For men and women wanting to reverse the signs of facial ageing, the facelift has long been their only option. However, the surgical procedure is invasive, with potential risks and it involves a prolonged recovery time and so we have entered an exciting new phase in anti-ageing, in which newer, less invasive techniques and products have been developed.
The aim of the non-surgical facelift is to make you appear fresher and more rejuvenated, without the downside of surgery, but is a non-surgical facelift actually possible?
Does a non-surgical facelift exist?
Non-surgical facelifts do exist, and they’ve been performed for many years now. It combines a number of non-surgical techniques, each designed to refresh and rejuvenate the appearance, although every aesthetic practitioner will have a preferred approach. The non-surgical facelift can entail muscle relaxing injections, dermal fillers or laser skin rejuvenation.
No hospital stay is necessary, and incisions and a general anaesthetic aren’t required. This means the risks and the recovery period are generally much more minimal and shorter than they are with a traditional surgical facelift.
What benefits does it have over a traditional facelift?
A non-surgical facelift has many benefits over a traditional surgical facelift. The fact the procedure is much faster and requires very little downtime is a major plus point. It also produces much less discomfort and is a great way to try out a different look without committing to a more permanent change.
As general anaesthetic isn’t required, a non-surgical facelift is conducted on a walk-in, walk-out basis. However, despite the fact they do have major benefits, there are some potential downsides patients will need to be aware of.
What are the potential downsides?
The main disadvantage of a non-surgical facelift is that it is unlikely to produce as dramatic a transformation as the surgical alternative. It is, therefore, best suited to men and women that have just started to see the signs of facial ageing and do not have a marked degree of skin sagging or volume loss. So, if you are looking for a more radical change, you may not get the results you require without undergoing a surgical facelift.
Also, these results typically aren’t as long-lasting. This means patients will require repeat procedures in the future to maintain their results. This also means the cost of having the non-surgical facelift will not necessarily prove cheaper in the long run.
As you can see, there are pros and cons to both options. Therefore, it is recommended talking through your options with a surgeon prior to deciding which one is right for you.