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Laser Lift Des Moines

Laser Lift, minimally invasive laser face lift. No stitches, no scalpels, no scars. Look and feel young again, just 30 minutes to reverse the signs of aging. Until now, the only way to adequately address age-related changes in the lower face and neck was through surgical procedures that required invasive incisions and prolonged downtime. Traditional face and neck lifts involve the use of a scalpel, incisions, stitches, and some level of scarring and risk. Oftentimes these surgical face lifts require general anesthesia. In a traditional face lift procedure, whether a classic full face lift, mini-lift, S-lift, neck lift or European lift, the technology and approach used is a decade old. The results are no doubt amazing and Dr. Robbins performs many of these surgical face lifts every year. However, Dr. Robbins also appreciates the fact that not all patients need, require or want a surgical face lift but are still bothered by age- related changes in the face and neck.

Dr. Robbins offers an alternative to Des Moines and the surrounding area. The Laser Lift at Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ offers a new, technologically advanced option for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. In fact, the Laser Lift is the newest and most exciting face lifting techniques to be introduced in over 20 years. The Laser Lift at Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ is a remarkable, technological breakthrough and provides outstanding results, reducing many signs of aging including:

  • wrinkles
  • creases
  • fine lines
  • sagging skin
  • jowls
  • turkey neck
  • double chin
  • loss of jawline definition
  • excess neck fat
Before & After
Before & After

* Individual results may vary.

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The Laser Lift also corrects other signs of aging in the neck and face without the cost, risks, anesthesia, recovery and downtime compared to a traditional face lifting procedure.

The Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ patient below had sagging skin on her neck most of her adult life. The Laser Lift procedure took care of it with one 30 minute procedure. Her post treatment photo below is one week from the Laser Lift procedure. She will continue to see results for the next 4 to 6 months. The Laser Lift is a quick, easy procedure with minimal downtime and the best part….patients are awake during the procedure.

Before & After
Before & After

* Individual results may vary.

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  • How does the Laser Lift procedure work?

    Aging happens both at the surface of the skin as well as within the deeper supporting tissue of the face, known as the SMAS layer. During the Laser Lift procedure, targeted laser energy is used to deeply and safely heat the skin and deeper SMAS layer beneath the face and neck skin. The laser energy promotes tissue coagulation and shrinkage. The SMAS and deeper layers are immediately tightened with continued improvements in collagen production and skin tightening in the 4 to 6 months following your procedure. The laser used in the Laser Lift is the Precision TX, an Nd:YAG 1440nm wavelength laser with a side firing fiber optic laser from Cynosure, a worldwide leader in laser based devices. The Precision TX 1440nm wavelength is absorbed by water and fat in the skin tissues causing micro bubbles at the fiber tip (cavitation effect) which produces bi-directional energy distribution and allows for more focused tissue targeting.

    The effects of laser stimulation of collagen production and skin tightening is thoroughly accepted by experts in the field of cosmetic surgery and supported by numerous clinical and scientific studies. The results are amazing and long-lasting. The Laser Lift approach makes the face lift procedure dramatically less invasive compared to a traditional face lift procedure. Nothing this new and exciting has been introduced technologically in face lifting for over 20 years.

  • Is the Laser Lift procedure new?

    The laser technology is not new. The technology of how to deliver laser energy internally via the Laser Lift is NEW technology. The technology of external laser treatments to the skin of the face and neck has been performed by Dr. Robbins for years. The goal of external laser treatments is to heat the deep layers of the skin, heat up the collagen, denature and stimulate collagen formation to tighten skin. The challenge with the external laser procedures was maximizing laser energy and heat to the deep layers of the skin without burning and injuring the external skin. The results of external lasers for skin tightening were oftentimes unpredictable and disappointing to the patients and Dr. Robbins alike. The Laser Lift has taken the technology of external laser energy and heating and applied it internally, directly to not only the under surface of the skin and dermis but also to the deep muscle, facial layers and muscle. The laser energy is directly applied where it needs to go to provide the maximum results and efficacy.

  • How many surgeons in Iowa perform this procedure?

    Dr. Robbins is the first and only plastic surgeon in Iowa to offer the Laser Lift procedure. In fact, there are not many surgeons in the U.S. currently trained in the Laser Lift procedure. Dr. Robbins is at the forefront of this technology and has trained with some of the leaders across the U.S. in the Laser Lift procedure and he is the only plastic surgeon in Iowa quadruple board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Cosmetic Laser Surgery.

  • Who are the best candidates for the Laser Lift?

    The procedure is an excellent option for people who want to look younger but who do not want or need an invasive surgical face lift. If you’re interested in restoring youthful contours in your lower face and neck but want to avoid general anesthesia, invasive incisions, scars, and extended downtime, Laser Lift could be right for you.

  • Is there anesthesia involved in the Laser Lift?

    Only local anesthesia is used. No general anesthesia or sedation required. Only numbing medicine is used.

