One of the biggest signs of ageing in our face is the loss of volume, especially around the cheek, brow and jowl areas. This loss of volume can lead to sagging of the skin, accelerating the development of the nasolabial lines, jowls, frown lines and marionette lines. For many, surgical facelifts were once the preferred treatment to counter these effects, but such has been the advancement of technology and techniques that non-surgical procedures are now seen as viable alternatives.
If you are searching for “Cosmetic Surgery Melbourne” but aren’t ready to go under the knife, take the time to consider the non-surgical treatments below.
What Is Involved With a Surgical Facelift?
A surgical facelift (also known as a rhytidectomy) is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is designed to improve the visible signs of ageing in the face and neck.
A surgical facelift typically involves making incisions around the hairline and ears, which allows the surgeon to access the underlying tissues of the face and neck.
During the procedure, excess skin is removed, facial tissue is tightened, and the underlying muscles are repositioned to create a smoother, more youthful appearance.
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation in a hospital setting. Facelift procedures are considered reconstructive surgery. Only specialist plastic surgeons who are accredited by the Commonwealth Government of Australia through the Australian Medical Council can perform all reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery.
What Is a Non-surgical Facelift?
Non-invasive and non-surgical treatments are just that. A non-surgical facelift is a skin tightening procedure that addresses skin laxity, facial wrinkles, and sagging skin without surgery.
A non-surgical facelift is a combination of non-invasive or minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatments intended to refresh ageing and damaged skin.
This usually involves a handful of various cosmetic procedures that can smooth fine lines and wrinkles, exfoliate or remove damaged surface skin, boost the production of new collagen and elastin and provide a more youthful appearance.
What Are the Benefits of a Non-surgical Facelift?
- It’s generally non-invasive, and there is no anesthesia required.
- Depending on the number of treatments, non-surgical treatments can be a more cost-effective option than facelift surgery.
- Little to no downtime and minimal recovery. You can resume your normal activities quickly. The recovery time for a surgical facelift varies depending on the extent of the procedure, but for most patients, it’s two to three weeks.
- Quick in and out clinic procedure.
- Less discomfort and pain.
- Fewer risks and complications.
What Are the Drawbacks of a Non-surgical Facelift
- While the effects can last for several months, non-surgical treatments are ultimately temporary, and additional treatments may be required to maintain the benefits.
- Side effects can include minor swelling and bruising, but typically this is easily covered by makeup.
- Non-surgical treatment cannot correct more significant issues, such as severe skin sagging.
Some Non-surgical Facelift Options at Our Cosmetic Clinics in Melbourne
Skin Tightening & Lifting With Ultherapy
Ultherapy is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that uses ultrasound energy to tighten and lift the skin on the face, neck, and chest. It is often used as an alternative to surgical facelifts for patients who want to improve the appearance of loose or sagging skin without undergoing surgery.
Ultherapy can be used to treat many signs of facial ageing in a single session, such as:
- nasolabial skin folds
- helps define the jaw and treats a double chin
- loose skin and jowls around the neck
- lifts and tightens the brow area (non-surgical browlift)
While an Ultherapy procedure may not produce results as dramatic as a surgical facelift, it can deliver natural-looking and noticeable effects without the risks and drawbacks of surgery.
Remodel Wrinkled, Sagging and Crepey Skin With Bio-Remodelling Fillers
Bio-remodelling is a treatment that involves injecting a solution of hyaluronic acid and other natural substances into the skin to stimulate collagen production and improve skin elasticity.
The hyaluronic acid used in bio-remodelling treatments is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps to hydrate and plump the skin. When injected into the skin, it works to stimulate the production of collagen, which helps to improve skin texture and firmness.
Bio-remodelling is a minimally invasive treatment that does not require incisions or general anesthesia, and there is no downtime required after the procedure. Patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately after the treatment.
However, it is important to note that bio-remodelling is not for patients with significant skin laxity, skin folds or sagging.
Wrinkle and Frown Line Reduction With Anti-Wrinkle Injectables
Anti-wrinkle injections are a non-surgical treatment that works by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles and lines on the face. Anti-wrinkle injections are used in small doses to temporarily relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles on the forehead, frown lines and wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet). If placed precisely, it gives the injected area a slight lift (i.e. anti-wrinkle injection brow lift).
The treatment is a quick, injectable treatment done in the office. It does not require the use of anesthesia, and recovery time is minimal compared to a surgical facelift. It can be a good option for patients who are looking for a minimally invasive treatment.
Facial Volumising & Wrinkle Reduction With Dermal Fillers
Dermal Fillers aren’t just used for plumping up lips and filling in wrinkles.
The 8-point dermal filler facelift, also known as the liquid facelift, is a technique using dermal fillers developed by Brazilian plastic surgeon Mauricio de Maio.
The 8-point lift is an innovative non-surgical technique that creates amazing natural-looking instant results, restoring volume in eight strategic areas of the face. It provides lift and support using small amounts of dermal fillers without discomfort or downtime.
The 8-point dermal filler facelift is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that uses dermal fillers to lift and contour the face. It is a popular alternative to surgical facelifts for patients who want to achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance without undergoing surgery.
During the 8-point dermal filler facelift, a series of dermal filler injections are placed strategically in 8 specific points on the face, including the cheekbones, temples, jawline, and nasolabial folds. The filler injections are designed to add volume and lift to these areas, which can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin.
The procedure typically takes between 30 minutes to an hour to complete, and there is no downtime.
The effects of the 8-point dermal filler facelift can last for several months to a year, depending on the type of filler used and the patient’s individual skin type and lifestyle factors. The procedure can be repeated as needed to maintain the desired results.
It’s important to note that while the 8-point dermal filler facelift can provide a significant improvement in the appearance of the face, it may not be suitable for all patients, especially those with significant skin laxity or sagging. A consultation with a qualified and experienced cosmetic physician can help determine the best approach for each patient.
Lift Tired Saggy Skin With Thread Lifts
Thread lifts are a type of non-surgical facelift that involve using threads made of absorbable and biocompatible materials to lift and tighten the skin on the face and neck.
It works by using absorbable, barbed sutures to offer a tighter, more youthful aesthetic appearance by lifting underlying tissue and muscles as the thread is pulled tight under the skin.
This procedure stimulates the production of collagen in the skin in order to produce healthier, firmer skin tissue. It is sometimes referred to as a “lunchtime facelift” due to its relatively short procedure time.
The results of a thread lift treatment are far more subtle than those of a surgical facelift, and the firming effects of new collagen can linger for up to a year.
Each treatment targets different signs of aging on the face and has its own unique benefits and limitations. While non-surgical facelifts may not provide the same dramatic results as surgical facelifts, they can be a good option for patients who are not ready for surgery or who want to avoid the risks and downtime associated with surgery. A consultation with a qualified and experienced cosmetic physician can help determine the best approach for each patient.
Is a Non-surgical Facelift Right for You?
What are the best clinics in Melbourne for a non-surgical facelift? Which treatments are safe? Which treatment is right for me?
These are all valid questions. The good news is you’ve come to the right place.
The first step is to book a free no-obligation consultation with me at Dr T Aesthetics. I begin the process by assessing your main concerns.
I get to know you and discuss your desired results, ultimate experience, and concerns, so we get it right the first time. We discuss timelines, expectations, best treatments, and payment plans.
Most importantly, I will explain why they are the best options and go over the results you can expect to feel comfortable and confident you are making the right decision.
Some of the available non surgical facelift options here at our anti-ageing clinic in Melbourne are:
To find out which treatment is best for you, begin by booking your FREE comprehensive no-obligation consultation valued at $250 with me today.