Facelifts can enhance your appearance by reducing wrinkles and fine lines, leaving you looking younger. This can provide an incredible boost to your self-esteem. However, not everyone wants to undergo a major ordeal when it comes to cosmetic procedures. Luckily, there are many minimally invasive non-surgical facelift options available. From injectables like Botox to light therapy and microneedling, most non-surgical facelifts are quick, low risk, and have short recovery times. Such procedures are usually highly successful and yield dramatic results – often almost right away.
If you’re interested in minimally invasive facelift procedures, below we’ll outline some of the most common options to help you figure out what’s right for you.
Injectable fillers are one of the most common options for non-surgical facelifts. Botox is one of the most widely used injectables, but there are plenty of other options out there. The right injectable for you depends largely on your personal goals.
Botox – probably the best known injectable – helps create a younger, fresher appearance. Sagging skin creates issues like wrinkles and fine lines, and Botox injections block nerves that cause facial muscles to contract. This creates smoother skin and less defined wrinkles. Plus, it stops new wrinkles from forming.
Botox injections only take a few minutes. While some people experience some mild bruising afterwards, this is usually temporary. There is no downtime after Botox, so you can resume your daily activities as soon as treatment is over.
Botox is not permanent. Results usually last between 4 to 6 months.
Dermal fillers can both reduce wrinkles and restore lost volume to the face. Dermal fillers include a wide variety of substances, each one targeting different types of aesthetic enhancement.
Some fillers, like Juvederm Ultra SC, are made with natural substances found in the body with properties that help increase skin volume and reduce signs of aging. Some, such as Dysport, are very similar to Botox in that they paralyze facial muscles responsible for loose skin.
Most dermal filler treatment is very similar to getting Botox injections. A clinician injects the fillers into the treatment site, the entire procedure taking only a few minutes. As with Botox, there is usually little recovery time, if any.
If you’re interested in dermal fillers, a consultation with a clinician can help you determine the best course of action for you.
When we age, skin loses elasticity. This can create wrinkles and a saggy appearance overall. Energy-based skin tightening treatments can help address these issues, leaving you with smoother, younger-looking skin.
Ultherapy is a nonsurgical rejuvenation procedure. It uses ultrasound technology to look below the surface of the skin and then target specific areas that need treatment. The major benefit of ultherapy is that it corrects issues on a foundational level rather than just providing surface level changes.
During ultherapy, heat energy lifts and supports deeper layers of skin. A clinician moves a device over your skin to administer energy, which helps stimulate collagen production. The procedure only takes a few minutes. Afterwards, your skin may be a bit flushed for 24 hours.
Microneedling improves texture and tone and can also help with acne scars and wrinkling. During microneedling, tiny needles are inserted into the skin in quick succession. The micro-injuries can stimulate the body’s natural healing process and create collagen and elastin, leaving your skin smoother.
Microneedling usually takes no more than 30 minutes. While some people worry about pain, an anesthetic cream is applied to the treatment area. While you may feel minor tickling or discomfort, most patients do not experience much pain after microneedling. While your skin may be red after treatment, there is usually very little recovery time.
Microneedling usually needs to be done more than once for optimal results. Most patients need three to six treatments over the course of a few months.
What are the pros and cons of non-surgical facelifts?
The main benefits of non-surgical facelift options is they’re less time-consuming and less expensive and also come with little, if any, recovery time. Despite the fact these procedures are brief, people usually notice fairly dramatic results right away.
However, non-surgical facelift options have some limitations. It may be more difficult to address skin laxity in the face and neck, for example, and results are not permanent. Most nonsurgical options require regular followup treatments.
The Bottom Line
While not necessarily right for those seeking dramatic results, non-surgical facelift options can help with skin tone, reduce wrinkles and signs of aging, and leave you looking and feeling better. Most non-surgical facelifts take less than 30 minutes and have almost no recovery time.
Depending on your desired results, there are many different choices. Working with a certified, experienced plastic surgeon can help you determine the right course of action to meet your goals.
Ready to get started? At BLUSH Beverly Hills, we have a highly skilled team of clinicians with vast experience in aesthetic medicine. If you want to look and feel your best, set up a consultation here. Someone will get in touch shortly to talk over your options and find the right treatment for you.