Many people have come to accept traditional facelift procedures as lengthy, more invasive surgical procedures. However, Dr. Shapiro has pioneered a whole new arena for diminishing the signs of aging. GenXLift™ is a minimally invasive, customized-for-you procedure, designed specifically for people of Generation X, or between the ages of 33 and 53.

During the procedure, Dr. Shapiro uses processes of fat transfer, laser therapy, tightening treatments, and a short-scar facelift to produce a more youthful appearance. Since the procedure is less invasive than traditional procedures, the recovery period is lessened, the procedure can be performed in-office, and your cost is reduced.

The GenXLift™ Procedure

GenXLift™ includes three different stages, depending upon the extent of your facial rejuvenation, but stage one and stage three are usually performed at the same time.

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Stage 1: Fat Transfer

During this stage of the procedure, Dr. Shapiro redirects fat deposits from beneath the neckline and near the earlobes towards your cheeks and other affected areas of the face. This is a minimally invasive procedure, and usually requires four to seven days for recovery.

Stage 2: Laser Therapy

During this portion of the procedure, Dr. Shapiro will perform a MicroLaserPeel to rejuvenate and improve circulation and collagen formation within facial tissues. In addition, Dr. Shapiro may use liposuction, Ultherapy, or ThermiRF tightening of the neck to improve your results.

Stage 3: Short-Scar Facelift

Dr. Shapiro will make a tiny incision along the inside of the ear or along the back of the ear to gain access to the tissues of the face. Best practices call for minimal invasive techniques, so any portion of the procedure requiring an incision will be completed at the same time as the Short-Scar facelift. If you do have the surgical portion of GenXLift™, you will have your stitches removed after one week. You may return to strenuous activities after two weeks.

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Are You A Candidate?

Deciding to undergo a cosmetic procedure requires an analysis of your current state-of-health and your desire for change. If you are unsure about your candidacy for GenXLift™, answer the following questions.

  • Are you a member of Generation X or closely related to this generation. For example, are you between the ages of 30 and 50?
  • Are the signs of aging subtle, or do you want a total change in appearance?
  • Do you have any medical or psychological conditions that would inhibit your ability to recover from GenXLift™, such as diabetes, organ failure, substance abuse, or body dysmorphic disorder?
  • Have you undergone a recent facial cosmetic procedure? Which procedure and when?

If you answered yes to the first question, yes to the first portion of the second question, and no to the remaining questions, you meet the criteria for candidacy for GenXLift™. Please advise the physician if you have any other medical conditions not mentioned in the checklist or if you have any additional concerns during your consultation.

Why Have A GenXLift™?

GenXLift™ has several advantages that make it an ideal procedure. The procedure does not require a visit to a traditional operating room.

In most cases, the procedure is performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation; however, you may have the procedure in an operating room under IV sedation if you prefer.


GenXLift™ FAQs

How long will the surgery last?

Depending on the amount of changes made during your procedure, the amount of time for the procedure varies. In most cases, the surgery lasts from 1.5 to 2.5 hours.

What can I expect during recovery?

During recovery, you may notice bruising swelling, and changes in facial pigmentation during the first few days after the procedure. Be vigilant for any signs of infection, including fever in excess of 100 degrees or pale drainage from your incision location.

Are there risks?

Every medical procedure comes with risks. Speak with your physician about any allergies or adverse reactions to medications or anesthetics during your consultation. Avoid getting any dirt or other debris near your incision site for at least one week. As stated in the above FAQs, watch for signs of infection, such as intensifying pain, abnormal swelling, or high fever.

How soon can I return to work?

You can return to work in as little as four days without surgery. However, you may need four to 10 days to rest before returning to work if you had surgery. Speak with your family, coworkers, and care team about your own limitations for returning to work. Avoid strenuous exercise or activities for approximately two weeks after your procedure.

Will I have scars?

Scaring is always a primary concern during cosmetic procedures. The scars will be tiny and hidden within the natural crease near your ears. Although the scaring will be present, you will never be able to tell unless you told someone about your procedure in detail.

Meet Dr. Daniel Shapiro

A world-class plastic surgeon in a league of his own.

Dr. Shapiro is an award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon with over 28 years of experience in his field. With impressive technical skill and a talent for creating natural-looking results, his practice has become a leading destination for discerning patients throughout the country.

Known for his compassion and honesty, Dr. Shapiro strives to educate his patients so that they are empowered about their care. He carefully explains the procedures, expected results, and techniques in a way that anyone can understand. Additionally, he personally guides his clients every step of the way – from the initial consultation to their post-operative care – to ensure an enjoyable experience and the best possible results.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

It is with great pleasure that I announce the reopening of my practice for both surgical and non-surgical services on May 1, 2020. As per the governor Ducey's executive order on April 22, 2020, elective surgery has been allowed to proceed, with appropriate precautions taken by health care professionals to ensure continued vigilance against the spread of Covid-19.

Our office staff and the staff of Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center and Surgical Recovery Center have proactively taken necessary precautions to meet strict criterion for health providers according to the state of Arizona. These include necessary patient screening for Covid-19, strict protocols for cleaning offices and treatment rooms, adequate PPE, and continued social distancing. As before, waiting areas will have minimal capacity, and friends and family members should not accompany one into offices or treatment areas.

With great anticipation we welcome you back to the practice, and wish you all continued health and safety.

Sincerely, Daniel Shapiro MD, FACS

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