Many of our patients are drawn to the non-surgical face lift. It’s no surprise considering that the surgery provides more dramatic results, but it also comes with long downtime, higher costs, and more side effects.
The never-ending desire for more youthful skin has given rise to plenty of minimally invasive procedures that plump up the facial skin, and at our clinic, we offer some of the best wrinkle-free treatments on the market. They not only improve skin tone and wrinkles appearance but also come with other benefits.
The non-surgical face lift procedure is an alternative to a surgical facelift. It resorts to a variety of techniques to achieve more fullness and a better definition of the face. Depending on the method, the treatment can fix fine lines, deep wrinkles, frown lines, sagging skin, large pores, sunken eyes, and more.
Non-surgical facelifts have a slew of benefits. To start with, they are not as involved as surgery and require minimal downtime, if any at all. Oftentimes patients can walk in and out of the doctor’s office quickly without much discomfort.
Second, the results are typically natural looking and instant. With some cosmetic procedures, it may take a few sessions stretched across several weeks to see results.
Third, there is less risk involved because no incisions are made, nor is general anaesthesia used. This means patients walk out of the clinic as soon as the treatment is over. Last but not least, nonsurgical procedures are more affordable than the actual surgery itself.
The main disadvantage of non-surgical facelifts is that it’s difficult to predict how long they are going to last since every person responds differently to their treatment. All in all, the treatments make the skin look more youthful by addressing wrinkles and fine lines in a non-invasive manner.
This depends in part on your goals and expectations. But it’s equally important to get advice from an aesthetic doctor about it because no matter what you want, experts may recommend a different treatment plan that is better suited for you.
Dr Shens, our plastic surgeon and medical director, has extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and understands the skin’s needs. He takes an innovative and effective approach to different cosmetic challenges, putting patients' safety first.
With his guidance, you will be on your way to firmer and glowing skin, getting the outcome you've always wanted. He will help you choose a procedure that will be tailored to target your wrinkles, under-eye hollows, and other skin issues. Sometimes more than one approach might be applied and the specialist will go above and beyond to work out a solution to your skin concerns.
Shens Medical offers the best non-surgical facelift procedures available in aesthetic medicine. They work on skin texture, have minimal to no downtime and discomfort, and offer natural-looking results.
Compared with a traditional facelift, these nonsurgical treatments do not require overnight hospitalization or general anesthesia. Most patients can return to their normal activities right away.
The Mint PDO (polydioxanone) threadlift comes in mini sutures that are inserted into the skin to improve the skin texture. These biodegradable sutures have barbs that grab onto the sagging skin once they are placed inside. This allows the surgeon to manoeuvre them to get tighter skin.
The treatment works in two ways by tightening sagging skin and inducing collagen production. It is FDA cleared. No large incisions are needed.
What sets Mint threadlifts apart from traditional threadlifts is the innovative patented technology, with better anchoring strength. The barbs are press-moulded on the thread, which helps to keep its structural integrity intact and makes them the most robust threadlifts the market has to offer. As with other similar treatments, the results are instant.
This is a device that delivers high-frequency ultrasound energy waves into the facial skin. Part of the needleless treatments, the Ultracel Q+ HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) is one of the latest additions to aesthetic procedures.
It uses two types of cartridges, one that tightens the skin and one that removes extra volume. The first one provides focused high intensity energy in the form of tiny dots, helping to stimulate collagen in the deeper layers of the skin's surface. It reaches 65°C. The second one delivers heat in bulk.
While the aesthetic doctor is operating the device, no damage is done to the outer layers of the skin. The procedure can be performed without any anaesthetic cream.
There is no downtime and in most cases only one treatment is needed. Even though some results can be observed immediately, the full outcome shows 2-3 months later.
A liquid facelift consists of injecting multiple areas in the skin with dermal fillers to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore lost volume.
Before the procedure begins, the face is prepped with a local anaesthetic. Different amounts of filler are used for every patient depending on the desired outcome.
