One thing that everyone has to contend with at one point in time or another is the march of time, and its effects on the face. And while once upon a time your only option was to age gracefully, today’s options are far more varied and diverse. Surgery has been one choice for several decades now, but many people don’t want to go through the pain or the expense. Thankfully there are also numerous non surgical facelift options that can give you the results you’re looking for, without putting you under the knife.
What Is a Non Surgical Facelift?
Nearly everyone is familiar with the traditional surgical facelift; when skin and the underlying fat and muscles are literally lifted and repositioned. But what do non surgical facelifts do? Without the cutting and stitching involved, how effective are they?
Depending upon what treatment you have done, non surgical facelifts have varying degrees of effectiveness. Some work to restore the collagen in your face, which makes it appear more youthful, while others work to improve the tone and pigmentation, smoothing out fine lines. Many are effective at removing sun damage and reversing the effect of the years on your face. Some methods that work to strengthen the muscles beneath the skin may be less effective, but many people still swear by the results. If you’ve been looking into restorative options such as taking a course in beauty therapy, you may also want to consider these options.
Non Surgical Facelift Options
There are numerous types of non surgical facelifts available. Some are still fairly invasive, involving pain and swelling for several days to weeks, while others are non invasive and are done in the comfort of your own home. The option that you ultimately choose will be based primarily on the outcome you desire; each one has different benefits to consider.
If you have deep lines and wrinkles around your eyes and mouth, as well as a sagging jaw line, you may want to consider getting a liquid facelift. The liquid facelift involves a combination of Botox and fillers that are injected into the face. The Botox works to paralyze the nerves that control the muscles, which in turn stops them from creasing or wrinkling when you smile or laugh.
The fillers help to plump up areas of the face that are sagging or have fallen into permanent creases that the Botox won’t help. They also help to create a lifted effect in the face, and last about a year.
Expect a small amount of pain from the injections, as well as the sensation that your skin is being lifted, tugged, and pulled. You will probably feel sore that night, and your face may swell up for about a week or so. The swelling may have the immediate effect of helping to fill in some lines and wrinkles, but you should see the actual results once the swelling has gone down, with full effect taking place in about a month.
If you have uneven pigment in your face, as well as some fine lines beginning to form, then consider getting a chemical peel. The idea behind the chemical peel is that it loosens up the thick upper layer of skin cells on your face, which causes them to slough off, revealing newer, healthier skin beneath. If the damage on your face is confined to the upper layers of skin, this faster turn over will result in a more youthful and better toned complexion.
The actual treatment for a chemical peel takes about 10 minutes in your doctor’s office. Your skin is cleaned, and then the peel is applied. The peel is designed to stay on for about 24 hours while it does its work. During this time you may experience tingling, itching, and in rare cases, swelling. Extreme reactions can be treated with hydrocortisone cream to help calm the skin down.
Your face may appear red or swollen for the first few days. After about three or four days, your skin will begin to peel off in large strips. Any brown marks on the face such as age spots or freckles may turn black at this point. The skin being revealed beneath the peeling layers will be very pink and tender; you may need to avoid using your normal facial cleansers during this time as they may irritate your skin.
After the first week the peeling should be over and you should begin to see the results. Your skin should be clearer with less uneven pigmentation and fewer fine lines. People report looking fresher and having glowing skin, as well as reporting that the amount of sun damage to the skin appears to be reduced.
If your skin has lost its firmness either due to age or skin damage, a laser treatment may help. Lasers are used to “drill” small holes in the face that forces it to produce more collagen, which will help increase the skin’s elasticity and reduce the appearance of sagging skin, or crepe paper skin, as well as lines and wrinkles. Lasers can also be used to help remove and reduce uneven pigmentation at the same time, getting rid of freckles and age spots that can also be aging your face.
The treatment itself takes a little more than an hour. An anesthetic cream is applied to the skin for about 40 minutes to numb it, and then the laser is used. The laser can be painful, even after the skin has been numbed, with patients reporting the feeling of red hot needles poking at them. This portion lasts about 20 minutes.
