A Facelift Without Surgery? It’s True!
Plastic surgeons have been carrying out nonsurgical facelifts for over 100 years. As nonsurgical treatments become progressively risk-free and efficient, many more men and women have begun taking notice. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that in 2017, over 15,700,000 minimally-invasive treatments were carried out in the United States. So just what is a nonsurgical facelift? Let’s talk about everything you need to know!
What Is A Nonsurgical Facelift?
A nonsurgical facelift is a combination of minimally invasive and nonsurgical procedures developed to renew and refresh the appearance. Compared to a surgical renovation, the nonsurgical facelift requires smaller lacerations, along with no general anesthetic and no overnight stay at a hospital. Non-invasive options offer patients the opportunity to reduce the wrinkled, aged look of their skin without incisions or sutures being necessary.
5 Advantages To Non-surgical Facelifts
- Extremely rapid treatment: 30 to 45 minutes.
- Little to no pain or discomfort.
- No general anesthetic is necessary, only localized anesthetic.
- More affordable than a complete full-facelift.
- Allows you to temporarily experiment with a face-lift.
Common Disadvantages To Nonsurgical Facelifts
- A more modest alternative to the full-facelift with less intense outcomes.
- Treatments must be repeated every 4-18 months depending on the selected treatment plan and injections.
Which Nonsurgical Option Is Best For Me?
Each nonsurgical facelift is custom-tailored to satisfy the individual’s one-of-a-kind needs. A variety of noninvasive techniques have become available and FDA-approved in the United States over the past decade. These various injectables are capable of resolving aging issues from fine lines to deep folds, flabby skin to thinning lips, sunken cheeks to large pores, and acne scarring to the loss of facial volume.
The nonsurgical facelift most typically involves some combination of the following:
#1. Injections & Fillers
Gel injectables are the cornerstone of the nonsurgical facelift industry. These fillers immediately improve wrinkles, recover volume around the cheeks, lips, and under the eyes, improving the sunken appearance of the darker areas and improving youthful vibrancy. Fillers are able to create a wrinkle-free appearance through the utilization of moisture-rich Hyaluronic Acid (HA). The plumping and smoothing acid can last for 4-18 months depending on the chosen injectable.
One of the most popular plastic surgeries since its beginning, Botox has an unrivaled ability to reduce wrinkles and faint lines. Most frequently utilized to smooth temple wrinkles, forehead lines, crow’s feet, and lines around the mouth and nose. Temporarily limiting the muscle’s ability to function, Botox limits the face’s ability to create new wrinkles in addition to eliminating the current ones which are caused through repeated facial movements such as smiling, looking stressed, being angry, or laughing. Botox tends to last around 3 to 6 months.
#3. Fat Grafts & Transfers
A semi-invasive procedure, fat shots move the fat drawn out via liposuction surgery on another part of the body (such as the buttocks) and move it to the facial area to increase vibrance and the appearance of the facial tissue. These fat cells are cleaned up before being processed and re-injected into the body to boost facial quality. The living fat cells will integrate into the existing tissues, creating a vibrant facial shape that will last for several years after the procedure.
(The Needle-less Treatment Options)
There is also the opportunity to choose a needle-less treatment to attain gorgeous skin if you are one of the many patients who are nervous or afraid of needles. Laser and ultrasound treatments—such as Ultherapy or ThermiTight—use focused lasers to penetrate to the deepest layer of the skin. Modern chemical peels are a trusted, noninvasive option for improving skin by diminishing the appearance of large pores and overall skin quality. Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion scrub the skin clean until it is resurfaced (fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation are decreased as newer skin comes to the surface and the older skin is worn off).
Ultherapy utilizes ultrasound technology. It’s FDA-approved, non-invasive, and results in raising, toning, and tightening the skin. The precision of this approach allows the surgeon the ability to see the layers of tissue targeted during the treatment to ensure the energy is deposited precisely where it will be most useful. The treatments can be extremely effective and jump-start the natural process of creating fresh collagen.
#5. Microcurrent Toning
Referred to as “face toning,” microcurrent treatments offers a remarkable lift to facial muscular tissue and shape. The microcurrent flattens out fine lines and wrinkles, promoting skin recovery to both collagen and elastin production. During the procedure, all 32 facial muscular tissues are adjusted utilizing soft cotton-tipped probes which send mild electric pulses to the individual muscles. The treatments are pain-free and require no downtime.
Cryolift provides hyaluronic acid and carbon dioxide to the skin directly, lowering the skin’s temperature and triggering a rush of blood to the surface. Once the dehydration and swelling decrease, the skin experiences a general glow. Suitable for every skin type, Cryolift requires no downtime and offers instantaneous outcomes.
Collagen-producing lasers permeate the skin at a deep layer, restructuring the skin by delicately heating the collagen under the surface of the skin. This increases the growth of collagen and tightens the skin. This treatment tends to be less effective than alternatives.
Remember That Nonsurgical Options Require Upkeep
The downside to nonsurgical treatments is that the injections must be repeated every few months in order to maintain the original outcome. This requires patients to be more diligent about scheduling and maintaining follow-up visits as the injections gradually wear off. The more frequently you maintain the upkeep, the less is required per visit.
The HA in dermal fillers will enhance the body’s collagen manufacturing, developing a durable layer beneath the skin. Additionally, products such as Botox numb the facial muscles. This in turn means that less wrinkles will develop later in time, requiring fewer syringes of the injections in the future.
Despite treatments, the aging process will continue and wrinkles and fine lines will continue to pop up over the years to come. Dealing with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon ensures that every treatment will be custom-tailored to your skin, even as you needs and vision for your skin continue to evolve over the years. Eventually, it may be wiser to opt for a surgical procedure if nonsurgical options can no longer attain the results you desire.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Vinyard in order to determine which option is ideal for your face type and ideal vision. There are options spanning every preference or financial budget. You can achieve glowing skin right away!