Getting a facelift has crossed each of our minds at one point or another, especially since we’re constantly bombarded with picture-perfect celebrities who look 25 even in their mid-60s (looking at you, Madonna).
But, the thought of going under the knife is pretty scary. Thankfully, there are ways to get the lifted effect without ever setting foot in an operating room.
In this article, we’ll explore the 7 best options for a non-surgical face lift, explain how they work, and help you decide on what will work best for you!
Benefits of a Non-Surgical Face Lift
If we’re talking about the benefits of something non-surgical, the first and most obvious one is that, well, there is no surgery involved.
This means that there is a reduced risk of various complications and gone wrong scenarios. Of course, even these non-invasive methods will have their dangers, but they’re significantly less troubling than their surgical counterpart.
Other than that, these treatments require much less downtime. Even the most complex ones will have you back on your feet within the day, and there will rarely be any bruising involved.
Similarly, non-surgical procedures take a lot less time. On top of the procedure itself usually being 2 hours max, there also won’t be nearly as much prep time required either.
Finally, we also have to mention that non-surgical procedures are always cheaper and more available.
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How to Achieve a Face Lift Without Surgery
If you’re looking for the best non-invasive face lift for you, then you’re at the right place! Let’s go over the 7 most popular and effective procedures and introduce you to how they work and what you stand to gain from them:
Plasma pen fibroblasting is the treatment that will give you the best results in terms of how lifted your face will look. It still won’t be as dramatic as surgery, but this is probably the closest you can get.
This is only available at salons and requires a professional to do it. They’ll use a pen-shaped tool, called a plasma pen, to target skin cells. This trauma will cause them to shrink and tug on the surrounding skin, thus achieving a lifted effect.
As its name suggests, this treatment involves using a low-level electrical current to shock your facial muscles. The mini shocks cause the muscles to twitch, mimicking a workout routine.
The result isn’t only a more toned and contoured face, but also a fresher complexion, as the electricity boosts the production of collagen as well.
The good news is that you can do a microcurrent facial at home, using a specialized device. The bad news is that the results you get at home won’t be as dramatic as those you’d get at a salon, which, again, won’t be as dramatic as traditional surgery.
Microneedling involves – you guessed it – tiny needles. They are used to penetrate the surface level of your skin in order to allow serums to reach deeper levels and boost their usual effects.
The main purpose of this treatment is to rejuvenate the skin by introducing anti-aging agents, such as peptides or Hyaluron. Even without an anti-aging serum, the mini trauma caused by the needles is enough to promote your skin’s natural production of collagen and get visible results.
This also helps lift sagging skin and exfoliates the damaged outermost layer. So, even though the lift itself isn’t the main focus, you’ll still end up looking younger!
The PRP facial, better known as the vampire facial, is a controversial yet effective spinoff of microneedling. What makes PRP so questionable is the fact that it uses blood instead of a serum.
Although definitely not for everybody, the vampire facial has proven itself to be pretty effective at removing fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. It also helps tackle sagging and dull skin, resulting in a refreshed, more youthful final look.
On top of that, it can also help you combat unwanted skin texture, hyperpigmentation, scarring, stretch marks, and even hair loss!
A HIFU facial is a very popular treatment that is suitable for treating different skin issues but is primarily focused on reducing the visibility of signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.
HIFU stands for high-intensity focused ultrasound, meaning that this is a type of ultrasound facial, meaning that it is a completely non-invasive procedure that relies on frequencies to help fix cosmetic issues.
The treatment itself is very quick and there is no discomfort associated with it, so we’d say that it’s a pretty good alternative to plastic surgery.
Plus, it can also be used on different parts of the body!
This treatment, although very effective, is probably the most sciencey one (and also the most expensive one) on this list. It uses principles from radiology to help tighten sagging skin and reduce facial fat, which is notoriously weight loss-resistant.
The procedure is done by a professional dermatologist, or under a dermatologist’s supervision. They will use a machine that uses sound wave energy to penetrate the skin and muscle around the area you want to treat. The muscle will contract and shrink, giving you that coveted contoured look.
Like with microcurrent, a lucky side effect is that your skin will enhance its collagen production, leading to reduced fine lines and wrinkles.
This procedure uses radiofrequency and heat to target the deep layers of your skin because those are the most collagen-rich areas. Heat separates water from the collagen, which causes an immediate contraction, which then causes your skin to tighten.
The effects of Thermage are long-lasting (although not permanent) due to the slower healing response. During that period, more collagen is deposited and remodeled, tightening the skin even further over time. The secondary response results in continued improvement for up to 6 months.
Although it uses heat, the procedure is not painful or uncomfortable – the device used for this has a cooling, vibrating tip, which makes the whole treatment feel more like a massage.
Thermage is one of those procedures that can be done anywhere on the body. Other than the face, it is most commonly done by new mothers to reduce post-pregnancy belly sagging.
A liquid facelift doesn’t really have a universal definition, as it includes depositing various amounts of filler into different areas of the face. For some, the target areas will be around the eyes, while for others, most filler will be placed around the jawline.
The fact that this is so individual is what makes it stand out from all the rest. However, deciding on where and how much filler you need should be done by your doctor. Similarly, there are also different types of filler, so you should leave that choice up to them as well.
Can You Achieve a Non-Invasive Face Lift at Home?
No matter what you do, your face will never be as tight as it would be after a surgical procedure if you’re doing all the work yourself. However, there are options you can try to get a similar, albeit less dramatic result.
We briefly mentioned that microcurrent devices are available for commercial use. With daily use, your face will look more toned and sculpted but don’t expect a professional-grade result.
Similarly, there are different kinds of massages that can help you see some difference in skin tightness. The most popular one is definitely the gua sha massage. This one has lots of different benefits, including a lifting effect, but this lift is just temporary.
How to Choose the Best Nonsurgical Face Lift?
The first thing to take into account here is how much downtime you’re ready to accept. The procedures all have more or less similar effects, so you need to start by deciding how much time you’re willing to sacrifice.
On that note, you’ll also need to check the pricing of each treatment. Although they’re still a lot cheaper than surgery, they aren’t exactly free, either. Consult with your budget, and take a second look at your options.
Ultimately, the best approach here is to weigh out the pros and cons of each treatment, and go for one that just makes the most sense to you!
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