Immediately after the laser treatment, your face may appear very red as if you’ve had a bad sunburn. It may swell up and be very painful overnight. It is often recommended that you sleep sitting up the first night to help reduce the amount of swelling. The next day your skin may feel very rough and dry and you may want to apply large amounts of moisturizer to help relieve the feeling. Some people report feeling ill for the next few days due to the amount of pain and swelling in the face.
After about a week, your skin may begin to peel in small flakes, and the swelling will begin to go down. Your skin may continue to feel dry and require extra moisturizer until the peeling is complete. You’ll start to notice the results from the laser treatment after about a month when your skin begins to produce more collagen. Sagging areas of skin should begin to tighten, and the appearance of lines and wrinkles will begin to fade and diminish. This will continue for the next few months with most results being visible around month five.
The rejuvenation combination method uses a few different procedures at once to tackle multiple problems in the skin of the face, such as fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and uneven pigmentation. This is thought to be a good method for younger patients that don’t have as much skin damage, but want to get the maximum results.
The treatment begins with microdermabrasion, which removes the top layer of cells on the skin. Fine crystals are sprayed over its surface, and then vacuumed off along with the dead skin cells to reveal smoother skin. Following the microdermabrasion is a light touch laser which helps the skin to begin producing more collagen. Light therapy finishes the procedure, where a bright pulse of light is used to stimulate the skin into producing more collagen.
Patients say that the next day after the combination treatment they felt as though they had a bad sunburn. It takes about 6 treatments of the combination method before results are seen, and most results take a few months to truly be noticed as the skin needs to begin producing more of its own collagen.
Most people are familiar with ultrasounds and what they can do, but not everyone has heard about the ultrasound that can help give you a non surgical facelift. This relatively new method of treatment uses an ultrasound to deliver heat very deep into the skin, fat, and muscles of the face. This heat shrinks the tissues of the face, which causes a lifting or tightening effect.
The heat ultrasound is often used in combination with fillers to help smooth out areas of the face that can’t be lifted in this way. The procedure itself is fairly painless, but there may be some swelling and pain the next day. Results are seen in the following week as the tissues begin to settle in to their new positions.
Yoga Face Lift
If you’ve ever taken a yoga course, then you know that yoga is fantastic for lifting and toning all the muscles in the body. You may not have thought of using it to lift and tone your face, though. Face yoga is a series of facial exercises that is designed to do just that. By exercising the muscles of the face for three to five minutes each day, the idea is that the muscles will strengthen and lift, reducing the appearance of sagging, lines, and wrinkles. Taking a face yoga course may help you take as many as five years off your face.
Advocates of face yoga claim that it not only works, but it also reduces stress, and leads to a calm, buzzing feeling as your heart rate elevates. Detractors, however, claim that it is the skin that wrinkles, not the underlying muscles. By constantly contracting the face during these poses, you may actually be causing more wrinkles than you are preventing. No long term studies have been done on the effectiveness of face yoga, so proceed at your own risk.
If you’re looking for more permanent results that will help to tighten the skin, you may want to look into a Silhouette Lift, which has been shown to last at least four years, and which can be tweaked or tightened over time. The Silhouette Lift involves placing small cones in the skin, which are used to lift and tighten the face. The cones remain in the skin, and tissue can grow in and around them so they remain anchored in place.
The procedure is minimally invasive and takes just a short period of time in the doctor’s office while you remain awake and alert. Patients claim it is not painful and the results are immediate, particularly around the lower part of the face.
If you’ve been fighting the aging battle with creams and lotions and want something more, consider trying a non surgical facelift option. Many doctors agree that facelifts are best done for older patients who have more dramatic skin damage and sagging; younger patients and those with fewer wrinkles can benefit from non surgical options. You may be so surprised at the results you’ll want to take a course in body beauty as well to help improve your whole self. Talk to your doctor about one of these procedures today and see a new you tomorrow.