A nonsurgical facelift is a set of procedures that fixes saggy skin and wrinkles, minus the cuts, general anaesthesia, or hospital stay that usually accompanies a surgical facelift. These methods, which includes energy devices, dermal fillers and/or neurotoxins, are non-surgical options for those that need only a mild lift. With the injection of new technology into this area, patients are benefiting with natural results.
What are the options?
Injectable filler can add volume to the cheeks, restoring their curves and slightly lifting the lower face. They can also fill out hollow temples, smooth marionette lines, strengthen a weak or recessed chin, and define the jawline. Injectable fillers like Dream Sculpture can also stimulate collagen production for up to three years, slightly firming the skin and boosting its radiance.
Neurotoxins, aka Botox, temporarily relax muscles to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When they’re used in the forehead, they can subtly lift the brows. A combination of fillers and neurotoxins is often called a liquid facelift.
Resurfacing treatments, such as chemical peels and lasers, can smooth and firm sun-damaged skin, reducing wrinkles and boosting collagen while vaporizing sunspots and brightening the complexion.
Skin-tightening treatments, including Thermage and Ultherapy, use radiofrequency and ultrasound energy, respectively, to generate heat. This increases the skin’s collagen production, making it thicker and more taut over time.
Thread lifts, another popular nonsurgical option, can lift the skin and stimulate collagen production.
These procedures don’t lift the skin nearly as dramatically as a surgical facelift, and they don’t tighten sagging muscles. But the right combination of therapies can create a fresher, more youthful appearance for people with mild signs of aging.
What are the Pros and Cons
- There’s minimal downtime. Noninvasive treatments may leave redness, swelling, or bruises for a few days but still carry significantly less downtime than facelift surgery, which can keep patients out of work or social events for up to three weeks.
- The only form of anesthesia you’d need would be a topical numbing cream or local anaesthetic injections.
- Because these procedures are less invasive than surgery, they come with fewer potential health risks.
- Most noninvasive treatments can be performed in less than an hour.
- The average cost of a nonsurgical face lift procedure starts from $1500.
- You won’t get the same degree of lifting and tightening you can expect from a surgical facelift.
- All nonsurgical options require maintenance treatments, usually once to twice a year, some as often as three to four times a year.
- While the initial investment for a nonsurgical facelift is considerably less than it is for surgery, maintenance treatments can add up.