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All the Details on Orange County's Highly Popular FaceTite Procedure

Shannon Storms Beador, Kelly Dodd, and Braunwyn Windham-Burke have all tried this non-invasive face tightening procedure — and we've got the scoop straight from a plastic surgeon.

By Marni Eth
Rhoc Housewives Face Procedure

Braunwyn Windham-Burke may wrangle a family of nine while still looking like a 10… but even 10s sometimes turn to cosmetic enhancements to look their best. The Real Housewives of Orange County newbie has been an open book when it comes to detailing her cosmetic procedures. Recently, the OC mom revealed she made the decision to undergo the FaceTite procedure, a nonsurgical treatment used to give her face a more refreshed look. 

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"I didn't want to change how I look, I actually like my face, but I did want to restore some fullness I've lost over the years (having babies takes its toll!)," she explained. 

Braunwyn isn't the only housewife to give FaceTite a try. Shannon Storms Beador did as well, when she underwent a series of procedures to refresh her face with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Brian Reagan. Shannon received FaceTite to help with skin laxity and fat graphing to restore fullness and volume after her weight loss, as well as dermabrasion to sand down her wrinkles. Dr. Reagan also performed FaceTite on Kelly Dodd to help tighten and lift her jawline, in addition to Fractora, which uses radio-frequency to stimulate collagen. 

So why is FaceTite so popular in the OC? chatted with board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Jonathan Zelken, who performed Braunwyn's procedure, to learn more.

What is the FaceTite procedure?

Dr. Jonathan Zelken: FaceTite is a combination of carefully tailored liposuction and radio frequency tightening, that gives you facelift like tightening, without the scars or downtime.

How is it different from a facelift?

JZ: Unlike a facelift, FaceTite relies on skin tightening rather than excision. The results are generally less drastic and there is reduced downtime. In most cases, I do not use sutures.

What are the risks associated with FaceTite?

JZ: Temporary swelling, tightening can take months, can cause temporary muscle weakness, and can make neck muscles look more prominent. [For best results], make sure you choose a board certified plastic surgeon.

How long is the recovery period? How long does it take to see results?

JZ: [The recovery period is days to] one week. [As for results], generally tightening begins at week six, partial results seen at three months, and full tightening at six-12 months.

Who is a good candidate for this type of procedure?

JZ: People looking to hold off a facelift, people looking for a quick fix without the uncertainty and risk of fillers and toxins, and people with heavy faces.

What age are the patients who see the best results?

JZ: 30’s-50’s.

How long do the results last for?

JZ: [They are] permanent, but you do continue to age. I generally do this once only.

How much does the procedure cost?

JZ: Varies based on goals and other procedures, but generally under $10,000.

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