Although the non surgical facelift has been around for years, it has experienced a recent surge in popularity. According to the American Society of Plastic Surger over 15 million non invasive procedures were performed in the United States last year. The non surgical or non invasive face lift represents an alternative to the tradition face lift. As such, a non invasive or non surgical facelift is popular because it provides much of the rejuvenating benefit of a traditional facelift but with less cutting, less opportunity for scarring, and less down time. So what is a non surgical facelift?
A non surgical face lift will often include a variety of techniques and technologies to accomplish the goal of rejuvenating the face. Botox, dermal fillers, fat injections and laser technologies used alone, or in combination can provide a dramatic result with less downtime, and less invasively then surgical options. This is the reason for its growing popularity.
What makes us look old?
As we age, line from wrinkles form, the skin becomes loose and lax due to gravity, loss of collagen occurs, loss of volume, and skin discoloration due to free radical reform. As such when the light shines down upon our face it is trapped in the nooks and crannies of age and discoloration.
What makes us look young?
Radiant skin is what makes us look young. When the light travels down and reflects off our smooth skin that is the definition of youth.
Dermal fillers are the primary ingredient to a non surgical facelift. Dermal fillers help will volume loss, filling in the shadows created by loss of volume. This can be at the temples or the nasal labial folds, also called Marionette lines. Dermal fillers can also be used to sculpt the face creating higher cheekbones or a more defined jaw line. Dermal fillers can be made from several products, including moisture-rich Hyaluronic Acid (HA). Their plumping and smoothing properties can last from six months to over a full year.
Botox is an essential ingredient for combating wrinkles. Botox can smooth out any dynamic or well developed wrinkle. This offers a smoothing effect on the skin and face. Botox is typically used on forehead lines, frown lines, crows feet. The results take effect in a few days to a week. The benefits of Botox last three to six months.
Fat injections offer a slightly more invasive process for a non surgical facelift. Fat is extracted from the patient by means of liposuction, harvested, and then reinjected into the face to offer more volume. Once fat is injected into the face it integrates with existing fatty tissue. The youthful result from fat injections will last for years.
There are a wide variety of advanced aesthetic solutions for tightening the skin and reversing discoloration that play a role in a non surgical facelift. Chemical peels are one, so is microdermabrasion. They remove the top layer of skin and help with discoloration as well as textural irregularities. Lasers are available for discoloration, to improve collagen production and to tighten the skin.