  • Are there incisions made?

    Only three micro incisions are made with a 1mm dermatology biopsy device. No scalpel is used. No stitches are required. The micro incisions are smaller than the tip of a ballpoint pen and will be unnoticeable once healed. The micro incisions are made behind each ear and one just under the chin for a total of three micro incisions.

  • How long does the procedure take?

    30 minutes for most Laser Lift procedures compared to 2-6 hours for a surgical face lift.

  • What is the downtime and recovery from a Laser Lift?

    After Laser Lift at Des Moines Plastic Surgery™, there is minimal downtime. Typically, patients have mild bruising and discomfort for 7-10 days. Strenuous activity can be resumed almost immediately. You will see immediate results with the maximum results following the next 4 to 6 months. Hydration before and after the procedure are very important. With a surgical face lift, the downtime can be up to 2 weeks of bruising, swelling and redness to the scars with no strenuous activity for 3-4 weeks.

  • Is there scarring with the Laser Lift?

    No. The three micro incisions heal without stitches and no scarring. With a surgical face lift, there is potential for significant scarring in front and behind the ears and in the hairline.

  • Are stitches used in the Laser Lift?

    No. The three micro incisions heal without stitches and without a scar. Compared to a surgical face lift, stitches are required and removed in 5-10 days.

  • When will I see results with the Laser Lift?

    With the Laser Lift at Des Moines Plastic Surgery, patients will notice some immediate initial skin tightening with results continuing to progress during the next 3-6 months following the procedure.

  • Can the Laser Lift procedure be performed with an external laser procedure as well?

    Yes. In fact, the Laser Lift combined with external traditional fractionated laser procedures will give the most profound results. Essentially, the skin is lasered from both sides; an inside and outside treatment. The Laser Lift tightens the deeper internal skin tissues from within and the external fractionated laser treats the skin surface directly on the surface for a remarkable skin tightening and rejuvenation result.

  • Why the Laser Lift versus traditional face lifting procedures?

    The Laser Lift is not intended to replace a traditional face lift procedure. The results are not the same. But the cost, recovery, and risks are not the same either. Many patients are completely misinformed as to the procedures available to them and what would be best for their desired result. No other surgeon in Iowa performs the Laser Lift procedure so they would naturally not mention it or offer it as an option. That doesn’t mean the Laser Lift at Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ is not an option for many patients in Iowa who do not want the expense, incisions, and downtime associated with a traditional face lift procedure. Dr. Robbins performs many traditional face lift procedures every year (full face lifts, neck lifts, S-face lifts, minilifts, etc). The results of these procedures performed by Dr. Robbins are unquestionably outstanding.

    However, Dr. Robbins recognizes that not all patients want a traditional face lift involving anesthesia, incisions, scars, and recovery. That’s what makes Laser Lift so beneficial to our Des Moines, Iowa patients. At our West Des Moines office, our Laser Lift procedure costs are half of the cost of a full face lift, the recovery time is not even comparable, there are no sutures, no stitches, no scars, and no general anesthesia or IV sedation. All this added up means you can come to Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ with the confidence and understanding that all that’s left is selecting the right treatment plan that’s best for your unique features, desired results, and budget.

  • What is the cost of the Laser Lift?

    The Laser Lift in Des Moines is half the cost of a traditional face lift . There are no anesthesia or operating room costs.

To learn more about the Laser Lift in Des Moines, call us at 515-221-9999 for your complimentary Laser Lift consultation with Dr. Robbins or email us if you have questions regarding this procedure.

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In addition to being quadruple board certified, Dr. Robbins is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in 1931, the Society represents 93% of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the U.S., and more than eight thousand plastic surgeons worldwide, making ASPS a global institution and leading authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

The mission of ASPS is to advance quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. To support its members in the provision of excellent patient care, ASPS will provide: education, advocacy, practice support and enhanced public awareness of the value of plastic surgery, while fostering the highest professional, ethical and quality standards. The Society is a strong advocate for patient safety and requires its members to operate in accredited surgical facilities that have passed rigorous external review of equipment and staffing.

Dr. Robbins is Iowa’s ONLY quadruple board certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Robbins believes not only experience but education are important for a successful medical practice. He is board certified by: •
* The American Board of Plastic Surgery
* The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
* The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
* The American Board of Laser Surgery

The decision to have cosmetic surgery is very personal, and you must feel comfortable with Dr. Robbins and staff. At Des Moines Plastic Surgery™, your consultation will include a discussion of the procedure, viewing before and after photos, and discussion of all the surgical options and potential risks. We want you to be completely informed and confident with your decision to have cosmetic surgery. We encourage you to consult with other surgeons and research credentials allowing you to make a more informed decision before choosing a surgeon.
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The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is an independent, non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting safe, ethical, efficacious plastic surgery to the public by maintaining high standards for the education, examination, certification and continuous certification of plastic surgeons as specialists and sub specialists

Part of being certified includes the Board requiring the candidate to have completed 5 years of progressive training in general surgery residency training, and a minimum of 3 years of Plastic Surgery Training.

