concept of ‘stacking’ came in, so that then I can apply other techniques that are less invasive.”
As recently featured in the New York Times, each procedure then added in his technique is amplified in its result. An important part of the concept, however, is to target all of the major causes of aging in one session. “Over the course of an hour or hour and a half in the office, we will do the SilkPeel, and then follow it with the Icon Laser which takes it a step further.” Dr. Few then completes the session with Ulthera’s ultrasound therapy.
So looking at the the stackable procedures in order, Dr. Few explained that he starts with the SilkPeel Dermalinfusion. SilkPeel is a medical grade device that not only peels away the upper layer of skin, but it also infuses different agents to help brighten skin and fade fine lines and wrinkles. It is the door opener, because in the process of removing old dead skin, and cleansing the skin from excess oils and debris, it prepares the skin to be much more receptive to the following laser and ultrasound procedures.
Dr. Few then prefers the Icon Aesthetic laser, to take the results further – targeting deeper pigmentation issues, and further enhancing the texture of the skin. Then comes the Ulthera treatment, which Dr. Few describes as “the only FDA approved, non-surgical way to lift and tighten the face and the neck”. Ulthera is included in order to target laxity skin issues on the face and particularly under the chin and neck.
“Remember with aging, there are three things that happen, and it happens for everybody,” Dr. Few continued. “Our skin gets wrinkled, we lose volume and we start to sag. So that is what we are doing, we are targeting all three of those things.”
What has made this stacked approach so popular is that there is no downtime involved. People can go right back to work, or whatever activities they have planned. Dr. Few also follows up with a medical grade makeup to camouflage any minor redness that the patient may experience immediately post procedure.
So the advantages in terms of downtime, and recovery is clear. Turning her attention to the financial commitment involved, Val asked, “How much would a facelift cost versus doing the stackable procedures?”
“It is real important to remember, people are doing this so that they can avoid both recovery and surgery,” answered Dr. Few. “To do this stackable approach – when you put it all together – it’s probably $5,000 to $10,000, so it’s not a cheap thing.” He went on to explain, “But at the same time, it lasts a long, long time, [compared to] a facelift. When you are looking at time off work, and anesthesia, your looking at twice that [cost], or more.”
Looking at actual patient results, this technique really shines. Looking at one patient that Dr. Few called a “powerful example”, her “after” picture was taken actually 7 years after her pre-treatment “before” picture (see video inset).
“It’s not about overdoing things. It’s more about doing things very slow, very strategic,” concluded Dr. Few. By stacking these proven non-invasive procedures, “What has happened is, you can actually stall or almost hold in suspended animation, the aging process, and that’s what we are finding.”
More information on Dr. Few and the Few Institute can be found at www.fewinstitute.com. Additional information on SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, manufactured and sold by Envy Medical, Inc. can be found at www.envymedical.com. For more about the Icon Aesthetic Laser, made by Palomar, inc., visit www.palomar.com, and for more informaton about Ulthera, visit www.ultherapy.com.