Are you ready for younger, firmer skin without surgery? The latest trend in cosmetic enhancement and skin care is the non-surgical facelift, a way to get many of the “new face-new you” benefits you’d get with a traditional facelift, in roughly an hour. A non-surgical facelift can tighten your loose skin and eliminate many lines and wrinkles with no incisions, stitches, general anesthesia and virtually no recovery time.
Non-surgical Facelifts vs. Non-surgical Cosmetic Treatments
There are several non-surgical facelift procedures available, which are sometimes confused with other non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox and various dermal fillers, chemical peels and laser or light therapies. While a combination of these non-invasive treatments may be combined to achieve the skin-tightening effects of a “mini facelift” over time, not all cosmetic surgeons agree on whether these treatments constitute a non-surgical facelift. More often, a non-surgical facelift refers to a single-treatment procedure that has greater power to reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate aging skin than may be achieved by just injecting a filler.
Ultherapy®, for example, is a single non-surgical facelift procedure that uses ultrasound to stimulate the supporting layers of skin to lift, tone and tighten it. After one in-office Ultherapy procedure, most patients notice an immediate increase in the fullness and firmness of their skin. Over a span of a few months, more collagen builds up, creating a more youthful effect. The down time? Practically none. You can return to your normal activities the same day as your treatment.
Thermage® is another non-invasive single procedure that falls into the non-surgical facelift category. Thermage employs radiofrequency energy that is suitable for most skin types, applied to targeted areas on the face. A single, hour-long treatment typically produces satisfactory results for most patients. As with Ultherapy, benefits from Thermage will continue to manifest over a period of months as your skin builds more collagen. Downtime? Minimal. You can resume your normal activities one day after treatment.
Titan® is another single-procedure non-surgical facelift. Titan uses an infrared light from an optical energy source to heat the deeper layers of tissue under the skin’s surface. The heat causes collagen contraction almost immediately after the one-hour treatment, stimulating new collagen growth that results in a tightening of the skin. The full benefits of a Titan treatment will not be seen for several months, so this option requires some patience. Why choose this procedure over others? The heating with the Titan device is done uniformly, which helps eliminate the risk of dimpling that you might see with other methods. Downtime? Patients experience swelling and redness for a few hours post-procedure, but may return to normal activities the same day as the treatment. Many patients report that benefits from a single Titan procedure last up to two years.
With all non-surgical facelifts, or the series of non-invasive cosmetic treatments that constitute mini-facelifts, consistent use of sunscreen and a good skin care routine will prolong your results.