When choosing a surgeon for cosmetic/plastic procedures, a certification from the ABPS ensures you are working with someone qualified for performing these procedures and ensuring the safest outcomes.

Dr. Robbins is certified by the following boards:
- The American Board of Plastic Surgery
- The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
- The American Board of Laser Surgery

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For more than 30 years, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) has been dedicated to excellence in the medical specialty of cosmetic surgery and committed to providing the highest standard of care to our patients.

As the only certifying board that exclusively tests a surgeon’s knowledge and experience in cosmetic surgery, ABCS board certification is reserved for extraordinary surgeons who already possess at least one recognized board certificate, complete a comprehensive AACS certified fellowship training program in cosmetic surgery, and pass rigorous written and oral exams. In reality, many cosmetic or plastic surgeons do not qualify to take the ABCS board exam because of the very strict qualifications they must meet.

Dr. Robbins is Board Certified by the ABCS and has been since 2013.

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The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc.,® was established in 1986 to improve the quality of medical and surgical treatment available to the public by examining for professional expertise in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

To carry out this mission, the Board has established a mechanism for the education, qualification, training, review, and certification of surgeons specializing in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

To be eligible for certification, a surgeon must:

•Have completed a residency program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in one of the two medical specialties containing identifiable training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery: otolaryngology/head-and-neck surgery or plastic surgery.
•Have earned prior certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in otolaryngology/head-and-neck surgery or plastic surgery.
•Have been in practice a minimum of two years.
•Have 100 operative reports accepted by a peer-review committee.
•Successfully pass an 8-hour written and oral examination.
•Operate in an accredited facility.
•Hold the appropriate licensure and adhere to the ABFPRS Code of Ethics.

Dr. Robbins is Board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has been since 2005. •

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The American Board of Laser Surgery (ABLS) was founded in 1984 by physicians, physicists and other medical practitioners from various fields who were experienced in the fundamental science and clinical applications of lasers. They shared a concern for the safe and efficacious use of lasers in medicine and surgery. They believed that the increasing complexity and utilization of lasers in treating patients had created a need for the establishment of key standards of knowledge, competence, and experience for those who used lasers in medicine.

Many individual physicians, hospital administrators, chairmen of credentialing committees, and other concerned persons expressed a desire for an organization that would fulfill these needs. In doing so, they recognized that lasers are sophisticated instruments requiring special knowledge and experience for safe and effective use in surgery and other medical procedures.

From the very beginning of the era of lasers in clinical use, iatrogenic, laser-related injuries and deaths were occurring among patients. This was the incentive for the founding of the American Board of Laser Surgery. Today, deaths are rare, but burns, complications and sub-optimal outcomes are still all too common.

The Mission of the ABLS is to educate and credential as many qualified laser and light practitioners as possible to ensure the efficacious and safe outcomes for patients.

Dr. Robbins is certified by the ABLS in Cosmetic Laser Surgery and has been since 2013.
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Meeting Dr. David Robbins

This is the customer’s opportunity to ask any and all questions. It is also Dr. Robbins’ opportunity to ask you questions as well. Every conversation should be open and honest because surgery is a big deal and both parties involved want the best outcome with the best experience possible. You should be expected to talk about the following:

What you want to change about your body, and why you want to change it?
How you feel about your body now, and how you would like to feel after plastic surgery?
Your goals: what do you want to look like after surgery, what specific changes would you like to see?
Which procedure(s), if any, can help you achieve your goals?
What results you can expect from each procedure?
What’s involved in the surgery (anesthesia type, incisions, recovery timeframe)?
The risks and possible complications from surgery?
Review your medical history (be open and honest for your safety).

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When you are called back to begin your consultation appointment, you will first meet with a patient coordinator, who will review your medical history with you and help you get settled. Your patient coordinator is your liaison between you and the practice. They make sure your questions are addressed quickly as you consider your options before surgery as well as throughout your surgery and recovery process. They also help you with scheduling pre-op appointments, your surgery date, and post-op appointments.

Our front desk receptionist is also able to schedule pre-op appointments, your surgery date, and post-op appointments. The patient coordinator will credential the office and the staff, including Dr. Robbins, so that you have a good understanding of what sets Des Moines Plastic Surgery apart from other local plastic surgery practices.

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Once the customer feels comfortable with the information they have gathered, a consultation is scheduled by email or phone. Customers will always meet with Dr. Robbins and his Patient Care Coordinator for the initial consult.

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Before Scheduling A Consultation

We encourage customers to do research online, talk with family and friends and verify the plastic surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Please visit our website for more information about the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

This often prepares the customer for the consult and makes them feel more comfortable with Dr. Robbins.

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