Many people are looking for something that can lift and tighten their skin without going under the knife. Facelifts are effective, but surgery is a big deal, with recovery and downtime, complications and on top of all that, plastic surgery can be very expensive. The good news is that there are many non-surgical options that work, have minimal downtime and are much less expensive than a facelift.
First off, a surgical facelift is an invasive surgical operation in which a plastic surgeon cuts away excess skin, and sutures the remaining skin in a way that pulls the skin taut, so the skin has a tighter smoother appearance. This requires general anesthesia and surgical recovery time for healing.
Non-surgical facelifts use a combination of non-surgical procedures to lift and tighten the skin. This usually involves a series of procedures, usually more than one modality, to achieve results over time. These are done with topical or local anesthetic as needed, and require minimal downtime.
Non-surgical facelifts can improve volume, definition and appearance to multiple areas of the face:
Non-invasive procedures that lift and smooth the skin are used in combination to produce the desired results. These can be catered to each person’s individual needs. At Glow Medispa, we primarily use the first 4 treatments listed below, as these provide the most robust and long-lasting results— and they are safe.
These procedures focus on building collagen and elastin over time. These are both broken down by the body at about 1-2% per year. So the results do last a long time, but you continue to age as usual. This is also true about surgical facelifts. We do recommend maintenance procedures to maintain the collagen that you have.
These procedures are very well tolerated. Some— for instance, EMface— are completely painless and require no anesthetic. Some, such as RF micro-needling, require a strong topical anesthetic. Sculptra requires a needle, but has minimal discomfort.
Complications are rare. The most common complication is bleeding/bruising.
Other risks can include: Skin reaction, Skin flaking, Burns, Scars, Lumps, Infection
As noted above, we do not recommend thread lifts due to the heightened risk of lumps, uneven results and infection.
There is a very large range in cost. A single treatment of any of these modalities listed above ranges from $700 to $2000, however a successful non-surgical facelift will include multiple visits using different modalities. The total cost is often $5-10,000. Traditional facelift surgery also ranges greatly in price but it typically many times the cost of a non-surgical approach.