Understanding what a cosmetic surgical facelift is, and especially what it isn't should be the first step when examining different facial rejuvenation procedures. The next step should be to weigh the risks against the outcome.
What a Facelift Isn't
The skin on aged faces tends to be slack and saggy, creating a more squared shape. The formation of jowls, nasal labial folds and excess skin and fat under the chin and in the neck area all contribute to this impression.
A common misconception about facelifts is that after undergoing one, the entire face will instantly look years younger. The reality is that a facelift, or rhytidectomy, will simply not address wrinkles on the upper part of the face
. The basic function of a facelift is to shape the face to a younger, more oval appearance, by removing excess fat from the chin and neck area, tightening muscles and adjusting the skin around the face and neck. In order to achieve all over results, other surgical procedures must be procured in addition to a facelift, procedures that address other problem areas such as the forehead and around the eyes.
Non-Surgical Facelift Options
A non-surgical facelift is a less invasive option that can consist of several different methods and techniques as an alternative to undergoing the physical and sometimes emotional trauma of surgical procedures.
Some examples of non-surgical facelifts treatments are:
Creams and powders that contain ingredients like dimethyl ethanolamine, hexapeptide, and alpha hydroxyl acid that reduce fine lines and tighten loose skin;
Acupuncture to increase circulation and stimulate the production of collagen by inserting acupuncture needles into different areas of the face and body;
Thread facelifts, where a pronged thread inserted into the skin to lift and hold sagging skin up;
Liquid fillers that inject ingredients like hyaluronic acid into the skin to fill wrinkles;
Micro-current treatments that apply electrical stimulation to facial muscles;
Laser treatments that uses infrared light to heat and stimulate the collagen in the face to achieve tighter skin; and
Radio frequency treatments that use radio frequency energy to heat up the skin to stimulate fat and collagen in order to tighten and refresh the skin
With quite a few options to consider when exploring a non-surgical facelift, it is important to note that although not surgeries, the procedures above do have some disadvantages as well. Depending on the variety of procedure, factors such as expense, the inconvenience of having to book an appointment at a spa or cosmetic clinic, pain from treatment and recovery time after the treatment should all be evaluated.
Another option still for rejuvenating facial skin, after surgical and non-surgical procedures is to opt for an in-home product. Some in-home cosmetic devices for skin rejuvenation incorporate technology from non-surgical alternatives. In addition to having visibly positive effects, there are the added benefits of having none of the disadvantages of professional administered non-surgical methods.
Personal radio frequency devices combine micro-current and thermal energy and adds a process that cleanses the skin with enriched oxygen to deliver the same technology as luxury spa and cosmetic clinic non-surgical procedures at a lowered intensity so that the device is safe to be used in home. Cost effective, no need to book an appointment, and no pain or recovery time make these radio frequency devices a smart choice for the person who wants to treat wrinkles
and fine lines without going under the knife.