In most cases, the nonsurgical facelift treatment can be done in one sitting but sometimes plastic surgeons prefer to use a little bit of product and let it sit for a few days before injecting more into the facial skin. No general anesthesia is used.
Face fillers can be used on the jawline, under-eye hollows, sunken cheeks, thinning lips, and marionette lines (that run along the nasolabial folds). There are different types that improve overall skin laxity and quality:
Hyaluronic acid (HA). Without a doubt, this is one of the most popular choices of treatment. Moisture-rich hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body, which makes it the best substance for dermal fillers.
What’s even better is that if you don’t like the results from this nonsurgical facelift, the product can be broken down with an enzyme called hyaluronidase. So, the results are absolutely reversible. Unless you use the enzyme, the effects of the treatment last between 6 and 8 months.
Collagen or fat injections. For this procedure, fat is extracted from the patient’s own tissues and injected into the areas that lack volume or need overall improvement. It’s called fat transfer.
It can also be done with collagen. The risk of side effects is minimal to non-existent since the fat tissue is harvested from the same body. The outcome of nonsurgical facelift treatments with fat injections is usually visible for 3 to 12 months.
Poly-L-lactic acid. In contrast to the previous substances, this is a semi-permanent filler and the results can last up to 24 months. It is eventually absorbed by the immune system. Thus, the non-invasive treatment requires top-up sessions to maintain the results and overall skin quality.
Calcium hydroxylapatite. The substance is derived from bovine bones and can be easily metabolised by the body over time. It enhances skin laxity. Due to the strength of the product, these treatments are considered semi-permanent and long-lasting.
Nonsurgical treatments with calcium hydroxylapatite tend to last longer than minimally invasive HA fillers and other treatments of non-invasive nature. Still, they can't compare with surgical procedures in terms of longevity.
Most non-invasive facelifts have a longevity of 6 to 24 months. For instance, the plumping and smoothing properties of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers last 6 months, whereas other fillers get metabolised within 12-24 months.
And the effects of botulinum toxin injections last up to three months or more. Laser skin resurfacing might keep your skin looking good between 3 and 5 years. Other nonsurgical facelifts endure 9 months.
Non-surgical facelifts run anywhere from $1,400 to $6,000. Surgical facelifts are on the pricey side. The cost starts from $10,000 for a mini facelift and can climb into the $40,000 range for a full facelift.
There are no one-size-fits-all nonsurgical facelifts that can suit all people. The choice of treatment depends on your unique facial proportions, skin tone, and skin concerns. For dynamic wrinkles from repetitive expressions like laugh lines, crow's feet, frown lines, and forehead creases, Botox (botulinum toxin injections) seems to be the best option.
But if you have static wrinkles, it won’t be suitable for your skin at all. In that case, you can try dermal fillers with HA and collagen or threadlifts for an added skin-tightening effect.
There is a variety of nonsurgical facelift treatments that create firmer skin such as microneedling (tiny needles), dermal fillers, Ultherapy, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and Botox. Each of these has its suitability requirements and contraindications, so you should speak to a medical expert about your options.
Nose thread lift is a simple and very safe way to improve the appearance of the nose. The only side effects you may experience immediately following the procedure are swelling and minor bruising.
The nonsurgical facelift alternatives to a surgical facelift are various, including dermal fillers, thread lifting, Ultherapy, Botox, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, and Thermage radiofrequency.
Some of these make it in the top 5 cosmetic minimally invasive procedures for 2020, according to Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The nonsurgical facelift has its advantages and disadvantages like all other cosmetic procedures
The answer is Ultherapy. This treatment is based upon ultrasound and works on early to mild skin laxity. It can address loose skin and improve one’s contours to a certain extent. The results cannot compare to cosmetic surgery.
No. The effects of threadlift last anywhere between one and three years. The sutures are eventually absorbed by the body.