Are Nonsurgical Facelifts Possible? – The Alternatives To Going Under The Knife

Posted by Dr Theva in Anti-Aging, Face Care.

At some point, it gets difficult to ignore the obvious signs of aging that appear on your face with each passing year. Not so long ago, there used to be very few options for reducing the effects of ageing without going under the knife. 

But, with today’s advancements and technology in the industry, the options of nonsurgical facelifts are endless. These days more and more people are opting in for nonsurgical facelifts as they offer the lifted, toned, and tightened effect of a traditional facelift without the associated complications or downtime. 

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE NONSURGICAL FACELIFTS AND TRADITIONAL FACELIFTS?

Traditional facelifts can only be performed exclusively by a surgical doctor. 

Deep incisions are made in the skin before the surgeon lifts the skin off facial muscles and pulls it in an upward direction. The incisions are then closed with stitches and possibly staples. A drain is sometimes placed under the skin behind the ear to remove any excess fluid.

Nonsurgical facelifts, on the other hand, are minimally invasive procedures that reduce the sagginess of the skin and improves skin laxity. They are designed to rejuvenate and refresh the patient’s appearance rather than drastically change it. 

These treatments don’t require large incisions, anesthesia, or overnight hospitalisation. They also have no downtime and are used to stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen. 

With the long recovery time and high risk of complications from traditional facelifts, you can certainly understand why so many people are opting in for nonsurgical facelifts instead.

WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR NONSURGICAL FACELIFTS?

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are the absolute foundation of nonsurgical facelifts. They are designed to restore the volume along the cheeks, temples, lips, and under the eyes. Plumping up sunken areas and eliminating dark shadows on several different areas around the face creates a more rounded youthful look. 

With instant results and no downtime, it’s currently the most popular and sought after option out there. The treatment may last anywhere from 6 months to a year. 

Even though dermal fillers are considered low risk, there are still complications that may arise. They usually occur due to inexperienced injectors who are not thoroughly familiar with facial anatomy. Creating unsymmetrical features, distinguishable lumps under the skin, and infections at the injection site that may cause permanent scarring.  

Anti-Wrinkle Injections (Botulinum Toxin)

Gone are the days where anti-wrinkle injections (botulinum toxin) were exclusively being used by Hollywood Celebrities. They are quickly gaining popularity and becoming an integral part of the nonsurgical facelift scene.

Offering an unmatched wrinkle reduction solution, they are often used on the deep expressive wrinkles such as forehead creases, frown lines, and crow’s feet. 

The injections take only a few minutes and cause very little pain. They, unfortunately, don’t provide the same immediate results that dermal fillers do and usually take 1 to 2 weeks to take effect. 

In general, the treatment can usually last 3-4 months. It is also common for first-timers to notice that it may not last as long initially but may last after the second treatment may last longer.

Ultherapy

If you are after lifted cheekbones, jawline definition, and smoother, tighter skin, then Ultherapy is for you. Ultherapy is leading the way in the new wave of beauty technology that’s coming out on the market. 

Ultrasound energy is fired deep under the skin and is used to stimulate the growth of new collagen. It strengthens and tones the skin from within to make it look smoother and brighter on the outside. It’s also great for lifting and tightening the skin on the neck and under the chin. 

There is no downtime at all, but the full lifting and skin tightening effects aren’t visible for a few weeks. Though many people say they do not need to top up their dermal filler or anti-wrinkle injectables as frequently when having this treatment.

Threadlift

The treatment involves a qualified cosmetic doctor, inserting thin threads into the face through tiny needle incisions. The threads attach to the skin tissue and are gently pulled to lift the face. The ends of the threads are hidden, and the results are immediate.

Results improve overtime as new collagen fibres surround the threads causing an ongoing tightening and lifting of the skin. Threadlifts last about 18 months, at which point the threads dissolve and are absorbed by the body. 

PROS AND CONS OF NONSURGICAL FACELIFTS

Pros 

  • No downtime or side effects. So you can get along with life as soon as your treatment is completed. 
  • Minimal discomfort and pain.
  • Treatments are short and quick. They can even be completed during a lunch break.
  • Minimally Invasive. No knives, scars or drainage tubes behind the ear!
  • The cost is a lot less than a traditional facelift.

Cons

  • Depending on what treatment you choose will depend on how long the effects last. The more diligent you are about maintaining the treatment, the longer the effect will last as many of the treatments encourage the body’s own production of collagen.

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHICH OPTION IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Begin by booking a free, no-obligation consultation valued at $250 with me today.

During the free, no-obligation comprehensive consultation, I get to know you and discuss your desired outcomes, your ultimate experience, and your concerns, so we get it right the first time. We discuss timelines, expectations, best treatments, and payment plans.

Most importantly, I will explain why certain treatments are the better options and go over the results you can expect to allow you to feel comfortable and confident you are making the right decision.

If you would like more information and a customised treatment plan that is right for you, please book your no-obligation consultation today.

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