Cosmetic surgery is on the rise, and one of the best ways to create a youthful appearance and gain more self-confidence is the facelift.
A facelift is an excellent surgical procedure where your facial tissues can be tightened and lifted. Even though surgical facelift provides much more lasting results, many prefer non-surgical procedures.
And what can be better than a non-surgical facelift?
What is a Non-Surgical Facelift?
A non-surgical facelift is a more affordable, less invasive treatment that achieves similar effects to a surgical facelift. The process is progressive and does not include any radical changes to the contours of the face – something typically performed when remodeling the facial oval during a surgical procedure. This means that there is no scarring or bruising during or after the procedure. However, this also means that the results are temporary.
There are different kinds of non-surgical facelifts on the market. The most popular ones include:
Botox is a type of neuromodulator that temporarily relaxes the muscles and effectively treats the expression lines between the eyebrows, folds of the forehead, crow’s feet, and other wrinkles in the upper part of the face. The results from a Botox treatment are visible from the third day and can last anywhere between 4 to 6 months. For more long-lasting results, multiple treatments are necessary.
Temporary Dermal Fillers (Liquid Facelift)
Our chin and cheekbones are the parts of our face that we tend to use the most. As we age, we lose our facial volume and ability to produce growth-factor proteins, which allows for wrinkles, fine lines, and skin sagging. A dermal filter, also known as a Liquid Facelift, recovers that volume with the use of hyaluronic acid (HA) and collagen. The effects of these fillers can last anywhere between 6 months to 1 year.
Fat Transfer or Lipofilling
Lipofilling is a reconstructive, non-invasive technique that uses the body’s own fat to act as a filler. It’s used on several areas across the face, including the mouth, crow’s feet, and hollowed cheeks but it can also be used to cover acne scarring and skin depressions. The treatment lasts anywhere between 6 to 9 months.
Tension threads are a technique that uses medical-grade threading material on the skin to ‘pull’ the skin upwards, which gives it a tightened and lifted effect. Its effect can last anywhere between 1 to 3 years.
“Flash Lifting” Products
An alternative to any facelift options that require physical lifting is “flash lifting” products. These come in the form of moisturizers and serums and dehydrate the skin for a short period of time, which ultimately tighten and lift it. Once any hydration is applied to the skin, it returns to its initial state.
What are the Benefits of a Facelift?
Getting a non-surgical facelift is a minimally invasive, less risk-prone, and ultimately a short-lasting way of tightening and brightening the skin. While its results achieve similar effects to a surgical facelift, they are temporary depending on the type.
However, non-surgical facelifts help the skin naturally slow down its aging process by using its own regenerative powers. They are also far more affordable methods of facelifting and are less likely to cause serious side effects.
Are You Too Young for a Facelift?
There is no single age to determine the right time to get a facelift. Aging is unique to each person and is dependent on multiple factors such as genes, lifestyle, and stress which all play an essential role in wrinkle formation.
In general, the best candidates for a facelift are people who:
No longer feel like themselves
Regardless of age, there are genetic and even environmental factors that contribute to facial tiredness. Depending on the type of work or activities a person does, their face may look older or more exhausted. Since much of our confidence comes from our own appearance, a facelift may just be the boost you need to get some positivity and energy back.
Notice their faces sagging
It’s normal for the skin to lose elasticity as we age, which means that the skin and facial fat are being pulled down with maturity. The effect is a less defined, hollowed, and emaciated-looking face. A facelift would massively improve those areas, giving your face a plumper and younger appearance.
Have deep, persistent wrinkles
Face wrinkles are a natural occurrence that happens when we talk, laugh, frown or smile. If those wrinkles remain while our faces are resting, however, it may be a sign that we need to do a little touching-up. Facelifts are optimal for minimizing things like laugh lines, crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and puppet lines.
Have lost definition on the chin or jawline
Starting from our early 20’s, our bodies naturally start to sag down. The most prominent areas of the face that weaken throughout the years are the chin and jawline. This can also lead to some medical issues like a weak jawline that gets more pronounced as we mature. Whether it’s due to genes or just aging, there are options to redefine the jaw or chin area by using a facelift!
If you are one of these candidates, then a non-surgical facelift is the right choice for you! Book an appointment with trained aesthetician Dr. Carol Eisenstat at Line Eraser MD to see which procedure would best suit your preferences!