Age does not do anything for our looks. Wrinkles, sun damage, saggy skin, droopy eyelids, bad skin tone and texture, blotchy skin, acne breakouts – the list of beauty impediments goes on and on. There are surgical treatments for these problems, of course, but have you considered non-surgical facelifts? – A Non-Surgical Facelift!
What is a Non-Surgical Facelift?
As their name implies, non-surgical facelifts improve your appearance without the need for surgery. There will be no knives, scalpels, or anything that will slice your face open involved with these treatments.
Even though plastic surgeons perform most non-surgical facelifts, these procedures only use minimally invasive tools. At its core, a non-surgical facelift is a combination of minimally invasive and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. These procedures are engineered to enhance, rejuvenate, and refresh the skin, giving you a better overall appearance.
Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Facelift
Compared with surgical cosmetic procedures, or facelifts, non-surgical facelifts do not require large incisions, a large dosage of general anesthesia, or long downtime. Non-surgical facelifts generally don’t require you to stay in a hospital bed overnight or skip a day from work. You can still maintain your routine and schedule after a non-surgical facelift.
Even though a non-surgical facelift does not involve jarring and abrupt changes, its effects are still significant.
Another difference between surgical and non-surgical facelifts is the longevity of their effects. Surgical facelifts tend to produce permanent or, at the very least, long-lasting results. Non-surgical facelifts, on the other hand, don’t make permanent results.
The longest-lasting effects of some non-surgical facelifts will only be visible for a few years, at most. But still, non-surgical facelifts are a great option if your want immediate, convenient, and affordable results.
Examples of Non-Surgical Facelifts
There are many non-surgical facelift procedures. Here’s a list of some of the most popular ones.
Botox and Dysport, the most popular brands of injectable botulinum toxins, are the most common non-surgical facelift procedures. In these procedures, the aesthetician injects Botox or Dysport just underneath the skin. Botox and Dysport paralyze the muscles just underneath the skin and prevents them from creating or worsening wrinkles on the skin.
Aside from wrinkle prevention, Botox and Dysport are also used to treat cosmetic problems that have nothing to do with cosmetics.
Dermal fillers are another prime example of non-surgical facelifts. Dermal fillers are smooth, synthetic gels injectables that help restore volume in certain parts of the face. The most common areas where dermal fillers are injected are the cheeks, lips, temples, and under the eyes.
Dermal fillers make the skin look plumper and vibrant. They also help eliminate dark shadows and wrinkles if injected right.
Dermal fillers are mostly composed of hyaluronic acid, which hydrates the skin by holding moisture and acts as a cushion to prevent damage to the skin. The effects of dermal fillers may last from half a year to a full year.
There are tons and tons of laser treatments that deal with cosmetic issues. You have laser hair removal and lasers that eliminate scars, acne, wrinkles, lines, sun damage, and so much more. These non-surgical facelift procedures are minimally invasive and will not hurt (they might sting a little, though).
Laser treatments work differently, depending on what you want to achieve. Laser hair removal, for example, zaps active hair follicles to prevent them from growing hair. Other laser therapies emit light that induces different reactions from the skin.
Microneedling is yet another minimally invasive yet effective non-surgical facelift. This treatment is so effective; it can help you naturally eliminate practically any basic skin problems such as acne scars, stretch marks, sun spots, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, rough skin texture, and more.
This is how microneedling works. The aesthetician uses a device that pokes very tiny needles to the skin. The skin reacts by triggering its natural healing capabilities and restores the skin right from its very foundations.
The healing process stimulates collagen and elastin production, restructures the blood vessels and skin cells, and replaces damaged skin cells. What results is new skin forming, replacing the old, scarred, bumpy, wrinkled, or discolored skin.
Even though microneedling technically involves needles, the needles are so tiny that the procedure is still minimally invasive.
Many non-surgical facelifts involve minimally invasive needles for cosmetic effects. But a chemical peel is one of those minimally invasive facelifts that do not include needles.
A chemical peel treatment applies a chemical solution specifically engineered for your skin type and problem. The chemical solution creates a controlled wound that activates the skin’s healing processes. The healing processes replace the old skin, giving you new and improved skin that looks younger and more radiant.
Depending on the strength of the chemical peel, your downtime may last a few days.
There are many more examples of non-surgical facelifts. But these are some of the most common and accessible procedures.
Limitations of Non-Surgical Facelifts
Although non-surgical facelifts can do wonders, they have limitations. Severe skin laxity scarring, active acne breakouts, or some medical conditions will render non-surgical facelifts useless.
For example, cosmetic injectables may not be advisable for some people due to allergies. Pregnant women are also highly discouraged from having a non-surgical facelift because it is unknown how the procedure will affect the unborn baby.
And, as I have already mentioned above, the effects of non-surgical facelifts will not last a lifetime. Results require maintenance and upkeep if you want the results to last. Additionally, non-surgical facelifts usually take more than one session to achieve your desired results.
And lastly, non-surgical facelifts do not provide the same effects as surgical facelifts. The results of non-surgical facelifts do not match that of a surgical procedure. But overall, non-surgical facelifts are still worth every trouble.
Surgical facelifts are more convenient, affordable, and accessible. Plus, their effects are still fairly significant.
To get the most out of a non-surgical facelift, we absolutely suggest you talk with a licensed professional aesthetician. Tensegrity Health & Aesthetics is the number 1 medical spa in all of Maine. Contact us and pave the way to your desired beauty today.