The New-Age Scarless Face-Lifts

The dawn of nonsurgical breakthroughs like botox and fillers has de-tabooed plastic surgery by letting people dip a toe into the waters of this realm.  Against the backdrop of these breakthroughs, technology has also nudged the age-old face-lift into the world of the minimally-invasive. And soon, many will be ready to leap off the diving board.

SMAS face lift with fat graft Natural Results of a SMAS Lift with Fat Transfer

“Unlike 2 decades ago, we now know that the tightest face-lift isn’t considered the best,” explains Dr Chia Hui Ling, Consultant Plastic Surgeon from SW1 Clinic, Singapore’s largest aesthetic and plastic surgery clinic. Dr Chia is an advocate of natural-looking results. Her face-lift technique focuses on tightening the deeper connective tissues and muscle (so-called SMAS, or subcutaneous musculoaponeurotic system, lift) rather than over-stretching the skin and ending up with a freaky “wind-tunnel” look.

For clients who are younger or not keen for any surgical scars, Dr Chia recommends these new, less invasive options. “Despite having a less lifting effect than the traditional face lift, these new tools in the market are scarless, have less downtime and they can have an cumulative effect when done in combination and regularly.”

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Profound Contour Lift

Using microneedle radiofrequency (RF) technology, tissue tightening energy is delivered into the depths of the skin using fine needles. The restoration of skin building-blocks, like elastin and collagen, gives gentle lifting results that can be repeated for an incremental effect.

Profound lift review Results after a Brow Lift, which addresses the upper face and Profound lift, which sculpts and contour the lower face

Good for: Sagging jowls and turkey neck

Downtime: 3 – 5 days of redness and swelling

Cost: $7000 -$10000

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Thread Lift

The latest threads on the market focuses not only on anchoring, but also on the thread material. Innovations, such as the Silhouette Instalift and Infinity Instalift, has a biostimulatory effect. Once placed within the tissues, the threads stimulates the formation of collagen matrix that supports the lift, even after the threads dissolves over the next few months. Be it cones or barbs, the anchoring mechanism are designed to sculpt and shape the lower face.

compare face and thread lift reviews Comparing Face-Lift and Thread Lift

Good for: Nasolabial folds, jowls and drooping brows

Downtime: None apart from mild swelling for 1-2 days

Cost: $4000 – $8000

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Fat Graft Face Lift

Deflation is an often neglected aspect of aging, apart from sagging, is deflation. Lifting addresses sagginess but does little to hollowed temples, empty cheeks and tear troughs, which all add years to the face. Fat grafting augments facial contours and the volumizing effect also lifts.  The stem cells and growth factors within these grafts also reverse aging damages to the skin. The lift-and-fill concept is now the standard holistic approach to surgical facial rejuvenation. Dr Chia often combines fat transfers and laser procedures with her lifting procedures, stacking the downtime for a more desired outcome.

fat grafting to face reviews Lifting and filling in the right areas with fat grafting (in yellow) will restore youthfulness to the face

Good for: Flat cheeks and forehead, temple hollowing, tear trough, nasolabial folds

Downtime: 5 – 7 days

Cost: $3000 – $5000 per area

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