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What are non-surgical facelifts?

Non-surgical facelift procedures have seen a remarkable rise in popularity over the last few years. With these procedures becoming safer and easier, more people are turning to them. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, or ASPS, released a report in 2017 stating that more than 15M minimally or non-invasive aesthetic and cosmetic procedures were carried out in the US alone during that year.

So, what are non-surgical facelift procedures? Let’s take a look:

Non-surgical facelifts combine non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures to refresh and rejuvenate the patient’s appearance. Compared to regular surgical facelifts, these techniques don’t require overnight hospitalization, large incisions, or general anesthesia. These noninvasive procedures are designed to help patients complete their treatments and return to their regular lives with as little interruption as possible, thus allowing minimal downtime and discomfort. Though there’s no surgery being done in these procedures, they still offer tremendous advantages.

Advantages of Non-surgical Facelifts:

  • Temporary in nature, which allows patients to try out new looks.
  • Economical
  • No usage of general anesthesia
  • Minimal discomfort
  • Quick

Disadvantages of Non-surgical Facelifts

  • Moderate results
  • Multiple sessions are required
  • More expensive over the long run

Non-surgical facelifts are designed to fulfill the patient’s specific needs. There are numerous noninvasive techniques to address fine lines, loss of facial volume, acne scarring, large pores, sunken cheeks, thinning lips, lax skin, and deep creases. Non-surgical facelifts have the following components:

Dermal Fillers

Non-surgical facelift procedures regularly make use of dermal fillers, which are smooth-gel injectibles used for restoring volume under the eyes and along the lips, temples, and cheeks. They can plump up sunken areas and eliminate dark shadows, thus restoring a sense of youthfulness. Fillers can be injected along the Marionette Lines or Nasolabial Folds to smooth tissues and create definition, thus eliminating wrinkles from the face. There are several materials that can be used to create dermal fillers, including Hyaluronic Acid, which is a moisture-rich compound. Their smoothening and plumping properties are effective at making the results last for 6 – 12 months.


Botox is king when it comes to wrinkle reduction and is an integral component of most non-surgical facelift procedures. It’s generally used to treat crow’s feet, forehead creases, dynamic wrinkles, and frown lines. It temporarily relaxes the targeted muscles and smooths the lines that occur due to repetitive expressions. While Botox doesn’t eliminate wrinkles immediately, results are visible around 1-2 weeks after the procedure and can last for three months or more.

Fat injections

This is a safe semi-invasive medical procedure where fatty tissue obtained from another part of the patient’s body using liposuction is cleaned, processed, and injected into the patient’s face for the enhancement of their facial volume. These cells integrate with existing facial tissues to offer a youthful appearance that lasts for years.

Needleless treatments

Cosmetic non-surgical facelift procedures use a combination of several techniques to lend a glowing and youthful appearance to the patient’s face without the use of a needle. Chemical peels happen to be a widely-used noninvasive technique that improves skin quality and shrinks large pores. Microdermabrasion and dermabrasion can be used to exfoliate and resurface the skin to eliminate damaged and dry tissue. Hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and fine lines can be reduced and eliminated to bring fresher skin to the face’s surface. Ultrasound and laser procedures such as ThermiTight and Ultherapy make use of concentrated energy for addressing the skin’s deepest layers. Over a longer period of time, tissues start becoming tauter and firmer.

Maintenance of non-surgical facelifts

Noninvasive procedures must be repeated regularly to fortify the results. If you return for more sessions as per your doctor’s instructions, you may require less and less of these procedures to retain the same appearance. Botox relaxes the muscles and skin and ensures that expression lines do not worsen over time, which means that less product will be required later on to achieve similar results. Additionally, dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which increases collagen production processes in the body to create a stable scaffolding layer underneath the skin. Since wrinkles aren’t that deep, the quantity of fillers needed for similar results will be less as well.

No treatment can stop the body’s aging process permanently. Consulting a qualified board-certified cosmetic surgeon can help you come up with a custom-tailored non-surgical facelift procedure that caters to your unique needs. Should these noninvasive techniques show diminishing efficiency, you can then go for a surgical cosmetic procedure.

Reach out to a qualified board-certified cosmetic surgeon today!

If you’re interested in cosmetic non-surgical facelift procedures, consult a trained board-certified cosmetic surgeon to find out the best course of action. Carry out more research on different cosmetic techniques that you’d like to try. The right team can help you design a non-surgical facelift procedure that restores a sense of youthfulness to your face without the slightest hint of you ever having undergone a procedure.

Click below to learn more about Non-Surgical Facelift and other Aesthetic procedures.

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Whether you are thinking about having a non-surgical facelift, an aesthetic treatment, a non-surgical procedure or have had prior surgery and are seeking additional touch-ups, it is critical to work with a skilled plastic surgeon who specializes in facial procedures. Dr. Robert Sheffield is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon at SB Aesthetics offering aesthetic and cosmetic services to those in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Oxnard and Ventura, CA, and the surrounding communities.  Dr. Sheffield offers patients a customized treatment plan and is available to answer your questions. To schedule a consultation, call 805.318.3280 today.

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