Jimmy Kim (Georgia Tech, USA), an inventor and patentee, devised a more advanced implant for soft tissue approximation. He invented the TESSLIFT™ to replace the second generation tissue lifting technologies with novel technology that has the most powerful effect and prevents the early recurrence of sagging. To add, he collaborated with surgeons worldwide to develop risk-free, patient-oriented surgical procedure to rejuvenate sagging tissues.
Technology of TESSLIFT™: Tissue Ingrowths Technology
The conventional surgery has the drawback of weak distal holding power. This drawback decreases the effect of treatment after a short period of time because adhesion with the tissue is lost when the muscle is moved. The meshes used for the TESSLIFT™ are made from polypropylene, a biocompatible material, and are used extensively in cardiovascular and ophthalmic surgery. The fibrosis around the mesh produces a much stronger suspension mechanism than the traditional method. This allows for greater holding power due to proper tissue ingrowth, enabling it to withstand natural muscle movement without sacrificing comfort.
Also, while conventional barbed thread has the problem decreasing the tensile strength, the TESSLIFT™ overcomes this problem through dispersion of power due to tissue ingrowth into the mesh, and production of minimal amount of cogs, which does not decrease the tensile strength of the thread significantly. Having minimal cogs helps to prevent the movement of mesh and disperse the tension applied to the mesh, which assist initial anchoring strength. The distal cog segment plays a role as a mediator upon adjusting the lifting. The distal mesh segment designed to encourage tissue ingrowth is eventually further supported by a column of native collagen-containing scar tissue.
Surgical Benefit: Patient-Oriented
Handing of the ligaments extensively during the invasive surgery is prevented by the nerves. To operate and penetrate through all the way to lower region, where the extent of the sagging is the largest, may irritate or damage the nerves. In fact, damaging the nerves can be threatening.
A minimally invasive procedure, TESSLIFT, however, can not only minimize the tissue damage, but also handle the lower half region of midface effectively by the placement of the mesh. This is the only product on the market that can effectively pull these tissues.
What to expect
- TESSLIFT™ is a new trend in a field of tissue-lift.
- TESSLIFT™ is ideal for correcting sagging of soft tissue.
- TESSLIFT™ offers significantly greater lift due to its unique distal mesh structure which provides strong traction when lifting the soft tissue.
- TESSLIFT™ is a sterile implant typically used in minimally invasive tissue lift and soft tissue contouring procedures. It is the most effective technology to target nasobial-fold wrinkles.
- Because the TESSLIFT™ pulls the neighboring tissues adherent to the distal mesh, it has the constant effect of pulling the tissue more natural and stable in comparison to conventional thread lifting.
The formation of the cog through the use of a special method of construction and the three-dimensional combination of the mesh and the thread solved the flaws of former products. In addition, the upgrade of the mesh for fixation enables a more convenient, more effective, and safer surgical procedure.
A disposable surgical instrument has been added to TESSLIFT-010, which is the upgraded TESSLIFT.
A scientific handle, a smooth connecting piece, a safer surgical needle, an upgraded fixing needle, and a packing system that enables an effective sterilization are some outstanding features that make new TESSLIFT distinguished from former OEM products.
TESSLIFT-010, which is an upgraded reusable instrument, is designed so that the surgical instruments included such as the cannula are easy to cleanse and sterilize.
Applications of TESSLIFT
Statement of Intended Use:
TESSLIFT™(TESS* Tissue Elevation Suspesion System) is intended to fixate soft tissue in an elevated position.
TESSLIFT™ offers a range of benefits to surgeons and their patients.
TESSLIFT™ provides many advantages over alternative soft-tissue elevation, suspesion and fixation system.
Applications of TESSLIFT™
- Soft tissue lift
TESSLIFT™ also allows the buildup of new collagen fiber around its structure, adding tissue support against gravitational pull.
Close-up view of TESSLIFT
- smooth (no cogs) guidance segment for insertion
- distal cogs segment
- mesh segment
- proximal cogs segment
- smooth (no cogs) segment for fixation
Make a small incision on the temporal area and then expose the deep temporal fascia.
Advance the TESS cannula(special cannula for new TESSLIFT through the subcutaneous layer along the pre-marked vector toward the desired exit point.
After the tip of the TESS cannula has advanced 1cm before the exit point, leave the outer cannula and remove the inner guidance trochar.
Insert the long needle with the smooth(no cogs) guidance segment of the new TESSLIFT Threads through the cannula and advancd through the exit points.
The guidance segment is visible; then, pull it through the exit points. When the distal cog segment is visible due to pulling of the guidance segment, gently remove the cannula.
Ensure that the mesh segment is properly deployed while contouring of tissue over implanted portion of the thread. Then, cut off the exposed guidance segment including the small portion of the disital cog segment.
Skin punch is used to create 4 holes for TESS cannula entry on the temporal area 2 holes for knots.
Scissors is used to widen the small pockets for knots.
Advance the TESS cannula (special cannula for new TESSLIFT through the subcutaneous layer along the premarked vector towards the desired exit point. Then, in the distal portion for the depolyment of the mesh segment, the cannula should be deeper than the level of its past path.
After the tip of TESS cannula has advanced 1cm before the exit point, leave the outer cannula and remove the inner introducer proximally.
Insert the TESS needle(special needle for new TESSLIFT with the smooth (non cogs) guidance segment of the new TESSLIFT implant through the cannula and advance through the exit point so that the guidance segment becomes visible.
When the distal cogs sagment is visible, gently pull out the cannula.
While maintaining the tension, a half circle needle enters the TESS cannula insertion points and passes through the deep temporal fascia and exits the small pockets for knots. Then, suture the proximal end of the implant to the other one with a small mesh in the small pocktes for knots.