Alternative To Full Face Lift Surgery

Nonsurgical Face Lift

The good news is that there are nonsurgical face lift alternatives that work and that can firm up the skin and tissues of your face and give you a younger, refreshed appearance. The bad news is that their benefits are limited. They will not produce the same results as a surgical face lift or so called "full face lift."  Occasionally they produce no results at all.

However, if you are someone who cannot have surgery for some reason or who is leery of surgery, nonsurgical face lift methods may help you as long as you have realistic expectations of what they can do. 

Nonsurgical Face Lift Techniques Available 

There are several types of nonsurgical face lift available, including the laser face lift, the microcurrent face lift, and techniques that use radio frequency energy, infrared energy, or intense pulsed light. These procedures are very minimally invasive, generally do not cause much pain or discomfort, and do not require much recovery time. Several of these procedures are better known under the brand names of the companies that make the equipment, such as ThermageĀ® (radio frequency), TitanĀ® (infrared), or Bio-Ultimate (microcurrent).

Although these treatments use different types of energy, they are all intended to produce the same effect and result. They all cause the deeper layers of the skin to heat up, which then causes the skin to produce more collagen and which remodels existing collagen as the skin heals. Collagen is an important protein and building block in the skin. It is more plentiful in younger skin, which is why the treatments that cause the creation of more collagen can be rejuvenating.

However, it takes time for your skin to produce new collagen. The results of your non-surgical face lift will not be seen immediately and may take up to several months to be revealed. 

None of these techniques are substitutes for a full face lift. In the best case scenario, they will give you some of the improvement a facelift can give. However, they cannot give all the benefits and for some people they may do very little, such as people who have very loose skin.

A nonsurgical face lift may be best suited for those who are seeing the early signs of aging, such as lines around the nose and mouth, some loose skin and the beginnings of jowls. If you have a lot of jowls, lots of loose skin on your face and neck, or deep wrinkles, you might see some improvement, but you would see much more improvement with a mini-face lift or a full face lift.

With all of these treatments, you will be given instructions on how to prepare for them and what to do on the day of your treatment. You should also be told what to expect in the way of pain and in how long it will take for your face to recover, and how long it will take until you see full results.

Some of these nonsurgical face lift methods require several treatments at intervals of weeks or months for the best results. Some of nonsurgical face lifts are administered by a physician and some are performed by trained aestheticians. Most states require training and licensing for anyone administering skin treatments like these, but there are states that allow anyone to do them. Research the clinic or office where you are having your treatment and find out what kind of a reputation they have and what training the person who administers the treatments has. You can contact your local Better Business Bureau for information and you can also research your physician's, nurse's, or aesthetician's licensing status on the Internet.

What a Nonsurgical Face Lift Is Like

For most of these treatments, you will be given an oral pain medication before the treatment starts. Your face will be treated with a local anesthetic to numb your skin. Depending on the type of treatment you are getting, the doctor or aesthetician will run a wand, applicator, or treatment tip over your skin. The device may also provide cooling to help prevent burning your skin, or you may have a fan aiming cool air at your face. You may feel nothing, you may feel warmth, or even mild pain. The milder the treatment, the less painful it will be, but the less of a "lift" you will get.

Treatments can take 1 to 2 hours, which includes preparation time. You may be asked to sit for a while after the treatment while any pain medication wears off. You may also be required to have someone drive you home if pain medication is used. Ask about this before your treatment.

Your skin may be red right after the procedure and may even be a bit swollen for up to several days after the procedure. However, these are both signs that your skin was heated and is now healing, which is how you will get the results you want.

The Risks of Nonsurgical Face Lifts

Although nonsurgical face lifts are very minimally invasive, they do have some risks. You may experience a burn in the treated area leading to blistering and scarring. In some cases, if the person administering the treatment is not well trained, burns can be severe, but this is rare. Some people have developed skin discolorations in the treated areas. Some have also experienced more pain during treatment, or tingling or soreness in the treated area in the days after treatment.

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