William A. Wallace, MD FACS

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J-PlaZty® – Minimally Invasive Face Lift – North Florida (Jacksonville)*

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Overview

The J-PlaZty® procedure is nothing like the traditional facelift.  The J-Plasma is the first of its kind, non-laser device that assists with rejuvenating the face without having to undergo a traditional facelift. The results are astonishing with patients looking up to 10 years younger, for only a fraction of the cost, risk, and downtime of a full facelift.  The J-PlaZty face lifting procedure is performed using VASER® ultrasound energy, J-Plasma® helium energy, and a proprietary technique to tighten the soft tissues below the skin, which dramatically rejuvenates the upper and lower face. 

Unlike traditional lasers, J-Plasma energy can be administered under the skin (subcutaneously) because it uses energized helium to create a plasma energy field (75% less of the thermal load of a CO2 laser). When introduced under the skin, it causes immediate and often dramatic skin tightening.  There is no significant scarring because only 3-5 very small incisions (only 5 millimeters in size) are needed. The entire procedure is done with local anesthetic and IV sedation and usually takes about an hour. Best yet, unlike a traditional facelift, the initial recovery can be as short as three days. 

If you want the best of both worlds, it is possible to get a staged procedure in which you undergo the dermal ablation procedure first and then J-PlaZty after the resurfacing of your skin has healed. This combination will significantly improve skin tone, texture, and color on the surface in addition to significantly tightening your skin.  

Surgical Technique

Dr. Wallace will make 3 – 5 very small incisions. With IV Sedation and a local anesthetic used to numb the area, VASER is then introduced through the small incisions.  VASER uses ultrasound energy and causes the fat tissue and skin to be released. Excess fat can be easily removed if needed and the skin is then ready for treatment with the plasma energy. Dr. Wallace will thread an invisible stitch/suture into the SMAS layer (the strong connective tissue that envelops the face and connects to the platysma muscle in the neck). The SMAS and other facial tissues are what causes the sagging as we age, so that’s why we want to lift it. The invisible stitch will eventually dissolve, but the scar tissue left behind will keep the "lift" in place. Finally, using the same incisions, Dr. Wallace will introduce J-Plasma under the skin to create instant skin tightening of the treated area and to encourage cellular rejuvenation. This means, unlike a traditional facelift, no skin needs to be removed. J-Plasma will tighten the skin so significantly that it won’t need to be excised away, hence no excision scars. 

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Average Cost  
$6,000 - $8,000
Recovery Time  
3 – 7 Days
Procedure Recovery Location  
In Home
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J-PlaZty FAQs

What’s the Downtime?

With the J-PlaZty procedure, there are usually only 5 very small incisions and only IV sedation is needed. Therefore, the healing time is much shorter than other typical facelifts and you can expect to engage in normal activities within a few days. The J-PlaZty procedure which will dramatically tighten the skin usually requires only 3 – 7 days of downtime. It is generally safer as well since general anesthesia (being put completely to sleep) is not required. The results may not be as dramatic as the dermal ablation procedures (i.e. this will not correct age spots) but if you are worried about the healing time, this procedure might be better for you.  Talk to Dr. Wallace to decide.

Does it Work ?

J-Plasma, when used underneath the skin or on top of the skin, does what other lasers don’t; it significantly tightens wrinkled skin, fine lines, and sagging skin. It’s even safe enough to use under and above the eyes. 

Does it Hurt ?

It absolutely works!  Using this unique stitch approach in conjunction with the J-Plasma device, patients receive dramatic skin tightening without the large incision scars. 

How Much does it cost ?

J-Plasma gives you an advantage when it comes to the overall cost of the procedure.  Because this procedure can typically be performed in the office or outpatient surgery center, the cost is considerably lower than alternative or traditional procedures. Dr. Wallace offers no-cost consultations.

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