4 Facelift Alternatives That Don’t Require Surgery
October 20, 2023
Death and Taxes may be the two certainties of life, but I would add that aging is also inevitable.
Aging is a natural part of life, and as we grow older, our skin inevitably starts to show signs of the lives we lead. There are plenty of interventions available for folks who want to turn back the clock, so to speak. The most transformative is certainly a facelift.
But for some, the idea of undergoing something like surgery can be intimidating. Others are simply not good candidates, like those who are not yet at an age where a facelift is a suitable option. The good news is that non-surgical alternatives to facelifts have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering safe, effective, and minimally invasive ways to rejuvenate your appearance. These options vary in degrees of invasiveness and the results yielded will be different for each.
When we have an option that will create an excellent result with fewer risks, that’s always the modality we’re going to recommend first. So let’s explore some of the ways you can achieve a more youthful and refreshed look without the need for surgery.
Did someone say Botox?
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are the leading ladies of neuromodulators. When we think non-surgical, we often think of this great trio. Botox and Friends® are injectable neuromodulators that work by relaxing the muscles. Since repeated muscle movements are what contribute to the creation of wrinkles and fine lines, minimizing those motions through temporary blocks can be effective.
By blocking nerve signals to these muscles, neuromodulators can reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines, depending on the site of injection. The results are typically noticeable within a few days and can last for several months.
This option ranks lowest on invasiveness. It’s a simple prick into the skin, and chances of complications are slim. With virtually no downtime, Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are excellent choices for quick and convenient rejuvenation.
Fillin’ Up with Fillers
Dermal fillers have become a go-to option for individuals seeking non-surgical facial rejuvenation. These injectable treatments, which include popular brands like Juvederm and Restylane, add volume to the skin.
Fillers are effective because as we age, we tend to lose elasticity and fullness. Filler works by smoothing out wrinkles and ‘filling’ up areas that have lost fullness over time. It can be used to target lines around the mouth, hollow under-eye areas, and to enhance the cheeks and lips.
Much like neuromodulators, filler is low in terms of invasiveness. Also, like the aforementioned treatment, results are immediate, and the effects can last anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the product used.
Thread Lifts as a Facelift Alternative
Thread lifts have gained popularity for their ability to provide a subtle lift and rejuvenation without the need for invasive surgery. They essentially imitate the lifting effects of a facelift without coming with the costs of a facelift.
During this procedure, dissolvable threads are inserted under the skin, and when gently tightened, they lift and reposition sagging tissue. They’re minimally invasive, and the effects are immediate and can last for up to two years. Thread lifts are an excellent option for individuals who want to address mild to moderate sagging in the cheeks, jowls, or neck.
FaceTite: Comparable to a Facelift?
FaceTite is arguably the closest patients can get to a facelift, without actually getting a facelift. As the name suggests, it uses radiofrequency energy to tighten sagging skin and stimulate the production of collagen.
FaceTite also has the added benefit of eliminating unwanted fat cells. It’s the most invasive out of the options explored so far, but it has incredible results. This procedure comes with about 4-5 days of bruising and swelling, but the outcome lasts up to two years!
Choosing What’s Right for You
There are plenty of non-surgical alternatives to facelifts for the patient who is concerned about the risks and downtime associated with surgical procedures. From injectables like Botox and filler, to thread lifts and Facetite, there are solutions to address a wide range of concerns. Before taking on any of these treatments, it’s essential to consult with a qualified and experienced practitioner to determine the best approach for your unique needs.