A non surgical face lift is a minimally invasive surgery that combines different treatments used together to lift and tighten your wrinkled facial skin without surgery.
During the procedure, your surgeon will use injectable fillers such as Juvederm to fill in wrinkles and increase volume in the sagging skin.
He will also use toxins such as Dysport, Xeomin, and Botox to relax your facial muscles.
Alternatively, your surgeon may use other recommended methods such as Thermage or laser resurfacing to lift your face.
Even though the results are not long term, non surgical facelifts are a great option for people who don’t want to have invasive procedures such as surgery. Their recovery time is short and the results appear almost instantly.
Why do I need a facelift?
There are a number of factors that may require you to have a facelift. These include;
- If you have Sagging cheeks
- You have lines and wrinkles
- Your face has dark circles
- Loss of body mass e.g after spending long periods in water.
Aging: As you grow old, your skin becomes less elastic, dry and thin. This causes injuries to the elastic and collagen fibers which are replaced by different collagen fibers. As the process keeps repeating itself, they for wrinkles.
Loss of body mass: Long stay in the water alter the balance of electrolytes in the skin. This in return modifies the stability of the membranes of neurons underneath the skin. During this period, your neurons will start firing causing your vessels to constrict and your skin having wrinkles.
Glycation: According to Doris J. Day, M.D., clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center. Too much glucose in the blood leads to glycation making fibers stiff and inflexible leading to wrinkles.
You will need a facelift to correct all the problems listed above.
Target areas for Non- Surgical Facelift
It is used most commonly on the jowls, face, neck other areas include:
In case you need a custom non-surgical facelift, it is recommended that you discuss it with your physician during consultation.
Types Of Non-Surgical Facelifts
Depending on what you want to treat, there are different non surgical facelifts options to fix your loose skin. This includes:
- Botox Injections
- Thread Lift
- Laser therapy
- Face lift tape
- Anti-wrinkle Creams
Most plastic surgeons prefer using botox injection because it has fewer side effects. In addition, its ability to temporarily reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is great.
Botox is great for you if you are looking for a temporal solution for your wrinkled face. The result lasts for about 3-4months and costs around $500-$600.
Apart from wrinkles, Botox can be used to treat conditions such as excessive sweating and migraines.
As we age, our skin loses its elasticity becoming loose and sagging. The thread lift is anon surgical facelift procedure where your plastic surgeon uses sutures to lift your facial skin.
During the process, your cosmetic surgeon uses stitches to eliminate portions of your loose skin.
One thing I like about thread lift, you can drive yourself home after treatment and takes a short time to recover.
How does laser tighten skin?
Laser skin rejuvenation is another option used to lift your drooping face skin. This procedure is painless and removes the top skin layer that has been affected by wrinkles and sun damage.
The new cells that come out give your skin a new tight and youthful look.
Depending on your treatment preference, recovery time may take from 10-21 days.
According to the American society of plastic surgeon, the cost of having non-ablative laser treatment is about $1,031 per session, while ablative treatments are about $2,330 per session.
Face lift tape
non-surgical facelift tape is the cheapest procedure for all the options. It is not a complicated procedure and can be done at your home.
facelift tape is used to uplift the spot of an area you would like to lift.
Ultherapy is the best non surgical facelift for jowls. The procedure uses ultrasound technology to lift droopy jawline skin.
As you age, the production of collagen in your skin stops leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. Ultherapy regenerates collagen production which in return tightens your skin.
Anti-wrinkle creams are good for people who are yet young as they don’t work in sagging skin.
If you are mid-age you can use anti-aging creams to treat fine lines and maintain the tone of your skin. According to Genevieve Vielbig, R.N., B.S.N., C.A.N.S, the best anti-aging product to treat your wrinkles is sunblock.
Fillers are One of the most popular non surgical options. There are two types of fillers that are commonly used.
Dermal fillers are used to fill facial lines and rejuvenate your facial skin by restoring the facial volume.
Most cosmetic surgery surgeons prefer using hyaluronic acid fillers as they present fewer side effects.
Examples of Hyaluronic acid wrinkle fillers include:
- Juvederm Voluma XC
- Juvederm XC
- Restylane Refyne
- Restylane Defyne
Non Surgical Facelift Cost
The cost of having a non-surgical facelift is different from one patient to another. There are procedures that cost more than others.
For example, a facelift performed in one area like forehead alone costs less than if done in your entire face. In addition, there are also other factors that affect non surgical face lift cost this include:
- Your facial asymmetry
- The shape of your face
- Type of facelift procedure chosen.
- Other complications like allergies.
- your location
The average cost of a facelift is $7,448. However, the cost of having a non surgical face lift varies from patient to patient due to the option used.
Apart from procedures listed in this non surgical face lift blog, there are other skins tightening options you can use to tighten the skin of your face.
Rather than going for a surgical facelift you can consider doing facial exercises, eat healthily, drink water or use a facial mask to lift your skin.
Above all, look for an experienced surgeon to conduct your facelift to avoid future problems.
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